The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Tribunal Convicts Bosnian Serb Commander Ratko Mladic of Genocide

    Justice has found the “Butcher of Bosnia.” The International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague today convicted Bosnian Serb military leader Rako Mladic, 74, of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the killings of thousands of Muslims and Croats during the 1992-1996 Bosnian war. The court found Mladic, who shouted obscenities during sentencing, responsible for the killing of some 8,000 men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995 and targeting civilians in the capital, Sarajevo, sentencing him to life imprisonment. While Mladic’s fate is decided, Bosnian survivors continue to struggle toward reconciliation

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    Trump Backs Roy Moore in Alabama Vote

    He’s got the presidential seal of approval. Amid mounting allegations of sexual assault and preying on underage girls, the embattled Republican now has a big name in his corner: President Donald Trump is calling on Alabama voters to reject Moore’s Democratic rival, saying, “We don’t need a liberal person in there.” Trump — the subject of similar sexual misconduct allegations — repeatedly noted Moore’s denials. The president’s support comes as Republicans have increasingly abandoned the former judge and called for him to bow out of the race before the Dec. 12 election.

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    FCC Plans to End Net Neutrality Regulations

    Are all sites created equal? The Federal Communications Commission has released a plan to end rules preventing ISPs from blocking or slowing access to some sites while giving preferential treatment to others. If passed during next month’s FCC meeting — as it’s expected to — the change will be a major win for telecom companies, as well as for Republicans who argue the Obama-era regulations stifle innovation. Meanwhile, the agency’s Restoring Internet Freedom order will seek to block state governments from attempting to pass their own net neutrality laws.

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    Mugabe Resigns, Zimbabwe Prepares for Successor

    It’s a new day in Harare. Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to be sworn in Friday, replacing ex-President Robert Mugabe after the 93-year-old finally resigned amid serious political turmoil. Earlier this month, Mugabe fired Mnangagwa, replacing him with the first lady, which kicked off the crisis. Now, as Mnangagwa returns from self-imposed exile in South Africa, he’ll be faced with keeping the country stable while serving out the rest of Mugabe’s term, which ends next September. Zimbabweans are jubilant, but the question remains: What happens next?

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    Uber Concealed Massive Hack of Personal Data

    Stop the car. The popular ride-sharing company has revealed it paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet over their breach of 57 million accounts last year. The exposed data included the names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million users and 7 million drivers, including 600,000 license numbers. The admission adds to an already rough year for the company, whose new CEO has inherited a series of crippling legal troubles. In response to the breach, Uber fired its chief security officer and his deputy, and offered drivers free credit monitoring protection.

  6. Navy Crash, Czech Tourists and a Harrowing North Korean Defection

    Know This: At least eight people were rescued after a U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 crew members and passengers crashed Wednesday near the USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea. Costa Rica has clocked 300 straight days using renewable energy, breaking its previous record set in 2015. And actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines levied on six Czech tourists arrested in Kazakhstan for wearing skimpy mankinis made famous in his film Borat.

    Watch This: The American-led United Nations Command has released dramatic footage showing the recent defection of a North Korean solider into neighboring South Korea amid gunfire. The 24-year-old is the third soldier this year to have escaped, and is reportedly recovering from his injuries while consuming Western media.

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    Team Doctor Admits Abusing Olympic Gymnasts

    They trusted him. The U.S. Olympic gymnastic team’s doctor today pleaded guilty in a Michigan court to muliple sexual assault charges. Larry Nassar, 54, was charged with molesting seven girls, most of them his gymnast patients. His plea deal for 25-40 years imprisonment comes shortly after another Olympian, Gabby Douglas, went public with a new accusation, saying athletes were “conditioned to say silent,” and as more than 125 others pursue lawsuits against him. Nassar must answer similar charges in a neighboring county, while his former employer, USA Gymnastics, pledged “concrete steps” to prevent further abuse.

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    Charlie Rose Fired After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    He rose, he fell. The longtime host was fired from CBS, while PBS and Bloomberg canceled his Charlie Rose show after eight women came forward with allegations of harassment. David Rhodes, president of CBS News, acknowledged Rose’s “important journalistic contribution,” but maintained the priority was “ensuring a safe, professional workplace.” Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday, Rose’s co-host Gayle King said she expects the flood of accusations against powerful men to continue. “Women feel empowered to speak up,” King observed — and “they are now being believed.”

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    The Precious Exotic Spice That Could Be Growing Near You

    They’re just mad about saffron. Almost exclusively grown in hot, dry locales like Iran and Afghanistan, the ancient seasoning that turns everything indelible yellow is gaining ground elsewhere. Thanks to its supermarket value of $2,700 per pound, some 100 saffron farms have taken root in the U.S., while New Zealand’s betting its cultivation could help the country cope with climate change. The only major problem growers may face could be meeting demand — especially if research showing the spice could treat Alzheimer’s is proven to be true.

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    Interstellar Asteroid Hurtles Into Our Solar System

    It’s not from around here. That’s what scientists are saying about a half-mile-long cigar-shaped space rock discovered last month by astronomers in Hawaii. They’ve named the object Oumuamua, which means “a messenger from afar arriving first” in Hawaiian, noting that it’s nothing like the other 750,000 known comets and asteroids: Oumuamua’s high velocity and unusual orbit suggest it was ejected by another system, making it the first interstellar object to reach our cosmic neighborhood. Astronomers are now rushing to observe it before it sails back into the void.

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    ‘Partridge Family’ Star David Cassidy Dies at 67

    Hearts are breaking out there. The musician and actor best known for his role as Keith Partridge in ABC’s musical sitcom has died following a battle with dementia. Cassidy’s hit song “I Think I Love You” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1970 as the show became popular, quickly turning the feathered-haired star into a teen idol. The fictional family released eight albums and Cassidy made another five solo records. His representative said he died “surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart.”

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    Braves Broke MLB Rules When Signing International Players

    They didn’t balk. Major League Baseball has punished the Atlanta Braves for skirting its regulations on signing international amateurs, banning former general manager John Coppolella for life and canceling the contracts of 13 prospects. Among those new free agents is highly anticipated Venezuelan Kevin Maitan, who was signed last year for $4.25 million. An investigation found the Braves had reported lower signing bonuses for foreign prospects. The team is now banned from signing international players for more than $10,000 in 2019, while their bonus pool for 2020 will be halved.