The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Social Lubricant, David Letterman and India’s 007 Secret Weapon

    Know This: Angela Merkel’s party suffered historic losses in Berlin elections with anti-migrant forces rising, while Vladimir Putin’s party got a vote of confidence in Russia. The United Nations hosts its first-ever refugee summit today with leaders from around the world. And Swiss scientists have made the shocking discovery that drinking beer diminishes shyness about sex.

    Watch This: A hirsute David Letterman teases his return to television for a National Geographic series on climate change.

    Read This: A onetime super-spy now has serious weight in guiding Narendra Modi on India’s foreign policy.

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