The Presidential Daily Brief



    Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Curates for OZY

    We strive to ensure that OZY readers hear from a wide range of voices and perspectives — a particularly important mission given today’s polarized political climate. That’s why we reach out to interesting, impactful figures from around the globe and across the political spectrum. 

    Today, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi joins the ranks of OZY guest editors like Karl Rove, Speaker Paul Ryan and Jeff Bridges to share the news that’s most on her mind. A lifelong politico, the Trinity College alum became the first woman to serve as U.S. House Speaker — the highest political office to be held by an American woman. She’s represented San Francisco in the U.S. Congress for 30 years. When asked what the three most important issues facing Congress are, Pelosi says her answer is always: “Our children, our children, our children.” She wishes fellow moms everywhere a happy Mother’s Day.

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    Gambling on Iran Is a Losing Bet

    The Iran nuclear agreement was a great diplomatic achievement, successfully preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and ensuring a safer future for our children and grandchildren. The president’s decision to destroy the successful Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action puts the catastrophic threat of a nuclear-armed Iran back on the table, leaving America isolated, instead of Iran, and eroding our international credibility. This recklessness endangers the security of Americans, our allies and the world. Democrats know that building a world at peace for our children to grow and thrive requires smart diplomacy.

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    Tax Cuts Could Hurt Our Health

    As a member of Congress, I believe it’s our sacred duty to protect the health and safety of our children. While 83 percent of the tax cut benefits go to the wealthiest few, 86 million middle-class families will eventually see their taxes rise. Big Pharma is hoarding their billions in payouts while raising drug prices on seniors and families. Republicans are engaged in an all-out assault on the financial and health security of our children and their families. Democrats will continue to fight to ensure quality, affordable care for all.

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    Let’s Dream With Them on Mother’s Day

    I recently spoke for a record eight hours in a bid to force a vote on behalf of America’s Dreamers. As a mother of five and grandmother of nine, I’m heartbroken and angered by the separation of immigrant children from their families. These patriotic young people make America more American. They are our friends and neighbors, our classmates and teachers, and they proudly protect and serve our nation in uniform. Please join me in standing up and pushing Congress to pass a bipartisan DREAM Act to ensure these young people can continue to stay and contribute to our nation.

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    We Should Fight to Protect Kids From Guns

    Everyone can agree that school shootings are needless tragedies, but what we need is action on bipartisan solutions. Gun violence is stealing the lives of more than 93 people across the country every day. In Newtown, Aurora, Orlando, San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Parkland and on city streets and in homes nationwide, there has been too much violence and too much heartbreak. Courageous young people across the country are now standing up, speaking out and saying “Enough is enough!” Let’s join them to make a positive change for future generations. No one’s political survival is more important than that.

  6. News Headlines by OZY: Iraqi Surprise, New Volcano Cracks and Winning Chicken Dance

    Know This: Preliminary results from Iraq’s Saturday elections show a coalition controlled by anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is ahead of the ruling coalition. A week after the Kilauea volcano eruption, Hawaii’s Civil Defense Agency yesterday found new fissures with lava that is “actively sputtering.” And President Trump tweeted that his Commerce Department would help Chinese phone giant ZTE — crippled by new U.S. trade restrictions — get back on its feet. It’s not clear what he’s planning, but the tweet lamented, “too many jobs in China lost.”

    High Note: Israel’s Netta Barzilai won the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon last night with her dance tune Toy, featuring her unique chicken dance.

    Making a Splash: The largest wave ever to be recorded in the Southern Hemisphere — at a whopping 78 feet high, twice the height of the average telephone pole — came crashing down last week off the coast of New Zealand.


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    Young Women Can Lead the Way in STEM

    I believe that when women — and girls — succeed, America succeeds. Equal access to educational opportunities is where it begins. Our country’s economic leadership depends on the investments in research and technology today. I am deeply inspired by young women like Madison, 14, who discover their passion in STEM and use it to inspire others. We must support the dreams of all our children and give them the tools they need to succeed, which is why Democrats support ambitious investments in STEM education to inspire the next Mary Jackson and empower tomorrow’s innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists and leaders.

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    JFK Believed in Kids Finding Their Inner Mozart

    “The life of the arts … is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose.” Those wise words came from President John F. Kennedy — whose inauguration I was so excited to attend as a student. The arts have always been able to make us laugh, cry, be inspired and forget our differences. In my beloved San Francisco, we take pride in how our artistic community brings the transformative power of the arts into all students’ lives. I think children should experience the joy and beauty of the arts in their schools and communities.

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    Here’s My Mother’s Day Gift Idea for You

    I’m madly obsessed with chocolate — dark chocolate to be specific. I don’t know what it is. Some call it dedication, some call it an addiction, others call it an affliction. I knew I loved my husband when I said I would give up chocolate for him. But I also knew he loved me because he’d never ask me to do such a thing. My advice to all those who haven’t decided what to get Mom: New York Super Fudge Chunk ice cream. She’ll love it.

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    It’s Time to Clear the Air

    As 8-year-old Alivia Hopkins so eloquently said before an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing, “Don’t contaminate our beautiful world.” I couldn’t agree more. Amid rising temperatures, surging seas and record floods, fires and storms, we need bold, ambitious global leadership to protect the beauty of God’s creation and combat the growing climate crisis. We will continue to fight against efforts to undermine environmental protections that ensure the health and well-being of our families.

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    Loving the Warriors Is a Slam Dunk

    I’m a huge sports fan, so I’m living for Game One of the Western Conference finals set for tomorrow night. I had the great joy of greeting Coach Kerr and the extraordinary Golden State team when they came to Washington to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship victory. Their leadership on and off the court is an inspiration to us all, and I cannot wait to cheer them on as they move closer to bringing home another championship title. Go Dub Nation — and the 49ers and Giants!