The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Charlotte Won’t Release Shooting Video, Tulsa Officer Charged

    They don’t want the world to see. Charlotte authorities allowed Keith Scott’s family to view dashboard and body camera videos of his death, but say they won’t make the footage public — despite the family’s wishes. Hundreds gathered in Charlotte last night chanting “We want the tapes!” as police announced the arrest of a suspect in the shooting of a protester this week. Meanwhile, Betty Shelby, the Tulsa police officer caught on tape shooting Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and freed on bail.

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    Syrian Government Doubles Down on Retaking Aleppo

    It’s going to get worse before it gets better. After a cease-fire collapsed Monday, Aleppo was pounded with airstrikes this week. Now Bashar Assad’s government has announced a new focus on capturing rebel-held districts of the battered city, still home to a quarter of a million people. The government’s instructed civilians to stay away from rebels for their own safety, while truce talks between the U.S. and Russia adjourned yesterday with no agreement — despite officials admitting that the next few days are crucial for Syria’s peace process.

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    Donald Trump Blames Drugs for Urban ‘Rioting’

    The race is about race. After discussing the unrest in Charlotte, the billionaire, who’s been attempting to balance his tough-on-crime stance with outreach to minorities, said, “Drugs are a very, very big factor in what you’re watching.” His advisers later claimed he was referring to the opioid epidemic, not protests against police shootings. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, was off the trail prepping for Monday’s debate, but she made a splash with a straight-faced appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, who quipped about Trump wearing a “white power tie.”

  4. Cruz Endorses Trump, An Unheeded Warning and a Bear-Infested Adventure

    Know This: Ted Cruz, his former and once-bitter rival, has endorsed Donald Trump for the presidency. A North Carolina Congressman has apologized for saying protesters in Charlotte “hate white people.” Ahmad Khan Rahami’s father says he warned the FBI about his son. A toddler who wandered into the Siberian wilderness has been rescued after three days. And a BBC quiz show star has been arrested after he admitted to possibly murdering a stranger in his autobiography.

    Read This: Black dolls matter, too — so here’s your longread on the fraught political history of the first Black American Girl doll.

    Try This: Feeling presidential after a week of briefings? Prove it with the PDB quiz.


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    Brian Grazer Will Curate Sunday’s PDB

    Now’s your chance to peek behind the scenes. Check in with us Sunday as the Oscar- and Emmy-winning producer serves up the Presidential Daily Brief. The man behind Apollo 13, Arrested Development and Empire recently debuted the well-received documentary Eight Days a Week, featuring rare archival footage of the Beatles. He’s also working on a basketball fantasy camp comedy called Ballers starring LeBron James and Mark Wahlberg. Grazer, 65, will curate the most important and intriguing stories of the day for OZY readers with his own distinctive spin.

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    Google Glass Becomes Learning Tool for Kids With Autism

    It’s another way of seeing. Despite having flopped on the consumer market, Google Glass’ facial recognition software is helping to teach social cues. This kind of therapy’s not new: Psychologists use flash cards to help children with autism get a handle on the complexities of neurotypical emotion. But Stanford University’s Autism Glass Project is helping develop a new type of therapy that takes these techniques much further — and could make a huge difference for kids and families who otherwise often wait years for a therapist.

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    The World’s Growing Rural-Urban Political Divide

    Are you a country mouse or a city mouse? Increasingly, that might shape your politics. Recent years have seen the gap widen between rural and urban areas’ political leanings — and America’s presidential election is polarizing things even more. In Europe and the U.S., nationalist messages like those of Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen are catching on faster in rural areas. Recent immigration trends — and the ongoing refugee crisis — have diversified cities and encouraged social integration, but not yet affected the status quo in the countryside.

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    As Sony Teams With Chinese, Lawmakers Fear ‘Propaganda’

    Maybe movie influencers should be screened. Wanda Group’s pending acquisition of AMC would make it the biggest global exhibitor, and Hollywood is eager for a piece of China’s moviegoing market, the world’s second largest. In response, 16 members of Congress appealed to the Government Accountability Office suggesting that deals involving “soft power” businesses, like media and telecommunications, should be probed on national security grounds. Wanda and Sony also announced a marketing alliance this week, and with billions of dollars at stake the scrutiny on Chinese deals is expected to grow.

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    Behind Third-String QB, Patriots Win Big — Again

    Welcome to the NFL, Jacoby Brissett. Thrust into the starting slot by Tom Brady’s suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury, the rookie ran for a touchdown as New England’s defense squashed Houston in a 27-0 victory. The 3-0 Patriots are in a familiar position atop the league even with “Deflategate” depriving them of their superstar, who must sit out one more game. Brissett, the first Black QB starter in Patriots history, could get another shot next week against Buffalo, depending on the status of Garoppolo’s banged-up shoulder.