They were rallying for peace. But a march Saturday in Turkey’s capital, where demonstrators were calling for an end to hostilities between Kurdish separatists and the government, resulted in the nation’s deadliest-ever attack. Twin blasts near the capital’s train station killed at least 95 and injured nearly 300. Authorities say two suicide bombers were responsible for what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has labeled a “loathsome” act of terror. The nation will now observe three days of mourning as it grapples with this tragedy, ongoing separatist violence and the fear of more terrorism.
The Presidential Daily Brief
He’s cutting it close. The first Democratic debate airs Tuesday night, and the vice president could still declare his candidacy and participate. This means Hillary Clinton is preparing to square off against the four other declared candidates while also factoring in the possibility of facing a fellow White House insider on stage. If Biden jumps in, expect fireworks over their different foreign policy approaches — he has often opposed greater U.S. military intervention, while she has argued for it — when cameras roll at 9pm ET.
Putin flexed his military muscle this week, launching airstrikes against Syrian rebels and working in tandem with the regime’s ground forces. This flew in the face of Obama’s efforts to help the rebels oust Assad. Many have questioned the U.S. president’s hesitancy to ratchet up American involvement. But Obama has responded in a televised interview — which airs on Sunday — to say that he sees Putin’s attempts to bolster Assad, the Kremlin’s sole ally in the region, as a sign of weakness, not strength.
Since taking the reins in 2011, the IMF’s first female managing director has faced an array of problems, from the Greek debt crisis to Europe’s ongoing influx of refugees. Having stepped in for the disgraced Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the 59-year-old French attorney tackles issues head on, warning the Federal Reserve to be cautious about interest rate hikes and demanding austerity measures from hard-hit economies. But she also champions gender equality and efforts to thwart climate change — politically savvy moves that could serve her well if she opts to run for president in France.
ISIS figures reportedly killed in airstrike, but not leader al-Baghdadi. (Reuters)
Jailed Washington Post reporter receives undisclosed sentence in Iran. (CNN)
Two outside reviews find police shooting of 12-year-old ‘justified.’ (AP)
California governor signs bill to automatically register voters. (ABC)
Five killed when British helicopter crashes at Kabul base. (NBC)
The next celebrated puffs of smoke rising over Rome might not be from the Vatican. Italian lawmakers are mulling over a bill that would decriminalize all forms of marijuana possession and use, while putting major production in the hands of the government to shut out the Mafia. Skeptics say it’s an unlikely fit for the conservative country, which passed draconian anti-bud laws in 2006. But faced with overcrowded prisons, overburdened police and crushing debt, many Italian legislators say a deal with the devil’s cabbage could be the path to salvation.
We’re not so different. The 81-year-old primate expert says working with chimpanzees for years helped her understand another primate — humans — much better. While our hairy cousins share the human trait of shunning migrants from another territory like we sometimes do, chimps could teach us about sustainability, she says, as they don’t over-harvest fruit. Now, as a U.N. Messenger of Peace, she’s reminding people to collaborate to save the natural world before it’s too late — not just for the animals’ sake, but for ours as well.
He’s blazing a trail, but where does it lead? CEO Tony Hsieh has positioned his $1 billion-a-year shoe firm to step toward one possible future of corporate organization. In April, he introduced Holacracy, a trademarked way of running a company that eliminates managers and lets employees make decisions facilitated by “lead links.” The move could make the online retailer the largest example of this revolutionary philosophy, but resistance — notably among tech employees — makes some wonder if it’ll be assimilated into the notoriously competitive culture of its parent, Amazon.
What’s good? Nicki Minaj, that’s what — the hip-hop/pop crossover queen with strong opinions about race and the music industry. She’s tussled on Twitter with Taylor Swift and at the MTV Video Music Awards with Miley Cyrus over the ideological underpinnings of cultural hegemony. Minaj, who is vocal about her problems with an industry that co-opts the culture and art of Black Americans, but discounts their opinions and concerns about that culture, is sure to continue disrupting, both artistically and with her sizable platform for change.
He’s playing it smart. Stanford junior Jordan Morris is deferring lucrative offers from pro teams to savor his school days. The 20-year-old striker still trains with the U.S. men’s national soccer team — in fact, he’s the first collegian on the American side since 1999. Still, he’s at a disadvantage against competitors, as college players’ practice time is limited. But Morris says he’s compelled to be surrounded by both academic and athletic excellence, and he’ll soon be squeezing in Olympic qualifying games with the U.S. under-23 team.