The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Police Hunt Arrest Suspect in German Soccer Bus Explosion

    Someone’s going to pay the penalty. Yesterday, a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund team to their Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco was hit by three explosions, injuring one player, Marc Bartra, who needed surgery on his wrist. Now German police say the investigation’s centered on two suspects with “Islamist links” and have arrested one, handing the investigation over to the federal authorities that normally investigate terrorist incidents. Three identical letters indicating links to ISIS were reportedly found near the blast site, but police say they’re still investigating the text to determine its authenticity.

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    G7 Leaders Reject Sanctions on Russia Over Support for Assad

    Not everyone’s talking tough. The U.S. and U.K. were pushing for economic sanctions against Moscow over its continued support of the Syrian regime despite President Bashar Assad’s suspected sarin gas attack on civilians last week. But several other G7 nations rejected that proposal today, hoping President Vladimir Putin can be persuaded that backing Assad isn’t in his strategic interest. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who’ll press Russian officials in Moscow today, visited a World War II atrocity site in Italy, calling it “inspiration for our action” combating “crimes against innocents.”

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    North Korea Threatens as US Increases Military Presence

    Forces are gathering. After the U.S. redirected its Carl Vinson Strike Group – composed of an aircraft carrier and several warships – from Singapore back to the west Pacific, Pyongyang issued a fierce statement denouncing America’s “outrageous actions.” Economic curbs may be more effective than military might, though: A Chinese ban on North Korean coal has already put a hold on the Hermit Kingdom’s most important export, while China and South Korea have both promised stronger sanctions if Pyongyang doesn’t cut out its recent uptick in region-destabilizing missile tests.

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    Alabama Gov. Resigns Over Sex and Corruption Scandal

    “I love the people of this state with all my heart.” That was Gov. Robert Bentley’s farewell after resigning and pleading guilty to two misdemeanors in a year-long scandal involving threats, heart-eyed emojis and public funds used to conduct and hide his alleged affair with a married former aide. Bentley, whose 50-year marriage dissolved as the scandal unfolded, has pledged to serve a year of probation and never run for office. He’s replaced by Lieutenant Gov. Kay Ivey, only the second female governor of Alabama, who’s promised a more transparent administration.

  5. Confessions, Pulitzer Prizes and the Art of the Side Hustle

    Know This: The suspect in the Stockholm truck attack that killed four people last Friday has confessed to “a terrorist crime.” To combat its opioid epidemic, Seattle’s planning the first U.S. facility where drug users can inject in a safe environment. And Iowa’s tiny Storm Lake Times, which employs 10 people and has a circulation of 3,000, has won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. 

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    Man Dragged, Bloodied, Off United Flight

    Leggingsgate’s got nothing on this. United Airlines provoked mass outrage after viral videos showed police forcibly removing a passenger from a Chicago-Louisville flight Sunday, reportedly to make room for airline employees. United asked for volunteers to wait a day in exchange for overnight accommodation and $800. Finding no takers, the crew randomly selected passengers and one — a doctor with patients to see Monday morning — refused and was dragged, screaming and bleeding, from his seat. Now one aviation security officer involved has been suspended and some in Washington are calling for hearings.

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    Tesla Surpasses GM as Most Valuable US Carmaker

    They’ve quietly blown the Big Three’s doors off. It rarely turns a profit, but electric car pioneer Tesla’s pegged by Wall Street as the most valuable U.S. automaker. When trading closed Monday, Tesla’s shares reached a staggering $312.39, taking their market cap to $51.5 billion and sending them past General Motors for the first time. A week ago, Tesla surpassed Ford to become the second most valuable car company. While some analysts predict share prices could hit $500, others say the rapid climb is symptomatic of a bubble — inevitably leading to a crash.

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    Where’s the Line Between Physical and Mental Illness?

    Doctors may need to rethink their approach. New analysis from researchers in Switzerland suggests the medical community may need to start assessing physical and mental illnesses together, and not as wholly unrelated issues. Data collected from nearly 6,500 American teenagers pointed the University of Basel team to a number of associations between specific physical and mental illnesses: Epilepsy often precedes eating disorders, while arthritis and digestive problems often follow depression. Researchers caution that these links may not be causal, but further studies might precipitate an entirely new medical mindset.

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    British ’Vogue’ Announces First Black Male Editor

    They’re not just striking a pose. British Vogue has named Edward Enninful as its new editor, replacing Alexandra Shulman, who’s stepping down in August after 25 years at the helm. Ghanaian-born Enninful, currently W magazine’s creative and fashion director, will be the first non-white male to edit a mainstream women’s magazine. At 45, he has already been honored by Queen Elizabeth for his service to the fashion industry — not to mention his on-point social media presence — and many hope he’ll steer Vogue (and fashion) in a new direction.