The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Former Cop Arrested in ‘Golden State Killer’ Case

    Police in Sacramento have arrested a 72-year-old man they believe was behind a string of murders, rapes and burglaries during the 1970s and 1980s. Joseph James DeAngelo, who’s being held without bail, was fired from the Auburn Police Department for shoplifting in 1979 — several years into his alleged years-long spree that included 12 killings and 45 rapes. “We found the needle in the haystack,” said Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. Police say DNA evidence led to DeAngelo’s arrest.

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    Social Media Posts Hint at Toronto Van Suspect’s Motive

    Minutes before Alek Minassian reportedly drove onto a Toronto sidewalk Monday and killed 10 people, he posted on Facebook: “The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” Rodger killed six in a 2014 rampage after a tirade against women. “Chads and Stacys” refers to attractive people seen as unattainable, and “incel,” short for “involuntary celibate,” refers to a banned Reddit group blaming women for men’s lack of sexual activity. Police say the victims were “predominantly” female.

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    Trump Hints VA Nominee Could Withdraw, Then Amps Up Support

    Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s personal doctor and his nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, was scheduled to have a confirmation hearing today. But lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, concerned with reports of untoward behavior and drunkenness during Jackson’s tenure as White House doctor, postponed that hearing indefinitely. In response, Trump said at a press conference, “I don’t want to put a man through a process like this.” He hinted that Jackson might drop out, but later vowed to fight the “disgusting” treatment of his nominee.

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    Macron Pitches New Iran Nuclear Deal Terms

    Knowing President Trump’s longterm disdain for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed new terms, likely hoping to salvage U.S. involvement in the agreement. Macron, on a state visit to the White House this week, has seemingly befriended Trump — a risky move considering the American leader’s unpopularity in Europe. Meanwhile, Iran derided Macron’s envisioned edits, questioning what right France and the U.S. have to change the terms of an agreement signed by seven nations, and dismissing Trump as unqualified to understand the treaty.

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    With $64 Billion Acquisition, Takeda Pharmaceutical Goes Global

    World domination is their drug of choice. After several rebuffed efforts, the Japanese company has finally had its bid to take over Irish drugmaker Shire accepted — to the tune of $64 billion. If it goes through, it’ll be one of the largest pharmaceutical acquisitions in history and will vindicate Takeda’s strategy of buying up smaller companies around the world to compete with giants like Pfizer. But not everyone’s on board: Shares in Takeda dropped 9 percent in early Tokyo trading.

  6. Rape Conviction, DACA Ruling and WhatsApp Rules

    Know This: Indian guru Asaram Bapu has been convicted of raping a teenager in 2013. A U.S. judge has ruled that the DACA program must be restarted and accept new applications. And messaging tool WhatsApp is raising the minimum age for European users from 13 to 16.

    Read This: Some Chinese startups are hiring attractive women to serve as “motivators” for male coders, illustrating the country’s sexist norms in tech culture.

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    Amazon Launches In-Car Deliveries

    The online retailer is rolling out a new program in 37 American cities that’ll see packages delivered straight into the cars of Amazon Prime members. Teaming up with General Motors and Volvo, Amazon’s been testing the approach — which uses the company’s Key app with existing technology built into newer car models — in California and Washington state for the past six months. Amazon hopes to partner with more car brands in the future. For now, only Prime deliveries weighing under 50 pounds that don’t require a signature are eligible.

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    Israel and South America Strengthen Trade, Diplomatic Ties

    In September, Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli prime minister to visit South and Central America, on a trip he said marked a “new era” in relations with Latin America. His country has been increasing ties with the region as Israel imports oil and exports agriculture and technological goods — not to mention security expertise. Now a number of countries from the Americas are expected to follow the U.S. in moving their embassies to Jerusalem. As Israel finds itself more isolated internationally, even geographically distant friends will be valuable.

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    Study Finds Record Amount of Plastic in Arctic Ice

    It’s no small problem. Using a new technique to analyze Arctic sea ice samples, German researchers found 12,000 microplastic particles per liter — about two to three times more than in previous samples. They warn that as the ice melts, large quantities of the trapped debris could be transported around the ocean and ingested by microorganisms, eventually making its way up the food chain to larger animals and even humans. Meanwhile, the health effects from consuming microplastics remain unclear as research struggles to catch up with environmental realities.

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    Austrian Police Stop Masked Cancer Patient Under Burqa Ban

    They had it covered. When Vienna police officers stopped a 26-year-old man wearing a face mask last week, they were prepared to fine him $98 for breaking Austria’s law prohibiting Islamic veils. Unfortunately, the man was suffering from leukemia, with an immune system so damaged that his doctors — who’d assured him he wouldn’t face any problems — had ordered him to wear the mask. The incident was resolved without the cancer patient being fined, but he said, “The whole thing was quite a stressful experience.”

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    Cheerleaders Say They’d Drop Complaints for Meeting With Goodell

    They just want a seat at the table. Two former NFL cheerleaders have filed discrimination complaints after being fired for what they call unequal working conditions. League cheerleaders, unlike male players, must abide by strict rules around their image, social media presence and interactions with athletes. Now the women say they’d be willing to settle for $1 each — in exchange for a four-hour meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell to help establish new rules for fair working environments. They’ve given the NFL until May 4 to respond.