The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Andrews Air Force Base on Lockdown After Exercise Misinterpreted

    The Maryland-based facility that houses President Obama’s airplane went on lockdown following reports of an active shooter — but the base now says the reports were a training exercise, misinterpreted by witnesses. Personnel were told to shelter in place, but authorities say someone appears to have taken the exercise for reality and called police, who triggered an actual lockdown. Obama was at the base just last night, when Air Force Once landed after his day trip to Ottawa, Canada. Now officials say they’re satisfied that there is no actual threat. 

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    Johnson Withdraws From Post-Brexit Power Scrabble

    Not everyone wants to be captain of the Titanic. Leave campaign leader Boris Johnson, whose bid for the Prime Minister slot was considered all but certain after David Cameron declared his intention to resign, has announced he won’t be running. This follows an earlier shocking announcement that Johnson’s second-in-command Brexiteer Michael Gove would be mounting a campaign to steer the precarious ship of state. Now Gove will run against Home Secretary Theresa May in September’s party election — which could leave a chaotic way forward as Britain negotiates its split.

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    Suicide Bombings Kill Dozens in Kabul

    They’re targeting the police. Recently graduated cadets were on their way back from a training center in Wardak province when two suicide bombers hit their buses, killing at least 30 officers and civilians. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, which mirrors another bus bombing they perpetrated in Kabul just 10 days ago that killed 14 Nepali security guards. Dozens more have reportedly been injured in today’s bombings, which affected three separate buses, and the death toll is expected to rise.

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    Free Trade Roils Presidential Race in Complex Ways

    The battle lines aren’t easy to draw. Donald Trump’s trade agreement-bashing speech this week sparked a battle with the traditionally pro-Republican U.S. Chamber of Commerce — though Hillary Clinton has also been skeptical of trade with China. At a summit in Canada, President Obama emphatically defended trade deals, pushing greater North American cooperation as agreements with the EU become snarled in Brexit chaos. He’ll battle with Bernie Sanders’ forces to make sure the Democratic Party’s platform doesn’t rebuke his administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership at next month’s convention.

  5. Istanbul Attackers From Former USSR, Navy Crews Detained by Iran Were ‘Derelict’

    Istanbul attackers were all from former U.S.S.R. (BBC)

    Navy: Crews detained by Iran were ‘derelict’ in duties. (USA Today)

    Bear kills Montana cyclist near Glacier National Park. (Washington Post)

    EgyptAir black box indicates fire on board. (Reuters)

    Police chase man in go-kart down California interstate. (ABC)

    Global stocks stabilize after two days of bounce. (WSJ) sub


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    Virginia Bans Smoking in Cars With Young Children

    Young lungs will be spared. Starting Friday, it will be illegal in Virginia to smoke in a car carrying a child 8 years old or younger. Only a few states restrict smoking in cars, and the federal government’s unlikely to step in. But health experts say the ban is vital because of strong evidence about secondhand smoke damage to children. The penalty is a $100 fine, but it’s a secondary offense — meaning an officer won’t be able to pull someone over merely for spotting non-engine-related smoke.

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    Facebook to Prioritize Friends Over News

    Users are bound to like this. Following complaints about missing important updates from people they actually know, the social network says it’ll be changing the construction of news feeds to put loved ones first. An algorithmic change will weigh friends and family above sponsored content, news and listicles. Facebook says it’ll try to cut out spam altogether, and add user controls for better content management. While it could make Facebook more user-friendly, online publishers who rely on followers’ traffic are likely to post a few tears.

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    This US Congressman Wants to Revolutionize Space

    He’s giving JFK a run for his money. Republican legislator Jim Bridenstine recently proposed the American Space Renaissance Act, the most starry-eyed package for exploring the final frontier since the 1960s. As a first-term congressman, he was prompted by a devastating tornado in his native Oklahoma and set off with plans for using satellite technology to better predict storms. But he’s since expanded his horizons, and while he’s facing an uphill battle, he believes “this is our Sputnik moment” for a galactic revolution.

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    Film Academy Makes Diversity Push With 683 Invitations

    It’s a start. In the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited a record number of new members this year. The list, 46 percent women and 41 percent people of color, includes rising stars like Nate Parker, Alicia Vikander and John Boyega, and people with only limited film connections, like singer Mary J. Blige. But even if all the new entrants accept, the overall makeup of the Academy’s Oscar voters would still be 73 percent male and 89 percent white.

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    Andrew Luck Signs Record $140 Million Contract With Colts

    He’s more than lucky. The Indianapolis quarterback had a down year in 2015, but the franchise still rained $87 million in guaranteed money on its phenom for a six-year extension that shattered NFL records. The top overall pick out of Stanford in 2012, Luck set statistical marks and led the Colts back into contention as a worthy heir to Peyton Manning. His banged-up fourth season was his worst as a pro, but apparently that didn’t shake Indy’s confidence in making a long-term investment.