The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Police Search For Motive in Texas Church Massacre

    A “domestic situation.” That’s what authorities believe may have driven 26-year-old Devin Kelley to allegedly walk into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday and open fire with a military-style AR-15, killing 26 and wounding more than 20. Police say Kelley, who was discharged from the Air Force for assaulting his wife and child, had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, a church member who was not present on Sunday. Kelley was found dead in his car after being chased by an armed resident.

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    Millions of Leaked Files Shed Light on Tax Havens of the Elite

    Let’s get fiscal. Over 13 million files obtained by the same German newspaper that published last year’s Panama Papers have exposed details of the global elite’s tax avoidance. The project — dubbed the Paradise Papers — includes revelations on business dealings between U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law, and Cayman Islands investments for the Queen of England. While the majority of the transactions seem to be legal, the disclosures are sure to put pressure on leaders to curb aggressive tax sheltering schemes.

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    Puigdemont Released by Belgian Authorities After Turning Self In

    It’s just the beginning. Carles Puigdemont and four other former Catalan officials turned themselves in to Belgian authorities yesterday after Spain requested their extradition last week. A Belgian judge opted not to detain them, but said they must stay in Brussels awaiting a final ruling on the arrest warrant. The process, including appeals, could take up to six weeks. Meanwhile, Puigdemont’s party has nominated him to run in regional elections set for Dec. 21 after Madrid rescinded Catalonia’s governing autonomy following the separatists’ attempt to declare independence.

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    Assault on Rand Paul May Sideline Him in Washington

    Good defenses make good neighbors. At least in the case of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who sustained five broken ribs and bruised lungs during a mysterious altercation Friday, reportedly with his next-door neighbor, Rene Boucher. Initial reports indicated Paul only had minor injuries, but now his staff says it’s not clear when he’ll be able to return to Washington. Boucher, a fellow doctor like Paul, has been charged with fourth-degree assault and will appear in court Nov. 9. The nature of the argument remains unclear.

  5. A Typhoon, Sexual Harassment and Bad Trips

    Know This: Typhoon Damrey has killed at least 49 people in Vietnam and left tens of thousands homeless. The U.K. government’s sexual harassment scandal continues to grow, with the defense secretary and Conservative government whip both resigning from those roles after allegations against them surfaced. And Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran for a rebel missile strike in Yemen, saying it “could be considered an act of war.”

    Read This: Popular travel review site TripAdvisor allegedly deleted bad reviews — or so say several people who tried to report rapes, injuries and other terrible experiences, who say their warnings weren’t allowed on the site.

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    Sikh Americans Come Together Through Motorcycle Clubs

    Call them the Singhs of Anarchy. Sikh biker groups around the U.S. let members celebrate their religion and traditions in a very American way. Unlike the Hell’s Angels, these freewheelers are less about rebellion against authority and more about submission to faith. But riders of this minority religion — often confused with Muslims because of men’s characteristic beards and turbans — still watch each other’s backs. Now club members aren’t just passing on religious traditions to their children, they’re also instilling a love of the road.

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    GOP Tax Reform Plan Could Hit Charities Hard

    Virtue may have to be its own reward. While House Republicans have touted their sweeping tax plan as a boon to the economy, some charities and nonprofits believe it’ll also cut key incentives that encourage people to donate. Millions of Americans who currently claim itemized charitable deductions will no longer be able to do so, which experts say could lead to an annual loss of $13 billion in donations. Nonprofits are urging the GOP to include a universal charitable deduction, but powerful lobbying efforts could make that tough to achieve.

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    New Plan Sends Reinforcements to Depleted Local Newsrooms

    How ’bout them cub reporters? Though shrinking budgets are the primary reason behind shrinking newsrooms, local press also has a tough time recruiting and retaining talent. So, following the Teach for America model, organizations like ProPublica and GroundTruth have started programs to encourage early-career journalists to seed undercovered regions of the U.S. with reporting talent. Report for America plans to grant about 1,000 young journalists such fellowships in 2018. But critics warn that the programs will have trouble keeping reporters in the industry once that money runs out.

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    Zara Factory Workers Sneak Notes About Poor Treatment

    “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.” So read a note sewn inside Zara clothing in Istanbul, one of several left by factory employees hoping to call attention to their plight. According to the tags, the garment factory workers were employed by the Spanish company’s Turkish manufacturer, Bravo Texstil, which abruptly shut down last year without paying months of back wages. Zara has been criticized for poor labor practices before and now says it’s planning a “hardship fund” to help the workers.

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    First American Woman in 40 Years Wins NYC Marathon

    She ran like a girl. Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan, 36, became the first American woman to win since 1977. It was her first victory at a World Marathon Major. Flanagan finished with a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds, beating three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya. The race went forward less than a week after a terrorist attack killed eight in Manhattan, with Mayor Bill de Blasio describing the event as “the worst nightmare for terrorists — people from all nations running together.”