The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Yahoo

    Yahoo Reveals 500 Million Accounts Stolen in 2014 Hack

    When they said “security,” they meant “lol no.” The company is investigating a “state-sponsored actor” behind what’s believed to be the largest breach of user data in history. Authorities became suspicious earlier this summer when a hacker named “Peace” offered Yahoo users’ data — including names, email addresses, and passwords — on the dark web. The company encourages users who haven’t changed their passwords since 2014 to do so. But with Yahoo’s recent sale to Verizon, the news comes at a particularly bad time for the internet giant.

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    Tulsa Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter in Terence Crutcher Shooting

    This case isn’t closed. Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby has been charged with first-degree manslaughter after she shot and killed an unarmed Black motorist. Shelby, who was responding to reports of a road obstruction, claimed Crutcher was behaving erratically and reached for a weapon in his car. But dashcam video shows Crutcher with his hands up before another officer Tasered him and Shelby fatally shot him. If Shelby is convicted, she could spend at least four years in prison. Meanwhile, protests over the deaths of Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott have escalated in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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    Caracas Paralyzed by Protesting Bus Drivers

    Everyone’s working from home today. The streets of Venezuela’s economically crippled capital city have been gridlocked for eight hours with striking bus drivers demanding protection from violence and money to maintain their crumbling buses. President Nicolas Maduro’s opposition has been pushing for a recall referendum and new elections this year — but Venezuela’s electoral authority has just ruled there won’t be a vote before next year, which could mean Maduro’s vice president takes over instead. To get a vote at all, the opposition will have to collect 4 million signatures next month.

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    Trump Targets Black Voters, Clinton Courts Disabled Americans

    It was an unusual appeal. Boxing promoter Don King dropped the N-word as he joined the Republican nominee to court Democratic-leaning Black voters in an awkward campaign event where Donald Trump said he was “troubled” by the Oklahoma police shooting. Yet later yesterday, Trump said he favors expanding “stop and frisk” policing, even though New York abandoned it as discriminatory. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, pursued disabled voters with a policy speech — her latest attempt to woo narrow slices of the electorate to overcome an enthusiasm gap.

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    Fed Stands Pat Again, Forecasts Rate Rise Soon

    There’s dissent in the ranks. Though the Federal Reserve decided at its monthly meeting to keep interest rates where they are, officials were reportedly divided, with three regional bank presidents registering disagreement with the final decision. In the end, the majority decided there was no rush to inflate interest rates, choosing to wait for more economic data. Still, the Fed signaled there will be another lift by the end of 2016, with policy officials now estimating there’ll be two 2017 rate rises and three each in 2018 and 2019.

  6. Our DNA History, Arthur Miller in Tehran and a Genius Grantee

    Know This: DNA evidence makes a new case for a single human migration from Africa. Oxford tops the Times Higher Education rankings of world universities for the first time. And Mark Zuckerberg’s pledged $3 billion to fight disease.

    Watch This: The Salesman, an Iranian film that won best screenplay at Cannes, follows a couple performing in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman — and Iran’s chosen it as the national submission to next year’s Oscars.

    Remember This: “I’ve lived at the margins of society just like millions of people today. I came to this country when I was 9 years old, undocumented.” That’s José Quiñonez, one of 2016’s just-announced MacArthur “Genius” Grant winners, telling his story on OZY.


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    The Political Transformation of India’s Most Populous State

    It’s a state of uncertainty. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a lot of development promises, but his 200-million-strong home state of Uttar Pradesh isn’t always happy with his follow-through. Water distribution remains unequal, garbage piles up into towers and river water floods the streets of the holy city of Varanasi. Development concerns are breaking up old caste-based voting blocs, and in a state that’s considered a microcosm of the world’s largest democracy, many votes are up for grabs going into the unpredictable 2017 elections.

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    Men’s Aging Process Could Be Responsible for Long Human Lives

    It doesn’t always pay to stay in shape. Human lifespans last way beyond our normal reproductive years, a relative rarity in the animal kingdom. But recent research says there’s a reason: Men who put on weight and experience a testosterone drop as they get older are more likely to continue to reproduce, and those lower testosterone levels make it easier to fight infections. Men who reproduce later in life then pass on longevity genes — which could explain why we’ve ended up living so long.

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    A New Way to Find Nuclear Weapons

    You don’t want to wait until they find you. Antineutrinos, subatomic particles produced during fission reactions, are a sure sign of nuclear activity, but they’re nearly impossible to observe. While we’ve been trying to detect nukes since the Cold War, sensors couldn’t distinguish between power plants and weapons facilities — until now. A collaborative U.S. project is on the verge of producing a device that measures antineutrinos’ energy signatures to differentiate between the two, meaning we’ll no longer have to rely on satellite intelligence or on-site inspections to locate WMDs.

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    Disney Pulls ‘Moana’ Halloween Costume After Complaints

    Maui in haste, repent at leisure. To promote Moana, their new film set in the Pacific Islands, Disney produced a line of Halloween costumes based on the characters. But the one depicting the god Maui, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, includes a muscled zip-up suit with brown skin and tattoos — and many have denounced it as comparable to blackface and offensive to Pacific Islanders. Now Disney’s pulled the costume off shelves and issued an apology, likely hoping the controversy will blow over before the film’s November release.

    Cultural Appropriation

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    Adrian Peterson to Have Knee Surgery, Out Indefinitely

    He’s been there before. Minnesota’s star running back returned from an ACL tear faster than anyone dreamed in 2011, but today he goes under the knife for a torn meniscus, which coach Mike Zimmer said could end the 31-year-old’s season. Peterson denied a report that his LCL is also torn, and if the damage is minor he could return within weeks. The Vikings have also lost starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and left tackle Matt Kalil to season-ending injuries — yet somehow they remain in first place.