The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Harvey Weinstein Surrenders to Police on Rape Charges

    Time’s up. New York police say the disgraced producer, who’s been accused of sexual misconduct by over 70 women since October, handed himself over to authorities in Manhattan today on at least two charges of rape. Weinstein was investigated over groping allegations in 2015, but New York prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence to charge him. While some accusations are now beyond the statute of limitations, prosecutors are hoping more witnesses and victims may come forward. Weinstein has already agreed to post $1 million bail and wear a monitoring device.

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    After Trump Cancels Summit, North Korea Offers Another Chance

    It’s all about the spin. After President Donald Trump unilaterally canceled a planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang issued a statement lamenting his “unexpected and very regrettable” move, but said it was willing to give Trump time to reconsider. The U.S. president cited “tremendous anger and open hostility” from North Korea in yesterday’s official cancellation — then, just this morning, welcomed Pyongyang’s openness and said “we’re talking to them now” about moving forward with the summit. “Everybody plays games,” Trump told reporters.

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    Exit Poll in Irish Abortion Referendum Projects Repeal

    About 3.2 million people were eligible to vote in today’s referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment, which guarantees mothers and unborn children equal rights to life. An Irish Times exit poll released Friday night suggests the “Yes” camp has won by a landslide with 68 percent. Abortion is almost entirely illegal in Ireland, with no exceptions for fatal fetal abnormalities, rape or incest, and thousands of Irish women every year travel to the U.K. to terminate pregnancies. A repeal would pave the way for legalized abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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    Bombing at Restaurant in Canada Injures 15

    Two male suspects reportedly fled after setting off a bomb last night at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, 20 miles west of Toronto. At least 15 people were injured, three critically. While emergency responders converged on the restaurant, they haven’t yet apprehended either suspect and don’t know the motive of the bombers. Police tweeted a photo of the two, both clad in hooded sweatshirts, and asked the community for help identifying or tracking them. The Toronto area is still reeling from a van attack last month that killed 10 people.

  5. GDPR, Senate Misconduct and the PDB Quiz

    Know This: The EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation rules have come into effect, making the L.A. Times and some other U.S. news sites temporarily unviewable for European users. A rape victim in Georgia has been awarded $1 billion in damages by a jury. And the U.S. Senate has approved a bill to address sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.

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    US Opens Criminal Probe Into Bitcoin Price Manipulation

    Are they breaking the law of supply and demand? The Justice Department is taking a closer look at cryptocurrencies, with a particular focus on shady practices that make bitcoin and others seem more in demand than they actually are. Federal investigators are working with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to examine wash trading, where cheaters trade with themselves, and spoofing, which creates fake orders. China has already banned cryptocurrency exchanges and other nations have taken steps to heavily regulate them, hoping to protect investors from a post-craze crash.

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    Report: Emergency Brake Disabled in Self-Driving Uber Crash

    The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into a self-driving car that killed an Arizona pedestrian in March has found that the vehicle’s emergency brake had been disabled, according to Uber policy, to prevent erratic driving. The company relies on human operators for emergency braking. While the car’s sensors reportedly saw the woman, they misclassified her as a bicycle or vehicle until seconds before impact and did not notify the driver of the danger. Uber says its operations in Arizona, already suspended since the crash, will be shut down.

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    China’s Milk Consumption Worries Conservationists

    Got milk? Probably not enough. In China, where milk is increasingly popular, consumption of the beverage is expected to triple by 2050. That means more cows, and therefore more greenhouse gas emissions. Under current conditions, the growing global demand for milk is expected to push those emissions up 35 percent — along with huge surges in water use and nitrogen pollution from producing cow feed. But scientists say it’s possible for China’s milk boom to have a positive effect by pushing the country to innovate new farming methods that are more sustainable.

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    Morgan Freeman Accused of Misconduct by Multiple Women

    The 80-year-old Oscar-winner was accused of inappropriate behavior toward women including sexual comments, unwanted touching and in one instance trying to lift a co-worker’s skirt on set. According to a CNN report, eight women, including a journalist and employees of Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment company, have come forward. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent,” Freeman responded. Visa announced it would be suspending its work with the actor, whose iconic voice has long been used in its ads.

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    Trump Pardons Boxing Legend Jack Johnson

    Surrounded by boxing greats Lennox Lewis and Deontay Wilder, as well as Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone, President Trump said he would “correct a wrong in our history” by posthumously pardoning America’s first Black heavyweight boxing champion. Johnson’s knockout in 1910 of the so-called Great White Hope, James Jeffries, led to race riots in dozens of cities. He later spent a year in prison for violating the Mann Act — widely seen as a racially motivated charge — for driving his white fiancée over state lines. Johnson died in 1946.