The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Washington, Pyongyang and Seoul Attempt to Save Summit

    After President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a potentially groundbreaking summit between the U.S. and North Korea next month, American diplomats traveled to the peace village between North and South Korea to negotiate a way forward. Should the meeting proceed as originally planned June 12, South Korea has said President Moon Jae-in could also attend what would be the first official summit between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president. The meeting, focused on denuclearizing Kim Jong Un’s regime, is seen as crucial to stabilizing regional relations.

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    Italian Prime Minister-Elect Calls It Quits

    He came, he saw, he resigned. “I have given up my mandate to form the government of change,” said Giuseppe Conte, who stepped down after President Sergio Mattarella vetoed his nomination for finance minister: an 81-year-old who called Italy’s adoption of the euro a “historic mistake.” Conte’s resignation derails a potential coalition government between the far-right League party and the populist 5-Star movement — which is now calling for Mattarella’s impeachment. Italy’s been without a government since March, and may now see another election this year.

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    Florida on Alert as Subtropical Storm Alberto Looms

    Thousands of Sunshine State residents are being evacuated as Alberto, likely to be upgraded to a tropical storm today, heads toward the Panhandle with heavy rain and high-speed winds. Florida Governor Rick Scott has pre-emptively declared an emergency, putting the 5,500-strong Florida National Guard on standby after forecasters warned that conditions could be life-threatening. Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 season, even as states and nations around the Gulf of Mexico are still working to recover from last year’s devastating hurricane season.

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    Colombian Presidential Race Enters Two-Man Runoff

    While right-wing candidate Iván Duque garnered 39 percent of yesterday’s vote, it wasn’t enough to win the election outright. Now he’ll face off against progressive economist Gustavo Petro, the former mayor of Bogota, in a runoff election. Analysts say leftist candidates did far better than expected, with Petro winning 25 percent of the first vote and Medellin’s centrist former mayor 24 percent — but Duque’s still expected to become the conservative country’s next president. Whoever wins Colombia’s June 17 runoff ballot will commence a four-year term in August.

  5. Irish Laws, King James and K-Pop Dominance

    Know This: After Ireland voted to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion Friday, some are campaigning for the new laws governing the procedure to be named Savita’s law, after Dr. Savita Halappanavar, who died of septicemia in 2012 when Irish doctors denied her an abortion during a miscarriage. LeBron James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals last night, his eighth straight year in the championship. And Korean boy band BTS has become the first K-pop act to top the Billboard charts.

    Watch This: A Malian immigrant to France already dubbed “Spider-Man” scaled a building facade to rescue a child hanging off a fifth-floor balcony — and will be awarded French citizenship.

    Talk to Us: Tell us how you really feel. Our electrifying TV show, Third Rail With OZY, is shelving the PC and whipping up debates. Each week we’re posting a provocative question, and we want you to weigh in. This week: Should immigrants to the U.S. have to give up dual citizenship? Email with your thoughts, and we might feature your answer next week.


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    Mailbox Thieves Are Increasingly Common

    It’s in the mail. Law enforcement officials say “mail fishing” — when criminals extract letters from street mailboxes using devices like sticky rat traps — has doubled in the past two years. Once they’ve retrieved a check, the fishers wash off the ink with chemicals and re-write it for a much higher amount. Experts believe thieves are resorting to old-school methods because cybersecurity is increasingly difficult to sidestep. In response, police have set up surveillance systems near mailboxes, while the U.S. Postal Service says it’s installing more fishing-resistant boxes.

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    New Tech Is Helping India’s Dog Lovers

    India’s estimated 25 million strays have long faced hard times, falling victim to ordinary road accidents and more vicious forms of violence, such as beatings or poisonings. But a new crop of canine lovers is stepping in to help, developing apps to find emergency veterinary help and distributing simple gadgets to keep strays out of harm’s way and boost their quality of life. More challenging, though, is changing the pervasive cultural and legal indifference toward animal violence in India — which is why new tech may be a dog’s best friend.

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    Alan Bean, Astronaut Who Walked on the Moon, Dies at 86

    The Apollo 12 pilot became the fourth man to walk on the moon in 1969, spending 31 hours exploring the lunar surface. He later commanded the second Skylab mission in 1973, orbiting Earth for 59 days. Bean, who took art lessons at night while working for NASA, retired to dedicate himself to painting and documented his space adventures in vivid detail. His death leaves only four living astronauts who have set foot on the moon: Buzz Aldrin, Dave Scott, Charlie Duke and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt.

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    Trouble at Charity Founded by Kanye West

    It’s a house divided. Donda’s House, named after West’s late mother and co-founded by Chicago rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith, says it’ll change its name after a Twitter spat with Kim Kardashian West. The organization, which focuses on youth outreach in Chicago, had distanced itself from Kanye’s contentious political statements and criticized his “lack of interest and support.” After Kardashian threatened to take the charity and give it to her children, Rhymefest said he welcomed the move if it meant that she and West would do more in the community.

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    Danica Patrick Crashes at Indy 500 in Final Career Race

    “Today was a tough day.” That’s how the groundbreaking driver described Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, her last race before retiring at 36. Patrick crashed less than halfway through the course and finished in 30th place. She also crashed out of her final Daytona 500 in February. In 2009, she placed third at the Indy 500 — the highest-finishing woman in the race’s history — yet ends her career with only one IndyCar win. Meanwhile, Australian driver Will Power won yesterday’s race to sip milk in the winner’s circle.