January 26, 2020

The Presidential Daily Brief

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  • Shocking Death

    NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

    Basketball fans around the world are mourning the loss of the legendary Los Angeles Laker, who was among five people killed Sunday morning in the Calabasas, California accident. There were no survivors, and ESPN reports that Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, is among the dead. “There was a big fireball,” said one eyewitness. “No one could

  • Deadly Threat

    Xi: 'Grave Situation' as Coronavirus Toll Hits 56

    The respiratory contagion that’s locked down travel for tens of millions of Chinese has claimed 56 lives, with 13 new fatalities and 323 new cases reported Saturday by officials in Hubei province. That’s the epicenter of an international outbreak that’s infected nearly 2,000 people in eight Asian nations, Australia, America and France. Hong Kong declared

  • Casting Doubt

    Trump Defenders Open Impeachment Trial Rebuttal

    The evidence shows he’s innocent. That’s how President Donald Trump’s defenders opened their case in the Senate Saturday to keep him in office. Democratic House impeachment managers’ prosecution last week did not prove that the president pressured his Ukrainian counterpart for political favors, the defense team contended during their two-hour presentation. Even a transcript of

  • Coming Up

    UK All But Set to Leave EU on Friday

    After 46 years, the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on Jan. 31. Queen Elizabeth II has approved Britain’s Brexit bill, and on Friday, the heads of the European Commission and Council signed the withdrawal agreement. On Wednesday, the European Parliament is expected to add its stamp to the divorce. Is that

  • Levy Loophole

    The Great (Alleged) Tax Refund Robbery

    As an investment, you couldn’t beat the 1-for-1 returns. But German authorities, having lost $30 billion, are prosecuting investment managers who masterminded the cum-ex (“with-without” in Latin) investment vehicle. The carefully timed transactions involved buying and selling stocks, then collecting two refunds for taxes withheld only once. Other European countries, including France, Spain and Italy,

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