The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Congress Avoids Government Shutdown, Overrides Obama Veto

    The doors will stay open. After flirting with deadline pressure, both chambers of Congress cleared a short-term bill to fund the federal government through Dec. 9, striking a compromise that dedicates $1.1 billion to fighting Zika, but postpones action on the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. President Obama is expected to sign the bill by Friday’s deadline, as Congress recesses until after the election. Meanwhile, Congress overrode the president’s veto of a bill that will allow 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia, which Obama warns sets a “dangerous precedent.”

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    Trump Lashes Out at Poor Debate Reviews

    There’s no pivot. A record-smashing 84 million people tuned in to Monday’s debate, and the commentariat’s consensus that Hillary Clinton won led to a whirlwind of complaints and countercharges from Donald Trump. Clinton pressed forward on the campaign trail, arguing that the debate showed her GOP foe unfit for office. Trump, meanwhile, again bashed a former Miss Universe pageant winner for gaining weight and said he will attack Clinton for her husband’s infidelities when they next clash on stage — a move Democrats believe will backfire with women voters.

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    Investigation Into Flight MH17 Releases Findings

    It’s been a long time coming. All 298 people aboard the July 2014 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur died when it was apparently shot down over Ukraine, and Dutch-led investigators have released new specifics about the incident. The report says the Buk missile that brought down the plane was brought to Ukraine from Russia, and fired, as Ukraine has long contended, from territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists — though Russian authorities have flatly denied this in the past. Next step: Identifying the people who actually launched the Buk.

  4. Another Police Shooting, Female Rappers of Kabul and Italy’s Pizza Problem

    Know This: More than a thousand people were evacuated when an Indonesian volcano erupted. A small Southern California town is roiling with outrage after police shot a Black man who they say assumed a “shooting stance.” And Afghanistan’s experiencing a feminist musical revolution.

    Watch This: A nine-year-old girl gave a tearful speech to the Charlotte City Council about the discrimination experienced by the Black community.

    Remember This Number: 6,000 pizza chefs. That’s how many Italy says it needs to meet demand, as young people opt for less traditional, better-paying jobs — or no jobs at all, with 43 percent youth unemployment nationwide — but continue to munch ever more of the cheap snack.


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    Elon Musk Lays Out Mars Colonization Plan

    Better red planet than dead planet. The tech entrepreneur says his company, SpaceX, has already spent tens of millions on his just-revealed plan for an Interplanetary Transport System — a fleet of reusable transit ships bound for Mars that could carry 100 people at a time and make the trip in as little as 90 days. Musk told the International Aeronautical Congress he’s gunning for humans to become a “spacefaring civilization.” SpaceX’s timeline: Unmanned missions to Mars by 2018, and sending humans to check out the terrain by 2024.

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    High-Frequency Trading Surges in Developing Markets

    Speed kills. Algorithm-based high-frequency trading already dominates the U.S. stock market, and now it’s become established in Brazil and Russia, with traders’ sights set on more remote markets. Advocates say trading from data centers in milliseconds makes markets more liquid and accurate, but the practice can increase risk and make markets prone to “flash crashes,” such as the 2010 blip that wiped $1 trillion off the books in minutes. Global regulators are taking notice and building new safeguards, but rapid-fire trades show no signs of slowing.

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    Montreal Faces Backlash Over Pit Bull Ban

    It’s a dog eat dog world. Montreal’s passed a controversial ban on pit bulls, one of the first for a major city, after a fatal dog attack. But animal lovers strongly oppose the legislation, saying there’s little evidence breed-based bans work. The law puts strong restrictions on pit bulls who already reside in the city, while encouraging euthanasia for unregistered members of the breed. But the Montreal SPCA has threatened to stop all dog services to the city if the ban, which goes into effect Oct. 3, is enforced.

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    Princesses Out, Superheroes In for Halloween Costumes

    They’re letting it go. After 11 years of princess dominance in Halloween costumes — most recently fueled by Frozen — superheroes like Batman, Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn and Star Wars’ Rey now rule the streets, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. Box office smashes like Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse have fueled the costume change, but princesses could be due for a comeback next year: Disney’s Moana and a live-action Beauty and the Beast hit theaters in the coming months.

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    Serena Williams: ‘I Won’t Be Silent’ About Police Racism

    She’s adding her voice. One of the most dominant athletes of all time, Williams wrote a Facebook post yesterday describing her emotions driving past a police officer with her 18-year-old nephew at the wheel — stirring memories of the death of Philando Castile in Minnesota, streamed live by his girlfriend. “Why did I have to think about this in 2016?” the tennis star wrote, joining a growing chorus of high-profile athletes, from the NFL to the NBA to women’s soccer, protesting racially charged police killings.