The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Hillary Clinton Wins Puerto Rico Primary

    She’s in striking distance. Some Puerto Rico voters reportedly waited over two hours Sunday to cast their ballots after two-thirds of the territory’s polling stations were removed — a step the local Democratic chapter said was requested by Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Clinton won about 60 percent of the vote, putting her around 30 delegates shy of clinching the nomination. Though Sanders has vowed to contest the results all the way to the convention, the race could be all but over when California and five other states vote tomorrow.

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    Sanders Vows Democratic Convention Will Be Contested

    “California or bust” is so last week. Bernie Sanders has nearly negated Hillary Clinton’s polling lead among Golden State voters, who cast ballots Tuesday, but she only needs 70 more delegates to clinch the nomination. Still, Sanders says he can flip some of her 544 superdelegates, whose loyalty is voluntary, but admits it’s a “steep climb” to victory. OZY’s Nick Fouriezos previews the primary, with stories about a Clinton state director, Sanders’ video guru and, coming on Tuesday, the woman who could be California’s next senator — or a heartbeat from the presidency.

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    Iraqi Forces Try to Retake Fallujah From ISIS

    It’s slow going. Iraq’s efforts to expel extremists from the “city of mosques” have thus far left them at the outskirts. As of late last week, at least 130 Iraqi soldiers — a mix of Shiite units, military and police — had been killed, along with dozens of ISIS fighters. In a bid to attract local Sunni support, and heighten sectarian tensions, ISIS is spouting anti-Shiite slogans. Iraqis, meanwhile, say they’ve eased their push to regain the city center, hoping the 50,000 civilians reportedly trapped there will have a chance to flee.

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    Thai Tiger Temple Had History of Trouble

    Have they got skin in the game? Thailand’s biggest tiger attraction, earning $2.8 million a year, has a controversial history. Nonprofits and journalists long alleged animal trafficking, but the temple’s monks barred authorities from entering — until this week’s court-ordered raid by the government and wildlife groups. Authorities charged three monks and two others after finding 40 dead cubs in a freezer, along with preserved animal parts. Yesterday rescuers removed the last of 137 live tigers, apparently in good health, but say they’ve found tiger skin amulets and plan to charge the facility’s top monk.

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    U.S. Lead Contamination ‘Cheats’ Pervasive

    Suffer the little children. That’s what scientist Marc Edwards thinks every time he hears municipal water officials — like the ones he exposed in Washington, D.C., and Flint, Michigan — are concealing lead contamination. Now a Guardian newspaper investigation shows that 33 cities in 17 states used “cheats,” including pre-flushing pipes and discarding bad results, to make water seem cleaner than it is. Some cities blamed unclear directives from the EPA, but Edwards says that if cities like Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia can’t be trusted, “Who amongst us is safe?”  

  6. Thousands Flee Southern California Wildfire, Djokovic Beats Murray in French Open to Complete Career Grand Slam

    Crash said to spark 500-acre suburban L.A. wildfire, mass evacuation. (NBC)

    Novak Djokovic Holds Historic Four Majors After Winning French Open. (NPR)

    NPR photographer, translator killed in ambush in Afghanistan. (NYT)

    Garbine Muguruza beats Serena Williams to win French Open. (ESPN)

    Unique ballot measure promises $2,555 a month to all Swiss. (BBC)

    German music fest rocks on after scores injured by lightning. (DW)


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    London’s Toilet Real Estate Is Booming

    Are you privy to the latest craze? Bars like CellarDoor and Ladies & Gentlemen, along with coffee shops like Attendant and pizza joint Joe Public, have all taken up residence — underground — in London’s public facilities, abandoned in the ’60s and ’70s as they became magnets for crime and too costly to maintain. Now the former loos are what restaurateurs can afford if they’re not flush enough to rent London’s skyrocketing above-ground property. But some decry the trend, saying that rather than posh cocktail bars, what the city really needs is more public toilets.

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    The Unpaid, Unrecognized Toil of Medical Patients

    It’s an unhealthy system. Researchers are just starting to gauge the uncompensated work U.S. patients do to coordinate their own care — from negotiating with insurance companies to facilitating prescriptions to researching records. It takes time away from career and family obligations and often falls by the wayside when outside factors intervene, leading to poorer health outcomes. Even doctors in need of treatment find it difficult — and long-suffering health journalist Sarah Kliff believes that providers, by acknowledging the problem and supplying better information, could ease the afflicted’s pain.

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    Perpetually Late? You Can Improve, With Time

    You might make it — this time. Some look at the habitually tardy as optimists: They believe they’ll get places faster than experience or Google Maps suggest. But others call them “Chronically Late Insane People,” a group that also includes consistently late perfectionists, defiers and crisis makers. They can, however, break the cycle of tardiness, according to organizational coaches. Transitioning to punctuality begins with baby steps, like tackling a single delaying idiosyncrasy. But rewards, like impressing your boss by arriving at the office early or getting to the buffet first, do come … eventually.

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    How We Came to Expect the ‘Surprise’ Album

    The shock has worn off. The music industry’s addiction to the sudden album drop — Beyonce’s Lemonade and Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool being two recent examples — has reached its logical extreme, when artists promote the “surprises” ahead of time. In our age of ant-sized attention spans, such releases have emerged to seize the spotlight in the way hugely publicized unveilings once did. But some urge against letting shock marketing strategies overshadow the substance — especially when the music astonishes as did Queen Bey’s stunning tribute to the spirit of Black women.

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    The NBA Is Leaving Other Sports in the Digital Dust

    They’re not talking trash. Pro basketball is embracing social media, where it claims 1 billion followers, compared to MLB’s 15 million. It’s one sign that tech and VC magnates, who own half the NBA’s franchises, are revolutionizing the sport, employing innovations like virtual reality to attract fans in places like China, where 300 million play the game. Experts thought former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was crazy to pay $2 billion for the L.A. Clippers in 2014, but techies argue that if hoops becomes the new soccer, it’ll be a slam dunk.