The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Dozens of Protesters Killed as US Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

    Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are in Jerusalem unveiling the new U.S. embassy, formerly located in Tel Aviv, in an event that has inflamed tensions in Gaza. As Israeli officials hosted 1,000 people yesterday for a gala to celebrate the new embassy, soldiers prepared for protests — and today, at least 52 Palestinians have already been killed as thousands tried to break through a fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip. The violence caps weeks of unrest at the fence, where Israeli snipers have killed dozens of Palestinians since late March.

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    Melania Trump Undergoes Kidney Surgery

    The first lady has been hospitalized in order to treat a “benign kidney condition,” according to her office. The 48-year-old will remain at Walter Reed medical center for the rest of the week following today’s procedure, which her spokesman, Stephanie Grisham, said was successful and without complications. “The first lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere,” Grisham said in a statement. No other details about the first lady’s treatment were offered, besides describing it as an “embolization procedure.”

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    Supreme Court Overturns Federal Ban on Sports Gambling

    The nation’s highest court has struck down a federal law that prohibits betting on sports in most states. The 6-3 decision effectively breaks Nevada’s hold on legal gambling and allows other states to decide for themselves whether to allow the potentially lucrative source of tax revenue. Passed in 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was challenged by then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The American Gaming Association called today’s decision “a victory for the millions of Americans who seek to bet on sports in a safe and regulated manner.”

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    Indonesia Hit With Multiple Suicide Bombings

    A family of five was reportedly behind today’s suicide bombing at a police station in Surabaya, the capital of East Java, which killed the four adult attackers and left an 8-year-old hospitalized. It comes just a day after a family of six detonated themselves in three churches, killing the whole family and seven others, while injuring dozens more. An explosion hours later that killed three at a Surabaya apartment building is thought to be connected. ISIS has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack – the deadliest Indonesia has seen in decades.

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    Trump Orders Reversal of Sanctions on Chinese Telecom Giant

    Hold the phone. Chinese mobile phone maker ZTE was barred from buying key American components and virtually put out of business last month after the U.S. Commerce Department found the company was violating sanctions against selling to North Korea and Iran. But now President Donald Trump says he’s working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to reverse ZTE’s downfall, ordering the Commerce Department to “get it done.” It’s an unusual executive intervention in a case largely seen as a legal matter, but one welcomed in China amid mounting trade tensions.

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    Education Department Kills Investigation Into For-Profit Colleges

    Is this teaching the right lesson? Sources inside the U.S. Department of Education say investigations into potential fraud at major for-profit colleges have been effectively dismantled. Several former employees of the colleges in question now hold senior positions under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The investigative team began work in 2016 after a for-profit college scandal raised questions about predatory practices. A spokeswoman for the department said its employees’ former connections didn’t influence their work, and claimed the decision to dismantle the team was made before President Trump took office.

  7. Iraqi Elections, a Xerox Deal and an Apology Demand

    Know This: Rivals of the current Iraqi prime minister are pulling ahead of him in early results from Saturday’s parliamentary elections. Xerox has scrapped a planned $6.1 billion deal with Fujifilm. And politicians on both sides of the aisle are calling for special assistant to the president Kelly Sadler to apologize after she mocked Sen. John McCain, currently fighting brain cancer.

    Read This: An examination of the life of child actor Brad Renfro calls into question Hollywood’s system for finding young talent — and protecting child stars from themselves.

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    Actress Margot Kidder Dies at 69

    Perhaps best known for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman in the popular film series, Kidder died at home Sunday in Livingston, Montana. Born in Yellowknife, Canada, the actress launched her career in the late 1960s on television, eventually securing roles alongside Hollywood leading men like Robert Redford and James Garner and starring in The Amityville Horror. Kidder, who is survived by her daughter, also struggled with mental health problems and in 1996 was briefly reported missing by her family. Her cause of death has not been made public.

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    Time Travelers Welcome at Stephen Hawking Memorial Service

    He was always ahead of his time. The application for members of the public to attend the theoretical physicist’s memorial service includes an option for those born between the years 2019 and 2038. “We cannot exclude the possibility of time travel as it has not been disproven to our satisfaction,” a spokesperson for the Stephen Hawking Foundation said. There are 1,000 public places available, and within 24 hours of opening around 12,000 had applied. Hawking’s ashes will be buried between Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey next month.

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    Crystal Meth Found at UK Home Office

    Just days after Sajid Javid was appointed Britain’s new home secretary — and the same day he tweeted a picture of himself posing with a drug-sniffing dog — police found crystal meth and a smoking pipe in his agency’s London headquarters. The stash of drugs, discovered in a bathroom, was the third found in recent months at the Home Office, which is tasked with enforcing British narcotics policy. “It’s hugely embarrassing,” one agency insider said. No suspects have been identified, and police have reportedly decided not to launch an investigation.

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    This Island Nation Is Beating Malaria

    The disease was once an unavoidable part of life in São Tomé and Príncipe, a tiny two-island nation in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. But malaria hasn’t claimed a single life there since 2014, and nonfatal infections have fallen more than twelvefold since 2002. That may be because the isolated nation’s government and international donors spend more per capita — $16 — on fighting the disease than any other country. While the results are promising, São Tomé will have to reduce transmissions to zero for several years to be considered malaria-free.

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    Study: Gun Violence on Film Becoming More Acceptable

    They’re after blood. A new University of Pennsylvania study found that gun violence in movies rated PG-13 has become more acceptable to viewers with children under 17. Parents appear especially desensitized to violence they see as justified and when the consequences are omitted. However, they largely recommended such content for kids over 15, leading some to suggest a new PG-15 rating. Study author Daniel Romer said deleting blood and suffering from violent scenes allows studios to avoid R ratings but could still potentially harm young moviegoers.

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    Simpson Wins Players Championship, But Woods Impresses

    He’s back in the club. Although Webb Simpson took home the $1.98 million prize yesterday, Tiger Woods turned in his best score since 2013 on Saturday, and ultimately finished 11 under par and tied for 11th place. Woods was paired with Jordan Spieth, who himself shot a career-best round of 65. Woods said his goal is qualifying for the last World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, which he’s won a record eight times, meaning he’ll have to be in the world’s top 50 by late July.