The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Kim Jong Un Arrives in Singapore for Meeting With Trump

    This is happening. The North Korean leader arrived today in Singapore on a Chinese-operated jumbo jet ahead of Tuesday’s historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Also headed there, Trump said Kim has a “one-time shot” to “do something great for his people.”  Denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is the main aim, but the two leaders are also expected to discuss a formal end to the Korean War. The American president said there was a “good chance” of failure — something he expected to assess “within the first minute.”

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    Piqued by Trudeau, Trump Renegs on G-7 Statement

    The Group of 7 industrialized nations — including the U.S. — had agreed to declare that “free, fair and mutually beneficial trade” are “key engines for growth and job creation.” But not long after President Trump left the Quebec meeting early to travel to his historic North Korean summit, he blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs “insulting” and vowed retaliation. Trump tweeted that Trudeau was “dishonest and weak” and that the U.S. would not endorse the G-7 communique and would consider new tariffs on automobiles.

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    Justify Becomes 13th Triple Crown Winner

    Rain or shine, it’s Justify. That heavily favored three-year-old chestnut colt — untested until this year — has won the 150th Belmont Stakes on Long Island, becoming the second horse in three years to capture horse racing’s Triple Crown. He won on sloppy Kentucky Derby and Preakness tracks, but the sun shone upon Saturday’s event in Elmont, N.Y., which Justify led for the entire race. Predecessor American Pharoah, capturing the crown in 2015, ended a four-decade drought, while Justify’s only the second undefeated horse, after 1977’s Seattle Slew, to win all three races.

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    Warriors Claim Third NBA Title in Four Years

    The princes have usurped the king. In their fourth finals against LeBron James — arguably history’s best basketball player — and his Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors offered no quarter, crushing their rivals 108-85 to complete a four-game finals sweep. James played three games with a reportedly broken hand, caused by his punching a whiteboard after a critical Game 1 foul reversal. Oakland’s Steph Curry, scoring 37 points Friday, again saw MVP honors go to teammate Kevin Durant. Regardless, Curry said he “can’t get enough of this feeling.”

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    Volcanoes Sow Death, Destruction

    Since the Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala unleashed fast-moving, blistering pyroclastic flows June 3, survivors have desperately sought their loved ones. As of Friday, 109 deaths had been confirmed, while 200 remained missing, the subject of frantic digging with makeshift tools. On Thursday, formal searches were suspended as heavy rains and continued volcanic activity made rescue work too risky. Across the Pacific, another volcano, Kilauea in Hawaii, continued its five-week eruption, which has now destroyed 600 homes and prompted Hawaii Gov. David Ige to allocate $12 million in local aid for disaster efforts.

  6. Russian Kicks, Afghan Peace Prospects and Alligator Death

    The Week Ahead: Bruce Springsteen will receive special recognition at the 72nd annual Tony Awards tonight in New York. On Tuesday, a U.S. district court judge in Washington, D.C., will rule on whether the Justice Department can block the AT&T-Time Warner merger. And international soccer’s World Cup begins Thursday in Russia.

    Know This: The Taliban have raised hopes for a peace agreement after declaring a three-day truce for the Eid-al-Fitr holiday next weekend, the first such cease-fire since 2001. The body of a woman thought to have been killed by an alligator has been found in Florida. And saying “energy must not destroy civilization,” Pope Francis has urged oil company executives to work to reduce fossil fuel use.

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    Anthony Bourdain Mourned by Fans and Presidents

    He made us “a little less afraid of the unknown.” So tweeted Barack Obama of the celebrity chef, writer and Emmy-winner, found dead Friday after reportedly hanging himself. Bourdain, 61, was in France’s Alsace region working on his TV series, “Parts Unknown,” now airing its 11th season. “His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much,” said a statement from the show’s network, CNN. His death, days after the apparent suicide of fashion designer Kate Spade, has highlighted rising suicide rates across the U.S.

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    When ‘Friends’ Enable Rhino and Elephant Poaching

    As Facebook has become the classified section for much of the world, it’s provided a conduit for some disturbing transactions. A recent digital sting operation exposed black marketeers offering illegal animal products like elephant ivory and rhino horns. Wildlife trade online has moved conservationists to collect evidence to go after the big game: Working with the National Whistleblower Center in Washington, D.C., they’ve lodged an unusual complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Far from being a neutral communications conduit, they allege, Facebook, which declined to comment, is enabling such exploitation.

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    The Soros ‘Conspiracy’ Is Growing

    As Hungary’s far-right government slides further toward authoritarian rule, it — along with populist movements elsewhere — has found a convenient scapegoat for all its problems: Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros. The 87-year-old Holocaust survivor has funded pro-democracy efforts around the world, and for Budapest, he represents the root of all liberal evil. The government’s new “Stop Soros” bill, which blames the tycoon for Europe’s refugee crisis, is just one part of a concerted propaganda campaign aimed at discrediting Soros through outlandish and poisonous conspiracy theories.

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    Japan Quietly Begins to Welcome Foreign Workers 

    For much of its history, Japan has been closed off to foreigners. But a labor shortage in construction and domestic work, along with an aging workforce, is prompting an adjustment. With Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics, venues and infrastructure must be built, fueling the demand that’s helped double the foreign workforce to 1.28 million predominantly Chinese and Vietnamese laborers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has quietly expanded visa programs to cope with the tightest labor market in 25 years, but many want to avoid the political upheaval immigration has caused in the West.



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    Why ‘South African Rum’ Isn’t a Crazy Idea

    What are they ginning up? Working to overcome the drink’s reputation as a generic spirit with little character, rum-makers in South Africa are hoping to imbue their product with the same exotic cachet that’s helped gourmet coffee and craft beers take off. But first they’ll have to do battle with their nation’s go-to mixer, gin, which has managed to capture the market’s imagination. There are stores in Cape Town with 100 local gins, and with raw ingredients like sugarcane growing nearby, artisanal rum could be the next hipster buzz.