The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. People celebrate in Athens on July 5, 2015 after the first exit-polls of the Greek referendum. Over 60 percent of Greeks rejected further austerity dictated by the country's EU-IMF creditors in a referendum, results from 20 percent of polling stations sho

    ECB Pulls Greece Back to Reality

    They aren’t getting off that easily. After voters rejected painful reforms in yesterday’s referendum — 61 percent voted “No” — just days after Athens defaulted on its $1.7 billion IMF loan payment, Greeks were jubilant and European leaders began work on how to preserve the EU, with or without Greece. But now the ECB has denied the struggling country emergency assistance, meaning the nation will be bankrupt within days, maybe even as soon as tomorrow. Eurozone leaders will meet with the ECB tomorrow to discuss reforms.

  2. Carli Lloyd Leads U.S. to Win

    USA Wins Third Women’s World Cup Title

    They found the net … five times. Led by Carli Lloyd’s hat trick, the United States beat defending champ Japan 5-2 to win the seventh-ever World Cup, the country’s first since 1999. After scoring four goals in the first 16 minutes — including one 54-yard stunner by Lloyd from midfield — the Americans slowed enough to let their opponents into the game — until a fifth goal from Tobin Heath shut them down. Lloyd says the win hasn’t sunk in yet, but it’s sure to kick up stateside enthusiasm for soccer.

  3. A sign protesting the Confederate flag

    S.C. Legislature Begins Flag Debate

    Oh say can you see … a new flag? South Carolina’s Senate voted yesterday — just weeks after Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight others were gunned down by a white supremacist — to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the Statehouse. Lawmakers voted 37-3 to remove what many see as a symbol of racism, but others as Southern heritage. A two-thirds majority in the state’s House of Representatives is now needed — but far from assured — to see Dixie come down. House debate is expected to begin tomorrow.

  4. Amos Yee

    Singaporean Blogger Convicted of Obscenity

    The judge says he’s already served his time. Amos Yee, 16, was arrested in March after Singapore’s patriarch Lee Kuan Yew died and Yee posted an expletive-filled YouTube video celebrating Lee’s death. Though a judge found him guilty of obscenity and disparagement of religion, Yee’s already been in prison for weeks and his sentence has been backdated to make sure he walked free today. Many are surprised by the leniency, given Singapore’s reputation for strict controls on speech — but Yee is still trying to get the conviction overturned.   

  5. Main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari speaks after casting his vote at a polling station

    Twin Blasts Kill 44 in Nigerian Town

    President Muhammadu Buhari’s grace period has ended with a deadly jolt. Terrorism has rocked the country in recent days, from village slaughters by Boko Haram militants to twin blasts last night in the central city of Jos, which killed 44. The explosions were the latest in a series of attacks claiming more than 200 lives. Buhari, who took over in May, condemned the violence, and the U.S. has offered its support. But many are wondering whether Nigeria’s new leader has what it takes to rein in terror.

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    Pope Francis Launches South American Tour

    The pontiff is going places. Francis has touched down in Quito, Ecuador, for the first leg of a seven-day trip focused on inequality. Today hundreds of thousands of faithful flocked to the port town of Guayaquil for Mass, where the Argentine holy man blessed the assembled crowd and thanked god for allowing him to return to his home continent. Francis will then visit places like Bolivia and Paraguay, skipping the larger nations in favor of the “peripheries,” while whipping up excitement ahead of his Cuban and U.S. visits this September.


  1. Bill Cosby looking pensive.

    Court Docs: Cosby Drugged Women for Sex

    Court documents obtained by the Associated Press reveal Bill Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent to use them on young women for sex. Cosby reportedly admitted to giving the drug to at least one woman. Lawyers for the 77-year-old comedian unsuccessfully argued that releasing the 2005 documents, concerning a lawsuit filed by a Temple University employee, would publicly embarrass him. Most of the other accusations against the former TV star have exceeded their statute of limitations but today’s news likely ends a career already reeling from mounting past accusations.

  2. Facegloria

    Christians Launch a ’Purer’ Facebook

    Jesus loves you — but does he like you? A group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil is seeking divine intervention in the social networking world. They’ve launched a more God-focused site, Facegloria, which bans naughty words, sex — particularly homosexuality — and violence. Evangelicals, who make up more than 20 percent of Brazil’s population, have flocked to Facegloria, with a reported 100,000 sign-ups in one month for profiles that have Amen buttons to replace Facebook’s Like function. Organizers are now aiming for world domination under the English name Faceglory.

  3. Helicopter Parents Are Harming Kids, Author Says

    Helicopter Parents Blamed for Kids’ Depression

    It’s always your mom’s fault somehow. A new book from academic Julie Lythcott-Haims says parents who micromanage their children’s lives end up doing more harm than good. Campuses have reported increasing rates of mental stress and illness in college students, something that’s often blamed on lives marked by endless overachieving without much self-examination or freedom. Lythcott-Haims notes that parents who solve problems for kids put them at a disadvantage later on — after all, everyone needs to learn to think for themselves. 

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    New Zealand Law Targets Cyberbullying 

    Is it free speech, or needless cruelty? New Zealand hopes to better determine the difference with new regulations for online bullying taking effect today. The laws, which some worry will restrict free speech on the Internet unnecessarily, prohibit threatening or menacing others, obscenity, making false allegations and disclosing someone else’s sensitive personal information. The government plans to work with plaintiffs, first through mediation and then through stronger punishments, including fines and jail time, to make the Internet a warmer, fuzzier place to be.  

  5. UNESCO Recognizes Alamo in Texas

    UNESCO Announces New Heritage Sites

    We’ll drink to that. The U.N. agency tasked with promoting international collaboration and cultural legacy has granted world heritage status to new sites like the Alamo Mission in Texas and French Champagne vineyards. The Alamo, best known for its part in the American battle against Mexican forces in 1836, joins other new tourist hot spots, including Singapore’s Botanical Gardens and Norway’s Rjukan-Notodden industrial site, on the coveted list. The new status should help draw more visitors to the locales while making them eligible for financial assistance.

  6. In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA), German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst takes a photo during his spacewalk, whilst aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on October 7, 2014 in Space.

    Supplies Reach International Space Station

    Third time’s a charm. The three astronauts on the ISS had enough food to last them until October, but two consecutive attempts to bring them new supplies had failed. So the unmanned Russian vehicle that docked Sunday to resupply the international crew of researchers living in space was a relief, both to those on the ground and those in orbit. July 22 will bring an even bigger resupply: Three new astronauts — one Russian, one American and one Japanese — to join the current ISS inhabitants.

  7. BBC Broadcasting House

    BBC Asked to Pay for Retiree Licenses

    Perhaps its next drama will focus on a network struggling to stay afloat. The British government has traditionally paid TV licenses — which fund the public broadcaster — for viewers older than 75. But to save money, it’s now reportedly asking The Beeb to shoulder the cost, to the tune of more than $1 billion each year. Already faced with funding cuts and job losses, the added expense is expected to hit as early as 2017, and may lead the BBC to charge for its digital iPlayer service.

  8. David West

    David West Joins Spurs For Vet Minimum

    How much is an NBA title worth? The answer for the outgoing Indiana Pacers forward and former All-Star is around $11 million.  Walking away from a guaranteed $12.6 million option, West chose to sign with the San Antonio Spurs for roughly $1.5 million. The 2014 champs are on a tear in the first week of this year’s free agency, having already snatched LaMarcus Aldridge from the Portland Trailblazers and convincing super sixth-man Manu Ginobili to come back for another year. The perennial contenders are now once again considered front-runners to win next year’s championship.

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    MLB Announces All-Star Selections

    He knocked it out of the park. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson set a record, beating all Major League Baseball players for fan votes with more than 14 million. The 29-year-old — ranked second in the majors with 61 runs scored — will lead the AL at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14. Bryce Harper, the 22-year-old Nationals superstar, came in second, and will try to help the NL back to the win column as the leagues battle for World Series home field advantage.