The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Syrian Suicide Bomber Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

    He went to extremes. A 27-year-old Syrian was barred from entering a music festival in the town of Ansbach last night before he detonated a backpack explosive, killing himself and injuring 15. The area was evacuated, and German authorities say they’ve found a video of him proclaiming allegiance to ISIS on his phone. The man — who was denied asylum a year ago in Germany — was known to have had a history of mental illness. Authorities are now studying the content of Islamist videos found on his equipment.

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    Two Dead, Multiple Casualties in Florida Nightclub Shooting

    Two people have been killed after an attacker opened fire in the parking lot of Club Blu in Fort Myers, Florida, late Sunday night. People scattered as at least 14 were wounded, some seriously. The nightclub was reportedly hosting a teen night, and the shooting may be connected to reports of gunshots five blocks from the club and at least one other crime scene. Three people have been detained and police are actively seeking anyone else who was involved as they try to determine a motive for the shooting.

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    DNC Gets Underway Amid Boos by Bernie Supporters

    It didn’t exactly feel like the City of Brotherly (or sisterly) Love today in Philly, where the Democratic National Convention opened amid anti-Hillary Clinton sentiment. The boos from Bernie Sanders supporters hit after Wikileaks email revelations — allegedly brought to us by Russian hackers — forced DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s resignation. One email appeared to show staffers discussing how to weaken Sanders’ southern primary support by referencing his faith. But the bespectacled Vermont senator asked those gathered to pipe down as delegates prepared to hear remarks from Cory Booker, Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren.

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    ISIS Claims Bombing That Kills 80 in Kabul

    Even the Taliban condemned it. Afghanistan is mourning for 80 killed Saturday in the suicide bombing of a peaceful protest by minority Shiite Muslim Hazaras against power line plans. It was the worst attack the capital since 2001, killing 80 and injuring 231, and the first bombing there claimed by ISIS, signaling the group’s growing reach beyond the Middle East and Europe. The Sunni Islamist militant group’s announcement suggested a sectarian motive, saying it targeted a “gathering of Shia.” As President Ashraf Ghani vowed revenge, his government banned public protests for 10 days.

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    Police: Shooter Planned Munich Rampage for a Year

    Was he obsessed? Authorities say an 18-year-old Iranian-German gunman killed seven teenagers and two others at Munich’s Olympia mall Friday. The shooter was “obsessed” with mass shootings and visited the site of a deadly 2009 German school shooting, police said today. A smartphone video shows him shooting a pistol toward fleeing pedestrians outside the eatery. There had been an apparent ISIS-inspired axe attack in Bavaria four days earlier, but investigators say Friday’s rampage wasn’t political, and the attacker had received mental health treatment and had researched student shootings.

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    Clinton Announces Veep Pick, Heads to Convention

    She’s found her apprentice. On Friday, Hillary Clinton named her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a swing-state Spanish speaker, former missionary and “relentless optimist.” Now to Philadelphia for the four-day Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday. It’ll have charisma — if not exuded by the former secretary of state, from star supporters like Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria and political heavyweights like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, primary rival Bernie Sanders, ex-president Bill Clinton and President Obama. But don’t expect much unscripted drama; that’s something Democrats are happy concede to Donald Trump.

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    Trump’s Unconventional Convention

    Whose party is it, anyway? Following Thursday’s acceptance speech, in which he promised to make streets safe and vanquish America’s enemies, it was Donald Trump’s. But the convention was hardly the crisp, stage-managed affair voters have come to expect. Trump’s wife stole the limelight last Monday with a partially plagiarized speech that ended up sounding like a Michelle Obama homage. Then there were boos for Ted Cruz, after Trump’s defeated rival refused to endorse someone who’d maligned his family members. But Trump won and accepted the nomination, meaning that at least until November, the Republican Party is unequivocally his.

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    Will Syrians Help Erdogan Consolidate Power?

    The huddled masses are on board. After quelling an attempted military coup, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed a three-month “state of emergency” and vowed to restructure the military. But he might retreat from a pre-coup package of constitutional changes that would boost his power. It’s happening against a backdrop of an open borders policy that has allowed millions of Syrian refugees to deluge the country. But these fellow Muslims have integrated far better than they have in Europe, and Erdogan may enlist them as citizens — loyal to the leader who sheltered them.

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    A Terrorist in the Family: An Olympian’s Agony

    The news kept getting worse. First, Mourad Laachraoui lost his brother Najim in the Belgian airport attack on March 22. Then he learned his sibling had been one of the ISIS-affiliated bombers who killed dozens and injured hundreds that day. Now Laachraoui, a European taekwondo champion who will represent Belgium in the Rio Olympics, must come to terms with the tragedy. He struggles with conflicting feelings of missing Najim while despising his “unimaginable” actions — and the stigma of sharing one of his nation’s most hated surnames.

  10. Floods and Landslides Kill More Than 100 in Eastern China, IOC Decides Not to Ban All Russians From Olympics

    Heavy rains kill more than 100, leave thousands homeless in China. (CNN)

    Russia escapes blanket Olympics ban over doping findings. (BBC)

    Body found amid 20,000-acre Southern California brush fire. (Reuters)

    Tigers attack women in Chinese safari park, killing one. (Daily Mail)

    Syrian refugee kills woman with machete in Germany after argument. (DW)

    British cyclist Chris Froome poised to win third Tour de France. (BBC)


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    Britain’s Chris Froome Wins Third Tour de France

    Magnifique! The 31-year-old pedaled arm-in-arm with fellow Team Sky members up the Champs-Elysees to claim the traditional champagne flute after becoming the first British cyclist to win three tours. Kenyan-born Froome — still bandaged on his right elbow and knee after a downhill crash two days ago — conceded the largely ceremonial final leg to German Andre Greipel. But Froome still finished 2:52 ahead of second-place Frenchman Romain Bardet to claim the first valid title defense in 21 years.

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    OZY Fusion Crowd Loves Cory Booker

    What was she thinking? Hillary Clinton picked New Jersey Senator Tim Kaine for her running mate, but yesterday’s OZY Fusion Fest audience in New York’s Central Park would have chosen Cory Booker in a heartbeat. In his interview with OZY Co-Founder Carlos Watson, Booker praised Kaine, ascribing “extraordinary character” to his Virginia colleague, a former missionary who nonetheless “doesn’t preach his religion.” As for a possible Clinton presidency’s agenda, he says many pressing issues are “unsexy,” like improving urban infrastructure, which he says will return $2 or $3 in economic growth for each dollar invested.

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    Karl Rove Fast-Forwards Political History

    He’s looking past Trump. The Republican kingmaker who masterminded two George W. Bush victories won hearts and minds yesterday at OZY Fusion Fest in New York’s Central Park, looking at probable futures for his party and nation. Anything’s possible, including Kanye West negotiating bilateral trade agreements, but Rove’s hoping otherwise — maybe something like “Occupy Hollywood.” He also opined on the “political suicide” of Ted Cruz at last week’s Republican National Convention, the growth of populism in Scandinavia and the likelihood that people who think caffeine is a dangerous drug would vote for a Libertarian.

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    Even His Busts Are Booming

    Heads up. Japanese sculptor Kazuhiro Tsuji’s coming to OZY Fusion Fest this weekend in New York’s Central Park. He’s put a new face on the traditional bust, creating double-sized hyper-realistic doppelgängers of famous personalities from Abraham Lincoln to Frida Kahlo. Tsuji works with silicone skin, human hair and resin to bring subjects eerily to life. As a child, the artist was inspired by Star Wars and special effects make-up to create 3-D portraits of faces. After an Oscar-nominated career in Hollywood, Tsuji’s turning to his own works — and they’re looking back.

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    Young Conservatives Mourn the Party that Nurtured Them

    The kids aren’t alright. Donald Trump’s unpopular in many conservative camps, but with millennials, he’s doing even worse. These young Republicans have interned, studied and fought their way into a different party than the one plowing into the November election, and many feel robbed of their Reagan-Bush-inspired inheritance. The newcomers who’d normally be revitalizing their party, bolstering “big tent” inclusiveness, don’t connect with Trump’s nativist appeal. As GOP leaders struggle to build their voter base, many among this generation of conservatives might not hang around to see what’s next.

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    Meet the Godmother of New York’s Street Art Scene

    Coming to an alley near you. Alice Mizrachi, who will appear this weekend at OZY Fusion Fest, is in the vanguard of the street art movement. Her work is displayed in galleries from Argentina to Germany, but the 39-year-old’s vision also lives on the streets of Buffalo and Tel Aviv — though she won’t discuss her “uncommissioned works.” Her massive murals challenge the public with tough topics like poverty, inequality and Black Lives Matter, and another controversy — impoverished U.S. schools — has Mizrachi pushing for an art instruction revival.

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    Ugly Fruits and Veggies Have Found Their Champion

    Don’t discriminate. One man is out to prove that good food needn’t look perfect. While many go hungry, 26 percent of U.S. produce never makes it off the farm — mostly because it doesn’t meet aesthetic standards. The result is an alarming amount of waste — Americans chuck even more at home, bringing the total discarded to 40 percent. Jordan Figueiredo, a California-based waste management specialist, is using humor, like images of a carrot resembling an arms-crossed rapper and #DemandUgly, to urge stores to promote imperfect produce and save tons of food.

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    Ilana Glazer’s Smoke-Filled YouTubes

    She accepts cookies. A couple of years before Comedy Central picked up Broad City, putting her on the path to stardom, Glazer launched the YouTube series Chronic Gamer Girl. The comedienne, who will appear at OZY Fusion Fest this weekend, produced 66 episodes of pure hedonism, with a lack of focus befitting its marijuana-laced premise. It was an improvisational, utterly casual performance featuring far more weed than logic or video games. Its best moments are when future Broad City co-star Abbi Jacobson joins in, giving a foretaste of coming feast.