The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Scores Die in Suicide Attack on Yemen Training Camp

    They didn’t sign up for this. But a suicide car bomb attack claimed the lives of at least 60 new recruits today as they prepared to decamp for Saudi Arabia to skirmish with rebels along its border with Yemen. The country’s been embroiled in a civil war between the Saudi-backed regime and a group of rebels supported by Iran, one that’s claimed more than 6,500 lives in the last year and a half. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes as both sides seem interested in renewing peace efforts.

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    Dilma Rousseff Defends Herself in Front of Brazil’s Senate.

    This could be her last stand. The Olympic host nation’s embattled president has been suspended since May on charges of illegal budget shenanigans, and now she’s addressing Brazil’s lawmakers in a bid to save her career. It’s not likely to work — the body of 81 senators needs 54 votes to get an impeachment, and 52 senators told a Brazilian newspaper they’re already in favoring of ousting Rousseff for good. The vote’s expected tomorrow, and if Rousseff’s day is done she’ll be officially replaced by interim President Michel Temer, a former ally.

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    Ceasefire Begins as FARC Ends War With Colombia

    It’s officially over. After 52 years of fighting and an estimated 260,000 deaths, FARC chief Rodrigo Londono — known as Timochenko — has ordered his troops to put their guns down. The peace agreement was cemented Wednesday and will be signed in September, and the belligerents have observed several months of de facto truce. But this formal laying down of arms is seen as a gesture of goodwill ahead of Colombia’s Oct. 2 vote on the peace deal — and a sign that both sides are serious about a lasting peace.

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    Trump Attempts Immigration Pivot on Borrowed Time

    His hopes are borderline. Donald Trump scheduled a speech Wednesday in Arizona to clarify his muddled stance on immigration, as his top advisers gave conflicting answers on where the “build the wall” candidate stands on deporting America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. The “softening” appears to be a play for suburban votes, as Trump launches a new $10 million ad campaign this week. But impressions have already solidified for the polarizing candidate, who’s losing badly among key groups like Catholics, with early voting beginning in less than a month.

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    Fed Brushes Off Idea of Negative Interest Rates

    Don’t yell “timber” just yet. Though central banks in Switzerland, Japan and Sweden have let interest rates go down below zero, Federal Reserve officials meeting at their annual Wyoming conference say that’s not an option they’re considering to stimulate the U.S. economy. Negative interest rates can have unintended consequences — in Japan they gave the yen an unwanted bounce — and put a squeeze on bank profits. But central banks opting for it say they’re playing a long game, and that long-term growth can’t be driven solely by monetary policy.

  6. A Bombing in Brussels, Kanye West’s Seven-Minute Onstage Rant and the Trouble With Burning Man

    Know This: A bombing at the Brussels criminology institute this morning could have been a bid to destroy evidence. Parts of LAX were evacuated in a panic after false reports of gunfire. Mylan’s going to start offering a half-price generic EpiPen after backlash over jacked-up prices. And six astronauts have just returned from a year in a Mars simulator 8,200 feet up Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano.

    Watch This: Kanye West spoke for an increasingly squirmy seven minutes in front of the VMAs last night while presenting his new video for “Fade.”

    Read This: Burning Man starts this week — but is the tech world’s obsession with the hedonistic hippie festival a sign something’s wrong in the real world?


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    ‘Willy Wonka’ Star Gene Wilder Dies at 83

    He’s taken his last bow. Born Jerome Silberman, Wilder was known for starring in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory — and for caring for his cancer-stricken wife, beloved comedian Gilda Radner. But he also had a long collaboration with comedy great Mel Brooks, with star turns in Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein. Brooks tweeted after Wilder’s nephew confirmed the death: “He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.” Sad news, but he’ll “go on” in our hearts and memes.

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    Inside the Indian-American Retirement Home Boom

    It’s a new world for old worlders. Though Indian elders traditionally move in with their adult children, the immigrant community in the U.S. — hoping for a chance to meet people, or just more independence — is starting to take advantage of American retirement homes that cater specifically to residents of Indian origin. Sizable bank accounts and shifting cultural norms make it possible — and a plethora of chic residences that feature yoga, Indian grocery trips and Hindu prayers are increasingly luring aging Indians to this Western norm with Eastern flavor.

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    New Drone Rules Take Effect While NASA Drafts Future Laws

    Ready for takeoff? Until now, the 5,000 operational U.S. commercial drones needed special federal waivers. Today, a new rule changes that: Drones need only be registered and drivers have to take a knowledge test to fly devices smaller than 55 pounds — a test 3,351 people are scheduled to take today, with as many as 20,000 waiting in the wings. Meanwhile, NASA’s drafting unprecedented road rules for drones flying below 500 feet, projecting that by the time they present their proposal in 2019, there could be 7 million drones clouding the sky.

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    America’s 10,000th Syrian Refugee Touches Down Today

    They’re coming home, again. The 10,000th refugee from Syria is set to arrive in the U.S. today, meeting an Obama administration goal set last year. After months of intense anti-immigration rhetoric that saw Donald Trump propose a blanket ban on Muslims entering the country, it’s a milestone for refugee advocates. But 10,000 isn’t much in the grand scheme: Germany’s accommodating more than a million asylum-seekers, and nearly 5 million Syrians have registered with the U.N. refugee agency – the vast majority still housed by Syria’s neighbors.

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    New York Subway Insect Plague Was ‘Art’

    Talk about buggin’. A viral video of a woman letting hundreds of insects loose on the New York subway has another twist – it was all an act. 21-year-old performance artist Zaida Pugh says her piece aimed to highlight mental health issues. She pretended to be a homeless woman selling bugs – but caused an emergency brake-pulling panic when they swarmed everywhere, stranding passengers on a bug-filled D train for 30 minutes with no air conditioning. Now police say Pugh — whose act included public urination — may face charges.

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    Niners’ Quarterback Defiant on Social Justice Protest

    He’s ready to take the hits. On Friday night, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to sit during the national anthem before a preseason game. His reasoning? “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” he declared. Many fans are outraged, even burning No. 7 Kaepernick jersies. But yesterday, Kaepernick explained himself to his fellow players — several of whom say that while they don’t agree, they’ll stand behind their teammate as he continues to sit.