The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Supreme Court Allows Trump Travel Ban

    It’s a go — for now. The Supreme Court has agreed to review President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban in October, overiding two previous federal court rulings that deemed the measure illegal. That means authorities are allowed to enforce most of the order, which temporarily bars travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. Those with ties to U.S. citizens or organizations will be exempt. Trump hailed the decision — taken during the court’s last day before summer recess — as a “clear victory for our national security,” though it follows months of political turmoil and legal trouble for his administration. 

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    GOP Holdouts Could Postpone Trumpcare Vote

    Are they rushing into things? With 52 Senate seats, Republicans have the majority — but so far five GOP senators have said they won’t vote for their party’s health care bill, which was drafted in secret and revealed last week. On Monday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the bill — called the Better Care Reconcilliation Act — would leave 22 million more people uninsured than under Obamacare, many of them affected by the proposed cutback on Medicaid. Concerned lawmakers are pushing to delay this week’s planned vote until the deeply unpopular legislation can be altered.

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    Colombian Tourist Boat Sinks, Killing Six

    It took less than five minutes to disappear. At least six people have died and 16 are missing after a tourist boat sank on a reservoir near Medellin, Colombia, where rescuers are still combing the waters in an ongoing search and rescue operation. An estimated 170 people had been on the four-deck El Almirante boat near the popular Andean resort town of Guatapé when it suddenly went under. Officials are unsure what caused the vessel to go down so quickly, but locals said the same boat has sunk twice before.

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    In First Meeting, Modi and Trump Seek to Strengthen Ties

    They’ve had differences. But while the U.S. president has accused India of unscrupulous negotiations with regard to the Paris climate accord, some foresee a potentially close relationship between President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, set for their first face-to-face meeting today in Washington. Both leaders are avid Twitter users and rose to power partly on their pro-business bonafides. However, experts foresee potential clashes on issues of immigration, trade, climate change and protections against terrorism — as well as Trump’s rapidly shifting policies toward China.

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    Embattled Airbag Manufacturer Takata Files for Bankruptcy

    It’s been a long, slow fall. Nine years after the Japanese company began to recall its defective airbags from tens of millions of vehicles in markets around the world, the 84-year-old firm has finally announced it’ll declare bankruptcy in the U.S. and at home. Takata’s liabilities are estimated to be between $10 billion and $50 billion, and its defective products have been linked to 17 deaths and 180 injuries across 13 automakers. Chinese-owned rival Key Safety Systems is now expected to make a $1.6 billion takeover.

  6. Brexit Maneuvers, Kislyak’s Job Change and the Great Barrier Reef

    Know This: U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her plan to provide EU citizens with “settled status” in post-Brexit Britain. Germany has told the security detail of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stay away from next month’s G20 summit in Hamburg after a series of allegations that they were violent toward protesters. And Russia is reportedly recalling Sergey Kislyak, its ambassador to the U.S., next month after nearly a decade in the job.

    Remember This Number: $42 billion. That’s how much Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is estimated to be worth in terms of economic and social value, according to a new report exhorting the world to protect it from mass coral bleaching and calling the reef “too big to fail.”

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    Kenya Is the Latest Victim in the Info Wars

    Think before you click. Many are dubious about President Trump’s claims that “fake news” dominates American media — but in Kenya it’s an actual threat. There, phony news reports and social media propaganda are playing an outsize role ahead of August’s general election. It’s particularly dangerous for the mainstream media, seen as Kenya’s most trusted institution. Perhaps worst of all? Thanks to Kenya’s 87 percent mobile penetration rate and lighting-fast mobile internet, there may be no limit to how quickly and how far fake news can spread.

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    The Drug Trade Is Felling Central America’s Trees

    Call it “green” money laundering. According to research from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, cocaine traffickers in places like Honduras and Guatemala are pumping their illicit profits into clearing remote forests, making way for vast cattle farms that effectively mask the money’s origin. The practice threatens some of Central America’s richest forests — and the indigenous people who rely on the land. While traffickers also provide some impoverished locals with jobs and even health benefits, researchers say the increased violence and environmental destruction far outweigh those factors.

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    How Britons and Americans Differ on Cosmic Justice

    The teacup is half empty. While an estimated 38 percent of Americans say that life is fair, a whopping 75 percent of their cousins across the pond would beg to differ — despite Britain having a more equal distribution of wealth than the United States. According to some researchers, that’s because the goalposts for what is considered “fair” have shifted. Rather than aiming for equal access to resources, these days more Western societies think in terms of who deserves access, returning to a notion of the undeserving poor.

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    Prince Harry Confesses Almost Leaving Royalty

    “I wanted out.” So said Britain’s Prince Harry, describing how life in the spotlight, especially after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, took a toll on his mental health. He called his time in the army an “escape” and said he considered becoming a commoner, but ultimately stayed for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Harry admitted that he sought professional help before finally using his fame to spotlight mental health charities. Now fifth in line to the throne, Harry and his brother are working on modernizing the role of British royalty.

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    New York Mets Promote Tim Tebow

    The experiment continues. Despite posting some uninspiring stats with the low Class A Columbia Fireflies — leading the team in strikeouts, batting .222 and boasting an unimpressive .862 fielding percentage — the Mets are promoting the former NFL superstar to their high A affiliate in St. Lucie, Florida. While some commentators see Tebow’s progression as an innocent feel-good distraction from the franchise’s poor performances, others see boosting the 29-year-old as a cynical ploy to sell tickets, with one estimate valuing his presence at an additional $44,200 per game.