The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Early Rock Legend Fats Domino Dead at 89

    He was a giant. Iconic musical pioneer Fats Domino died today at the age of 89. Domino — who influenced the likes of Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney, among other legends — rose to prominence during the 1950s, when his rhythmic piano-playing helped lay one of the earliest foundations for modern rock and roll. Known for songs such as  “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Blueberry Hill,” the jovial, lifelong New Orleanian was one of the first 10 performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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    GOP Senator Blasts Trump in Retirement Speech

    “Heaven help us.” Those were Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s parting words as he announced he won’t seek re-election, challenging his colleagues to stand up to President Donald Trump even as some blamed Flake’s poor polling for his decision to step down. In a scathing 17-minute speech, Flake lashed out at what he called a “flagrant disregard for truth and decency,” and warned the GOP against becoming a “fearful, backward-looking” party. Meanwhile, fellow departing GOP Sen. Bob Corker said Trump — who dismissed the criticism — will be remembered for the “debasement of our nation.”

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    Chinese Leadership Indicates Long Reign for Xi Jinping

    He’s not going anywhere. The Chinese Communist Party has revealed its senior leadership committee — and, unexpectedly, it doesn’t include an obvious successor to President Xi Jinping. That’s being taken as a sign that Xi intends to stay in power past his second five-year term, though modern Chinese leaders have traditionally not served longer than 10 years. Experts say it signals an end to “collective leadership” of the party, and Xi’s next term could see further consolidation of power in China, even as the nation pushes to modernize.

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    DNC, Clinton Campaign Helped Fund Trump Dossier Research

    But what about the leaks? Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee reportedly helped pay for the leaked dossier containing salacious allegations about President Trump’s connections to the Kremlin. The revelation will likely fuel Trump’s claim that the dossier was simply a political attack. Meanwhile, the FBI is still attempting to corroborate the document’s allegations as part of its ongoing investigation into possible Trump administration ties to Russia, and special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has questioned Christopher Steele, the former British spy who helped compile the dossier.

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    Toyota Demands Brexit Transparency From UK

    Not everyone wants to drive off the cliff. The Japanese carmaker announced earlier this year that it would spend $307 million to upgrade a British manufacturing plant. But Toyota’s now asking the U.K. government to alleviate uncertainty surrounding its 2019 Brexit plans, saying more details are necessary to allow the company to plan for the future. Meanwhile, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, whose own company employs 4,000 people in Britain, blasted the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU as the “single stupidest thing any country has ever done,” except the election of Donald Trump.

  6. Refugees, Kurdistan and a Teenager’s Choice

    Know This: The White House will reportedly delay processing refugees from 11 countries, while placing a hold on family reunification efforts for refugees already in the United States. Iraqi Kurds have offered to freeze the results of their Oct. 1 independence referendum and enter talks with Baghdad. And a federal court has ruled that an undocumented teenager who’d been blocked from receiving an abortion can obtain one without delay.

    Remember This Number: $300 million. That’s the size of the contract awarded to tiny Whitefish Energy Holdings, a Montana-based company that’s listed as having only two employees and is now tasked with helping restore Puerto Rico’s power grid. The decision to give the job to Whitefish has raised eyebrows, but officials say it was simply a matter of good timing.

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    Alaska’s Iditarod Mired in Dog Doping Scandal

    They’re not off to the races. The famous Alaskan dog sled race has descended into controversy after its governing committee publicly named a four-time winner as the musher whose huskies tested positive for banned painkillers. Dallas Seavey — who finished second to his own father in this year’s competition — vigorously denied any wrongdoing, adding that he suspected his dogs were “maliciously” fed the opioids. Officials say Seavey, 30, won’t have his titles or winnings rescinded, but he’s pulled out of next year’s Anchorage-to-Nome race in protest.

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    Saudi Arabia to Construct $500 Billion Mega City

    They’re building their hopes on sand. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aiming to diversify his kingdom’s oil-dependent economy, announced plans for a special investment zone focused around a futuristic new mega city called NEOM, which will be powered entirely by clean energy. The $500 billion project will span some 10,000 square miles, extending into Jordan — and, via a bridge across the Red Sea, into Egypt. While some past Saudi urban projects have struggled, supporters of the 32-year-old prince see it as a bold stroke.

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    China’s Communist Party Reaches Out Via Social Media

    They’re beating a hasty retweet. Though China’s ruling party had long viewed social media as a threat to its grip on information — Facebook and Twitter are still banned in the country — it’s starting to see the benefits. Updates on this week’s Communist Party Congress were published on a mobile app launched for the occasion, as well as Chinese social media sites like Weibo and Renren. Now, experts say, the government’s turning to online tools to spread party ideology among China’s youth, and to connect to people overseas.

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    Groundbreaking Actor Robert Guillaume Dies at 89

    He made his mark. Guillaume, known most recently as Isaac Jaffe on Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night, was the first Black man to win an Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series. The St. Louis native won that award (and another for supporting actor) playing the role of Benson DuBois on Soap and its spinoff, Benson. He also won a Grammy as the voice of Rafiki in The Lion King. Guillaume’s wife confirmed that he died yesterday of complications of prostate cancer after a six-decade career in TV, film and theater.

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    Dodgers Beat Astros in Sweltering World Series Opener

    The heat is on. Los Angeles is off to a scorching start with a 3-1 home field win against Houston, thanks to Clayton Kershaw, who struck out 11 in seven innings and held the Astros to three hits. It was also the warmest ever start to an MLB postseason game, with temperatures spiking to 103 degrees. Justin Verlander and Rich Hill are expected to start tomorrow’s Game 2, as the Dodgers hope to win their first World Series since 1988 — and Houston battles for its first ever title.