Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Resign as DNC Chair
The Presidential Daily Brief
She’s out. The controversial Democratic National Committee head honcho has announced she’ll be stepping down – and she won’t be sticking around to gavel at this week’s Democratic convention. Wasserman Schultz has been under increased pressure since WikiLeaks released 20,000 emails, one of which appears to show staffers discussing how to weaken Bernie Sanders’ Southern primary support by referencing his faith. Hillary Clinton’s campaign says the Russian government may have orchestrated the release, and many cybersecurity experts agree. Today, the DNC opens in Philadelphia with speeches from Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders.
Two people have been killed after an attacker opened fire in the parking lot of Club Blu in Fort Myers, Florida, late Sunday night. People scattered as at least 14 were wounded, some seriously. The nightclub was reportedly hosting a teen night, and the shooting may be connected to reports of gunshots five blocks from the club and at least one other crime scene. Three people have been detained and police are actively seeking anyone else who was involved as they try to determine a motive for the shooting.
He went to extremes. A 27-year-old Syrian was barred from entering a music festival in the town of Ansbach last night before he detonated a backpack explosive, killing himself and injuring 15. The area was evacuated, and German authorities say they’ve found a video of him proclaiming allegiance to ISIS on his phone. The man — who was denied asylum a year ago in Germany — was known to have had a history of mental illness. Authorities are now studying the content of Islamist videos found on his equipment.
Adieu, Yahoo! The struggling Internet pioneer, which once boasted a market capitalization of $125 billion, put its core business on the auction block in April. Today Verizon announced a $4.8 billion deal in which it will retain Yahoo’s branding, but not CEO Marissa Mayer, who’ll likely depart with more than $50 million in severance. Verizon’s been padding an online portfolio that already includes Huffington Post, TechCrunch and AOL, but even with Yahoo’s billion visitors per month it’s not expected to challenge Google or Facebook anytime soon.
Trump sees post-convention poll bounce, now leading Clinton by three points. (CNN)
Turkey issues arrest warrants for 42 journalists. (Al Jazeera)
Job applications for Dallas police force up 344 percent. (Washington Post)
Woman killed by tiger in Beijing drive-through animal park. (NYT)
Wildfire devours 33,000 acres in California. (LA Times)
Man who pulled gun in Kentucky movie theater could be charged. (Hollywood Reporter)
Talent isn’t scarce. That was the message from the storyteller extraordinaire at OZY Fusion Fest this weekend, as he highlighted the woefully low “capitalization rate” — the percentage of Americans who get to fulfill their potential. University education in America is “absurdly expensive,” he says. And while elite schools find small numbers of qualified low-income students to attend for free, thousands more don’t even hit the radar. We should be angry, Gladwell says, about an educational system that’s more concerned with investing in football stadiums than its core purpose.
The past few months have been a lot to process. From Orlando to Munich, large-scale attacks — whatever their motive — are shaking up how counterterrorism experts think about the task ahead, as lessons learned from 9/11 no longer apply. How do you find a plotting attacker if their weapon is an everyday purchase like a truck? Some experts say social media is the biggest new battleground. But online anti-radicalization is a long-term commitment — and a tough sell to people who want guaranteed safety today.
The new rat race: Who can get out of New Zealand alive? The island nation has given itself 34 years to completely eradicate rats, stoats and possums, non-native species that are estimated to kill 25 million native birds each year. The predators also devour reptiles en masse, and possums and ferrets carry diseases that could threaten the island’s livestock. The current government says such pests cost New Zealand $2.3 billion annually, and it hopes to exterminate at least one predator from the island by 2025.
Let’s go back to the future. When Mystery Science Theater 3000’s original creator, Joel Hodgson, turned to crowdfunding for $2 million to make three episodes of the cult series, he wound up with $5.7 million and 50,000 backers. Now he’s announced an update: The show’s revival will be a 14-episode Netflix run with high-profile writers, including Community’s Dan Harmon and Joel McHale, helping bring the show to life. Purists beware: While most of the original team is signed on, robots Crow and Tom Servo will get new voices.
Magnifique! The 31-year-old pedaled arm-in-arm with fellow Team Sky members up the Champs-Elysees to claim the traditional champagne flute after becoming the first British cyclist to win three tours. Kenyan-born Froome — still bandaged on his right elbow and knee after a downhill crash two days ago — conceded the largely ceremonial final leg to German Andre Greipel. But Froome still finished 2:52 ahead of second-place Frenchman Romain Bardet to claim the first valid title defense in 21 years.