The Presidential Daily Brief


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    French Government Begins Demolition of Calais “Jungle” Refugee Camp

    The break-up has begun. The French government has begun to dismantle the Calais “Jungle”, a massive camp that’s been home to thousands of refugees from Africa and the Middle East. But as hundreds line up for bus rides to accommodation centers across France, many fear that the logistics of moving a long-term refugee camp may catch up with the crowd. Scuffles with riot police have already broken out as bulldozers roll in. It’s anticipated many of the estimated 5,000 remaining Jungle residents will try and stay in the area to attempt an English Channel crossing.

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    Carlos Watson Suggests Clinton May Win by Double Digits

    The Donald says he’s winning, despite reports to the contrary in “phony papers.” But OZY’s editor-in-chief points to the polls, and the reality, he says, is that Hillary Clinton is up in almost every one of them. A new CNN survey has nearly 7 in 10 American voters predicting a Clinton presidency. Going out on a limb, Watson suggests that the former secretary of state could even “be on track … to post the first double-digit victory we’ve seen for a president in the last 30 years.” 

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    Scores Killed in Balochistan Province Police Attack

    It’s all over now. A militant group outlawed by the government, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, has taken responsibility for an attack on a police training center in Quetta, Pakistan. The five-hour assault, in which cadets were attacked and taken hostage while they slept, left at least 59 people dead. Tensions are high between Pakistan and India, but this attack has some questioning Pakistan’s tolerance of militant groups — a policy that may have backfired. Meanwhile, officials warn that with more than 100 injured, the death toll may still rise.

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    Obamacare Hikes Give Trump Ammo as He Aims For Brexit Redux

    It’s a healthy challenge. The Obama administration announced yesterday that premiums for health plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges will rise sharply in 2017, as insurance companies struggle to make money. The news gave Donald Trump new attack fodder against Hillary Clinton, while he acknowledged he’s behind and needs “a Brexit situation” surprise at the polls. The mogul’s increasingly difficult path to victory is evident from running mate Mike Pence’s campaign schedule today in Utah, usually a state so red it doesn’t need much persuading.

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    New Investigators Could Jump-Start Garner Case

    The case has been stalled for months. Eric Garner died after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer two years ago, and his last words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. But disagreements that pitted New York FBI agents against Justice Department officials had slowed down prosecution of the case. Now the New York agents have been replaced, which may speed the process of bringing civil rights charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo — a process that officials warn will still take months.

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    Negotiators Scramble to Rescue EU-Canada Trade Deal

    Blame it on Belgium. After the tiny region of Wallonia kept the country from accepting a hard-fought international trade pact Monday — thus derailing the entire bloc from signing the deal — some EU officials are reconsidering a two-track trade policy system that would keep regional squabbles from affecting large-scale deals. Meanwhile, European Council President Donald Tusk said he thought Belgians could perhaps be persuaded on the agreement in time for a summit in Canada Thursday, though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have had enough already.

  7. Italy’s Bank Crisis, Lithuania’s Gawking Problem and the Smog of San Jose

    Know This: One of Italy’s biggest banks says it’ll shutter branches and lay off thousands of workers. Four people died on a river rapids ride at Australian theme park Dreamworld. And Lithuanian tour operators are in trouble for treating the country’s Roma population like “animals on a safari” when they bring sightseers around.

    Remember This: Air pollution in San Jose, California, was worse than Shanghai’s for more than half the days in June and July 2016 — numbers that are nothing to cough at.

    Look at This: Portraits of a few of 2016’s first-time voters, of all ages, who explain why they feel called to vote for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson or Jill Stein this election.


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    Anti-Trump Republican Goes Public About Harassment

    GIFs of people being executed, racist pornography, photoshopped images of his young daughter in a gas chamber about to be executed by a Nazi-uniformed Donald Trump. These are just some of the images received by David French, a vocal member of the #NeverTrump movement, from alt-right supporters. While pundits have taken limited trolling in stride for years, French reports that the racist and violent online abuse he and other journalists endure from Trump’s most ardent fans is something new — and something that’s not abating anytime soon.

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    Digital Innovation Could Put an End to Animal Testing

    Stop slipping the mouse a mickey. Though drugs have long been tested on mice before they make it to human trials, bioengineers have now successfully designed a “heart on a chip” — literally, a 3-D printed microphysiological system that reacts just as human organ tissue would. This could make it possible to test new drugs and treatments without sacrificing living beings. It’s not just good news for lab rats and PETA, either: Digital organs could be used to study specific conditions without risking invasive surgery on human patients.

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    How Ferraro and Palin Paved the Way for Clinton

    They blazed the trail. Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Republican Sarah Palin in 2008 were the only female candidates to appear on major-party presidential tickets — until now. As tonight’s episode of OZY’s The Contenders: 16 for ’16 (8 p.m., PBS) shows, Palin’s down-home zingers and Ferraro’s history-making energy delivered two of the most electrifying moments in political convention history. Both stumbled after their debuts and lost badly — but remain important milestones on the road to what could be a victory for Hillary Clinton.

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    Suge Knight Sues Dr. Dre for Allegedly Trying to Kill Him

    Life imitates art. The former Death Row Records executive claims the rap impresario ordered not one, but two hits on him. Dre’s attorney says the rapper-producer hasn’t interacted with Knight since leaving Death Row in 1996. Knight was shot seven times at a party in 2014, by a man he says Dre hired, and in 2015 he ran over a man while fleeing what he called a second attempted hit. Knight is also seeking 30 percent of Dre’s earnings — including Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats Music.

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    Ultramarathoner Runs Coast to Coast in Record 42 Days

    Forrest Gump would be proud. Nebraskan Pete Kostelnick, 29, ran 3,100 miles — that’s a mere 118 marathons — in 42 days, 8 hours and 34 minutes. The ultramarathon champion went through eight pairs of sneakers on the way from San Francisco to New York, where he was greeted by former cross-country record holder Frank Giannino, who took 46 days in 1980. Now Kostelnick says he wants to drink a beer and relax with his wife while he awaits certification by the Guinness Book of World Records.