The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Trump Sends Mixed Signals in Appointments, Interviews

    He’s leading in many directions. Donald Trump named RNC Chairman Reince Priebus his chief of staff, while anointing incendiary former Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon his chief strategist, a nod to the white nationalists in his base. On “60 Minutes,” the president-elect said he wants to keep parts of Obamacare and vowed to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, while telling any supporters who’ve been harassing minorities to “stop it.” Meanwhile, President Obama said he plans to spend more time with Trump, who’s reportedly “surprised” at the scope of his new job.

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    China Fears Trump Trade War, Puts Dealmaking on Pause

    They were listening. Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump vilified Chinese manufacturing, threatening 45 percent tariffs on their goods. Now, unsure of what his actual policy stance will be, Chinese businesses are being advised to put deals and acquisitions on hold until it’s clear how Trump and the regulators he controls will handle Chinese companies. Meanwhile, a Communist Party-controlled newspaper called for a boycott on iPhones, soybeans and American cars — and a limit on Chinese students enrolled stateside — should Trump dive into a trade war.

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    Samsung to Buy Harman, Enter Auto Landscape

    It’s gotta work out better than the Galaxy Note 7. The South Korean electronics giant is making a huge leap forward in the automotive market with its all-cash $8 billion deal to buy U.S. connected technologies supplier Harman. It’s Samsung’s biggest deal ever, and reflects a recent focus on connected cars and automotive electronics. The firm’s not likely to steer its own car onto the market, but rather push Samsung technology into parts sold to other brands — as long as Harman’s shareholders approve the deal on the table.

  4. Justin Ross Harris Guilty, Moldova’s New Leader, Colombia’s Next Try and the Costs of Brexit So Far

    Know This: Justin Ross Harris found guilty in hot car death of his son. Moldova’s elected Igor Dodon, a deeply pro-Russia politician, as their new president. Colombia’s government and FARC have reached another peace deal — though it’s not clear if there will be a public referendum on the new terms. And England’s mole-catchers are locked in vicious professional competition.

    Watch the Sky: The moon is currently bigger and brighter than usual — a supermoon — though scientists say it won’t really be that much more impressive than a normal full moon.

    Remember This Number: $82 billion. That’s how much the specter of Brexit — which hasn’t yet happened, and now must garner parliamentary approval to kick off — has cost the U.K. so far in canceled or delayed investments, according to one analysis.


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    PBS Journalist Gwen Ifill Dies at Age 61

    Her final sign-off was a tearjerker. The renowned PBS NewsHour co-host and Washington Week moderator died yesterday after a nearly year-long battle with endometrial cancer. Ifill, a New York native, took pride in showing a new generation how trusted news programs relied upon the talent and tenacity of smart Black women like herself. “We’ll miss her a lot,” says OZY Editor-in-Chief Carlos Watson. He remembers Ifill, who curated OZY’s PDB in 2014, as a “terrific, warm, intelligent person” and a “pioneering political journalist.”

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    One Year After Paris Attacks, Bataclan Reopens With Sting

    He’s the king of pain. Saying he wanted to “honor music and life,” Sting played at Paris’ Bataclan nightclub this weekend, the first concert there since 89 people were killed at an Eagles of Death Metal concert in an ISIS strike that shook France and the world a year ago. About 1,500 people attended the show, which sold out in half an hour, with proceeds going to victims’ associations. The former Police frontman opened Saturday’s show with his song “Fragile,” which includes the lyrics: “Nothing comes from violence, and nothing will.”

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    A Pacific Northwest Separation Movement That Could Work

    It’s not just about Donald Trump. But the election, which led to protests across the nation, was “the last straw” for proponents of the Republic of Cascadia, a proposed land stretching from British Columbia to Northern California. They don’t want secession, but rather to emulate Scotland’s semi-autonomous state. Politically liberal and tech-friendly, there is much that binds the area together, and it would be the world’s 19th wealthiest nation on its own. But many feel Appomattox put an end to secessionism, so Cascadia may struggle to gain broad momentum.

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    Ibuprofen’s Risks May Outweigh Painkilling Benefits

    This is creating a real headache. A new study of common painkillers ibuprofen and naproxen showed that patients who took them were at higher risk of kidney problems, gastrointestinal bleeding and high blood pressure than those who opted for lesser-known drug celecoxib, aka Celebrex. Some are disputing the findings, given irregularities during the trial. And there’s a twist: Study-funder Pfizer, which manufactured Celebrex when the research kicked off ten years ago, has since bought Advil and seen celecoxib go generic, meaning it may have shot itself in the foot.

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    Can Visual Designers Change American Political Discourse?

    Design is more than just a logo. With American politics in upheaval, designers may offer unique visions — though this election cycle, unlike previous races, hasn’t been dominated by iconic images like the Obama HOPE poster that brought visual coherence to 2008. With public discourse driven increasingly by internet conversations, visual designers are being challenged to create eye-grabbing, mind-changing images that represent complex information. And, newly inspired to change the nasty tone of 2016’s politics, many are grabbing pen and paper in a bid to motivate the electorate anew.

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    Broncos Top Saints 25-23 on Controversial Runback

    Fortune turns quickly. With 1:30 left and the score tied, New Orleans prepared to convert an extra point to take the lead. But Denver safety Justin Simmons leapt over the line, blocking the kick. Will Parks snagged the ball and scampered into the opposite end zone. The Saints challenged, saying Parks stepped out of bounds, but his white shoes blended in with the sideline and the replay was inconclusive. The defending Super Bowl champs, now 7-3, are the first NFL team to win on a blocked extra point return.