The Presidential Daily Brief


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    US Military Bases Could House Up to 20,000 Migrant Kids

    Four American military bases in Texas and Arkansas could soon house as many as 20,000 migrant children, according to the Pentagon, although it was unclear if they would also accept adults. The move follows President Donald Trump’s reversal of his controversial family separation policy. Attorneys are now struggling to reunite over 2,300 children who have been separated from their parents since May 5. Meanwhile, a human rights group is suing the administration, claiming that detained children are being forcibly given psychotropic drugs to manage their trauma.

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    EU Launches Retaliatory Tariffs Against US

    “All logic and history” are on their side. So said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as the EU imposed duties on $3.4 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for tariffs imposed by President Trump. Bourbon, motorcycles, orange juice and cranberries are among the goods being taxed by Europe, while cars, rice and sunscreen are among products recently hit with tariffs from India and Turkey. Meanwhile, some Trump aides are trying to restart talks with Beijing, which called U.S. duties on Chinese goods “capricious,” before the tariffs take effect July 6.

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    Italy Moves to Impound Charity Ships Helping Migrants

    Italy’s new right-wing government has gone from blocking migrants from its ports to targeting those who rescue refugees from the Mediterranean. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told the rescue ship Lifeline, carrying 226 immigrants rescued off the coast of Libya, to “go to Holland,” whose flag the ship was flying. He added that its passengers would “only see Italy on a postcard.” But Rome’s transportation minister said sailing so far would endanger passengers, and sent the coast guard to escort the ship to port, where it will be seized and impounded.

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    Melania Trump Makes ‘I Don’t Care’ Fashion Statement

    The first lady’s views — and fashion choices — have put her in the middle of the deepening family separation crisis. She was photographed boarding a flight to Texas, where she visited detained migrant children, wearing an uncharacteristically inexpensive $39 Zara jacket emblazoned with the message “I really don’t care. Do U?” According to Mrs. Trump’s office, the jacket meant nothing: “There was no hidden message.” But her husband later tweeted that her sartorial aloofness referred to the “fake news media,” which still hasn’t lost interest in the story.

  5. Financial Stress, The Sickening and the PDB Quiz

    Know This: Thirty-five of the biggest U.S. banks have passed the Federal Reserve’s “stress test” to measure their ability to withstand a financial crisis like the one that nearly crippled the finance sector in 2008. At least 33 children have suffered vomiting and headaches at a summer camp in Florida. And today, OZY’s Around the World campaign takes you to Mauritius: Find out how this Indian Ocean archipelago is becoming the focus of a cold war between China and India.

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

    Watch This: Tune in tonight to PBS for Breaking Big, OZY’s latest TV show exploring the secret sauce behind successful people. Host Carlos Watson sits down with Eddie Huang to find out how he broke through, and broke big.


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    New Research Links Herpes Virus to Alzheimer’s

    Scientists at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine have stumbled upon findings supporting an otherwise fringe theory of what causes Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found several species of herpes that were more common in brains of people with the neurodegenerative disease. Greater amounts of the virus were also associated with more advanced cases of dementia. Experts think the latent herpes virus could sometimes trigger the memory-robbing condition, which is good news for those trying to devise a treatment — every one of which has so far failed.

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    Conservative Columnist Charles Krauthammer Dies at 68

    “This is the final verdict. My fight is over.” That’s what the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and Fox News commentator wrote earlier this month, revealing the terminal cancer that claimed him Thursday. Krauthammer became an intellectual bulwark for conservative political thought, advocating hawkish foreign policy, including the 2003 Iraq invasion, and criticizing Presidents Obama and Trump. The Harvard-trained psychiatrist, who was paralyzed after a diving accident at 22, wrote, “I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”

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    Uber Drivers Earned $600 Million in First Year of Collecting Tips

    Since caving to riders’ generosity a year ago, the originally tip-averse ride-sharing service has funneled more than $600 million in gratuities to drivers. Among the most giving cities are New Orleans, Salt Lake City and San Antonio. Uber’s clocked 30 percent more tips after launching an in-app tipping feature last month — with riders coughing up the most cash on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Others were quicker to embrace the trend, though: Lyft, which has always welcomed tipping, has collected $500 million for drivers.

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    ABC Picks Up ‘Roseanne’ Spin-off Without Its Star

    Will she have the last laugh? The network’s launching an initial 10-episode run, tentatively called The Conners, which includes John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and the rest of Roseanne’s cast — but no Barr. The popular series was suddenly canceled last month after a racist tweet by the star, who won’t have financial or creative involvement in the new show. Barr, who said she took an exit settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members, will reportedly be written off after “a sudden turn of events.”

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    Atlanta Hawks Draft and Immediately Trade Star Luka Doncic

    The much-hyped Slovenian 19-year-old got snapped up in the NBA Draft’s first round by Atlanta, then traded to Dallas for another first-round guard pick, Oklahoma’s Trae Young, plus a top pick in 2019. Phoenix started the show, taking Bahamian big man Deandre Ayton of Arizona — widely considered a franchise-changing player. In a record-tying draft with 18 one-and-done players, Dončić stands out as a EuroLeague pro and MVP. But will he wash out, as nearly half of first–round picks historically do?