The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Panama Papers Data Dump Promises More Intrigue

    What did they miss? The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which probed 2.6-terabytes of data leaked from law firm Mossack Fonseca by the anonymous hacker “John Doe,” plans to release a raft of offshore banking documents on a public database Monday. That will mean anybody, significantly non-ICIJ media outlets and law enforcement agencies, will get a chance to sift through the material to see if they recognize any other interesting names. Members’ reporting prompted the resignation of Iceland’s leader over secret investments, and more heads may roll following this new round of scrutiny.

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    Trump Says He Was ‘blindsided’ by Ryan Snub

    They’re not going gentle into that good night. Despite Donald Trump becoming the presumptive nominee this week after Ted Cruz and John Kasich quit, #NeverTrump forces persist. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s said he’s “just not ready” to back the Donald, a declaration the billionaire said “blindsided” him. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse penned a moving Facebook missive urging an “honest leader” to rise, and pundit Eric Erickson’s Conservatives Against Trump hosted a conference call to discuss a new champion of conservative values, raising the question: Who will rage, rage against the dying of the right?

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    Londoners Elect First Muslim Mayor

    They believe in him. The son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, Sadiq Kahn, 45, was named yesterday as the British capital’s first Muslim leader after a protracted count of Thursday’s ballots. A former human rights lawyer, he declared that “the politics of fear is simply not welcome in our city,” after his opponent accused him of giving “cover” to extremists. Khan becomes one of the most powerful Muslims in the West amid rising European Islamophobia, and a great hope for his Labour Party as it recovers from Thursday’s drubbing in Scotland.

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    Decriminalizing Prostitution Splits Rights Groups

    It’s a carnal conflict. Activists for the world’s oldest profession hope to take arrests and bribery off the table by putting sex work on the right side of the law. But the notion’s caused a rift among human rights organizations — Amnesty International, for one, faced mass resignations after its decriminalization endorsement proposal last year. While many argue that legalizing prostitution would encourage human trafficking and abuse, a wave of sex-positive feminists are looking for full employment rights and protective regulations to make their streets a little less mean.

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    Inside India’s Crippling Judicial Crisis

    Call it Murphy’s Law. India’s staggering court backlog reportedly costs billions of dollars annually, with 22 million pending cases, 6 million of which have languished for five-plus years. Why? The system is underfunded and provides for only 13 judges per 1 million people — one-fourth the number in developed nations. Even fast-track rape courts — established after a grisly gang attack — haven’t broken a logjam of sexual assault cases. With little appetite for reform among India’s politicians, a number of whom carry criminal records, vigilantism is thriving as a way to settle disputes and punish offenders.

  6. Crash of Afghan Fuel Truck and Buses Kills 73, North Korea Says it Won’t Use Nukes Unless Threatened

    Fuel tanker hits two buses in Afghanistan, killing 73. (BBC)

    Kim Jong-Un talks of improving relations with outside world. (USA Today)

    Alberta wildfire threatens oil sands project, Saskatchewan. (Reuters)

    Mexicans transfer ‘El Chapo’ drug lord to Juarez, on U.S. border. (CNN)

    Plane delayed after professor’s math scribbles arouse suspicion. (AP)

    Undefeated Nyquist wins 142nd Kentucky Derby. (ESPN) 



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    Popular Recipe Site Lifts Lid on What’s Really for Dinner

    Americans can dish it out. While cooking resources like promote fancy recipes and trends like bone broth,, the world’s most popular English-language food website, is defiantly proletarian. It offers multiple suggestions for dishes like broccoli-cheese casserole and “easy” lasagna, emphasizing nostalgia, speed and affordability, and reaching far more people than its paleo-peddling competitors. But its data reveals that younger cooks are gravitating toward more fresh fruit and veg, and experimenting with ethnic fare, which suggests that U.S. cuisine will always simmer, and sizzle.

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    Are Ping-Pong Sales Serving Up Bad Tech News?

    Have the tables turned? Ping-Pong is beloved by tech firms staffed with casual millennials. So when table sales decline — as they have at Twitter and Yahoo — it can be a leading indicator of a weak sector. While experts say investing based on such data is probably not wise, and a Twitter spokesperson suggests that the downturn could reflect “really sturdy” game surfaces, the numbers are compelling. At one Silicon Valley retailer, table sales to companies fell 50 percent in the first quarter, while U.S. startup funding declined 25 percent this year.

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    Global Population of Seniors Feels Invisible

    Is society giving them the old heave-ho? A multimedia project examines the hopes and fears of the largest generation of senior citizens the world has ever known — through the eyes of elders from 10 countries on six continents. They share feelings of being overlooked and undervalued by younger generations while worrying about financing their remaining years. And yet, these seniors are active and engaged — defying soap-opera-watching stereotypes. And they belong to an over-65 demographic that is surpassing children under 5, a shift that promises daunting global social, economic and moral challenges.

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    R&B Princesses Loved by Prince

    Consider them anointed. Five years before his death, the Purple Rain legend discovered a group called King and was so impressed he invited the soulful trio to open for one of his gigs. Prince advised Minnesota twins Amber and Paris Strother, 30, and California’s Anita Bias, 27, to stay true to their art. Which they did — by falling off the radar and working to imbue their music with what one fellow artist calls “detail, refinement and maturity.” They’re back with their first full-length album, We Are King, and fans will decide if they’re music royalty.

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    Is Leicester City the New Face of Britain?

    It’s a whole new ball game. The Foxes soccer club, besides beating 5,000-to-1 odds with the first Premier League title of its 132-year history, has shined a spotlight on Britain’s most diverse city. More than half of its denizens don’t identify as “white British,” and a third are South Asian, attributable to the U.K.’s colonial past. In September, these emissaries will hit the world stage again for the internationally renowned Champions League, representing their 330,000-strong city with far more color than the club’s traditional blue and white.