The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. U.S. Military Advisers Arrive in Iraq

    Roughly half of the 300 advisers promised to Iraq to help quash sectarian violence have arrived, and some are already on the front lines assessing Iraqi troops. U.S. aircraft are conducting surveillance flights each day, but they couldn’t have anticipated the latest surprise: Syrian bombers are suspected of striking Sunni targets inside Iraq. The move, coupled with reports of Iranian interventions on behalf of Iraq’s government, could signal a broadening of the conflict. Both Iran and Syria have opposed U.S. involvement in the crisis.


  2. Cochran Squeaks Past Tea Party Challenger

    Six-term Senator Thad Cochran edged past Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel by 1.4 percent of the vote in Mississippi’s GOP primary. Democrats crossed over to participate in the hotly contested runoff, coming to the 76-year-old Cochran’s rescue while protesting the controversial McDaniel, 41, a former talk-radio host. “There is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that is decided by liberal Democrats,” McDaniel tweeted , pondering the sanctity of the vote and refusing to concede.


  3. Uruguay Wins But Suarez ’Bite’ Clouds Future

    Move over Mike Tyson. Uruguayan fans cheered their team’s victory over Italy last night in the World Cup, 1-0, but Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini returns home with an unwanted souvenir: impressions of striker Luis Suarez’s teeth. The referee took no action at the time, but governing body Fifa has launched a disciplinary proceeding against Suarez, 27, who has been suspended for biting twice before. Suarez, who learned his fancy footwork on the streets, could face a maximum two-year or 24-match ban.


  4. Firms Hunt for Younger Financial Planners

    The average U.S. financial adviser is over 50, and only five percent of them are under 30. With so few new advisers waiting in the wings, men like Joseph Clinard, 76, are still slogging away to provide advice. In a bid to halt the graying of financial planning, some firms are moving away from commission-based compensation — which deters younger advisers with fewer clients — in favor of base salary models, while also reaching out to women and minorities.


  5. Ukrainian Truce Hangs in Balance, Ex-Editor Guilty in UK Phone Hacking Trial

    Downing of Ukraine military helicopter casts shadow on “truce.” (BBC)

    Former ‘News of the World’ editor found guilty in phone hacking trial. (The Guardian)

    Rangel claims victory in NY Democratic primary. (New York Post)

    Report blames pilots for botched landing in San Francisco Asiana crash. (CNN)

    Spanish princess ‘must face fraud charges.’ (The Telegraph)


  1. Soldier Forced Out After Love Affair

    Army Green Beret Maj. Jim Gant was assigned to a combat post in Afghanistan to gain support from Pashtun tribes against the Taliban. His successful tactics earned the Silver Star Medal winner the nickname “Lawrence of Afghanistan,” but he was forced out after admitting to secretly living with Washington Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson while on assignment. Gant had “gone native” in a bid to win over locals’ trust and was idolized by his soldiers, but his superiors began to question his unconventional methods.


  2. Study Finds 3-D Mammograms More Accurate

    A new study says 3-D mammography technology, or tomosynthesis, increases breast cancer detection rates and reduces false alarms compared to the traditional two-dimensional mammogram. With nearly one in eight American women developing invasive breast cancer at some point in their lives, preventative screening is crucial, but the study doesn’t address whether the new technology helps save lives. At $500,000 a unit, some experts question whether the price tag and added radiation exposure are too high a cost.

    NYTBoston GlobeWSJ

  3. Dylan’s Iconic Song Draft Grabs $2 Million

    A draft of Bob Dylan’s rock hit “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for a record $2 million at Sotheby’s. Scribbled in pencil by 24-year-old Dylan on four sheets of hotel stationery, it is said to be the only known manuscript in existence and was put up for a sale by a fan from California. The sheets reveal lines like “Dry vermouth … you’ll tell the truth,” which didn’t make the final cut.

    Rolling StoneAP

  4. ‘Magnificent’ Actor Eli Wallach Dies Aged 98

    Prolific character actor Eli Wallach, who was an early exponent of method acting, worked in film, television and theatre for more than 60 years, appearing in The Magnificent Seven, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Lord Jim and The Ghost Writer. The University of Texas Austin alum, who served in World War II, was best known for roles as bandits and bad guys. He won an honorary Oscar in 2010 for being the “quintessential chameleon.” 

    VarietyHollywood Reporter, Reuters

  5. LeBron James Opts For Free Agency

    The four-time MVP has opted out of the last two years of his Miami Heat contract, but only Miami and five other suitors can currently afford to offer him the maximum annual salary of $23.7 million and stay under the league’s salary cap. The question is whether the 29-year-old Akron, OH, native will remain with the Heat — the team is likely to up its offer — or move to colder, less profitable climes to be paired with fresh talent.

    ESPNWashington Post