The Presidential Daily Brief


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    FBI Raided Former Trump Campaign Chief’s Home

    They’re on the hunt. FBI agents raided the home of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman last month in connection to the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election, reportedly seizing documents from the Virginia residence. Paul Manafort has been under scrutiny for months over his foreign political connections, including his work for Ukraine’s pro-Russian former president. In what’s been described as an unusual move, the raid might have indicated that investigators believed Manafort, who has already handed over hundreds of documents, had more to hide.

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    North Korea Mulls Strike on Guam

    Duck and cover. Just hours after President Donald Trump ratcheted up a stand-off with the Hermit Kingdom by promising to unleash “fire and fury” on the isolated state if threatened, Pyongyang says it is now considering missile strikes on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, threatening to use their domestically manufactured Hwasong-12 missiles to direct “enveloping fire” at areas around the island. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to assuage fears that a military conflict was imminent, but Defense Secretary James Mattis kept up the tough rhetoric by reminding the militaristic regime it’s “grossly mismatched” by U.S. capabilities.

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    Car Rams Into French Soldiers in Paris Suburb

    The manhunt is on. A car in Levallois-Perret, to the west of Paris, has driven into a group of French soldiers, injuring six — two of them seriously. Mayor Patrick Balkany said authorities are certain it was a “deliberate act,” and police are now hunting for the BMW responsible. None of the injured soldiers, who were patrolling as part of France’s ongoing state of emergency following a series of terrorist attacks in the country over the past two years, are said to have life-threatening injuries.

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    Opposition Rejects Early Tally as Kenyatta Leads Kenyan Vote

    It looks like a decisive victory. With 91 percent of votes counted in the country’s general election, incumbent Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta reportedly leads rival candidate Raila Odinga with 54.5 percent of the vote, which means he’d avoid a runoff. Odinga’s rejected the numbers as “fictitious,” claiming the votes were hacked. Many worry Odinga, who’s so far urged his supporters to stay calm, will challenge the final results — as he has twice before, sparking post-election violence of the kind that killed 1,100 after a disputed 2007 ballot.

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    Two Earthquakes in China Leave 19 Dead

    Sichuan is prone to quakes. A magnitude-7.0 temblor late yesterday struck near the province’s Jiuzhaigou nature reserve, killing as many as 19 people — six of them tourists — and injuring more than 200. Residents reported that the quake cut off phone service and power to the area. Another large quake struck this morning in northwestern China near the border with Kazakhstan, injuring dozens more. China’s earthquake authority has launched the highest possible emergency response in Sichuan, evacuating tens of thousands from the area as aftershocks shook the region today.

  6. A Sunset Ride, a First Failure and the Google Gap

    Know This: Country music legend and “Rhinestone Cowboy” Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81. French President Emmanuel Macron has abandoned plans to create a “first lady” position for his wife Brigitte after an online petition against it got 290,000 signatures. And scores of women say they’re considering suing Google over sexist workplace culture and the gender pay gap.

    Listen to This: On the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, those who have heard atomic bombs drop recall their experiences.

    Answer This: Tell us how you really feel. OZY’s next TV show, Third Rail With OZY, is launching on PBS this fall! To kick things off, we’re shelving the PC and launching debates. Each Wednesday, we’ll post a provocative question, focusing on topics that might make it onto the show. This week: Should publishing fake news be a crime? Go deep. Email with your thoughts or a personal story, and we might feature your answer next week.


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    Big Tobacco Targets Indonesia’s Women

    Will equality kill them? As global markets grow increasingly hostile, the tobacco industry is targeting Indonesia’s clean-breathing women, as traditional female behavior norms — smokers are stigmatized — appear to be easing slightly. Ad spending on billboards, magazines and stores has more than doubled from $202 million in 2010 to $474 million in 2016, increasing the number of regular female smokers in Indonesia by 400 percent over just five years. Yet so long as overall rates remain in single digits, anti-smoking activists hope to convince womankind to snuff out this hazardous trend.

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    In Blow to Netflix, Disney Will Stream Its Own Content

    They’re picking up their toys and going home. Disney plans its own streaming service, meaning it’ll be taking back a huge amount of content from Netflix, contracted to stream the multinational’s material since 2012. Disney’s new digital delivery service is to launch in 2019 from Major League Baseball-founded streaming platform BAMTech, following next year’s start of the Mickey Mouse corporation’s ESPN online broadcast service. Already a major investor in BAMTech, Disney has since upped the ante with a $1.58 billion infusion, raising its stake to 75 percent, pending regulatory approval.

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    Argentine Dinosaur Thought to Be Biggest Land Animal Ever

    Imagine two buses placed end to end — munching on flowers. That’s how researchers describe Patagotitan mayorum, thought to be the largest dinosaur ever discovered. Unusually comprehensive bone collections from six individual beasts have been found in Argentina, indicating that the long-necked sauropod, which lived about 101 million years ago, weighed 69 tons. Now researchers will attempt to fathom why certain sauropods became so big when they did, with a few species suddenly reaching triple the mass of their brethren — and keep searching for even bigger specimens.

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    Original ‘Godzilla’ Actor Dies at 88

    Tokyo will never be the same. Haruo Nakajima, the actor who played the city-crushing monster in its silver screen debut, died on Monday from pneumonia at the age of 88. He donned the rubbery 200-pound bodysuit, said to be made partly from concrete, for the first dozen installments of the Japanese franchise, which became an instant classic after the original’s 1954 release. With little direction in the role initially, Nakajima — widely known in Japan as “Mr. Godzilla” — said he studied bears at a Tokyo zoo to prepare for it.

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    Early NBA Schedule Start Allows More Rest

    Nothing but net … and naps. In an effort to keep players from skipping games, the NBA has expanded the 2017-18 season to build more rest into key players’ schedules. Teams will now play fewer back-to-backs, no longer play four games in five days, and will need to travel less for single games. The shake-up will mean the season will begin a week earlier, but cut time superstar players spend recovering and out of the primetime spotlight — and it might even improve their health.