The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. World Leaders Gather For D-Day Anniversary

    Seventy years after over 156,000 British, U.S. and Canadian troops landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, world leaders have assembled there today to remember D-Day. The day’s commemorations include a re-enactment of the beach landings, as well as speeches from Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande. About 4,500 Allied troops died on the first day of the world’s largest seaborne invasion, which would help end the Nazi occupation of Western Europe and change the course of World War II.

    Sources: BBC, NYT

  2. North Korea Claims to be Holding American Tourist

    North Korea’s state-run news agency is reporting that the secretive nation has detained a U.S. citizen who entered the country as a tourist. The detainee is reportedly a man named Jeffrey Edward Fowle who allegedly acted “contrary to the purpose of tourism” after he entered the country in April. A Japanese news agency says the man was part of a tour group and apparently left a Bible in a hotel room. U.S. officials have declined to provide any further information. 

    Sources: CNN, Washington Post

  3. One Killed, 3 Injured in Seattle Pacific University Shooting

    A 26-year-old man is in custody after a shooting that left one person dead and three with injuries at Seattle Pacific University in Washington. Local police were notified of the shooting on Thursday afternoon when the suspect Aaron Ybarra allegedly entered a school hall and opened fire. A student acting as a hall monitor knocked the shooter down with pepper spray and detained him with the help of other students until police arrived. Police say the man was not a student at the private Christian university.

    Sources: CNN, USA Today

  4. Top Executives Evade Blame in Damning GM Inquiry

    In response to the flood of recent recalls, the automotive company issued a sweeping internal report on Thursday that puts the blame on low-level engineers and spares top-level executives. The report accuses engineers of turning a blind eye to the ignition problem that has now been linked to 13 deaths. The company forced out 15 employees for their role in the engineering and bureaucratic mistakes that GM says led to the safety failure. So far, 2.6 million vehicles have been recalled, costing GM over $1.7 billion.

    Sources: Reuters, NYT, Review Journal

  5. Record Mortgage Settlement Looms for Bank of America, G7 Warns of More Sanctions

    Bank of America may pay $12 billion to settle probes of home loans. (Reuters). 

    G7 leaders threaten Russia with more sanctions. (Al Jazeera). 

    Canadian police arrest Moncton shooting suspect after manhunt. (CNN). 

    Egypt criminalizes sexual harassment for first time. (The Guardian). 

    Houston Astros take 17-year-old lefty Brady Aiken with top overall pick in MLB Draft. (USA Today).


  1. Clinton Reveals the Personal and Public in New Memoir

    Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be-published book “Hard Choices” takes on everything from Benghazi to her daughter Chelsea’s wedding, but it also reveals her deepest regrets. Clinton recounts her “wrong” vote to authorize the Iraq war. But she also writes of an increasingly intimate working relationship with President Obama, from their meeting after the 2008 Democratic primary which felt like “two teenagers on an awkward first date,” to her pride in standing alongside him during the siege of Osama bin Laden’s compound. A nationwide book tour begins Tuesday — will it be a prelude to a 2016 presidential run?

    Sources: CBS, NYTimes

  2. Study Says Marijuana has Lasting Adverse Effects

    Smoking pot as a teenager could have long-term consequences for one’s intelligence and achievement, says a new review of published findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. The review, authored by scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), reports that regular pot smoking from an early age is associated with a lower IQ and impaired critical thinking even if users quit smoking as adults. Marijuana use by teenagers is also linked to poor grades, an increased chance of dropping out of school, and a greater vulnerability to using other drugs, according to the review.

    Sources: TIME, NIH

  3. Secret Service Seeking Sarcasm Detector for Social Media

    The U.S. agency has posted a work order in search of a data analytics tool that can help it detect sarcasm in social media. Agency representatives explained that they are particularly interested in analyzing Twitter, a service that appears to be rampant with sly and ironic communication. Any state-of-the-art software developed in response to the order, however, must have “compatibility with Internet Explorer 8,” the five-year-old browser. And that is not a joke.

    Sources: BBC, NewsWeek 

  4. Artist Recreates Van Gogh’s Ear With Real DNA

    Nearly 130 years after the painter Vincent Van Gogh famously cut off his own ear, another Dutch artist has brought it back to life with a 3D printer. The replica ear, which floats in a liquid case, was formed by Diemut Strebe from cells grown using DNA acquired from a distant relative of the legendary artist. A museum in Karlsruhe, Germany, is housing the printed organ, which thanks to rather macabre computer technology can even “hear” what viewers are saying to it. 

    Sources: HuffPost, LA Times

  5. Spurs Prevail in Sweltering Game 1 of NBA Finals 

    San Antonio turned up the heat on Miami to start the NBA Finals, although it wasn’t intentional. An air conditioning failure in the AT&T Center left fans and players trying to cool themselves in a humid, 90-degree environment that would sideline Miami star LeBron James with leg cramps after 33 strenuous minutes. With James on the bench, the Spurs pulled away for a 110-95 win behind 21 points and 10 rebounds from the ageless wonder, Tim Duncan.

    Sources: ESPN, CBS