The Presidential Daily Brief


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    For Better or Worse, the Headlines Belong to Trump

    He’s hard to miss. After a week of attention to his shaky relationship with fellow Republicans, Donald Trump’s riding a media wave. On the bright side, there’s Sheldon Adelson’s reported pledge to donate $100 million-plus to the presumptive nominee’s campaign. On the murky side, there’s his reluctance to release tax returns and the appearance of a 1991 recording purportedly of him pretending to be his own spokesman. On the dark side, there’s an exposé into his “unsettling” interactions with women, leaving some asking what other news must erupt to steal the spotlight?

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    Dilma Rousseff Sidelined by Impeachment Process

    She’s not going quietly. Brazil’s embattled leftist president saw lawmakers decisively approve her suspension and impeachment proceedings last week. Rousseff, who’s vowing to fight the “coup” and refusing to help centrist acting President Michel Temer with the transition, is accused of illegal budgetary manipulation. But in the meantime, Brazilians — in the throes of a crippling recession — are turning their gaze toward former behind-the-scenes “wheeler dealer” Temer. The 75-year-old lawyer faces the daunting task of instituting economic reforms and retaining power as Rousseff tries to grab back the reins.

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    Is London Becoming the New Zürich for Banking?

    They’re not following the money. While U.S. regulators have cracked down on Swiss banks that help would-be taxpayers conceal assets, British regulators appear to have a different attitude. A block from the Bank of England, an employee of Swiss bank BSI shared her suspicions of surreptitious financial practices with U.K. regulators and became frustrated when nothing happened. After last month’s Panama Papers offshore banking revelations, this and other cases may gain fresh traction, especially considering BSI admitted to secretly funneling American clients’ money by using untraceable, anonymous debit cards.

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    New England Private Schools Face History of Abuse Claims

    The silence is broken. At least 67 Northeastern U.S. private schools have been hit with allegations over the past 25 years that staff sexually abused pupils, according to an investigation by the journalistic team featured in Spotlight, the movie about its historic probe of abusive priests. Ninety lawsuits have been filed, 37 employees dismissed and two dozen defendants convicted. But, similar to the church scandal, many accused staffers were hired by other private schools. It’s likely that more sexual misconduct remains to be exposed — at institutions whose very existence depends on spotless reputations.

  5. Georgia Air Show Crash Kills Pilot, Holocaust Cartoon Contest in Iran Enrages Israel

    Aerial acrobat killed in air show crash outside Atlanta. (USA Today)

    Israeli PM condemns Iranian cartoons mocking Nazi genocide. (CBS)

    Bus on casino trip rolls over and kills eight, injures dozens in Texas. (ABC)

    Suspected bomb disposed of in Manchester soccer stadium. (Washington Post)

    Crimean Tartar wins Eurovision contest for Ukraine with ‘1944.’ (The Guardian)

    Brexit backer says EU expansion doomed like Hitler and Napoleon. (BBC)


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    Can the Holy Ganges River Be Cleaned?

    It’s an ungodly mess. The 450 million people who live in its basin have contributed to its astounding pollution, from dumping sewage and disgorging toxic tanning chemicals to cremating the dead according to Hindu tradition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a $3 billion effort to cleanse the sacred water source that gave us one of the world’s oldest civilizations and largest modern nations. But environmental law enforcement has been spotty, and even the government acknowledges that making the river healthy again will take far longer than the program’s five-year time frame.

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    These Apps Teach Women to Orgasm

    This story has a climax. The Apple Store may censor them, but apps like Happy Playtime Web, which encourages women to demystify masturbation by stimulating a cutesy cartoon vulva, offer exciting possibilities. And sex tech doesn’t stop there: Websites like OMGYes deliver sex tips and practical advice that go far beyond “relax,” while newfangled vibrators leave the phallic shapes behind and concentrate on what women really want: the 60-second climax. Pursuing a high-tech female orgasm comes with its own marketing challenges, but it might just be the next sexual revolution.

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    Start-Ups Are Trying to Transform Communal Living

    All together now. The latest big-city living trend is furnished “dorms for grown-ups,” rather than risking the perils of Craigslist. Not much cheaper than a Manhattan studio, the arrangement can be a way to combat the fierce loneliness of urban professionals. Houses managed by the start-up Common have two people to a bathroom and four to a kitchen — human interaction required. Experts identify group living as part of the extended adolescence stage common to younger residents, who are becoming the core market for this new cohabitating paradigm.

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    How the Myth of the Biological Clock Hurts Women

    It’s wound too tight. Since the late 1970s, the media and some scientific studies have fostered the notion of the “biological clock,” portending the end of a woman’s fertility and the crisis faced by 30-somethings yearning to fulfill their waning biological imperative. But the idea — which served as a foil for the women’s liberation movement — is increasingly seen as overblown. Likewise, tropes that male fertility is lifelong and men don’t want babies are being debunked, helping show women that equality and reproduction needn’t be mutually exclusive.

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    From Queen of Everest to Connecticut Housewife

    She’s moving mountains. Lhakpa Sherpa has summited Mount Everest six times — more than any other woman — but she’s fought more daunting battles. Last year, she ended an abusive marriage to a Romanian-American climber who brought her to Hartford, Connecticut, to subsist on food stamps and work as a housecleaner and cashier at 7-Eleven. But a mountaineer since the age of 15 — and the first female Sherpa to climb to the top of the world and back — she’s returned to Nepal, where the ropes are set for her seventh conquest.