The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Ex-Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Shooting Black Motorist

    Former officer of the law Michael Slager pled guilty to violating the civil rights of the unarmed motorist he killed in 2015 in South Carolina. Slager shot 50-year-old Walter Scott five times in the back as he fled. The ordeal was caught on camera by a bystander, sparking widespread criticism of the police officer and law enforcement authorities. Slager’s plea will allow him to avoid a Federal trial, although it’s unclear how the plea will effect his previous state trial, which resulted in a hung jury.


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    Hillary Clinton Says FBI Letter Partly to Blame for Election Loss

    In an interview with CNN the ex-Presidential candidate took personal responsibility for her loss to Trump, but also said that the timing of a letter from James Comey, along with ”unprecedented inference,” were contributing factors. Speaking at a Women for Women event in New York, Clinton said, “It wasn’t a perfect campaign, there is no such thing, but I was on the way to winning,” until the October 28 letter posted by the FBI director and Russian WikiLeaks swayed voters. She also alluded to Russia’s alleged tampering in the US election.

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    GOP Pushes for Votes on Obamacare Replacement

    They may not have the numbers. With 19 House Republicans currently opposing the AHCA and 17 more undecided, the GOP is still pushing for a congressional vote. If 22 Republicans oppose the bill, it won’t pass the House. Despite allowances in the revised bill to charge higher premiums for pre-existing conditions, President Donald Trump insisted sick Americans won’t see discrimination. The bill’s Senate future is also uncertain — but some say even a House vote would be enough to protect Republican legislators up for re-election in 2018 from backlash.

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    Maduro Calls for Constitutional Rewrite Amid Protests

    “I don’t want a civil war.” So said embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro yesterday, announcing the creation of a new “constituent assembly” that would have the power to change the constitution and call general elections. Maduro’s opponents, protesting in the streets for weeks against what they see as looming authoritarianism, are calling it a blatant power grab. Demonstrators — who’ve been calling for new elections themselves — were tear-gassed yesterday as the current president of Venezuela’s legislative body called on citizens to rebel against the new policy.

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    Greece, Creditors Agree on Bailout Reforms

    Get ready to feel the pinch. After hard-fought negotiations with European creditors, Greece will get the bailout disbursement it needs to cover $7.63 billion in debt repayments due in July. An agreement this morning saw Greece consenting to cut pensions, lower the threshold for paying income tax, and institute labor reforms. The IMF has abstained from joining the bailout — it says Greece needs debt relief to have a sustainable recovery, despite Germany’s protestations — but this deal could pave the way for an agreement on that debt later this month.

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    Hamas Alters Charter, Taking Milder Tone

    Is there still an iron fist in the velvet glove? Islamist group Hamas, currently struggling with its rival, the more moderate Palestinian Authority, for control of their mutual cause, has released a six-page document supporting borders set in 1967 for creation of a Palestinian territory. The new text removes previous language about “destroying” Israel, though it still opposes “the Zionist project” and refuses to recognize the state. The Israeli government was unimpressed, saying the group — long labeled terrorists — is merely attempting to fool the world with softened language.

  7. Gaffes, Resignations and the World’s Oldest Man

    Know This: When asked about his claims that the Obama administration wiretapped his campaign, President Trump said, “I don’t stand by anything,” and ended the interview — though the White House later clarified that he stands by the claim that Obama is “an evil guy.” Fox News co-president Bill Shine has resigned amid the company’s ongoing sexual misconduct scandal. And French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has been accused of plagiarizing her speeches from conservative candidate François Fillon.

    Remember This Number: 146. That’s how old Indonesian great-great-grandfather Sodimedjo claimed to be when he died Sunday, which would make him the longest-lived human by more than two decades. Though it was impossible to verify his age, as Indonesia only began recording births in 1900, authorities say his residency card appeared legitimate.

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    Trump Questions ‘Why Was There a Civil War?’

    It’s so basic, it’s a question on the U.S. citizenship test. But President Trump’s confusion yesterday over the Civil War — and his assertion that President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before it began, was “really angry” about it — has many concerned over his apparent ignorance or whitewashing of slavery and its far-reaching implications throughout American history. As officials in New Orleans struggle to remove Confederate monuments from their city, academics worry an inability to engage with history could make it difficult to govern the present.

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    Black Athletes Turning to STEM Careers

    It’s a practical solution. While in the past the majority of Black NFL players — who make up about 70 percent of the league — typically went into coaching, commentary or entrepreneurial activities when they retired, today many are heading into careers related to science, math, engineering and technology. Players like Baltimore Ravens lineman John Urschel, who’s getting his Ph.D. in math at MIT, can also be role models for young Black men who idolize football players — and who may see their post-gridiron careers as viable options, as well.

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    Fyre Festival Organizers Slapped With $100 Million Lawsuit

    The saga continues. The now infamous luxury music festival that left attendees stranded in the Bahamas last week is being sued for $5 million by a ticket-holder who reportedly spent $2,000 on the event. The filing’s also seeking class action status for more than 150 potential plaintiffs, hoping for $100 million in reparations. It claims the festival’s “cashless” policy made leaving nearly impossible, and those who reached the airport found themselves locked in amid the chaos. Meanwhile, the Bahamas may seek restitution for the blow to tourism.

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    Proposed Athletics Rule Change Would Erase Some World Records

    All that glitters may retroactively no longer be gold. European Athletics wants to overhaul anti-doping standards for record-breaking athletes — a change that would wipe many pre-2005 records from the books — saying it’s necessary to eliminate any doping doubts. But some athletes, like Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, whose record 2:15:25 marathon from 2003 would be erased, have hit back, calling the plans “cowardly.” The proposal will be presented to the International Association of Athletics Federations in August, but already has the backing of IAAF president Seb Coe.