The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Internet Deregulation Backed by ‘Fake’ Comments

    Nobody asked for their opinion. The Federal Communications Commission has announced plans to dismantle net neutrality regulations, allowing internet providers to control bandwidth and choose which sites customers can view. But beyond telecom companies and Republican allies, the idea isn’t as popular. Now people whose names are associated with anti-neutrality comments on the FCC’s public forum are reportedly disavowing them. New York’s attorney general says he’s investigating, but has been rebuffed by the agency, which calls his claim “inaccurate.” That’s sure to inflame neutrality supporters, including major tech companies and entrepreneurs.

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    ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Ratko Mladic Convicted of Genocide

    It’s official. The U.N.-backed International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia convicted the Bosnian Serb commander 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 him responsible for the deaths of over 7,000 men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995, and for targeting civilians in Sarajevo. Mladic, 74, shouted obscenities at the court before being sentenced to life imprisonment. While Mladic’s fate is now decided, Bosnian survivors continue to struggle toward reconciliation.

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    Texas Rep. Joe Barton Explains Nude Image

    It was an overshare. Texas’ longest-serving congressman is grabbing headlines after an explicit photo of him circulated online. Barton suggested the leaked image, sent to a lover while he was separated from his wife, is revenge porn and said U.S. Capitol Police are investigating. An unnamed woman told The Washington Post that she had received explicit images and videos from Barton during their five-year relationship, and that he had warned her not to publicize them. She claims that she was not the person who posted the image online.

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    Trumps Cut Ties With Manhattan Skyscraper

    Was it the brand? The Trump Organization, now run by President Donald Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr., is ending its licensing deal with CIM Group, owners of the Trump SoHo Hotel in Manhattan. Once a gem of the family’s real estate empire, the hotel has recently had trouble attracting customers. It’s also been mired in litigation, including lawsuits over inflated sales figures and financial links to a Russian felon, while a criminal fraud investigation was controversially dropped. Meanwhile, Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel reported a $2 million first-quarter profit.

  5. A Gang Decapitation Arrest, A Sub’s Air Time and Facebook’s Troll Tool

    Know This: Police in Maryland have charged a 19-year-old with murdering a man found stabbed more than 100 times and decapitated — a crime linked to the notorious MS-13 gang. The search for a missing Argentine submarine has become increasingly desperate eight days after it disappeared, carrying enough air for seven to 10 days. And just after the U.S. declared that Myanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority is “ethnic cleansing,” the country has reached a deal with neighboring Bangladesh to repatriate Rohingya who fled a recent crackdown.

    Keep Your ‘Friends’ Close: “It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust.” So said Facebook, unveiling a new tool that tells people if they’ve interacted with accounts linked to Russia’s “Internet Research Agency,” which spread disinformation ahead of the 2016 U.S. election.

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    Turkeys Have Doubled in Size Since the 1960s

    Here’s something to be thankful for. Turkeys have gained about a quarter of a pound per year since 1960, meaning grandma’s 15-pounder now weighs in at a meaty 31 pounds, thanks to increasingly sophisticated selective breeding to meet America’s ravenous demand. The genetic changes also mean modern turkeys grow twice as quickly while eating less per pound, providing economic and environmental benefits. Less fortunate is that the birds’ legs strain under the extra weight. Eventually, producers will hit a size ceiling, but for now, we’re ready for another helping.

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    US Visa Policy Blamed for Drop in Foreign Medical Students

    The doctor won’t see you now. Statistics from the Electronic Residency Application System show that for the second year running, international applications to U.S. hospital residency programs are down. Travel bans have prevented some graduates from coming to America or discouraged them from applying, and hospitals cite students’ visa status as a key factor in deciding whom to interview. If the trend continues, it could be an unsettling new reality in a country where 26 percent of physicians — and half of those treating the elderly — are immigrants.

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    Earth’s Nights Are Getting Brighter

    Goodbye darkness, our old friend. A new study reveals that global light pollution is increasing about 2 percent each year. That’s not just bad for stargazers: It can confuse migrating birds, endanger sea turtles, alter plants’ life cycles and disrupt human sleep. Developing countries have brightened the most, while lavishly lit places like the U.S. have remained relatively stable. Researchers also warn that nights look brighter to the human eye because satellites don’t pick up the light from new energy-saving LEDs — plus “as light gets cheaper, we use more of it.”

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    Nigeria’s Grassroots Music Scene Finds Its Groove

    They’ve struck the right chord. Hitting it big online is a common story for Western independent musicians — but in Nigeria, there’s an entire “new wave” of artists helping to build the West African country’s music scene note by note. They’re using online platforms to not only boost their local profiles, but also to nurture even bigger dreams without help from major studios. By organizing festivals and events — like the “Kickback” Halloween concert in Lagos — Nigeria’s youngsters are getting firsthand music management experience while attracting global attention.

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    US Team Doctor Admits Abusing Olympic Gymnasts

    They trusted him. U.S. Olympic gymnastic team doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty in a Michigan court Wednesday to charges of molesting seven girls, most of them his gymnast patients. Nassar’s plea deal carries a minimum 25-year sentence. It comes shortly after another Olympian, Gabby Douglas, went public with a new accusation, saying athletes were “conditioned to stay silent.” Nassar must answer similar charges in a neighboring county, and faces lawsuits from more than 125 girls and women. His former employer, USA Gymnastics, pledged “concrete steps” to prevent further abuse.