Daily Briefing

Deep buzz for the content-deprived

Every weekday, while you get showered and dressed, we pluck these dewy- fresh, breaking stories from the info-clogged byways of the datasphere. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and stoke up on everything you need to know, or at least enough to fake it.

In Minnesota Town That Voted Trump, A Muslim Doctor Tries To Understand His Neighbors
Stephanie McCrummen, The Washington Post via Twin Cities Pioneer Press | Minnesota Muslim | May 18, 2018

Prominent citizen, town doctor, 42-year-old father of three, and as far as anyone knew, the first Muslim to ever live in Dawson...

Getting The Ending Out Of Tom Wolfe
Paul Elie, The New Yorker | Wolfe's Ending | May 17, 2018

I learned that a new book is a venture into the unknown for writer and reader alike...

Scott Kelly: How Tom Wolfe Changed My Life
Scott Kelly, The New York Times | The Write Stuff | May 17, 2018

There could be no mistaking who had written this lavishly punctuated letter...

Tom Wolfe, Author Of 'The Right Stuff' And 'Bonfire Of The Vanities,'Dies
Deirdre Carmody and William Grimes, The New York Times | Tom Wolfe, R.I.P. | May 16, 2018

Using novelistic techniques in his nonfiction, he helped create the New Journalism...

'Americans Are Being Held Hostage And Terrorized By The Fringes'
Tim Alberta, Politico | Terrorized By Fringes | May 15, 2018

An exit interview with the American Enterprise Institute's Arthur Brooks...

The Yoko Ono Of Comics, On Her Own Terms
Gal Beckerrman, The New York Times | Aline Kominsky-Crumb Profile | May 14, 2018

The vulnerability she exposes in Love That Bunch is very much a precursor to today's dominant comedic mode...

How A Fake-News Story Spreads
Jason Schwartz and Shawn Musgrave, Politico | A Fake-News Story Story | May 14, 2018

How a typo-ridden parody came to be embraced by millions...

Why Mueller Has To Expose Trump's Crooked Business Empire
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine | Trump's Business Empire | May 14, 2018

The NYT and the WaPo published detailed investigations...

This Is How A Newspaper Dies
Jack Shafer, Politico | Newspaper Death | May 13, 2018

With a spasm of profits...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Politico Staff, Edited by Matt Wuerker | The Week In Editorial Cartoons | May 12, 2018

The best of this week's editorial cartoons, plucked fresh off the Toonosphere...