The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Iranian flag flutters next to a surface-to-surface missile

    Iran, World Powers Agree to Nuclear Deal

    An accord on Iran’s nuclear development has been reached at talks in Vienna. “We sealed a deal,” an Iranian diplomat declared, as negotiators from six world powers held a final meeting this morning. The historic agreement — vehemently opposed by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu — will see Tehran reduce its nuclear centrifuges and submit to U.N. inspections in return for a gradual lifting of Western sanctions. And while the deal’s approval faces stiff opposition in the U.S. Congress, opponents are unlikely to get a veto-proof majority. 

  2. Esaw Garner

    NYC to Pay Eric Garner’s Family $5.9 Million

    His last words, “I can’t breathe,” still haunt the Big Apple a year after the unarmed black man died following a violent arrest. New York City has agreed to pay $5.9 million to Garner’s family to settle the case — one of several incidents of suspected police brutality that sparked months of protests across the U.S. last year. The family, who originally sought damages of $75 million, called for prosecution of the officers involved and stood with the Rev. Al Sharpton as he declared “Money is not justice” and vowed to fight on. 

  3. El Chapo Escapes

    Mexico Fires Prison Staff, Issues Reward for Guzman

    He must’ve had help. That’s the message from Mexican authorities following the escape of notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The fugitive fled through a mile-long tunnel equipped with air vents and a motorcycle on Saturday, prompting speculation that prison officials helped with his getaway — and the firing of three penal system officials. A manhunt is underway, aided by U.S. support and the Chicago Crime Commission’s redesignation of El Chapo as Public Enemy No. 1, and Mexico’s offering a $3.8 million reward for information leading to Guzman’s recapture.

  4. Hungarian flag

    Hungary Builds Anti-Migrant Fence

    They claim it’s a temporary fix. Hungarian officials say 1,000 people illegally cross its 109-mile border with Serbia each day, and they can’t take the influx. So the military has begun construction of a 13-foot fence to keep out unwanted migrants — first with a 492-foot sample they hope will eventually line the border. Hungary’s government points to the 80,000 refugees who have already entered the country in 2015, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. But Serbia and Germany are condemning the wall and calling on Budapest to halt construction. 

  5. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Greece's parliament, which he must convince to approve strict austerity measures demanded by the European creditors in exchange for a bailout.

    Secret IMF Report on Greece Surfaces

    Could this be a deciding factor? Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has hammered out a punishing agreement on a new bailout for Greece, and has until the end of the day on Wednesday to drum up support from his own country’s parliament. But an IMF report demanding comprehensive debt relief for Greece — something Tsipras has also been fighting for — indicates that under the current agreement, the organization can’t responsibly be involved in the bailout. That could jeopardize the deal with EU parliaments, which still have to approve the new terms. 


  1. 17 Jun 2013, Hamburg, Germany --- Creative / Feature: Twitter Vine iPhone mobile app icon. --- Image by © Hoch Zwei/Corbis

    Fake Bloomberg Site Drives Twitter Stock

    That’s one way to drive up shares. A parody website claimed the micro blogging site was the target of a $31 billion buyout, causing shares to soar eight percent. In a bit of unintentional irony, a real life Bloomberg reporter took to Twitter to refute the hoax. It’s still not clear who is behind the fake site, which accurately resembles the real Bloomberg site except for a “market” url extension after the company name. But Twitter executives must be feeling the sting after the prank put their company’s uncertain future back in the news.

  2. International Boy Scouts exercising at the SMP Muhammadiyah 7 Islamic school in Kodagede, Central Java.

    Boy Scouts’ Anti-Gay Policy May Be Waning

    They’re working on their anti-discrimination merit badge. The Boy Scouts of America’s Executive Committee has unanimously approved a resolution to end the ban on homosexual and bisexual adults serving as Scout volunteers or employees. The change would mean individual dens could decide whether to accept openly gay leaders, rather than being forced to reject them. But first the measure — which wouldn’t prevent troops from discriminating if they choose to do so — must be ratified by the executive board in a July 27 vote.

  3. Italian and EU flags.

    Italy’s Debt Could Spell Trouble for EU

    Greece isn’t the only financially chaotic eurozone country. Italy’s public debt has hit $2.4 trillion, according to new numbers from the Bank of Italy, up $25.7 billion in a month. The European Commission has a target debt-to-GDP ratio of 60 percent, and while Italy’s isn’t as bad as Greece’s, it’s still a staggering 132 percent. So far this is just causing political strife in Italy — but as the Greek crisis continues to roil, analysts looking for the euro’s next problem nation are already hearing warning bells. 

  4. NASA's New Horizons nears Pluto.

    Pluto Close-Up: It’s Bigger Than Anyone Thought

    Size doesn’t matter … unless you’re a demoted planet trying to get a little recognition in a cold universe. NASA’s New Horizons probe, which today is hurtling past the erstwhile ninth — now “dwarf” — planet, has revealed that it’s bigger, at 1,473 miles across, than previously believed. And we’re about to get an even better glimpse: The probe is completing reconnaissance on the last of the “classical” nine planets, and will be returning more photos and scientific data tonight that promise to shed more light on this mysterious mass.

  5. a sign for the Starbucks coffee store chain

    17 American Companies Pledge 100,000 New Jobs

    They’re trying to ensure America works. A group of firms, including Starbucks, Microsoft, Lyft and Wal-Mart, has promised jobs and training for a horde of young people, aged 16 to 24, and specifically those who have “faced systemic barriers.” That means America’s youth — suffering from some of the lowest labor force participation rates — could benefit from thousands of new internships, apprenticeships, training programs and full- and part-time jobs. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative kicks off in Chicago next month and will grow through 2018.

  6. Berkeley Breathed

    ‘Bloom County’ Returns After 25 Years

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoon featuring cheeky penguin Opus is back. Bloom County, which offered sharp political commentary until creator Berkeley Breathed called it quits in 1989, was pulled out of retirement yesterday with a new strip showing Opus awakening from a 25-year nap. The comic, published on Facebook, quickly went viral, prompting speculation that longtime punching bag Donald Trump’s renewed prominence had jump-started the artist’s creative juices. Breathed coyly didn’t deny that, but he did promise more Facebook doodles … and soon.

  7. Todd Frazier

    Hometown Player Wins Revamped HR Derby

    Cincinnati’s own Todd Frazier came from behind yesterday, beating Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson to become the first slugger in 25 years to take the title on home turf. The 29-year-old Reds third baseman blasted 15 home runs — all on pitches fired by his brother, former minor-leaguer Charlie Frazier — in the final timed round of the contest’s new format, which features hitters going head-to-head in seeded brackets. The Cincy crowd went wild, giving baseball’s big-swing contest a much-needed shot in the arm.