The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Doctors Say Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Are Fit To Serve

    The push-up competition’s next. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s physicians have respectively issued them clean bills of health, in response to calls for transparency. The Democrat, 68, returns to the campaign trail today after what her physician called “mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia.” Donald Trump, 70, handed a note to television personality Dr. Oz revealing that he’s “slightly overweight” and takes a statin for cholesterol. After days of restraint, Trump, who’s tied with Clinton in a new poll, couldn’t resist asking if she’d “be able to stand up here and do this for an hour” at a hot rally in Ohio.

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    NY Attorney General Opens Inquiry Into Trump Foundation

    They’re digging in. Following reports that Donald Trump’s foundation took in no money from its namesake in recent years, while buying items for Trump himself, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking into whether it broke charitable organization laws. The Trump campaign called the inquiry a “left-wing hit job” to distract from Hillary Clinton’s rough week, as the Democrat is set to return to the campaign trail Thursday. Meanwhile, Trump proposed mandatory six weeks’ paid maternity leave, in an apparent effort to recover with suburban women.

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    Army Allows Chelsea Manning Gender Surgery After Hunger Strike

    She’s going under the knife. The transgender Wikileaker had been on a hunger strike since Friday in her Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, prison, but dropped the protest yesterday after U.S. Army officials agreed to her long-sought sex reassignment surgery, allowing her treatment under new military policy. A former intelligence officer arrested as Pvt. Bradley Manning in 2010 for leaking classified information, she is serving a 35-year sentence in the all-male facility. “This is all I wanted,” said Manning, ”for them to let me be me.”

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    Syria Cease-fire Holds, US-Russia Friction Remains

    There are storm clouds ahead. The United Nations hailed a “significant drop in violence” on the first full day of the brokered cessation in hostilities. But rebels are grumbling that the deal favors President Bashar Assad, and it’s unclear whether the United States and Russia will follow through with intelligence-sharing to maintain it. Tensions are growing in Washington between the State Department and the Pentagon, which is far more skeptical of Russia, while Aleppo residents wait on promised aid shipments held up by the Syrian government.

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    Bayer and Monsanto Close to Merger

    They’ve found the seed money. A swiftly consolidating chemical industry is set for another major merger, as Bayer AG is reportedly close to acquiring agricultural giant Monsanto, with an announcement expected as soon as today. At $128 per share, this would be a $65 billion deal — the largest corporate takeover this year. The end to a long courtship reportedly comes with a $2 billion break-up fee, in case regulators in Europe or the U.S. scupper the politically sensitive deal involving a leader in genetically modified food.

  6. A Polar Bear Siege, a Super Typhoon and Burritos by Drone

    Know This: A group of Russian scientists is besieged by more than 10 polar bears at an Arctic weather station. Super Typhoon Meranti is racing towards Taiwan. And former Israeli president Shimon Peres is in stable condition after a stroke.

    Watch This: Google and Chipotle are experimenting with delivering burritos — adorable parachutes and all — via drone.

    Read This: British filmmaker Rebecca Moss, taking part in the “23 Days at Sea” artist-in-residency program aboard a container ship, was supposed to be back on dry land tomorrow. But since the ship’s owners went bankrupt, it’s no longer allowed to dock — so she and the crew are stranded with no clue when they’ll be allowed to return.


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    Kashmir Sees New Push for Independence From India

    The tinderbox is lit. When the Indian army killed rebel leader Burhan Muzaffar Wani in July, it sparked fresh turbulence in the once-independent region bordering Pakistan. Some call it a turning point: The uprising now, with a social media bent, is thought to appeal to a young, educated class in a way that previous decades’ revolts never did. The mass dissent could force India to recognize Kashmir’s desire to be a semiautonomous state of the union — not occupied territory. But some still think the movement will fizzle out.

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    New Fertilization Technique Could Allow Two Men to Conceive

    Skip the birds and the bees. Recent research has found that eggs may not be necessary for conception, a potential breakthrough for male couples looking to conceive or for women whose eggs aren’t viable. Researchers at the University of Bath successfully produced mouse pups using only sperm and a synthetic embryo that resembles run-of-the-mill skin cells. While scientists admit the technique is a long way from feasibly producing a human baby, some believe this could be the beginning of a fertile line of inquiry.

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    Western States See Growing Wild Horse Crisis

    They need to rein it in. Conservationists and horse lovers are facing a dilemma: There are simply too many horses in the American West. After heated campaigns, the federal government granted wild horses protected status in 1971. But populations have skyrocketed, threatening fragile Western ecosystems and leaving authorities with over 45,000 surplus animals in holding pens that cost $50 million yearly. Now a Bureau of Land Management advisory board’s recommending making euthanasia an option — a move they hope will raise awareness about the situation, even if Congress eventually votes neigh.

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    Nelly Fans Stream on Repeat to Help IRS Debt

    Give that man what he asking for. In response to the rapper’s reported $2.5 million in tax debts, fans are endlessly streaming 2002 hit “Hot In Herre” — ignoring classics like “Ride Wit Me,” “Air Force Ones” and “Tip Drill” — and promoting the effort on social media. Given that Spotify’s payments are estimated to top out at $.0084 per stream, it would take over 287 million plays to pay off Nelly’s debt. Even that might be underselling it, as the label and publisher would split the sum.

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    Broncos’ Marshall Meets With Police Chief After Protest

    He’s doing his own investigation. Days after Brandon Marshall knelt during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, he met for nearly an hour with Denver Police Chief Robert White yesterday to better understand the issues. The linebacker — a college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, who started the anthem protests spreading through the NFL — has lost several endorsements and been subjected to social media nastiness. White said he invited Marshall on a ride-along and to “shoot, don’t shoot” training, and he hopes they can work together constructively.