The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Bolivia's President Resigns After Election Audit

    Calling it a "coup," President Evo Morales has resigned after the country's military chief appeared on national television asking him to step down. Since his claimed Oct. 20 reelection, Morales has faced weeks of sometimes deadly protests. This weekend international election monitors found a "heap of observed irregularities" and "clear manipulation" of results. Morales, the country's first indigenous leader, was also the Americas' longest-serving, after changing the Constitution's term limits.

    What's been the response? In the capital, La Paz, people waved flags, honked car horns and set off fireworks. Referring to other troubled socialist governments, crowds chanted, "This is not Cuba, nor Venezuela."

    Read OZY's Flashback about Bolivia's worst president.

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    Australia Facing 'Catastrophic' Bushfires

    It "could be the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen," according to New South Wales' emergency services minister. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has declared a state of emergency after wildfires caused three deaths and now encroach on the Sydney metropolitan area. Thousands have been forced to evacuate, while blazes threaten more homes beyond the 150 already destroyed as more than 60 fires rage across the state and neighboring Queensland.

    What's the forecast? Shifting dry and gusty winds are expected to bring the worst devastation Tuesday, so nearly 600 schools are closed, while Berejiklian is urging residents to "assume the worst."

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    Police Shoot Hong Kong Protester, Probe Immolation Clip

    Pro-democracy protests were again marred by violence today, even as demonstrators decried last week's death of a man who fell from a parking garage where tear gas was fired. In a new incident Monday, a police officer trying to subdue one protester shot at another who was approaching. Wounded in the stomach, the protester was hospitalized in critical condition.

    What else is happening in Hong Kong? Authorities are investigating a video that's circulating in which a man arguing with protesters was doused with fuel and set ablaze.

    OZY profiles a 22-year-old woman leading the protesters.

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    Haley Book Calls Out White House Colleagues

    She served at the pleasure. A new book by former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley excoriates former White House chief of staff John Kelly and ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for disloyalty to President Donald Trump. In With All Due Respect, Haley says they encouraged her to join in resisting their boss's aims, claiming they were "trying to save the country." But she argued the two should have instead shared their concerns with Trump.

    Where is the impeachment process? Public testimony begins this week, with House Republicans demanding that Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden's son be called to testify about his work in Ukraine.

  5. Also Important...

    The U.N.'s mission in Iraq is proposing a roadmap to end authorities' clashes with protesters, which Amnesty International is calling a "bloodbath." A whistleblower is accusing British Airways of flying with excess fuel — creating extra emissions — to save money. And Spain's ruling Socialists again failed to win a majority in Sunday's elections, while its far-right Vox party more than doubled its seats.

    #OZYfact: Some 185,000 U.S. veterans have sought treatment for illnesses that may be linked to wartime burn pits. Read more on OZY.

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  1. Russian 'Napoleon' Confesses to Dismembering Student Lover

    Oleg Sokolov, 63, admitted he was planning to commit suicide dressed as Napoleon — but his plans were thwarted when he fell into a river while dumping his girlfriend's remains. St. Petersburg police pulled the professor, who'd been awarded France's Legion of Honor for his Napoleonic scholarship, from the Moika River with a backpack containing the severed limbs of Anastasia Yeschenko, 24, who had cosplayed with Sokolov. Police found a beheaded torso in his apartment.

    Could anyone see it coming? Some of his students called him a "freak" and described odd behavior, with one alleging that Sokolov had tortured her with a hot iron.

    Don't miss this OZY story about a Saudi princess's murder.

  2. Immigrants Have Revived Ireland's Unique Sports

    Gaelic football looked doomed to disappear after the 2008 financial crisis drove players from the Emerald Isle in search of work. OZY reports that an influx of migrants has revived the unique game — sort of a cross between volleyball, soccer and rugby — along with hurling, which looks like a soccer/baseball/lacrosse hybrid. These ancient sports are recruiting new talent by hiring diversity officers and creating outreach programs for "non-traditional" communities of players.

    Is everyone happy? Players of color report being racially vilified at junior levels, but say that the atmosphere is now improving in a big way.

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    Frenzied Buying Marks China's Singles Day

    Today is Veterans Day in the U.S. and Europe's Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. But in China it's Singles Day, launched in 1993 by Nanjing University students who chose 11/11, with all those 1s, to celebrate being single. When online retailer Alibaba stepped in, the day became a massive e-commerce boom, netting $31 billion last year and putting the entire U.S. Black Friday weekend to shame. Today, Alibaba already grossed $12 billion — in the first hour of shopping.

    What else is it known for? If it was founded, as some speculate, to counter Chinese marriage norms, it's failed: Nov. 11 is now a prized wedding date.

    Read OZY's Flashback on how cousins separated by WWI found each other.

  4. NASA Unveils Electric X-Plane Project

    It's been called a Tesla with wings. The U.S space agency has revealed its prototype of an electric aircraft that could have major environmental implications. The X-57 Maxwell, also known as the X-Plane, boasts seven electric propellers on each wing powered by lithium-ion battery packs. To save energy, only two larger props will run between takeoff and landing.

    What's the point? The plane will generate zero emissions while flying, and could provide the aircraft industry with a sustainable — and relatively quiet — alternative to fossil-fuel flight.

  5. 'Endgame' Is First at People's Choice Awards

    Legendary auteur Martin Scorsese may not call it art, but the people have spoken. Marvel's Avengers: Endgame was named the movie of 2019 at the only major awards chosen strictly by fan votes. Netflix retro sci-fi series Stranger Things topped Game of Thrones and others to win the show of 2019, while Robert Downey Jr. and Zendaya claimed the year's movie star honors. Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes and BLACKPINK grabbed the top musical awards.

    How are winners chosen? Fans vote several ways, including on the PCA website, Twitter and Xfinity cable TV boxes, with votes counting double on certain days.

    Read OZY's Immodest Proposal on gender-fluid Oscar categories.