The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. It’s a Girl! Baby Born to Duchess of Cambridge

    She’s 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and has the world at her tiny feet. The former Kate Middleton’s second baby was born at 8:34 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital in West London, where her brother, Prince George, was born in July 2013. Mom and Prince William, the proud dad, silently presented their little princess to the press and well-wishers on their way home. The new royal is fourth in line for the throne, after her grandfather, Prince Charles, her father and big, albeit toddling bro.


  2. Survivors Mark Dachau Liberation 70 Years Later

    There may have been more prolific death factories, but Dachau, built in 1933, was the model for the camp network that murdered 6 million Jews and other undesirables according to the Nazis’ racist credo. Today 130 survivors and troops who liberated them in 1945 honored the 40,000 who perished there. German Chancellor Angela Merkel thanked survivors for recounting the “unending suffering that Germany inflicted on you,” and cautioned against forgetting the origins of such horrors, especially as anti-Semitism again threatens “the basic order of a free society.” 

    DW, NPR

  3. Baltimore Explodes but Is Race the Issue?

    The curfew’s lifted, but frustrations over police killings and racial barriers remain. Tensions boiled on Baltimore streets last week after the police-custody death of Freddie Gray, but the Ferguson comparisons may stop there. With a black mayor and police commissioner and evenly mixed officers, some say Maryland’s tension is socioeconomic, not racial. Now, with six cops facing charges, the battle has begun between police unions, law-and-order advocates and those who have declared war on what increasingly appears to be a nationwide pattern of abusive authority.

    Baltimore SunThe Atlantic


  4. Devastated Nepal Learns the Hard Way

    They knew. Nepalese were aware they were overdue for a major earthquake, one for which they were woefully unprepared. When it struck a week ago, it was so powerful that it changed the altitude of both Mount Everest and Kathmandu and is feared to have caused 10,000 deaths. With the last “big one” in 1934, haphazardly developed areas anticipated another in 70 to 80 years — a deadline that expired last year. As aid trickles in, new construction will likely be sturdier, but will the lesson endure? 

    The Atlantic, The Guardian

  5. Disturbing Images Show Boat Migrants’ Peril

    They’re hard to look at and easy to ignore. But Reuters photojournalist Juan Medina’s prize-winning photographs of African migrants fighting — and losing — battles to cross the Mediterranean will be difficult to forget. In the wake of ship disasters that killed nearly 2,000 refugees this year, Europeans are focused on the plight of these huddled masses hoping for a tiny share of a rich continent’s bounty, with thousands being rescued in recent days. As their faces and stories suggest, impoverished Africans will continue dying for a better life.

    BBC Magazine 


  1. SurveyMonkey Chief David Goldberg Dies

    He made opinion polling accessible to anyone while building a profit-making Web concern worth $2 billion. But David Goldberg, who died Friday at age 47, was best known as spouse and helpmate to Silicon Valley’s most influential woman, Sheryl Sandberg. In her bestselling book, Lean In, she attributes some of her success to his help caring for the couple’s two children. One former colleague said he was “the person by which I measure all others.” No cause of death has been announced, but Facebook founder and family friend Mark Zuckerberg said the couple were vacationing abroad when Goldberg died.


  2. Tracking the Tornado of Our Nightmares

    It was Old Testament, even for the Bible Belt. The black monster, 25 blocks wide, mowed trees like blades of grass and obliterated brick houses, spawning side tornadoes as it roared through. “When I saw it, I saw death,” said one witness to the 2011 Alabama twister that killed 72 people and barely missed a nuclear plant. America experiences 75 percent of the planet’s twisters, which are disproportionately fatal in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama, where survivors share haunting memories and pray for mercy as a new season breaks.

    Oxford American


  3. Funky Gourmet Rocks While Greece Roils

    Like the eccentric, nitrogen-fueled “Orange Explosion” it’s known for, this Athens restaurant is a study in contradictions. Patrons drop $100 for a sampler platter not far from where Greeks reeling from an economic crisis stand in soup lines. Sniffed one critic, “The elitist prices leave a bitter aftertaste.” But even if you’re not a trickle-down believer, there’s no denying that in an industry whose revenues dropped 18 percent in 2013, Funky Gourmet’s phenomenal four-year rise to Michelin double-stardom is a tasty serving of good news.


  4. Godfather of GamerGate Wishes He’d Done More

    Eron Gjoni is smiling these days. He’s got a new girlfriend, a following and $13,000 in a crowdfunded legal defense fund. Never mind the restraining order, prompted by his 9,425-word screed containing private information and nude photos of his ex-girlfriend, video game designer Zoe Quinn. He recently told a journalist he’d crafted the “Zoe Post” — and a planned sequel — to inspire a Web-wide hate campaign against Quinn, even if he disavows resulting death and rape threats against her and other women in the gaming industry.

    Boston Magazine

  5. ‘Batman’ Mass Killing Puts Insanity on Trial

    Shooting up a crowded theater: insane, right? Were it so simple. The insanity defense has been shaped by assassination attempts on presidents and prime ministers, and could be refined again by the ongoing trial of James Holmes, the gunman charged in the 2012 killing of 12 audience members at a Dark Knight Rises screening near Denver. And unlike most states, Colorado gives the prosecution the burden of proving responsibility — despite mental illness — thereby upping the odds of another verdict sure to outrage the public.

    Hazlitt, AP

  6. Boxer’s Career Unscathed by Abuse History

    He’s one of boxing’s least aggressive champions, scoring points, not knockouts. Floyd Mayweather Jr. did exactly that last night to defeat Manny Pacquiao, but outside the ring, he has a record of far less restraint when confronting women. He’s been accused of seven assaults against five different women, some of which led to jail and other punishment, and yet he’s been allowed to rescue his violent sport from a long decline. As victims begin to speak out, will the bad-boy boxer avoid jail time by continuing his string of courtroom TKOs?

    Grantland, OZY