The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Facebook: 87 Million Users Hit in Cambridge Analytica Scandal

    The world’s largest social media company says personal data from 87 million users was likely shared with the embattled data-mining firm — up from the 50 million figure featured earlier in news reports. Today, Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer said most of the users whose information was accessed were based in the United States, where Cambridge Analytica was working on President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. In response to the scandal, Facebook has pledged to restrict the amount third parties can tap into user data.

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    Trump to Deploy Military to Mexican Border

    President Donald Trump yesterday announced his intention to deploy troops to the Mexican border to battle illegal immigration, after days of tweets about the dangers of what he calls lax immigration laws and the threat of Central American immigrants. Today, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said National Guard troops could be sent to the border as early as Wednesday evening, after the president signs the corresponding proclamation. Trump has also called on Republicans to pass harsh immigration legislation — and encouraged them to change Senate rules if they’re unable to pass a bill.

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    YouTube HQ Attacker Was ‘Upset’ With Site

    California police have identified Nasim Najafi Aghdam as the person who opened fire at YouTube’s San Bruno headquarters with a handgun yesterday, wounding three people before fatally shooting herself. Authorities say Aghdam, who visited a shooting range shortly before the attack, was “upset with YouTube�� for allegedly discriminating against videos she posted. She had several YouTube channels, including workout videos and diatribes on animal rights and veganism. There are conflicting reports on whether Aghdam had personal connections to any YouTube employees, who fled and hid in their offices during her rampage.

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    China, US Add More Tariffs to Imports

    Today China slapped 25 percent tariffs on 106 more American products, including soybeans and cars, in response to the White House imposing 25 percent duties on 1,300 Chinese goods it accuses of violating intellectual property laws. The latest escalation in what some see as a nascent trade war comes just a day after China imposed $3 billion in new tariffs on scores of U.S. products. “As the Chinese saying goes, it is only polite to reciprocate,” the Chinese embassy explained. The White House’s list is subject to public review before finalization.

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    Mueller Probe Nets First Prison Sentence

    Lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, who admitted to lying to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, apologized to the court and his wife and asked for probation yesterday — but instead was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Today, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is expected to challenge Mueller’s authority to investigate him, saying it oversteps the probe’s directive. Meanwhile, some have interpreted Mueller’s description of President Trump as a “subject” of investigation as evidence that he’s not currently a target for criminal prosecution, though others note that status could change.

  6. Spotify, Sunshine and Dinosaur Footprints

    Know This: As Spotify went public yesterday, the NYSE hoisted the Swiss flag to commemorate the occasion — though the company is Swedish. Scientists in developing countries are reportedly studying ways to dim sunshine in response to climate change. And a liberal candidate has won a seat on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court by a huge margin in what Democrats hope is a sign that voters are energized for midterm elections.

    Look at This: Rare dinosaur footprints made 170 million years ago have been discovered on Scotland’s Isle of Skye.

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    Albino Africans Are Leaving the Shadows

    Those with the genetic disorder albinism have suffered in many African countries due to cruel superstitions about their pale skin. According to a U.N. expert, over 600 attacks and other human rights violations were reported in 28 countries across sub-Saharan Africa since 2006. But while dangers still exist for the small community, increased educational efforts, high-profile fashion campaigns and albino celebrities like Malian musician Salif Keita are raising awareness, while activists lobby for action plans to help those in rural communities.

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    Tesla Misses Model 3 Production Goals

    Can it steer clear of trouble? In quarterly numbers released yesterday, the electric car company admitted it fell 480 units short of its goal of making 2,500 Model 3s per week. But investors aren’t panicking yet: They were expecting worse, and the figures nevertheless mark a significant improvement over earlier production. Elon Musk says he’s sleeping at the factory to oversee production of the much-vaunted sedan, his first attempt to create an electric car on a mass-market scale. The company still aims to produce 5,000 per week later this year.

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    Researchers Find ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ in US Hospitals

    Sleep with one eye open. In a report released yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it found 221 cases of deadly “nightmare bacteria” capable of spreading antibiotic resistance to other germs — making them virtually untreatable. Such strains kill more than 23,000 Americans each year, and some researchers say they’re surprised how fast they’re spreading. “We need to do more and we need to do it faster and earlier,” says CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, whose organization believes aggressive diagnosis can reduce infections by 76 percent.

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    Cosby Retrial to Allow Witness Who Says Accuser Is Lying

    Judge Steven O’Neill has OKed testimony — barred from Bill Cosby’s last trial — from a witness who says accuser Andrea Constand once talked about wanting to get money from a celebrity by lying about sexual assault. He’ll also allow details of how much Cosby paid Constand in a 2006 settlement. Meanwhile, jury selection continues, with seven jurors chosen so far. More than two-thirds of the 120 potential jurors screened Tuesday said they’d already made up their minds about Cosby. The trial is due to begin April 9.

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    Tiger Woods Draws Most Attention at Masters

    You’d call it a comeback. Woods is again the talk of an upcoming Augusta National as many — including himself — thought he’d be out for good after four back surgeries in less than three years. But fresh from a practice session with a dress-shirt-sporting Phil Mickelson, the 42-year-old seems competitive. “It’s crazy, I’ll be honest with you,” Woods said. Meanwhile, the star’s return has drawn the spotlight away from other favorites like Jon Rahm and Justin Rose ahead of the tournament’s opening tomorrow.