They put a price tag on justice. The city’s comptroller Scott Stringer announced a settlement was reached with the family of Garner, whose death set off a national debate on race and criminal justice. The settlement avoids a $75 million criminal suit against the city. Stringer said the city admits no wrongdoing in the settlement but acknowledged the case forced the city’s law enforcement officials to reexamine the role they play with the public. The family is expected to attend a rally on Saturday calling for federal charges to be filed against the officers involved in Garner’s death.
The Presidential Daily Brief
Eurozone creditors are pulling Greece back from the brink. They’ve unanimously agreed, after a grueling 17-hour discussion, to grant Athens a third bailout to the tune of $96 billion over three years. A Grexit has been avoided, with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowing to pass tax and pension reforms by Wednesday, followed by more cuts later this month — something he warned could deepen Greece’s recession. Other eurozone parliaments must now approve the bailout, but news of the deal sent the euro up against the dollar and will likely buoy European markets.
The security system was apparently all wet. Drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman has fled Mexico’s toughest prison through a tunnel starting in a shower. “El Chapo,” who’d been on the lam for 13 years before being recaptured in 2014, leads the notorious Sinaloa cartel, responsible for thousands of deaths and trafficking tons of cocaine and heroin. A manhunt and investigation are underway — with the U.S. pledging to help — but some are wondering whether there’s any point in returning Guzman to a Mexican prison. Adding insult to injury, photos have already surfaced purporting to show Guzman enjoyed his return to freedom.
They might still hit their target. After extending a June 30 deadline, parties involved in the Iran nuclear negotiations report that an agreement may soon blast off. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said talks are in the “final phase” for securing a provisional agreement that would halt Tehran’s nuclear development in exchange for lifting Western sanctions. Failure is still a possibility, and even success could be thwarted by U.S. lawmakers, with some Republicans threatening to block a deal, saying it will be “a very hard sell” in Congress.
The question is: Why now? Since last Thursday, the Chinese government has interrogated or detained about 106 human rights lawyers, presenting them in state-run media as a greedy gang of criminals. Wang Yu, a lawyer who disappeared last week, is thought to be in state custody — and many who signed a letter supporting her have now been rounded up as well. The U.S. State Department says it’s watching the situation with “growing alarm,” but it’ll be up to China to heed international calls to release its prisoners.
He’s jumping in — and away from the center. The 47-year-old governor of America’s Dairyland is known for tackling unions and has been leaning further right on issues like immigration, while courting religious conservatives with his views on marriage and abortion. Walker, the son of a Baptist minister, announced his candidacy today from Wisconsin’s reddest county as he looks to stand out from moderates like former Gov. Jeb Bush. But his tilt to the right is bound to draw fire from Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Mike Huckabee.
The cultural battlefield is narrowing. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Monday the military is developing a plan which would allow transgender men and women to openly serve in the U.S. military. The policy shift comes after the American Medical Association said last month that there are no medical reasons transgender men and women can’t serve. They’ll spend the next six months measuring the impact of such a change and likely enact the changes early next year, offering stability for the estimated 15,000 transgender men and women currently serving and their 134,000 fellow veterans.
”I believe these folks deserve their second chance,” President Obama said in a Facebook video, explaining his reasoning for commuting the sentences of 46 prisoners imprisoned — 14 of them for life — over nonviolent drug offenses. That nearly doubles the number of sentences for nonviolent crimes he’s commuted, bring the number to 89 — more than Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan combined. Later this week, he’s expected to unveil new legislative proposals that could overhaul the criminal justice system’s punitive attitude toward drug users.
Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta charged with corruption. (BBC)
Police hunt suspected armed robbers after evacuating 18 from shop near Paris. (DW)
Suicide bombing near Afghanistan military base kills at least 33. (Al Jazeera)
Chinese shares continue to rally. (WSJ) sub
At least 20 Russian soldiers killed in barracks collapse. (DW)
Tibetan political prisoner dies in Chinese jail. (SCMP)
He’ll be fine. The “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” composer was only weeks ago listed as the world’s wealthiest rapper, with $155 million in assets but now reportedly has between $10 and $50 million in matching assets and debts. A recent string of bad financial luck includes his boxing company declaring bankruptcy and facing a $5 million lawsuit after releasing a sex tape without consent. However, rather than actually being broke, the Chapter 11 filing gives Curtis Jackson time to get his finances in order and pay off his debts in a structured fashion.
It was her big day, but the world’s youngest-ever Nobel Prize winner was the one giving the gift. Malala Yousafzai spoke yesterday in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley at the opening of a school for Syrian refugee girls, paid for by her foundation. The young Pakistani, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, applauded the “brave and inspiring” young women of Syria. She also asked world leaders to stop “failing” school-age refugees, noting that “books, not bullets, will pave the path toward peace.”
No need to sweeten this pill. Human trials may soon get underway to test a drug’s ability to help us live longer, healthier lives. The move follows reports that metformin, a Type 2 diabetes medicine, helped patients live 15 percent longer. Scientists say it changes metabolic and cellular processes associated with aging. They’re currently in discussions with the FDA and want to test it on 3,000 elderly non-diabetics to see whether it can prolong their lives … and become the easiest ever medicine to swallow.
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. The new $15 per month Xfinity Stream service looks like Comcast capitulating to the cable-less trend — but they’ve got a ways to go to catch up with the tastes of your average Millennial. Stream is only available to Comcast customers, but it will bundle HBO with other on demand content — though it’s the same price as HBO’s own streaming service. Now Comcast will have to chase and copy Netflix and Amazon’s biggest asset: Huge libraries of exclusive content for binge-watching.
Tradition trumped controversy. Miss Oklahoma triumphed and helped turn the focus away from the fiery rhetoric of pageant owner Donald Trump. Moving from NBC and Univision to the little-known Reelz Channel, the show aired in spite of losing five hosts, four judges and several performers from its original lineup. Even the real estate mogul himself skipped it in favor of a campaign event. But those who did attend focused on the program’s traditional glory in a bid to keep the contest relevant for years to come.
The Japanese video game king who helped rebuild an empire died of cancer Saturday. Iwata took the reins of the stumbling gaming giant in 2002, as the fourth president in the firm’s 126-year history — it began as a card company in 1889 — and the first from outside the founding Yamauchi family. The former programmer quickly brought Nintendo back to life, launching the hugely popular Wii and DS platforms. Recently, he’d steered toward mobile gaming, and fans will now wait to see whether his successor continues in that direction.
The dusty baselines finally get a break. Two weeks after opening pristine grass courts, the world’s oldest tennis tournament ended with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams reigning supreme. On Saturday, Williams dismissed Garbine Muguruza in straight sets to clinch a sixth Wimbledon title and second “Serena Slam.” And yesterday, the 28-year-old Serb ate celebratory grass in center court after beating Roger Federer in four sets to hoist the gold cup. Veteran John McEnroe has since declared it Djokovic’s time to dominate, but Federer assures fans he’ll keep coming to the net.