The Presidential Daily Brief


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    From Trump Inner Circle to Federal Jail Cell

    “Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time.” So said President Trump Friday of the man who ran his campaign during his nominating convention. A federal judge revoked Manafort’s bail and sent him to jail after hearing he’d allegedly sent encrypted messages to a potential witness to shape testimony. Indicted last year on money laundering and conspiracy charges, Manafort, 69, worked on the campaign for 144 days, and reportedly enjoyed a lavish lifestyle after doing political work for Kremlin-linked Ukrainian officials. His trial is scheduled for September.

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    Report: Trump Using Family Separations to Sway Democrats

    Vote “yea” or children will suffer. That’s the sentiment a Washington Post report says is behind U.S. authorities’ separating families of suspected illegal immigrants. President Donald Trump has blamed Democrats — Congress’ minority party — tweeting Saturday that they “can fix their forced family breakup,” which wrested some 2,000 children from parents during six weeks this spring, by cooperating with Republicans planning to vote next week on immigration reform. But family separation, which has inspired comparisons to Nazi deportation procedures, has even been denounced by ardently Trump-supporting evangelical Christian leaders.

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    Uncertainty Remains After Singapore Summit

    The optics were incredible. But just what President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un accomplished in Singapore remains unclear. Some applauded the change in diplomatic dynamics, while others expressed skepticism about the Hermit Kingdom’s rehashed pledges. While sanctions will remain against North Korea, Trump announced an end to “provocative” joint military drills with South Korea to the relief of Kim — and China — while surprising Seoul and the Pentagon. Now it’s up to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reassure U.S. allies while fleshing out the details of denuclearization.

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    Congress Plans Immigration Votes, Trump Sows Confusion

    Did the frontier just move? Thinking they were toeing the president’s line, conservative and moderate House Republicans compromised on an immigration overhaul Thursday that they hoped to vote on next week. But on Friday, President Trump said he “certainly wouldn’t sign” the bill, causing confusion that apparently prompted the White House to say the president was mistaken, and actually backed the bill. The compromise, which is more moderate than a Senate version, would provide “Dreamers” brought to America as children with a path toward citizenship, along with $16.6 billion for Trump’s border wall.

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    UK Courts Belabor Uber and Gig Enterprises

    James Farrar didn’t want any trouble. But the Uber driver, faced with a potential dispute with drunken, vomiting passengers, involved the police. That led to a court battle — ostensibly about identifying his fare — that precipitated into him suing the ride-hailing giant over his contract. Was he an employee or not? Uber argued no, but a British court ruled yes. Now the company has to provide drivers with mandated benefits, and labor lawyers are going after Deliveroo and other “sharing” apps, perhaps restructuring the gig economy into something less disruptive.

  6. Colombian Choice, ‘Trade War’ Launch and Payback for Malala

    The Week Ahead: On Sunday, Colombian voters will choose between a conservative economist and a former rebel in the first presidential runoff since the country’s historic 2016 peace agreement. Tiger Woods joins an all-star lineup of golfers, including Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, eliminated from the U.S. Open, which concludes Sunday. And on Monday and Tuesday, Senate and House committees, respectively, will hear testimony on a probe into FBI and Justice Department handling of 2016 elections.

    Know This: China says the U.S., in imposing heavy tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, has launched a trade war. Afghan officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, blamed for shooting Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. And Nicaraguan government and opposition officials have agreed to a truce to end anti-government clashes that have killed some 170 people in recent weeks.

    Get up to Speed: Will sports corruption and an autocratic host mar soccer’s World Cup? The OZY PDB Special Briefing will tell you what you need to know about the quadrennial tournament for the world’s most popular sport. With carefully curated facts, opinions, images and videos, this latest Special Briefing will catch you up and vault you ahead.


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    Privacy? George Orwell Had No Idea

    While a need to keep things private is primal and protected by U.S. legal precedent, the recent email flood of privacy policy updates have likely gone unread by consumers. Past regulations have largely been an attempt to control government surveillance, but corporate snooping and data gathering is now at the forefront, and the sheer amount of information is staggering. It remains to be seen, however, if consumers will take the initiative to find out more about where their data goes — and take control of it.

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    Women’s Libido Pill Arouses New Controversy

    Addyi, or the “female Viagra,” debuted in 2015 to curiosity, criticism and stifling business entanglements. Now the drug, which purportedly treats hypoactive sexual desire disorder, is back. And so is the debate: Is the drug helping a genuine affliction or furthering misconceptions about female arousal, “disease mongering” and shaming some women into believing they’re abnormal? Critics say it’s not for pharmaceutical makers to decide what constitutes a healthy sex drive. And with its halved price and prescriptions by phone, the pink pill is sure to be on the tip of more tongues.

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    Scandinavian Farmers Are Basking in Global Warming

    By 2050, experts predict, northern Norway’s growing season could increase by four weeks. That’s just one example of how climate change is expanding what Nordic agriculture is capable of, and already helping more “heat demanding” crops, including legumes, corn and the world’s go-to staple, wheat. And now Danish vintners are even nurturing a nascent wine grape sector once ideally suited for only Europe’s southern and central regions. But growers lament global warming’s other effects, like increased rain and less sunshine — something that might yield an unpalatable future for Danish vintages.

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    What’s Up With Shakespeare in Legal Proceedings?

    Judge Michael Baylson, in his Pennsylvania federal court, thrice invok’d The Bard this month when ruling against Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his battle with “sanctuary cities” that don’t report undocumented immigrants to U.S. immigration authorities. “No place indeed should murder sanctuarize,” was one of the quotes, from Hamlet’s Act 4, essentially casting Sessions as the homicide-suborning King Claudius. Clemson University literature prof Walt Hunter posits that Baylson’s and others’ Shakespearean disputations show that despite the Elizabethan playwright’s ambiguity, his works retain their relevance, even for complex 21st century societal issues.

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    How the World Cup Was ‘Won’

    “This is the end of FIFA.” That’s how the organization’s then-secretary general described the future for soccer’s governing body after it awarded hosting rights to Russia in 2010. England — better prepared and more suited for the global contest — seemed a shoo-in for the bid, but Russiagate sleuth Christopher Steele told U.K. officials that Russia had looted its own Hermitage Museum for priceless paintings it traded for votes. Asked why he’d promised England his vote but then chose Russia, influential FIFA member Jack Warner responded, “Who is going to stop us?”