The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Rachel Dolezal

    Dr. Rachel Dolezal Resigns from NAACP Post

    The former president of the Spokane, WA, chapter of the NAACP has quit under pressure from groups concerned the racial identity scandal swirling around her will take away from the group’s mission. After years of serving as a professor of African-American studies at Eastern Washington University and living as a mixed-race woman, Dolezal was outed as a Caucasian by her parents. The 37-year old’s psychological mindset has been questioned, in particular to her claims to “transracial” black identification. She still holds her teaching position until further notice.



  2. Jeb Bush

    Jeb Bush Formally Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

    Now it’s official. Months after expressing interest in the nomination, Jeb Bush told a crowd of supporters at Miami Dade College he’s officially throwing his hat in the ring for the White House. Bush is seeking to make history by becoming the third member of his immediate to occupy the White House. He enters the race as one of his party’s presumptive front-runners but promised to take nothing for granted, saying he’ll government “out of the business of causing problems.” First, he’ll have to distinguish himself from the 13 other declared GOP candidates and a skeptical conservative base.

  3. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir wipes his eyes at the opening session at the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg.

    Sudanese Leader Defies Judge, Leaves South Africa

    If he ignored the International Criminal Court, why would he yield to a Pretoria judge? Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who was ordered not to leave South Africa by the high court, has fled back to his home country. Bashir was charged by the ICC in 2008 with genocide and crimes against humanity over the Darfur conflict, and the ICC wanted South Africa to take him into custody. A judgment was pending today over whether to arrest the 71-year-old, who was in Johannesburg for an African Union summit.

  4. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, pictured here in an undated video released by the militants, is believed to have been killed by a targeted U.S. strike in Libya.

    U.S. Strike Reportedly Kills Terrorist Leader

    He’s slipped through their nets before. So while the Libyan government says Mokhtar Belmokhtar, former chief of al-Qaida’s operations in the Maghreb and now leader of a splinter group, died in a targeted U.S. air attack in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, the Americans aren’t so sure. Washington confirmed that Belmokhtar — who’s been reported dead multiple times and was the mastermind behind the deadly 2013 gas field attack in Algeria — was the target. But while they say they think he’s been killed, they won’t declare victory without forensic proof of his death.

  5. The EU and Greek flags.

    Greece Walks Out of Eleventh-Hour Talks

    Athens and Brussels are further apart than we realized. Yesterday, the Greek negotiating team walked out of last-ditch talks in the Belgian capital after being told their attempts to placate eurozone creditors had failed. Finance ministers will meet again on Thursday in what’s widely seen as a final bid — but it’s looking less and less likely that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his anti-austerity government will be able to bridge the gap and secure funding before its $1.7 billion IMF bill comes due on June 30.

  6. A Dallas Police SWAT team rolls through the scene in a standoff with gunman James Boulware, who attacked police headquarters.

    Dad: Dallas Police Attack Suspect ‘Snapped’

    James Boulware was at the end of his rope, his dad says. Having lost custody of his son a few months ago, the 35-year-old with a history of mental illness and violence-related charges simply “broke.” He attacked the Dallas police headquarters on Saturday, placing explosives outside and firing shots at authorities before being shot dead by a sniper. Several officers are on administrative leave pending a routine investigation, and authorities are cleaning up the crime scene in order to reopen the station to the public.


  1. A hippo on the loose in Tbilisi

    Escaped Zoo Animals Roam Flooded Tbilisi

    Where’s Noah when you need him? Flooding in the former Soviet republic has killed at least 12 and all but destroyed the Georgian capital’s zoo, enabling lions, tigers, bears and at least one hippopotamus to run free. Authorities are scrambling to recover the beasts while ensuring the city’s 1.1 million residents are safe from both the fugitives and the surging Kura River. The hippo has been subdued and a few animals have been killed, but folks are being advised to stay inside because it’s unclear how many creatures remain at large.

  2. Google Gaming Ready to Battle

    Google’s upcoming live and on-demand streaming gaming site will be a strong competitor to the established market leader, so says leading tech site Ars Technica. Last Friday, the Mountain View search giant announced it would launch the network to challenge Twitch, which was acquired by Amazon in 2014 for nearly a billion dollars becaue of its 100 million monthly visitors. Ars says the first demo has several advantages: you can pause and repeat game-play, the interface looks “slick” and recommendations are as good as YouTube’s app. While there are glitches, most are expected to be gone by year’s end. 

  3. A model of Philae

    Philae Lander Wakes Up After Seven Months

    It’s made an out-of-this-world comeback. When the European Space Agency landed Philae on comet 67P last autumn, the little robot and its solar-powered batteries bounced away from its designated landing spot and into the shade. The batteries eventually died, and Philae fell silent — many feared permanently — until late Saturday, when it chirped a sunny hello to ESA HQ and inspired the #WakeUpPhilae hashtag. Scientists, who had been searching for it for months, will now attempt to pinpoint the lander’s exact location.

  4. Alibaba HQ in China

    China to Get Homegrown Netflix Clone

    How do you say Orange Is the New Black in Mandarin? Alibaba, the Chinese online marketplace that sells more than Amazon and eBay combined, is planning to launch its own video-streaming service, modeling it after Netflix and HBO. Tmall Box Office will go live in two months via Alibaba’s set-top box and smart televisions, aiming to serve up to 600 million users with original and licensed content. Netflix’s plans to expand into China, meanwhile, may tune in to a lot more static.

  5. Chris Pratt

    ‘Jurassic World’ Stomps to Record Debut

    The dinosaurs chomped their way to $511.8 million. While reviews were mixed for the franchise’s fourth outing — raves for roars, snores for human drama — it’s the first time a movie has topped $500 million in one weekend. In the U.S., it raked in $204.6 million, taking second place for opening weekend gross behind The Avengers’ 2012 debut of $207.4 million. The solid showing — along with star Chris Pratt signing on for more — means fans will likely see their favorite dinos on the silver screen again.

  6. Cleveland's Tristan Thompson (#13) goes up against Shaun Livingston (#34) and Stephen Curry (#30) of the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Five.

    Warriors Conquer Game 5, Eye NBA Title

    In a high-energy Game 5, the Warriors dominated the Cavs 104-91, led by league MVP Stephen Curry’s 37 points, to take a 3-2 series advantage. LeBron James did all he could — he might even be crowned finals MVP — notching his second triple-double of the series with 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. But it wasn’t enough to diminish the surging offense of Golden State, who hope to claim their first NBA title in 40 years on Tuesday night in Cleveland.

  7. Blackhawks Suffocate Lightning, Hoist Stanley Cup

    It’s official: Chicago is a hockey dynasty. It was only fitting that Chicago’s lockdown defenseman Duncan Keith scored the first goal, followed by Patrick Kane’s third period shot that clinched the 2-0 win for the Blackhawks, who have won three championships in six years. Tampa Bay had a golden opportunity early, when their star Steven Stamkos was denied on a fast break by Corey Crawford. The Windy City will be rocking … until next season, when the Hawks return to the ice with a massive target on their backs.