The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. New Brown Autopsy Conducted, Violence Flares

    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the National Guard to Ferguson after the worst night of violence since protests began nine days ago. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters, who reportedly hurled Molotov cocktails, ignoring a midnight curfew. Residents also held a peaceful church rally, but the mood unraveled quickly after dark. The results of a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday show that Michael Brown was shot six times by officer Darren Wilson.

    ABC, CNN, NYT, Washington Post

  2. Kurdish Forces Gain Control of Key Dam in Iraq

    Troops supported by U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq have reportedly retaken control of Mosul Dam, siezed by Islamic State militants 11 days ago. The extremists’ control of the dam sparked fears that fighters might cause flooding or cut off water supplies, which could threaten U.S. personnel as well as civilians. According to a senior Kurdish official, the next goal is to clear the Nineveh plain to allow the return of minority groups, although troops on the ground are encountering fierce resistance.


  3. Banks May Bolt if Britain Leaves EU

    American banks are planning UK exit strategies, should the country leave the European Union. Bank of America, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley are exploring the possibility of relocating to EU member Ireland for its tax advantages. British Prime Minister David Cameron has increasingly flirted with Euroskeptics, promising a referendum on a “Brexit” if he is re-elected next year. But that might change as rumors of bank relocations worry London’s powerful banking giants, who wield substantial influence over British politics.

    FT (sub), NYT

  4. Gov. Perry Fights Against Felony Indictment

    A defiant Texas Gov. Rick Perry blasted his indictment on two felony counts of abuse of power yesterday as “way outside the norm,” and even some Democrats questioned the charges. The Republican was indicted for threatening to veto $7.5 million in funding for a unit investigating public corruption unless the Democratic district attorney—busted last year for drunken driving—stepped down. Perry yesterday defended his action, saying the public had lost confidence in the D.A., and he “stood up for the rule of law.”

    CBS, Politico


  1. Richard III’s Remains Reveal Love of Wine

    Shakespeare got one bit right: Richard III apparently had not “that alacrity of spirit, nor cheer of mind,” without a bowl of wine. Scientists studying the king’s remains have concluded that he drank a bottle of wine a day in the last years of his life. Analysis of bones and teeth suggests that the heavy drinking followed his coronation in 1483. But after two years as monarch, it was the forces of Henry Tudor—not the booze—that killed him.


  2. Web Therapy Offers Relief to Bipolar Patients

    Could there be an app for this? A British psychologist’s online support system for bipolar patients has sailed through a trial conducted by the UK’s public health system. Over 90 percent of patients were positive about the “Living With Bipolar” website’s content, which incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, psycho-education and a peer support forum. While it won’t replace face-to-face support, it could ease over-reliance on drug therapy and help plug other gaps in mental healthcare.

    Ars Technica

  3. Small Businesses Denied Loosening Credit Trend

    News of economic recovery may be a relief to many Americans, but small businesses are still struggling to get loans. While lending to all businesses totaled $2.48 trillion as of March 31, only $585 billion of that went to small businesses. That’s well below the $711 billion of 2008 and is constricting growth at the lower end of the economy. The latest survey has revealed that banks have loosened their lending policy to medium and large companies but remain tight-fisted towards the grassroots.

    WSJ (sub)

  4. Which Working Parents Get the Worst Rap?

    The public’s perception is that police, lawyers, politicians and salespeople need to brush up on their parenting, according to new research. Published by the University of Iowa, the study found that these lines of work are associated with negative parenting traits, such as aggression, weakness or detachment. That’s not to say they really make bad parents, but living down the perception itself can increase stress. People working in traditionally nurturing roles, such as nurses, doctors and teachers, the study found, are seen as better mothers and fathers.


  5. Fourth Rugby Final the Charm for English Women

    England smashed its three-time losing streak yesterday with a tough victory over Canada in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. After losing the 2002, 2006, and 2010 finals to New Zealand, England took this competition by storm and sealed it with the 21-9 win, driven by center Emily Scarratt, who notched up a cool 16 points. Played before a sellout Paris crowd and a millions-strong TV audience, the final was described as the highest-profile game in the sport’s history.