The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Fugitive Survivalist Captured in Pennsylvania

    Eric M. Frein was arrested without incident Thursday night at an abandoned airport hangar about 35 miles from where he is accused of fatally shooting a Pennsylvania trooper and wounding another. Despite a massive manhunt, the sniper eluded authorities for 48 days by disappearing into the rugged woods. The FBI put Frein on its 10-most-wanted list, even as ominous traces of the fugitive occasionally appeared, including a journal that recounted the ambush that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson.

    NBC, NYT, USA Today

  2. Tunisians Decide to Go Secular

    Stand aside, Islamists, the votes are counted. Tunisia has resoundingly chosen the party known as Nida Tounes — Tunisia’s Call — and veered secular in parliamentary elections. It was a blow to Islamist party Ennahda, which has struggled to lead the home of ancient Carthage since sweeping into power in 2011’s Arab Spring. Ennahda now has a minority with 69 seats, while Nida Tounes has 85. That’s not enough for the secularists to rule alone, but it’s enough to make them eye next month’s presidential election with a smile.


  3. Apple Chief Is ‘Proud to Be Gay’

    Timothy Cook’s declaration in a Bloomberg Businessweek essay makes him the most-prominent U.S. business leader yet to open the closet doors. He is the only openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500. Cook said he never hid his sexuality, but he never went public with it either. He’s doing so now ”to advocate for equality for all people.” Less than 20 percent of gay, lesbian and bisexual people share their full identities at work. That could soon change thanks to Cook.

    NYT, Time, USA Today

  4. Fed Ends Stimulus Bond-Buying Era

    Let the good times roll. It seems the Federal Reserve is so certain the recession is over that it has ended its economy-stimulating bond buying, which helped feed one of the longest bull markets in U.S. history. It will keep short-term interest rates near zero for a “considerable time” and retain its $4.5 trillion in bonds purchased over the last six years by replacing those that mature. The Fed’s optimism resonated with the dollar, which soared to a three-week high on currency markets.


  5. Ebola Nurse Defies Maine’s Quarantine

    Nobody puts Kaci Hickox in a corner. The American health worker treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone only to return to a forced quarantine in New Jersey. Now she’s supposed to be staying in isolation at home in Maine. But the asymptomatic nurse hopped on her bike today and went for a ride, defying a policy she says isn’t “science-based.” Authorities in Maine have threatened to go to court to enforce the quarantine. But first they’ll have to catch her.

    BBC, The Telegraph

  6. MadBum Clinches World Series for Giants

    Ninety feet. That’s what stood between the Royals and royalty. Oh, and Madison Bumgarner. The Giants MVP allowed two hits in five scoreless relief innings, leading San Francisco to win 3-2 and secure its third title in five years. The century’s first baseball mini-dynasty also won Game Seven on the road — the first time anyone has pulled that off since 1979. It came down to a ballplayer’s dream: bottom of the ninth, two outs and a runner on third. But for KC’s Salvador Perez, who fouled out to end the Series, it’ll forever be a nightmare.


  7. Burkina Faso Mob Torches Parliament

    The people have had enough. President Blaise Compaore was slated to step down next year after 27 years of rule, but lawmakers have scheduled a vote to change the constitution so he could potentially remain in power. That triggered deadly protests, which saw state television offices ransacked and the presidential palace burned, too. Not satisfied with merely halting the vote, many say they want Compaore out now. 



  1. Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified

    They still hope to find her. Researchers say they have identified part of the pioneering aviator’s aircraft, 77 years after her disappearance. The jagged aluminum rectangle, “as unique … as a fingerprint,” was found on an uninhabited atoll in Kiribati, suggesting that Earhart made an emergency landing, rather than crashing into the Pacific. Sadly, that could mean Earhart and her navigator were stranded there. Investigators plan to revisit the atoll in July, but will amateurs get there first?

    Discovery NewsTIMEGawker

  2. Crash-Test Dummies Pork Up for Safety 

    He ain’t heavy, he’s my dummy. Michigan-based Humanetics believes it’s time for the safety mannequins it manufactures to add some pounds and help make cars safer for the 70 percent of Americans considered overweight. The typical dummy now weighs 167 pounds, but new ones will bulk up to 270. Studies have shown that obese drivers have a 78-percent greater chance of dying in crashes, so experts are giving weight to stronger seat belts and air bags that are better designed to fit the fat.

    ABCAuto World

  3. Sub-Saharan Africa Has White Leader

    Following the death of Zambian President Michael Sata, his deputy has become the southern part of the continent’s first white head of state since the end of apartheid. Cambridge-educated Guy Scott, the son of British parents, has described himself as Africa’s first white democratic leader “since the Venetians.” While Scott is a trusted figure and his race is unlikely to cause disruption, his term may be limited to 90 days, because only the children of Zambians are eligible to run for president. 

    Vice, CNNThe Telegraph

  4. Soda Bottler Quits West Bank Settlement

    They’re moving out. SodaStream International is shutting down its factory in an Israeli West Bank settlement, and pro-Palestinian boycotters are declaring it a victory. While the make-your-own soda company insists its move to within Israel’s borders is purely commercial, others suggest that boycotts motivated the company, whose CEO conceded the factory was “a pain in the ass.” SodaStream promises to lobby the Israeli government to ensure Palestinian employees get work permits to continue working at the new site. 

    The GuardianThe Atlantic, Forward

  5. Fired CBC Host Faces Public Accusations

    TV actress Lucy DeCoutere says popular Canadian broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi slapped and choked her without warning or consent in 2003. She is the first to agree to be identified, but at least seven other women are accusing the ousted CBC host of sexual harassment or outright violence. Admitting to a preference for rough sex, the once-beloved star defended his aggressive behavior as consensual. But the allegations keep adding up.

    Toronto Star, CTV News, Global News