The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Ryan and 2016 Republicans Focus on Economy

    Welcome to a marketplace of ideas. Wednesday’s GOP debate on CNBC will focus on all things economy — from jobs and taxes to the federal deficit. The cable network has announced that front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson will be flanked by rising contenders Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina. Expect the 10 candidates to be quizzed about likely incoming House Speaker Paul Ryan, who’s demanding unity and a focus on policy rather than name-calling, as they take the stage in the swing state of Colorado to share their visions for doing business in the post-Obama era.

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    Tanzanian Ruling Party May Have Dodged Electoral Bullet

    The wheels of democracy turn slowly. Since independence from Britain in 1961, the East African nation has been ruled by the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party. A surging opposition coalition made CCM seem vulnerable in today’s multiparty elections (first held in 1995), but today’s voting appears tilted in favor its candidate, John Magufuli. Those favoring opposition candidate Edward Lowassa have cried foul, claiming police raided a vote tallying center. Still, the nation of 47 million saw a largely peaceful ballot, and after votes are counted, observers expect the opposition to increase its parliamentary muscle.

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    Canada Veers Left With Nouveau Trudeau

    Tattooed and hot, Justin had them screaming, “Mais oui!” Canadians decisively traded in their leader of nine years, Conservative Stephen Harper, and gave a parliamentary majority to the rejuvenated Liberals. The son of the late iconic premier Pierre Trudeau promised to borrow $46 billion to build infrastructure and end austerity. With a dovish military posture, the 43-year-old announced plans to withdraw warplanes from ISIS airstrikes and vowed to strengthen bilateral ties with the U.S. — and that’s before he’s even sworn in, which won’t happen until after he appoints a cabinet on Nov. 4.

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    Record Storm, Now Weakened, Brings More Rain to U.S.

    She was strong, but merciful. With winds of 200 mph, Hurricane Patricia was the strongest ever recorded — over water — but subsided a bit as she swirled into Mexico’s Pacific Coast Friday night, causing surprisingly little damage. Experts blame the storm’s intensity to the periodic El Niño warming of Pacific waters, spinning off a record 14 such storms this season. But Patricia weakened over Mexico so much that it’s only expected to bring some additional rain to already soaked Texas and Louisiana, where authorities have issued flood warnings. 

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    Struggling to Survive War, They Opt to Be Refugees

    Beyond the fence lines and far from today’s emergency summit to control mass migration through Europe are tens of thousands of Syrians and their stories of hardship. Among them is Ghaith, a law student who ducked sniper fire to attend class in Damascus, and Sarwat, who spirited her sons away to Lebanon and Turkey before sending them to Europe in hopes of gaining an education. But they, along with hundreds of thousands of others flooding countries now threatening to shut their borders, first had to brave a smuggler’s voyage to an uncertain fate.

  6. Israeli Leader Agrees to Video Verification at Holy Site, Voters Choose New Officials in Argentina, Poland

    Netanyahu welcomes holy site agreement as Jerusalem violence continues. (CBS)

    Argentines, Poles among nations electing new governments. (NYT)

    Vatican bishops decline to support new approach to divorce, homosexuality. (WSJ) sub

    Deadly Oklahoma parade crash driver’s lawyer paints client as mentally ill. (USA Today)

    Lewis Hamilton wins U.S. Grand Prix for third Formula 1 world title. (The Telegraph)



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    Maureen O’Hara of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ Dies at Age 95 

    With her fiery demeanor, red hair and green eyes, she was the “Queen of Technicolor.” The Irish-born actress, star of such classics as “How Green Was My Valley” and “The Parent Trap,” died in her sleep in her Idaho home yesterday. Discovered in a screen test at age 16 by actor Charles Laughton, she starred with him and screen icons of the 1940s and 1950s from Henry Fonda to John Wayne, with whom she appeared in her favorite and award-winning film, “The Quiet Man,” and kept acting until 1991.

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    This Asian Racing Queen Is Blazing a Trail

    In economic powerhouse Singapore, the extreme sports scene offers slim pickings. But after diving into motorsports on a whim and getting her license just five years ago, Claire Jedrek is quickly becoming the country’s beloved and prize-winning adrenaline junkie. The former Deal or No Deal suitcase model hopes to shake up the world of death-defying athletics in this conservative Asian country — where government funding tends to flow only toward traditional athletics — by generating public support, building karting circuits and speeding her way to the top.

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    Love Scandal Rocks Stanford Business School 

    Don’t sleep with your boss! Garth Saloner has stepped down as dean of the university’s prestigious business school, accused not only of having an affair with rock star professor Deborah Gruenfeld, but also of persecuting and driving away Gruenfeld’s estranged husband, fellow professor James Phills, who was later fired. Phills monitored the lovebirds’ electronic chats and filed a lawsuit against Saloner and Stanford, alleging discrimination and wrongful termination. They’ve filed a counterclaim, citing invasion of privacy, in a sex scandal that will likely not go to trial before next spring.

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    The Dangers of Cutting-Edge Therapy

    Anna Stubblefield is a big proponent of “facilitated communication,” which lets those who can’t control their muscles speak, with the help of an aide, by pointing to pictures and letters. But when the ethics professor and one of her clients, a severely disabled, then-30-year-old named D.J. — assessed as having the mental capacity of a toddler — declared they were in love, it brought the disability industry’s doubts about F.C. to the fore. Stubblefield has been convicted of sexual assault, and faces up to 40 years in jail at her sentencing next month. 

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    Amazon Worker’s Death Leads to Questions

    He had a big heart. But that’s just one factor that contributed to the death of Jeff Lockhart Jr., 29, at the shipping giant’s Virginia warehouse in January 2013. Hired as a holiday temp, Lockhart worked grueling hours in a bid to trade in his white temp’s badge for a permanent staffer’s blue one. Lockhart — like many temps — believed hard work would pay off with a full-time position. But the temporary hiring model, while legal and profitable, left his family without any benefits, and his wife lamenting how “[they] can dispose of you.”

  6. Anthony Davis

    Can You Spot NBA’s Most Watchable Teams?

    Everybody loves a winner, but in the battle for viewers … it’s all about style. Sportswriter Zach Lowe and his colleagues have gauged entertainment value, player appeal and zeitgeist to rate how much DVR time NBA teams deserve this year. Reigning champ Golden State tops the list — partly for preseason flair — while the Charlotte Hornets, who might be good enough to beat them, rank 30th because they’ll put you to sleep. New Orleans, meanwhile, may not make the playoffs, but “limitless” All-Star Anthony Davis will transfix when the teams bounce back onto the courts this Tuesday.