The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Donald Trump Secures Needed Delegates for GOP Nomination

    You can stop counting. The billionaire with eyes on the White House has now bagged all the delegates he needs to nab the Republican nomination. Despite the divisive nature of his campaign — many senior party members remain opposed to his candidacy — Trump has marched past 15 other wannabes to clinch the title. He needed 1,237 to seal the deal (he has 1,238), and with 303 more up for grabs on June 7, he should easily boost his numbers to avoid a contested convention in July.

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    State Dept. Watchdog: Clinton Violated Email Policies

    There’s no hitting delete on this saga. A report from the inspector general says Hillary Clinton’s homebrew email server was never approved and never would have been, and chided her for not turning over records when she left office — but noted that a Republican predecessor, Colin Powell, had a similar setup. It also disclosed a failed January 2011 attempt to hack her server. The review, released Wednesday to Congress, did not delve deeply into the handling of classified information, which is the subject of an ongoing FBI inquiry.

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    G7 Countries Tussle Over Fiscal Priorities

    You’ve got to spend money to make … sure the entire world doesn’t collapse. That’s Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s message as the G7 summit kicks off, despite resistance from Britain and Germany when it comes to funding infrastructure projects in emerging economies. Meanwhile, China — who, along with Russia, wasn’t invited to the summit at Japan’s Ise-Shima resort — urged the G7 to discuss sovereignty in the South China Sea, while European leaders hoped for a focus on funding solutions to the Continent’s current refugee crisis.

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    Nuclear Workers Join Spreading French Strikes

    This movement just gained a lot more power. All but three of France’s 19 nuclear plants have voted to strike for a day, putting further pressure on the government to rescind unpopular changes to labor laws that make it easier to hire and fire workers — an attempt to reduce the nation’s 10 percent unemployment rate. Strikes have also disrupted oil refineries, ports and train networks. With just two weeks until France hosts the European soccer championships, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has admitted he’s open to making “improvements.”

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    Oil Market Tightens, Prices Jump Above $50 a Barrel

    Fuel’s not exactly rushing in. New data reveals that Canada’s massive fires have depleted the world’s oil supply enough to boost prices above $50 a barrel for the first time since November — a nearly 80 percent increase since the industry hit a 12-year nadir in February. U.S. oil production is declining far more than expected, and increasing demands from China, Russia and India are helping the market regain some energy. Analysts now say they expect prices to hit $60 a barrel by the end of 2017.

  6. Dozens Feared Dead in Migrant Boat Accident, Billionaire Waged Secret Revenge War on Gawker

    Dozens are feared dead after migrant boat capsizes near Libya. (BBC)

    Tech billionaire Peter Thiel secretly bankrolled anti-Gawker lawsuits. (NYT)

    Bernie Sanders says “game on” to potential Trump debate. (NBC)

    Indonesia rules child rape now punishable by chemical castration. (CNN)

    Jailed investigative journalist freed in Azerbaijan. (Time)

    One dead, three injured in shooting at Manhattan T.I. concert. (Rolling Stone)


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    Six-Year-Old Is Youngest Ever Spelling Bee Competitor

    He’s not at the little kids’ table. First-grader Akash Vukoti broke precocious ground at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday as he joined 284 other children as old as 14 to compete for the $40,000 prize. The home-schooled Texan, who started spelling drills at age 2, will have to wait another year for a title shot: Akash was bounced when he mistakenly replaced an “o” with an “a” in “bacteriolytic.” Winnowed on stage and by a written test, the final 45 spellers duke it out today.

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    How Drones Can Help Bring Back Cherished Memories

    You can’t always go home again. In 2014, more than 1.7 million people were in hospice care, nearing the ends of their lives and unable to leave their beds to revisit cherished locations or see beloved landscapes one last time — except through the camera of a flying drone. Ohio cinematography company Aerial Anthropology has opened a new window for bed-bound patients, and one Cleveland hospice will see 30 flights this year. For now, the program is free to patients, though that may change if the concept takes off.

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    Neanderthals Constructed Stone Structures Deep in Caves

    They dug deep. Bruniquel Cave in southwestern France was sealed off from the Pleistocene epoch until 1990, when cavers broke through and found nearly 400 stalagmites broken into pieces and arranged in rings — unmistakably the work of people. But a new study using uranium dating techniques found the mysterious rings are 176,000 years old, meaning they predate the arrival of Homo sapiens by 100,000 years. Instead, they were likely constructed by Neanderthals, which casts new light — and raises new questions — on how the pre-human species lived.

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    Starz Makes Sunday Play, Crowding TV’s Biggest Night

    It’s fight night on your DVR. The premium cable network is moving its original programming from Saturday to Sunday, a bold play to compete with HBO’s Game of Thrones, AMC’s The Walking Dead and Showtime’s Homeland on what has long been the most prestigious TV night. Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, an HBO alum, wants success “not just in viewership, but in the attention-getting business” at the watercooler and in the media. The move begins with Power on July 17 and continues the following week with Survivor’s Remorse.

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    San Jose Makes Their First Ever Stanley Cup Finals

    They’re in uncharted waters. With a 5-2 win against St. Louis, the Sharks captured the NHL’s Western Conference and advanced to the first finals series in franchise history. Joe Pavelski continued a blazing run with his 13th postseason goal, and the Sharks’ dominant play — and extra rest — might have established them as the favorites to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. After an amazing late-season turnaround, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Tampa Bay in Game 7 tonight for the right to face San Jose.