The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Anthony Bourdain Found Dead of Apparent Suicide at 61

    The celebrity chef, writer and Emmy-winner was reportedly found by close friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert in a hotel room this morning. Bourdain, 61, was in France working on his TV series, “Parts Unknown,” which is currently airing its 11th season. ”His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much,” CNN said in a statement confirming Bourdain’s death. Bourdain’s suicide, following by just days that of celebrated fashion designer Kate Spade, has drawn attention to rising suicide rates across the U.S. 

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    Trump Calls for G-7 Summit to Reinstate Russia

    “We have a world to run.” That was President Donald Trump’s reasoning in urging that the Group of 7 summit readmit Russia. The exclusive club of leading economic powers, then the G-8, ejected Russia in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Agreeing with host nation Canada, British Prime Minister Theresa May rejected the call, saying Russia must change its behavior. But Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, whose populist government, like Trump, is an unabashed friend of the Kremlin, tweeted that restoring Russia the the fold “is in everyone’s interest.”

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    Warriors Crush Cavaliers for Third NBA Title in Four Years

    The king is dead. Long live the princes. In their fourth finals against LeBron James — arguably history’s best hoopster — and his Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors offered no quarter, crushing their rivals 108-85 to complete a four-game finals sweep. Now all that remains is to decide which Oaktown star will come away with MVP honors. Both Steph Curry, who’s yet to capture one in the finals and scored 37 points, and Kevin Durant put in stellar performances. Either way, Curry said, “can’t get enough of this feeling.”

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    Trump to Leave G-7 Meeting Early

    The White House reported that President Donald Trump will duck out of most of the Group of Seven summit’s second day, missing sessions on climate change, clean energy and healthy oceans. The early departure follows a Twitter feud with allies: French President Emmanuel Macron said he doesn’t mind signing a six-country agreement after Trump’s combative trade actions, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Trump’s tariffs on allied countries “unacceptable.” Trump will depart from Quebec for Singapore, where he’s scheduled to meet with Kim Jong Un June 12.

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    US Transfers Hundreds of Immigrant Detainees to Federal Prisons

    In an unprecedented move, 1,600 people detained by ICE officials will be placed in five federal prisons — reportedly a temporary solution to a lack of housing facilities. The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance stance on immigration includes much-criticized policies like family separation, the subject of an OZY special briefing. It’s also created a huge influx of detainees as ICE has stepped up raids targeting nonviolent immigrants who were previously left alone. Immigration advocates worry that a prison setting will make detainees, including asylum-seekers, even more vulnerable.

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    In Wake of Nuclear Deal Disaster, Iran Heads East

    Since the U.S. defaulted on its nuclear deal with Iran and six other Western powers, Tehran — facing new sanctions — is instead looking to China for an economic boost. Today President Hassan Rouhani heads to Qingdao for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. American companies that launched operations in Iran after the 2016 deal now must wind down business in the country before November, when previous sanctions are reinstated. Meanwhile, President Trump suggested that breaking the nuclear deal had softened Iranian policy, though he cited no specific evidence.

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    Facebook Blames ‘Bug’ for Changing User Privacy Settings

    Everyone could see the writing on the wall. Even as the social network tries to rebuild public trust after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, for 10 days last month 14 million users’ privacy settings were changed without their knowledge or consent. Posts they thought were private were instead visible to the public by default. Facebook says it was a software bug that’s since been fixed, and apologized to users — who may need to go back and adjust privacy settings for posts made that week.

  8. Obstruction Charges, Brexit and the PDB Quiz

    Know This: Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a Ukrainian associate with attempting to prevent witnesses in the Russian election meddling probe from testifying. In a bid to placate both her hard-line pro-Brexit party members and the European Union, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed a one-year agreement to keep Britain in the EU customs union, though it’s not clear she can win support. And companies selling facial recognition technology are now targeting schools with claims that their cameras can prevent school shootings.

    Try This: Feeling presidential after a week of briefings? Prove it with the PDB Quiz.

    Watch This: Tune in next Friday to PBS for the premiere of Breaking BigOZY’s latest TV show. Breaking Big will explore the secret sauce behind successful people. Host Carlos Watson sits down with Trevor Noah, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Danai Gurira, Jason Aldean and more … to find out how they broke through, and broke big.


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    Washington Capitals Win Stanley Cup

    It only took 44 years and 28 playoff appearances. The Capitals won their fourth straight game, overcoming a one-goal deficit in the third period with timely goals from Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller to beat the Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. It’s D.C.’s first major sports championship since winning the 1992 Super Bowl, and the first Stanley Cup for both the NHL’s most successful coach without a championship, Barry Trotz, and league legend Alex Ovechkin. The Washington captain earned the Conn Smythe MVP trophy with a franchise-record 15 playoff goals.

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    NASA Rover Finds Organic Molecules on Mars

    Curiosity is calling. Humanity now has conclusive evidence of what could be the building blocks of Martian life. The rover Curiosity, which has been exploring the Red Planet since 2012, has identified large carbon-based molecules, similar to kerogen on Earth, in a dry lake bed. While experts say it’s too soon to tell whether the organics stem from life forms or geological processes, the need for samples to analyze on Earth could spur future missions. NASA is already planning a 2020 rover that will retrieve 30 Martian rock cores.

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    Iceland Launches Universal Organ Donation Program

    They’ll lend a hand — or maybe a spleen. Iceland’s Parliament has finally approved legislation making every citizen of the country an organ donor unless they explicitly opt out. First introduced in 2012, the new law, which transplant experts have hailed as a “milestone,” aims to help tackle a global organ shortage. Iceland joins other Nordic countries with similar regulations. Currently, only 10 percent of Icelanders have registered to be donors, while 60 percent of dying patients said they were willing to donate organs when they were asked.

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    Scientists Create Psychopathic Algorithm Using Reddit Images

    They really pushed its buttons. Researchers at MIT exposed an artificial intelligence program — named Norman after the character in Psycho — to violent and gruesome images from an unidentified Reddit message board, then gave it Rorschach ink blot tests. Where a normal algorithm saw a vase with flowers, Norman saw a man being shot. A group of birds on a tree branch became a man electrocuted to death. The researchers say the experiment serves as a warning about the dangers of using biased data when helping machines to learn.

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    Lil Wayne Wins Right to Release Album

    In 2015, the rapper sued Cash Money Records, headed by his former friend Birdman, for $51 million after the label refused to release his album Tha Carter V. Wayne later sued parent company Universal for $40 million in unpaid royalties. Now he’s reached an undisclosed settlement with Cash Money, and fans may finally get to hear the album — last seen in possession of Martin Shkreli, who was forced to hand it over after his conviction. Wayne’s lawyer described the rapper as “a man that owns his assets, his music and himself.”