The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Authoritarian Uzbek President Dies at Age 78

    He has left the helm. Leading his Central Asian country since 1989, Islam Karimov, who suffered a stroke last weekend, has died, according to diplomatic sources. The Uzbek government had noted earlier that Karimov’s condition had deteriorated, and while a funeral is reportedly being planned in his hometown of Samarkand, there has been no official confirmation of his demise. Without a named successor, a small group of senior officials are expected to appoint someone to the top post. But failure to agree could destabilize Uzbekistan, which has already become a target for Islamic extremists.

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    FBI Reveals Hillary Clinton’s Not-Quite-Total Recall

    Message sent. Federal authorities released 58 pages of investigators’ notes Friday containing references to Clinton not recalling specific emails or incidents. She said, for example, that she “could not recall any briefing or training by State related to the retention of federal records or handling classified information.” While the FBI says their investigation found no evidence that the Democratic candidate’s email accounts were compromised, the new disclosures can’t help her flagging poll numbers, dropping within a few points of Donald Trump among likely voters nationwide while she retains a solid electoral vote advantage.

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    Hurricane Hermine Hits Florida, Inflicts ‘Severe Damage’

    They’re hearing her roar. Hermine has hit northern Florida, inflicting “severe damage” with 80 mph winds and water surges as high as 9.5 feet. Thousands of National Guard troops are standing on alert, and Gov. Rick Scott has declared emergencies in 51 of the state’s 67 counties. Many — apart from those in coastal towns that have already been evacuated — are bracing for power outages and floods. Weakening to a tropical storm after making landfall, Hermine is now moving north through southern Georgia and toward the Carolinas.

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    Thousands Take to Caracas Streets to Protest Maduro

    What do they want? Total recall. Just days after neighbor Brazil ousted its president in an impeachment vote, Venezuela’s opposition is hoping to get the same result by another means. Venezuela’s economic devastation has led to food shortages, looting and violence, and hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded Caracas, calling for President Nicolas Maduro’s recall. Maduro, whose government reportedly tried to quash the protests via arrests and deportations, says the opposition’s attempting a coup — but some observers see this as no less than a referendum on the nation’s socialist revolution.

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    Gary Johnson’s Chances of Making Debate Stage Dwindle

    It’s a two-horse race. With just two weeks to make up ground, the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate is well short of the 15 percent polling support he needs to debate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — which Johnson himself said he needs, or else it’s “game over.” Even against historically unpopular nominees, the former New Mexico governor has struggled without a national ad campaign and with the Green Party’s Jill Stein siphoning supporters. Still, one poll found half of voters want both long shots in the debates.

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    Explosive Batteries Spur Recall of Samsung Smartphones

    It gives new meaning to “blowing up my phone.” The Galaxy Note 7 is a flagship product for the South Korean company, but 35 incidents of batteries catching fire while charging have been reported since the model went on sale two weeks ago. Shipments are being returned to the warehouse, and anyone who’s already got the phone will be able to swap it while Samsung figures out a repair. They’d better work fast: Their main rival, Apple, is just days from launching what’s expected to be a new iPhone model.

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    After Bombing, ’State of Lawlessness’ in Philippines

    He’s cracking down. After a Friday night bombing in his hometown of Davao killed 14 and wounded 70, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared a “state of lawlessness” Saturday, deploying the military to urban centers to help police conduct checkpoints. Abu Sayyaf extremists, who have battled the Filipino government for years, are blamed for the market bombing near the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao University and a five-star hotel. Some of the terrorist group’s commanders have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, but the military says there’s no evidence of direct collaboration.

  8. Phlippines Blast, Melania’s Lawsuit and the PDB Quiz

    Know This: The U.S. jobs report was weaker than expected, which could keep the Federal Reserve from raising rates this month. Melania Trump is suing the Daily Mail — and a blogger in Maryland — over a story alleging that she was a sex worker. At least a dozen were killed today in the Philippines by a blast at a night market in Davao City.

    Read This: With cities struggling to fund public transit, are Uber and Lyft saviors or opportunists? Bit of both.

    Remember This: Whatever you do, NEVER ask the Internet to help you name anything, especially not a baby gorilla.

    Try This: Feeling presidential after a week of briefings? Prove it with the PDB quiz.


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    Georgetown Announces Plans to Address Slave-Owning History

    They’re finally trying to atone. Though many top schools owned slaves, Georgetown University’s Jesuits owned and sold people in huge numbers before the practice was abolished — and now they’ve announced preferential admissions treatment for those slaves’ descendants. Georgetown will also establish an institute studying slavery and a memorial to those whose sale financially benefited the school. While other elite universities may follow their lead, critics say Georgetown’s step will be useless unless they actively recruit and offer scholarships to students whose ancestors the school kept in bondage.

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    Instagram’s War With Snapchat Shapes Teenagers’ Social Lives

    It’s an epic snap battle. Since Instagram added a feature nearly identical to Snapchat’s Stories, the two social media giants have been fighting to win young people’s hearts. Snapchat’s messaging feature has long held sway over teenagers, but Instagram’s new higher-resolution version hopes to bring adults into the trend — or steal Snapchat’s faithful away. But in trying to usurp Snapchat’s casual photo-chat crown, Instagram may be ignoring its main use: Creating a lasting and public social media persona, something those teen consumers may grow into.

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    African Elephant Population Plunges 30 Percent in Seven Years

    Blame the ivory trade. A three-year Great Elephant Census attempting to count every pachyderm across 18 African countries has finally come out with its numbers, and they aren’t encouraging. Only 352,271 elephants remain — peanuts even when compared to the totals from the last elephant count in 2007. Until this census elephant populations had actually been increasing, but researchers say a poaching boom is likely responsible for the dramatic drop. And past studies have indicated that due to slow reproduction, the population will take decades to recover.

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    Philippines President Tries to Block Steve Harvey From Pageant

    He shoots from the hip. Rodrigo Duterte — known internationally for a violent extralegal war against drug pushers — has weighed in against the American comedian who famously flubbed announcing the winner of last year’s Miss Universe pageant. Though Miss Philippines ended up with her rightful crown, the outspoken president told his tourism minister he doesn’t want Harvey at this year’s pageant in Manila. But Harvey’s five-year contract trumps Duterte’s wishes, so organizers might pair him with a Filipina co-host to mollify the strongman.

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    Two NFL Players Follow Kaepernick in Not Standing for Anthem

    He’s not alone. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who began his protest against racial injustice in America last week — took a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a preseason game on military appreciation night in San Diego on Thursday. But this time he was joined by teammate Eric Reid, despite boos from fans. Separately, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat on the bench during the anthem in Oakland, saying, “It’s something I plan to keep on doing, until I feel like justice is being served.”