The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Tail of a Malaysia Airlines plane.

    Plane Debris Might Be From Malaysian Flight

    This might be the real thing. A piece of flaperon believed to belong to a Boeing 777 could be the first real piece of evidence recovered from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared last year with 239 people on board. The debris was discovered on Reunion Island, a French department in the western Indian Ocean on Wednesday. Experts should be able to quickly determine if the wreckage came from a 777, which would all but guarantee it’s from the infamous missing flight as only a handful of the craft have ever crashed and none in that particular region.

  2. Erdogan

    Turkey Complicates Anti-ISIS Push

    Are they targeting the right enemy? President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to take on extremists, but not just ISIS. Turkish leaders view Kurdish separatists as being as big a threat to the region as the Islamist militants, so they’re taking aim at both. Erdogan pleaded his case to NATO yesterday, earning the alliance’s pledge to fight both groups in the name of territorial integrity. But some have said this development — targeting one of ISIS’s worst enemies — could harm the allied effort to thwart the self-declared caliphate.

  3. Jonathan Pollard

    Israeli Spy to Be Paroled After 30 Years

    He’ll soon be free. Former U.S. Navy intelligence officer Jonathan Pollard, an American sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for passing military secrets to Israel, has made parole. His imprisonment has long rankled Israel, which granted him citizenship in 1995. The release has prompted speculation that it’s also an olive branch to Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, an allegation U.S. officials deny. Pollard, 60, will be released on Nov. 20 and says he’s looking forward to being reunited with his wife Esther.

  4. mullah omar

    Afghanistan Says Taliban Founder Has Died

    As reports proliferated this morning that Mullah Muhammed Omar, leader of the Taliban, had died, the Afghan spy agency said it was investigating. Now they’ve come back with an answer — they say Mullah Omar died two years ago in a Pakistani hospital, though they didn’t reveal the sources for that claim. Taliban leaders had begun to question whether Omar was alive or dead in recent years, despite two messages earlier this year purporting to be his work. It’s unclear how this will affect the planned Afghan-Taliban peace talks scheduled for Friday. 

  5. a police stop

    Ohio Officer Charged with Murder 

    It was a routine traffic stop — until Samuel Dubose, 43, ended up dead. White University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing has been indicted for shooting DuBose, who is black, in the head July 19 after stopping him for a missing front license plate. Police say DuBose refused to produce his license and Tensing has claimed he was dragged, but the county  prosecutor is disputing that claim. Tensing turned himself in to authorities today, and will potentially be facing life in prison if he’s convicted.  

  6. jim gilmore

    Jim Gilmore Files for White Houe Run

    In 2016 there will be at least 17 prominent Republicans running for president. The former Virginia Governor filed his paperwork today, entering an already crowded field. Despite a number of high-profile positions, including serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee, the 65-year-old isn’t expected to make much noise in the race. Describing himself as a serious candidate, Gilmore might be seen as a breath of fresh air to those tired of Donald Trump but he’s still polling at less than 1 percent in the two polls that have chosen to include him.

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    Migrants’ Tunnel Runs Prove Chaotic, Deadly

    They’re desperately making tracks. Thousands of migrants are scaling the fences around the Channel Tunnel terminal in Calais, France, on a near nightly basis in bids to reach the UK. The subsequent rail disruptions are causing travel delays and costing freight firms millions, as well as tragedy. So far this week, 3,500 have tried to storm the terminal, and last night a Sudanese man was killed. British officials are putting $11 million into new terminal fencing and vowing to work closely with French authorities to stem the tide.

  8. Twitter

    Slow Growth Prompts Twitter Shares to Plummet 

    They soared, then took a dive. Shares in the social network jumped 12 percent on news that second-quarter earnings were higher than expected, only to plunge by more than 11 percent on word that the growth of monthly average users was at its slowest since 2013. “We’re not happy about it,” co-founder Jack Dorsey said, pointing to the need for better product development and marketing. But CFO Anthony Noto conceded that “the product remains too difficult to use” for prospective members and warned that the downturn could constrain advertising sales.


  1. Male lion sitting down on grass looking away from camera

    American Dentist Regrets Killing Cecil the Lion

    The hunter has become the hunted. Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer says he had “no idea” it was wrong to kill Cecil, a popular attraction at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, maintaining he hired guides with legal permits for the expedition. A bow and arrow, then a gun, were used to kill the 13-year-old feline, sparking an international manhunt and online outrage that overwhelmed the Yelp site of Palmer’s practice. The WWF is encouraging people to support their “adopt a lion” program in response. Meanwhile, Zimbabwean authorities have arrested two people in the case, and the dentist may also face poaching charges.

  2. Piggy Bank

    The Finance Industry Gets Uber-ized

    They’re cutting out the middleman. Companies seeking capital are using apps and software to reach out to potential investors. Outfits like SmartBiz and BizFi connect borrowers at growing companies with backers while leaving the traditional brokers — big banks and investment houses — out in the cold. And innovators like Loyal3 personally engage customers on both ends, selling the idea that small investors also become loyal consumers of products they own a piece of. If small business lending sees a similar revolution, banks could really start to feel the crunch. 

  3. Dinosaur!

    T-Rex Teeth Were Huge Steak Knives

    They never bit off more than they could chew. Being attacked by a Tyrannosaurus rex was scarier than we thought. New research indicates that the giant dino had deeply serrated teeth, which allowed it to efficiently rip through the flesh of victims and evolve to become Earth’s biggest-ever land predator. By examining samples of dinosaur teeth still contained in gums, researchers are gaining greater insight into the creature’s predatory ability. They also note that one saw-toothed animal still exists: the Komodo dragon. So keep your hands in the car while visiting Indonesia.

  4. The cast of 'Full House'

    Olsens Could Make It an Even ’Fuller House’

    Will it be fun for the whole Tanner family? The Netflix reboot of Full House hasn’t signed its most famous cast members, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, for a triumphant return. But the company’s chief content officer says the 29-year-old twins are “teetering back and forth” on whether to join the cast, which includes almost everyone else who starred on the beloved show between 1987 and 1995. Whatever the final lineup, the 13-episode series — touted as “in the spirit” of the original — will premiere in 2016.   

  5. Tom Brady throwing a football in patriot uniform

    NFL Upholds Tom Brady’s Suspension

    He’s a bit deflated. The four-time Super Bowl champ has seen his four-game suspension related to “deflategate” upheld by league Commissioner Roger Goodell, who cited evidence that the Patriots’ QB destroyed his phone to hide possibly incriminating texts. Last winter, the NFL discovered that New England used under-inflated balls — making them easier to grip in cold, wet conditions — during a playoff game. But Brady has released a statement saying he won’t let this stand “without a fight,” and the players’ union is planning a quixotic appeal on his behalf.