The forecast is blue. Donald Trump has canceled high-dollar fundraisers for the GOP and appears to be looking beyond November by launching a nightly Facebook show, though he claims to have “no interest” in post-election Trump TV. Meanwhile, OZY Editor-in-Chief Carlos Watson says polling shows Hillary Clinton could post a double-digit victory, the first in decades. While that’s a long shot, she’s leading some polls by more than 6 points — and even Republican Colin Powell, who also voted for Barack Obama, says he’s with her.
The Presidential Daily Brief
You’ve got to know when you’re beaten. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday that getting Pyongyang to back down on its nuclear advancements is “probably a lost cause.” The State Department immediately insisted that it’s still hoping for international talks on disarmament, but Clapper suggested economic inducements and a campaign to undermine North Korea’s current regime might work better in the long run. Meanwhile, some experts predict North Korea will be a hot-button issue for the next president.
Where do their loyalties lie? Afghan officials have identified the insurgents who abducted 33 people yesterday — and reportedly killed at least 20 of them today — as a former Taliban group that’s now sworn allegiance to ISIS. The Taliban have also been increasing their attacks in Afghanistan recently, but Ghor, one of the country’s poorest provinces, has largely been left alone due to its inhospitable terrain. Some are postulating that the killings are revenge for the deaths of Taliban commanders killed in battles with state forces yesterday.
They had a good run. Apple has announced its first annual revenue decline in 15 years, dropping 9 percent last quarter to $46.9 billion. It’s still the most valuable company in the world, and the tech giant’s working swiftly to mitigate the damage, looking to both the iPhone 7 — for which customers are waiting eight weeks in some areas — and 24 percent revenue growth in its services, which include iTunes, Apple Music and apps. While investors are skeptical, analysts say customer loyalty could bolster Apple considerably.
Know This: Earthquakes rattle central Italy. Turkey has arrested the co-mayors of its largest Kurdish city in a crackdown on the country’s Kurdish minority. Gambia has announced it’ll withdraw from the International Criminal Court. And Paul Beatty won the Man Booker Prize, the first American author to do so.
Watch This: Newt Gingrich got belligerent with Megyn Kelly, accusing her of being “fascinated with sex” for her reporting on sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump.
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It starts with K. Corey Kluber set a Series record by striking out eight Cubs in the first three innings of a 6-0 Cleveland win. Catcher Roberto Perez knocked two homers and the Progressive Field crowd got loud as Tribe pitchers smothered the mighty Chicago offense. Both championship-starved franchises — the Indians last won in 1948, the Cubs in 1908 — carry the hopes of their cities. Jake Arrieta and Trevor Bauer face off in Game 2 tonight, moved up to 7 p.m. Eastern because of a rainy forecast.
The price war has arrived. As it seeks to build public goodwill for its $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner, AT&T is set to offer a $35 per month streaming package of 100-plus channels. It’s a blow to cable giant Comcast and represents the latest shift in the war for America’s screens, with the classic cable TV bundle breaking up in favor of individual streaming services. The new DirecTV Now product will be available over landline internet and 5G connections, which AT&T aims to roll out in 2018.
Does a stiff upper lip float? A recent poll shows that 27 percent of British adults can’t swim 25 meters — and 11 percent can’t swim at all. The numbers are somewhat better in the U.S., where 80 percent told the Red Cross they can swim, though the number dives to 59 percent for Black Americans. That may reflect a socioeconomic swimming schism on both sides of the pond: British elementary schools are supposed to require swimming proficiency, but are falling woefully short, meaning parents may need to wade in.
Not everyone survives this journey. A recent U.N. report has found that 2016 is set to be the deadliest year for refugees crossing the Mediterranean. Far fewer migrants have attempted the crossing this year, perhaps in part due to the huge death tolls — and anti-immigration crackdowns — in 2015. But nevertheless, more of them are dying, with at least 3,740 people reported killed this year: roughly one in every 47. While Mediterranean countries clamp down on border control, no easy solution seems to be in sight.
It’s an exit, sans bear. The theater world is asking itself some hard questions after Emma Rice, artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, has announced she’ll be leaving after only two seasons. As head of the replica of the Bard’s original playhouse, Rice made bold pledges to counteract many of theater’s lingering prejudices. While the Globe’s board says it’s letting Rice go after disagreements about lighting, many suspect the decision is more about Rice’s insistence on equal gender casting and setting plays in modern times. Rice will preside over one final year before departing.