The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Knife Attack at Japanese Disabled Care Home Kills 19

    It’s Japan’s worst massacre in decades. A suspect identified as Satoshi Uematsu reportedly smashed his way into the Tsukui Yamayuri En facility for the disabled in Sagamihara with a hammer, then restrained a guard and stabbed patients in their beds, killing 19 and injuring 25 more, most of those seriously. Uematsu, who’s turned himself in, was a former employee at the facility and reportedly told police he wanted disabled people to “disappear.” Mass murder is extremely rare in Japan and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sworn further investigation.

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    Verizon Finalizes $4.8 Billion Deal to Acquire Yahoo

    Adieu, Yahoo! The struggling Internet pioneer, which once boasted a market capitalization of $125 billion, put its core business on the auction block in April. Today Verizon announced a $4.8 billion deal in which it will retain Yahoo’s branding, but not CEO Marissa Mayer, who’ll likely depart with more than $50 million in severance. Verizon’s been padding an online portfolio that already includes Huffington Post, TechCrunch and AOL, but even with Yahoo’s billion visitors per month it’s not expected to challenge Google or Facebook anytime soon.

  3. Explosions Heard Near Airport in Somalia, Solar Impulse Finishes Historic Round-the-Globe Trek

    Blasts heard near Mogadishu’s airport in Somalia, al-Shabab claims responsibility. (Al Jazeera)

    Solar Impulse lands in Abu Dhabi, becomes first aircraft to circle the globe powered by sun. (BBC)

    Trump sees post-convention poll bounce, now leading Clinton by three points. (CNN)

    Turkey issues arrest warrants for 42 journalists. (Al Jazeera)

    Job applications for Dallas police force up 344 percent. (Washington Post)

    Woman killed by tiger in Beijing drive-through animal park. (NYT)

    Wildfire devours 33,000 acres in California. (LA Times)

    Man who pulled gun in Kentucky movie theater could be charged. (Hollywood Reporter)

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    Can Bernie Bridge the DNC’s Troubled Waters?

    It’s getting hot in here. Bitter Sanders backers interrupted the Democratic National Convention repeatedly last night, upset that Hillary Clinton’s all but sealed the nomination. Frustrations flamed when comedian Sarah Silverman chided the #BernieOrBust crowd for “being ridiculous,” though Cory Booker calmed diehards with a unifying chorus of “We Will Rise.” Both Elizabeth Warren and Michelle Obama praised Clinton and emphasized hope and optimism. And Sanders himself earned the warmest welcome, thanking his delegates and urging them to pick Clinton, who “must become the next president of the United States.”


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    Malcolm Gladwell Fired Up Over Education Inequality

    Talent isn’t scarce. That was the message from the storyteller extraordinaire at OZY Fusion Fest this weekend, as he highlighted the woefully low “capitalization rate” — the percentage of Americans who get to fulfill their potential. University education in America is “absurdly expensive,” he says. And while elite schools find small numbers of qualified low-income students to attend for free, thousands more don’t even hit the radar. We should be angry, Gladwell says, about an educational system that’s more concerned with investing in football stadiums than its core purpose.

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    This Summer Is Showing the Holes in Counterterrorism

    The past few months have been a lot to process. From Orlando to Munich, large-scale attacks — whatever their motive — are shaking up how counterterrorism experts think about the task ahead, as lessons learned from 9/11 no longer apply. How do you find a plotting attacker if their weapon is an everyday purchase like a truck? Some experts say social media is the biggest new battleground. But online anti-radicalization is a long-term commitment — and a tough sell to people who want guaranteed safety today.

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    New Zealand Aims to Kill All Invasive Pests by 2050

    The new rat race: Who can get out of New Zealand alive? The island nation has given itself 34 years to completely eradicate rats, stoats and possums, non-native species that are estimated to kill 25 million native birds each year. The predators also devour reptiles en masse, and possums and ferrets carry diseases that could threaten the island’s livestock. The current government says such pests cost New Zealand $2.3 billion annually, and it hopes to exterminate at least one predator from the island by 2025.

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    ‘MST3K’ Resurrected After Kickstarter Bonanza

    Let’s go back to the future. When Mystery Science Theater 3000’s original creator, Joel Hodgson, turned to crowdfunding for $2 million to make three episodes of the cult series, he wound up with $5.7 million and 50,000 backers. Now he’s announced an update: The show’s revival will be a 14-episode Netflix run with high-profile writers, including Community’s Dan Harmon and Joel McHale, helping bring the show to life. Purists beware: While most of the original team is signed on, robots Crow and Tom Servo will get new voices.