The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. 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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