The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Jason Derulo Curates OZY’s PDB

    Don’t worry, he’ll keep it clean. Today, “Talk Dirty” R&B star Jason Derulo joins the ranks of OZY guest editors like Von Miller, Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Paul Ryan to share his take on current must-know news and trends. The Miami native, 27, is a regular chart-topper who has worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Nicki Minaj. This weekend, he’s playing gigs in Eastern Europe … where he’s no doubt warming up for his appearance at OZY Fest on July 22 in Central Park.

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    Could Breast Cancer Risk Depend on Where You Live?

    My grandmother fought breast cancer for six years. Since 1970, the number of cases in the U.S. has increased by more than 200 percent, but known risk factors explain fewer than half of these cases. Research suggests that other factors might also be playing a role, from environmental ones like air pollution to social ones like racism. This terrible disease needs to be eradicated; it runs in my family — I’ve seen it firsthand — so I’m always hungry to learn more about it.

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    Taylor Swift Presses Play on Spotify

    She’s no longer swimming against the stream. T-Swift joined the green music-industry giant a couple of weeks back, reversing her refusal to do so in 2014. I can remember when whatever Z100 was playing was the hottest thing on Earth. Now that cachet has transferred to Spotify’s “Today’s Top Hits” playlist, which almost universally decides what’s hot now. It’s vital for the music industry. As for why Taylor changed her mind, maybe she just found it too hard to shake it off. My recs? “Swalla,” “Wild Thoughts,” “Humble” and “Location.”

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    Haiti’s New President Is Farming Out Big Ideas

    The new Haitian president, Jovenel Moïse, is young and has lots to say, especially about agriculture, which he sees as key to rescuing Haiti. The 10-million-strong nation was first devastated by an earthquake and then by a cholera epidemic. This one hits close to home: I’m of Haitian descent, and Haiti has had some really bad luck. But it’s a proud, beautiful country whose people persevere. I’d love to do my part to get Haiti back on track.

  5. Iraqi ‘Victory’ in Mosul, New Kremlin Link Revelation and a Singular Climate

    Know this: Iraq’s prime minister has arrived in Mosul to declare victory over ISIS after a nine-month campaign that saw thousands killed and a million displaced, though further suicide bombings and attacks by sleeper cells are anticipated. Members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle met in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer linked to the Kremlin, a revelation the New York Times confirmed with Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr. And authorities in Charlottesville, Virginia, have arrested 23 people amid protests between KKK members protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and counter-demonstrators.

    Parse This: “…it will immediately cease the implementation of its current nationally-determined contribution and affirms its strong commitment to an approach that lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs.” — G-20 summit statement acknowledging the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. President Trump called the meeting a “wonderful success.”

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    Basketball Meets Baller Fashion

    Looking good goes beyond reps. I like to keep it tight when I hit the streets, too. I’ve been obsessed with fashion for a long time because your style is an important vehicle of self-expression. And when I heard the NBA was debuting a style award this year, I was mad interested, because before I was making plays across the charts, I had hoop dreams. I was a point guard, and I like to think that if I had gone all the way, maybe I would have given my acceptance speech that night. But since it couldn’t be me, I’ll accept defeat to Russell Westbrook. The man has nice taste, and I like the fact that he goes off the wall.

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    Why Sweating Is Smart

    So much of what I do involves being active that it’s a must for me to be in my best shape, both physically and mentally. You can find me in the gym daily, but my preferred method of sweat takes place in the ring. I have a boxing gym in New York called Rumble, and I love it because it means working out while having fun. The vibe is like a club. While it has long stood that exercise benefits you from the neck down, like the lungs and heart, new research suggests that aerobic exercise like boxing is the best for your brain. Sweat is sexy and smart, kids.

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    Warren Buffett Makes Another Big Bet

    I love the saying “What would Warren Buffett do?” It’s really human to fall into thinking about things, particularly investments, without the right mindset, and I find it helpful to ask if Buffett would do this or invest in that. His latest $9 billion infrastructure play to acquire Oncor, a Texas power company, seems like another bold move. My own investment advice is to lead with your passion. If you lead with passion and it doesn’t work out, then at least it’s still something you love doing.

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    Don’t Shave It for Later

    Face it, beards are definitely in. I’m a pretty good barber — I’ll even hook it up for my cousins when they’re in need. This article out of Melbourne really got my attention — first, because Australia is my No. 1 favorite place on the planet, but more importantly, because salons are raking in more than $1.4 million a year in manscaping mastery. While I might not have time to take my talents to the chair, I probably could force myself to travel Down Under … just to check out the competition.

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    Digital Technology Is Transforming Charity Fundraising 

    Millennials aren’t done with charity. But some are sick of traditional ways of giving. Enter high-tech charity. Not only are organizations making it easier to connect and donate through social media and contactless payments, but they’re using apps to make it easier to donate, sign up and see your history of giving. When it comes to charity, it’s important to do research and find things close to your heart, and new technology is making that even easier to do.