The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Donald Trump Elected Next US President

    He shocked the world. From real estate mogul to reality TV star to the Oval Office, Trump will become America’s 45th president. He defied polls and prognosticators, energizing a base of white voters hungry for change after eight years of Democratic rule. Hillary Clinton called to concede after 2:30 a.m. EST. In his victory speech, Trump said he’ll work to heal a harshly divided country and “seek common ground, not hostility” with the world. Meanwhile, detractors wonder about his promises to ban Muslims, build a wall, repeal Obamacare and put Clinton in jail.

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    Senate, House Stay in Republican Hands

    It’s a red wave. Pat Toomey’s narrow re-election in Pennsylvania sealed a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, as the GOP overcame an unfavorable map. Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, North Carolina’s Richard Burr and Florida’s Marco Rubio were among the endangered senators who survived tough challenges. Elsewhere, Illinois’ Mark Kirk fell to Democrat Tammy Duckworth and Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto became the first Latina elected to the Senate. While Democrats entertained hopes for the House a couple months ago, Republicans have kept hold of the lower chamber with ease.

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    Calif., Mass. Legalize Recreational Pot; Fla. Backs Medical

    It’s a green wave. California and Massachusetts voters approved legalization of recreational marijuana Tuesday, as several states put weed on the ballot. Florida voters overwhelmingly approved legalized medical marijuana, the 26th U.S. state to do so. Meanwhile, Colorado voters rejected a state-based single-payer health care plan in the face of bipartisan opposition.

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    Australian Senate Scuttles Same-Sex Marriage Referendum

    “People’s human rights should not be subject to a popular vote.” That was the message from one Green Party senator who was part of a multipartisan coalition that kept a referendum on same-sex marriage from going directly to the Australian public. Though most Australians support same-sex marriage, politicians were worried about a damaging, divisive campaign, hoping instead to introduce legislation to put the matter to a parliamentary vote. But others worry that this could delay equal marriage in Australia for months or years.

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    Iran Reportedly Plans to Sign $6 Billion Gas Deal

    And now, le déluge. France’s Total, working with China National Petroleum Corp, plans to become the first Western company to sign an energy deal with Iran after sanctions were relaxed in January. Iranian officials say the deal to develop the South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf could be finalized today, six years after Iran’s nuclear ambitions saw France run for the hills. Investment in new oil production’s down 24 percent worldwide in 2016, but Iran has ambitions of becoming a major oil and gas exporter to Europe.

  6. Dixville Notch’s Vote, a Snake on a Plane and OZY Wants Your Take on the Election

    Know This: Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump 4-2 in the tiny New Hampshire town of Dixville Notch, which voted at midnight. Canada’s federal government offers first gender-neutral travel docs. A British banker was found guilty of sadistically murdering two Indonesian women in Hong Kong. And Hungary’s Parliament narrowly rejected a blanket ban on refugees being resettled in the country.

    Watch This: Samuel L. Jackson was nowhere to be found, but an Aeromexico flight on Sunday got priority landing when passengers discovered a massive green snake on their plane — essentially the plot of Jackson’s 2006 Snakes on a Plane.

    Election Reaction: We want to hear from OZY’s readers abroad about the U.S. presidential election. Write to us at, telling us your name, city, age and thoughts about who you think will win and why.


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    OZY Brings You Live Election Updates From Around the World

    We’re hot on the trail. From Las Vegas to Laos, OZY’s reporters are keeping you up to date as today unfolds. We’ve already heard from Nevada gun salesman Bob Irwin, who’s seen a spike in sales during this election season, and veteran North Carolina GOP campaigner Claire Mahoney, who says her state’s too close to call. Turn off the TV studios and jump into OZY and WIRED’s election night cocktail party: We’re live-streaming from 6 p.m. ET with Washington’s best, brightest, and funniest thinkers and entertainers.

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    Facebook’s Job Experiment Takes Aim at LinkedIn

    It’s the next social media turf war. Facebook is experimenting with job recruiting features, including allowing businesses to post openings and accept applications on their pages. The postings will be formatted differently to catch eyeballs on the addictive News Feed — and businesses can pay for more reach, targeted via Facebook’s trove of data. Last year the behemoth tested profile tags similar to LinkedIn’s “endorsements.” As Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of the jobs platform is still pending, Facebook’s play could take advantage of their transition confusion to muscle in.

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    Britain’s Intellectual Future Looks Uncertain After Brexit

    It’s hard to have a meeting of minds when you’re being isolationist. Some of the staunchest opposition to Brexit came from U.K. universities, and as the country prepares to leave the EU, they’re facing a seriously diminished intellectual legacy. British researchers say they’re being dropped from European projects, while some EU academics are reluctant to move to Britain, with its new reputation for xenophobia. Foreigners represent 20 percent of the student population — that’s a huge amount of funding — and British institutions are already falling in world rankings.

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    Hollywood Film Awards Show Gets Political

    They knew what they were getting into. The Hollywood Film Awards show bills itself as a kickoff to awards season, but host James Corden compared it to today’s presidential election. “The only difference is tonight is actually rigged,” he said. But things got impassioned quickly: Documentary award winner Leonardo DiCaprio spoke about the lack of climate change debate during the election, while comedy award recipient Robert DeNiro openly stumped for Hillary Clinton during his speech. Meanwhile, noted conservative Mel Gibson, who won for directing, kept mum about going to the polls today.

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    Cowboys Confident in Elliott Despite Domestic Violence Report

    Watch for warning signs. In a newly discovered February police report, a woman accused Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott of bruising her shoulder during a quarrel “over a social media incident.” Elliott acknowledged that he pushed Tiffany Thompson after she grabbed him, but no charges were filed because there were no physical signs of injury. Thompson also accused Elliott of harming her over the summer. The NFL continues to investigate the potential rookie of the year, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he’s confident “we don’t have any issue.”