The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Reports: Three Women Say Trump Touched Them Inappropriately

    “His hands were everywhere,” recalls Jessica Leeds, 74. She says the Republican candidate once sat beside her on a plane and began fondling her, uninvited. Meanwhile, Rachel Crooks, a former Bayrock Group receptionist, says the Donald — who claimed Sunday that he’s never really kissed or groped without permission — greeted her once with kisses, landing one “directly on the mouth.” Another woman from Palm Beach also says the Donald groped her. The revelations come hours after dozens of women gathered outside Trump Towers in NYC to demand that the GOP unendorse Trump, who’s denying the new claims, referring to them as “fiction.”

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    Al Gore Campaigns for Hillary Clinton, Trump Takes Aim

    It’s not just the planet that’s heating up. The former VP, who’d dragged his feet with his endorsement, stumped for Clinton in Miami yesterday, urging voters to make the environment a global priority while reminding them that every vote counts — which Gore knows all too well after losing Florida in 2000. Some supporters suggested Gore might rejoin Team Clinton, perhaps for a cabinet post, Nick Fouriezos reports. Meanwhile, Donald Trump hinted that mud-slinging will continue, shedding his “shackles” and skewering fellow Republicans and his opponent alike.

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    Lawyers for Paris Terror Suspect Resign

    They warned him this would happen. Salah Abdeslam’s lawyers say they will no longer represent him because he’s chosen to remain silent. Abdeslam, 27, is alleged to be the only survivor of the ISIS-linked team that planned the gruesome Nov. 13 Paris attacks that left 130 people dead. He’s under 24-hour surveillance in his cell, a condition that his lawyers blame for his silence. “Being watched all the time,” one said, “with infrared at night, that drives one crazy.” Legally, Abdeslam will need representation when he goes to trial.

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    ISIS Exploding Drone Attack Stokes Fears

    ”We should have been ready for this.” That was the analysis of one expert after reports surfaced of an ISIS drone in Iraq that was shot down — and then exploded upon examination, killing two Kurdish fighters. At least twice before ISIS has attempted to use exploding drones as weapons, and the Pentagon says it’s now devoting resources to stopping potentially hostile machines. The militant group is still using small commercially available drones, but many fear a future of larger or more powerful unmanned vehicles that could deliver bigger explosive payloads.

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    Sterling Stabilizes With Rumors of Brexit Vote

    Uncertainty’s no longer the problem. The pound has seen four days of losses, shrinking more than 5 percent against the dollar this month and hitting a new three-decade low yesterday, after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May seemed prepared to go ahead with so-called “hard Brexit” negotiations that would likely take Britain out of Europe’s single market. But the currency rose more than 1.5 percent today on reports that Parliament, after a cross-party revolt, could be allowed to vote on the Brexit plan — an issue they’ll debate today.

  6. Firing Back, Wells Fargo CEO Out, Terror Suspect Dies and a Greener GOP

    Know This: Pentagon says U.S. has hit radar sites in Yemen. Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf is stepping down. Syrian terror suspect Jaber al-Bakr found dead in his cell in Germany. Samsung’s recall kit for Galaxy Note 7 users includes gloves and a flameproof box. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wants to ban public smoking nationwide. And Chinese authorities are still hunting down 50 baby cobras after 200 of the snakes escaped.

    Read This: Millions of people, from Nigeria to Brazil, scavenge in dumps for a living — and NGOs are trying to find a solution to the poverty that puts them there and the health consequences it leaves them with.

    Remember This: Taxing emissions “can be one of the key planks of the platform to turn the Grumpy Old Party into the Great Opportunity Party,” says Bob Inglis, former Republican congressman and current eco-warrior for the GOP.


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    Can Texas Show America How to Drive Down Suicide?

    This killer is at a 30-year high. Data from 2014, the most recent year available, shows that suicide rates are up for nearly every U.S. demographic. Victims’ loved ones — their survivors — are often left flailing, vulnerable to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and even suicide. But “postvention” groups like the Texas chapters of Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors are working hard to stamp out the sensationalizing and normalizing of suicide, while helping those stunned by loss learn how to get help and regain hope.

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    Supreme Court Tackles Question of Racially Biased Juries

    You have the right to an impartial jury. But with rules in most federal and state courts that keep deliberation behind closed doors and out of the courtroom, you might never know if a jury is racially biased. Now the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing the case of a Hispanic man whose jurors reportedly used racist stereotypes in considering evidence against him, which could overturn a state court ruling that the secrecy of jury deliberation is of paramount importance, even when it comes to a defendant’s constitutional rights.

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    Amazon Set to Launch Convenience Stores

    They’re setting up shop. The online retailing giant reportedly plans to offer one-stop convenience shops and drive-up grocery stores peddling meat, vegetables and other perishables for pick-up. Supposedly dubbed Project Como internally, Amazon execs are refusing to comment on the brick-and-mortar initiative, but the firm has said before that it plans to open more physical stores. These will exclusively benefit customers of Amazon Fresh initially, but the plan is to give Walmart and other grocery retailers a run for their money.

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    IMAX Brings Virtual Reality to the Moviegoing Experience

    3-D glasses are so 2015. IMAX has set its sights on opening virtual reality centers in existing movie theaters worldwide, with a test site launching in the U.K. before the end of 2016 and more planned for China, Japan, the U.S. and other European countries. For now, moviegoers will sit in VR pods for a short show before a feature film. But IMAX is working with Google to develop a cinema-grade VR camera, which could help fill the content void currently worrying virtual reality entertainment enthusiasts.

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    Colin Kaepernick to Become 49ers Starting QB

    Can he bring ’em to their knees? The Milwaukee native has been tipped by coach Chip Kelly to take over from Blaine Gabbert on Sunday when San Francisco faces Buffalo — a move Kelly says is all about boosting offense. The second-round 2011 draft pick has been making waves by kneeling during the national anthem to protest mistreatment of Black Americans, and his ascension comes as the team tries to restructure his contract and injury guarantee. So all eyes are on whether Kaepernick signs the dotted line before Sunday.