The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Wells Fargo CEO Gives Up $41 Million in Stock After Probe

    His golden parachute lost some luster. Following a board of directors investigation into the practice of secretly creating hundreds of thousands of unauthorized accounts to meet sales targets, John Stumpf agreed to give up the stock awards and won’t receive a bonus this year. Carrie Tolstedt, former head of community banking, will also give up $19 million in unvested equity rewards. Stumpf is set to testify before Congress on Thursday, as the U.S. Department of Labor launches its own investigation into the bank’s workplace practices.

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    Former Israeli President Shimon Peres Dead at 93

    The world’s been watching. Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his role in negotiating 1993’s Oslo Accords with Palestine, has died in a Tel Aviv area hospital two weeks after suffering a stroke. One of the last survivors of the political generation of Israel’s 1948 founding, the Polish-born Peres served twice as prime minister and once as president during seven decades in the public eye. Remembered for building the country’s defenses while seeking regional peace, Peres was memorialized by President Obama as ”the essence of Israel itself.”

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    Charlotte Activists Call for Mayor, Police Chief to Resign

    “If you can’t do your job, let’s find someone who can,” said one speaker at yesterday’s city council meeting about the police shooting of Keith Scott. Kerr Putney, who became Charlotte’s second Black police chief 15 months ago, has spoken about bigotry in American law enforcement and his own distrust of police, but riled demonstrators by initially refusing to release body camera footage of Scott’s death. While Mayor Jennifer Roberts told protesters, “We care very much about hearing you,” neither she nor Putney have announced plans to step down.

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    Disney Considers Potential Twitter Takeover

    They might still beat a hasty retweet. Twitter’s market value is about $20 billion, but it has struggled to expand its user base and define its mission, while social media competitors like Snapchat and Facebook strengthen. The site’s already in talks with Salesforce over a possible takeover, but Disney’s now a potential option, too — news that saw Twitter’s shares rise 3.3 percent yesterday. If the deal moves forward, it’ll be Disney’s biggest technology acquisition ever — and could be the latest in a string of losing bets the company’s made on takeovers.

  5. ‘Three Person’ Baby Born, the Houston Shooter, Water in Space and the Debate

    Know This: The world’s first baby was born through the new “three person” fertility technique. The Canadian dollar and Mexican peso jumped during the debate, which analysts say indicates a Clinton win. The Houston gunman who injured nine people before being shot by police was allegedly a disgruntled lawyer wearing Nazi paraphernalia. The International Criminal Court has sentenced Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi to nine years in jail for destroying historic sites, the first denotation of a cultural destruction as a war crime. And NASA’s found evidence of water plumes on one of Jupiter’s moons.

    Read This: If you couldn’t bring yourself to watch it, humor columnist Alexandra Petri’s done her own abridgement of last night’s debate.

    Remember This Number: 159 days. That’s how much of last year Ghana spent under electricity blackouts, the clearest sign of its ongoing energy crisis.


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    Roller Coasters Reveal Unexpected Health Benefit

    Buckle up. A recent study’s shown that riding roller coasters can help pass kidney stones before they reach operable size, a perk discovered after a patient did just that three times on Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain. Researchers rode dozens of times with a 3-D printed kidney and found that sitting in the back seat they achieved a 64 percent success rate, though they couldn’t replicate it on another coaster. With kidney stone treatment costing $2.1 billion annually in the U.S., a trip to Disneyland might be more affordable than invasive surgery.

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    When Super Tuesday Wasn’t So Super

    So much for the Southern Strategy. Tonight’s episode of OZY’s The Contenders: 16 for ’16 (8 p.m. on PBS) looks back at how Democrats launched Super Tuesday in 1988 in the hopes of broadening their party’s appeal — and failed. Instead of boosting a moderate candidate like Al Gore or Dick Gephardt, the 20 mostly Southern states gave a split decision. Massachusetts’ Michael Dukakis ended up winning a drawn-out Democratic primary, while George H.W. Bush salted away the GOP side early — and cruised to victory in the fall.

    Unintended Consequences

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    ‘World’s Worst Zoo’ Closes Amidst Gaza Strip Violence

    War isn’t healthy for animals either. The Khan Younis Zoo in the Gaza Strip has finally closed, and its 15 remaining inhabitants have been rescued. Animal welfare groups had long been horrified by the conditions at the zoo, which saw hundreds of animals starve to death in 2014 under an Israeli bombing onslaught. Zookeepers taxidermied those that died as a grim reminder of the widespread impact of political violence. Now an Austrian rescue group has taken custody of Khan Younis’ animals, but four zoos still remain open in Gaza.

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    ‘Modern Family’ Guest Will Be TV’s First Trans Child Actor

    It’s not child’s play. Jackson Millarker, 8, will appear on Wednesday’s episode of the taboo-busting ABC sitcom as Tom, Lily’s new school friend, becoming the first openly transgender child actor on scripted TV. After Lily’s gay male parents applaud themselves for raising an open-minded daughter, the playdate turns into a teachable moment when Lily insults Tom. Millarker joins reality star Jazz Jennings, 15, as one of few young transgender people on TV, a role that could stir controversy — and hope, for other LGBT kids.

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    Marlins Take Emotional Win After Fernandez Tribute

    There were few dry eyes. Dee Gordon’s leadoff homer launched the Marlins to a 7-3 win against the New York Mets in Miami’s first game since the death of star pitcher Jose Fernandez. The team held a pregame ceremony at the mound and wrote messages in the dirt to Fernandez — who died in a boating accident Sunday at age 24 — before resuming their quest for the NL wild card. Fernandez’s funeral is set for Thursday, before the Marlins close the regular season with a trip to Washington.