The Presidential Daily Brief


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    After Manchester Attack, UK Mourns, Hunts Bomber’s Network

    There was a monster in their midst. After Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, killing 22 people and injuring 64, British officials questioned whether he was working alone. So far police have arrested 13 people in connection with the crime, while Mancunians mourn the dead — a vigil Thursday included crowds singing Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” Meanwhile, Manchester’s Libyan community is questioning how to identify or help those like Abedi, born to Libyan parents, who may be on the verge of radicalization.

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    Russia Investigation Turns to Jared Kushner

    It’s a family affair. Reports have surfaced that the president’s son-in-law, already a “person of interest” in the Russia inquiry, proposed setting up a secret communication channel with Moscow in December that would have used Russian hardware and avoided scrutiny from the Obama administration. Kushner, still a White House senior adviser, has already agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where senators may probe his role in James Comey’s firing. Meanwhile, some experts want to know: If Comey was ousted to impede investigation of President Trump, what might that inquiry still uncover?

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    Cavs, Warriors Charge Into NBA Finals

    This one was for his legacy. LeBron James scored 35 points and passed His Airness Michael Jordan as the all-time NBA playoff top scorer as he led Cleveland to a 135-102 blowout against the Boston Celtics. Now, Cleveland, the reigning champions, will face the Golden State Warriors on Thursday for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Will the off-season addition of new Warrior Kevin Durant be enough for Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to reclaim the throne — or are King James and Kyrie Irving due for another ring sizing?

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    New Orleans’ Lead Cases Yield Diluted Justice

    Enough’s enough. Along with the nation’s highest murder rates, discrimination and Hurricane Katrina, residents of New Orleans’ public housing projects also suffered long-term effects of ingesting lead – from paint, water and even the smog-tainted dirt. Crusading attorneys fought from the 1990s — when the metal’s toxicity became better understood — and kept fighting until they reached a settlement with the city in 2011. But that compromise meant the 2,000 eligible victims collected a fraction of the poisoning’s cost, while others will receive nothing after Katrina destroyed their medical records.

  5. The Indy 500, 2020 Campaign Vision and Hate Speech

    The Week Ahead: Indianapolis is preparing for the 101st Indy 500 on Sunday.  Penguin Vs. Predator, a.k.a. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, kicks off Monday. And President Trump will hold one of his campaign rallies in Iowa Thursday, with 41 months until election day 2020.  

    Know This: Two men were fatally stabbed yesterday on a Portland, Oregon train when they tried to intervene as another passenger spewed hate speech at nearby Muslim women. Deeply influential national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served under President Jimmy Carter, has died at age 89. And pop star Ariana Grande says she’ll return to Manchester to give a benefit concert for the victims of Monday night’s arena bombing. 

    Answer This: Tell us how you really feel. OZY’s next TV show is premiering on PBS this fall. The Third Rail will tackle hot topics typically taboo for television. In anticipation, we’ll be posting a provocative question right here each week, focusing on topics that might make it onto the show. First up: Do you think it’s OK to have a racial preference in dating? Why or why not? Email with your thoughts or a personal story. We’ll publish the most intriguing answers Tuesday on


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    Where the President’s Son-In-Law Is King

    Don’t expect a new lease on life. While the Kushner Companies snapped up headline-grabbing properties in Manhattan and Brooklyn, starting in 2011, its property-management arm began buying thousands of “distress-ridden” units across the Rust Belt. Today, with close to 20,000 units in Maryland, Ohio and New Jersey under its control, a pattern of Kushner Companies’ aggressive pursuit of any unpaid rent or broken leases — real or perceived — is slowly coming to light through the hundreds of lawsuits against, and growing resentment from, its low-income tenants.

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    How Two Teens Made a Fortune Off Fidgeting

    Just call him the spin doctor. When 17-year-old ADHD sufferer Allan Maman saw fidgeting gadgets taking off online, he decided to use his school’s 3-D printer to make one — and then hundreds, selling them to classmates. When the school kicked him off its printer, he and classmate Cooper Weiss bought their own, with some of their $350,000 in sales. Teens may be uniquely placed to spot and capitalize on trends, especially as technology lowers barriers to entry — as long as they can stay one step ahead of the latest fad.

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    One London Legal Profession Enables Social Mobility

    Legal wheeling and dealing’s their strong suit. Unrelated to the U.S. legal profession of the same name, London’s “clerks” are go-betweens matchmaking Britain’s two types of lawyers: barristers, who argue in court, and solicitors, who offer counsel solely from offices. Clerks, who also handle all financial negotiations with clients, circumvent Britain’s rigid class system, often earning upwards of $650,000, despite routinely entering the profession as teenagers without formal qualifications. It’s work that’s barely changed since the days of Charles Dickens, though modern clerkdom’s slowly becoming more welcoming to women and minorities.

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    Brazil’s Fight Against Sexism Takes on Advertising

    Misogyny’s a tough sell. In 2015, beer company Skol ran an ad reading “I forgot ‘no’ at home” ahead of Carnival — when Brazil’s already high rates of sexual assault spike. Mocking protests of the ad went viral and the company now disavows its work, just one of several wins for Brazilian feminists pushing back against sexist advertising. With 65 percent of Brazilian women — responsible for 85 percent of household purchasing decisions — reporting they don’t identify with how they’re represented in ads, the historically male-dominated ad industry is feeling the pressure to change.

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    Will North Korea Disrupt Next Year’s Olympic Games?

    They could be competitors, or combatants. Less than nine months from the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, attention has shifted to its neighbor to the north, as North Korea’s provocative missile tests risk destabilizing the region. The Olympics will take place 40 miles from the DMZ between the two countries, and while some worry Pyongyang may threaten the security of the games, others say competition is far likelier — with some experts predicting that if no North Korean athletes qualify for the Games, they may be invited anyway as a peacekeeping gesture.