The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Reports: ISIS May Have Fired Chemical Shell at U.S. Troops in Iraq

    Luckily, it was “poorly weaponized.” Islamic extremists are suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent at the Qayyara air base in Iraq yesterday, according to U.S. officials. American and Iraqi troops operate on the base, and the shell was said to have come from either a rocket or artillery shell. No troops were hurt or have shown signs of symptoms, and an official said the agent was of “low purity.” But the attempt bolsters concerns of ISIS using chemical agents as Iraqi and U.S. troops step up efforts to retake Mosul.

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    Man Shot in Charlotte Protest Dies, Police Refuse to Release Shooting Video

    The violence continues. The man shot during Wednesday night’s clashes in Charlotte has died, according to police, who say 26-year-old Justin Scott was shot by an unknown civilian. Amid escalating protests, Charlotte’s police chief has said authorities won’t be releasing dashcam video of the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, which allegedly does not contain “definitive visual evidence” that Scott was holding a gun. Eight other civilians and five police officers were also injured Wednesday night. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has sent in the National Guard amid the ongoing state of emergency.

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    Report: Trump’s Charity Paid to Settle His Legal Problems

    The plot thickens. Donald Trump’s foundation, funded primarily with donors’ money, paid $258,000 to settle his legal disputes, according to The Washington Post, which could violate “self-dealing” laws against nonprofit leaders using charity money for themselves. His campaign manager dismissed the concerns, though Trump provided his foes fodder by quipping that he loves to use “other people’s money” in business. Meanwhile, at a North Carolina rally, the Republican claimed that Black communities are “absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before — ever, ever, ever.”

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    Bank of Japan Experiments With Deflation-Easing Policy

    It might be too little, too late. Japan’s economy has had three and a half years of slowed inflation, and the country’s central bank has had enough. It surprised the global financial community by vowing to cap 10-year bond yields and to intentionally overshoot its 2 percent inflation goal in a bid to bring prices up. The news saw the Nikkei rally nearly 2 percent and the yen fall slightly against the dollar while investors puzzle out whether this unusual step will help or hurt the nation’s finances.

  5. War Games, Ancient Roman Corpses and Brangelina Explained

    Know This: The Justice Department has filed charges against Ahmad Khan Rahami in last week’s New York and New Jersey bombings. South Korea and the U.S. are planning a simulated attack on a nuclear facility next month. And underwater archaeologists found a 2,000-year-old skeleton in the famed Roman-era Antikythera shipwreck. 

    Read This: We can’t tell you why Brangelina broke up, but here’s a longread on how Angelina Jolie’s controlling the media narrative about their split.  

    Remember This Number: 700,000. That’s how many people are estimated to die each year from drug resistant infections, prompting a forthcoming pledge from all 193 U.N. member states to work together on fighting superbugs.


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    Kaepernick Says Anthem Protests Have Drawn Death Threats

    Doesn’t his life matter? Colin Kaepernick told reporters he’s received death threats since he started protesting against police brutality and racial discrimination by refusing to stand during the national anthem, though he didn’t report the threats to 49ers security. The San Francisco quarterback said if he’s killed it will have “proved [his] point.” Kaepernick, who plans to donate $1 million to communities in need, added that the police officers involved in the recent killing of Terence Crutcher, the unarmed Black man slain in Tulsa, Oklahoma, “should be in prison.”

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    The Newest Trend in Building Design: Microbes

    They’re more than meets the eye. All buildings are teeming with living microscopic organisms, but exposure to some of these microbes can boost the immune system. Now scientists in the field of indoor microbiology are finding ways to design buildings to work with those microbes, possibly seeding homes with good ones rather than trying to seal inhabitants in sterile environments. As DNA sequencing makes the science more accessible, researchers are looking into microbes’ effects on mental health and asthma, and how the right microscopic organisms can fight for you.

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    Could We Cure Cancer by Treating It Like a Computer Virus?

    If only treating diseases were as easy as wiping a hard drive. But that might not be far off: Microsoft’s currently testing a set of research computers that could be used to fight cancer. At the moment, they’re processing massive amounts of data related to cancer research and drugs. But researchers say their ultimate goal is to create cells with “living” computers that can be programmed to treat diseases. They believe it may be possible to set up a “smart” molecular system within a decade.

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    Chickens and Bugs Help Farmers Stay Green

    The key to organic farming is the food chain. Rather than using potentially dangerous chemical pesticides on crops, farmers — particularly those on small, organic farms — are increasingly turning to insects and free-range chickens for pest and weed control. Now researchers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are trying to find ways to sustain these helpful predators on bigger conventional farms. In a coordinated effort, scientists are breeding new natural predators for invasive species like the soybean aphid — and farmers in America’s heartland are putting them to work.

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