The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Syria’s Cease-fire Appears to Be Holding After First Day

    So far, so good. The latest attempt at brokering peace between Syria’s rebel groups and Bashar Assad’s government is working thus far, after a moratorium on further violence came into effect yesterday at sunset. But the deal calls for targeting some hardline groups like ISIS and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front. That could complicate things, as the latter’s fought alongside rebels against the government, and moderate rebel groups fear that immediate repercussions from such assaults could lead to the cease-fire’s collapse.

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    German Terror Investigation Leads to Syrian Refugee Arrests

    They were waiting to strike. So prosecutors say of the three young Syrian men arrested before dawn on suspicion of being ISIS operatives. The investigation has found that the trio, who emigrated in November, were given false passports, phones and large amounts of cash by ISIS, and the youngest, a 17-year-old, was allegedly trained to use weapons in Raqqa. It’s not clear what their orders were — or if they had any — but German authorities say the men, who have been surveilled for weeks, may be linked to November’s Paris attacks.

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    Clinton to Release More Medical Info; Trump on Offense

    Word of the day: transparent. Hillary Clinton defied her doctor’s orders to rest after her pneumonia diagnosis — before her “basket of deplorables” fundraiser comment and shaky exit from a 9/11 event. Clinton said Monday she withheld because she “didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal” and will release more medical information. Donald Trump said he’ll do the same, while avoiding an overt case against Clinton’s health. In a shift, the mogul said he now wants moderator-free debates, rather than forums “rigged” against him.

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    Fed Likely to Stand Pat on Rates

    There’s no rush. That was the message on rate rises from Federal Reserve official Lael Brainard in a closely watched speech yesterday that could be the last public communication before the board goes into its self-imposed pre-meeting silence. Unemployment’s stable and inflation’s held below 2 percent in recent months, meaning that despite rampant speculation about a rate rise at the Fed’s policy meeting next week, most are now betting that any increase will be delayed until at least December, given that November’s meeting falls just before Election Day.

  5. Ryan Lochte’s Protest Brigade, the Language of Dolphins and a Long-Lost Shipwreck

    Know This: Household income in the U.S. rose 5.2% between 2014 and 2015, to $56,500. The Brazilian politician who led Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment has been kicked out of office. Ryan Lochte’s Dancing With the Stars debut was marred by an onstage protest. And dolphins, a new study finds, have developed an advanced spoken language.

    Read This: Luxembourg’s foreign minister just called for Hungary to be booted from the EU if it doesn’t stop treating refugees so poorly.

    Remember This: 168 years. That’s how long the HMS Terror, lost during an expedition to find the Northwest Passage, sat preserved in an Arctic Bay before a research team began to remotely explore the ship on Sunday.


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    OZY’s ‘The Contenders’ Premieres Tonight on PBS

    This election is a raucous race. But how did America get here, and who paved the way for Barack, Hillary and The Donald? These are just some of the questions OZY answers, through “getting some perspective by looking at yesterday,” as co-founder Carlos Watson said at yesterday’s advance screening of The Contenders: 16 for ’16. Set to air today on PBS at 8 p.m. EST, this 16-part documentary series dissects the most dramatic campaigns in U.S. political history, including runs by Shirley Chisholm, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

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    School Cameras Disproportionately Focus on Students of Color

    Big Brother is watching — but not everyone. In the wake of school shootings like Sandy Hook, many campuses have stepped up security with X-ray machines, guards, and cameras. But new research finds that public schools with higher proportions of non-white students come under much more surveillance and scrutiny. This means that rates of discipline are far higher — and punishments much stricter — for these kids than for white students. Now some are questioning whether these safety precautions are doing long-term harm to students of color.

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    The Moon Could Be Influencing Earth’s Biggest Quakes

    Gravity’s shaking it up. It’s long been speculated that tides — controlled by the gravitational pull of the moon — might influence earthquakes. Now a team of Japanese researchers has found that earthquakes over magnitude 7 have an eerie habit of aligning with lunar cycles, particularly during full and new moons. The seismologists stopped short of saying that the moon causes massive earth-shaking events — and it’s still impossible to predict quakes with this information. But as more big earthquakes extend the data set, future study could hold lifesaving clues.

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    No More Red Carpets or Publicist for Miley Cyrus

    No more blue steel. The twerking former teen pop idol is 23 and shaking up the Hollywood system. Cyrus — who’s been absent from red carpets for a year — says she’ll no longer attend movie premieres “while people are starving.” She added, “It’s like a skit — it’s like Zoolander.” She’s ditched her publicist, as well, to communicate directly with fans via social media. Cyrus can also be found this fall as a judge on The Voice and acting in Woody Allen’s Amazon series Crisis in Six Scenes.