The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Court Issues Injunction Against Separating Families

    A federal judge in California said authorities must not split families caught illegally crossing into the U.S. and those already separated must be reunited within 30 days. Also, children under the age of 5 must be returned to their parents within two weeks and all minors must be allowed to speak with their parents within 10 days. Trump ordered the end of family separations for immigrants last week although left the issue of more than 2,000 children already separated unresolved. Meanwhile, 17 states sued the government on Tuesday to force them to reunite split families.

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    Supreme Court Backs Trump Travel Ban

    In a 5-4 ruling, the court has decided to uphold President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries. While lower courts had struck down three different versions of the order — which dates back to Trump’s first week in office — Chief Justice John Roberts argued the president wields significant authority over immigration. Although Roberts saw no anti-Muslim bias behind the ban, he was also careful not to explicitly endorse the order: “We express no view on the soundness of the policy.”

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    US ’Zero-Tolerance’ Immigration Policy Partially Halted

    While White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that the zero-tolerance policy remains in place, she admitted, “We’re simply out of resources.” President Trump’s executive order last week promised to detain families together, but it provided no strategy for doing so. Customs and Border Protection officials said a lack of space means that migrant families are once again being released with a court date, as they were under the Obama administration. Meanwhile, the Pentagon confirmed that immigrants will be held in camps on two Texas military bases.

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    Harley-Davidson Shifts Production Overseas After Tariffs

    The wheels are coming off. The iconic motorcycle company announced yesterday that it’ll dodge an estimated $100 million in new EU steel tariffs — about $2,200 per Harley — by moving some of its manufacturing out of the United States. It’s the first company to take jobs overseas in direct response to President Trump’s tariffs against allies. Trump accused the company of surrendering, while both Europe and China promised to ramp up tariffs on American goods like bourbon and blue jeans in response to the president’s aggressive policies.

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    Thailand Searches for Teens Trapped in Flooded Caves

    “We are still optimistic they are all alive.” So said Thailand’s deputy prime minister of the 12 boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old soccer coach, who have been stranded in the Tham Luang Nang Non caves near the Myanmar border for three nights. As rain continues to fall, rescue efforts were paused while authorities pumped water out of pools in the cave system. Navy divers have now resumed search efforts, citing fresh footprints as signs the group has survived, while grief-stricken families camp out near the cave.

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    US Supreme Court Punts on Two More Gerrymandering Cases

    The country’s highest court yesterday sent a North Carolina case — in which a Republican legislator admitted he drew the map to favor his party — back to a lower court for further consideration. It also upheld three of four disputed districts in a Texas case, arguing that redistricting was not made in “bad faith.” The decisions follow similar ones last week on cases from Wisconsin and Maryland, and set up new obstacles to challenging partisan gerrymandering. The controversial maps are expected to remain in place for November’s midterm elections.

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    Know This: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked controversy by calling God “stupid.” Six people with albinism are fighting prejudice in Malawi by running for office. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is suing his family. And today, OZY’s Around the World campaign takes you to Myanmar: Find out how one peace activist is trying to protect the tiny Kachin ethnic minority.

    Remember This Face: A white woman in California has gone viral — and seen professional consequences — for reportedly calling the police on an 8-year-old Black girl selling bottled water.

    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: Is society oversexualized? Email with your thoughts, and we might feature your answer next week.


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    ‘Making a Murderer’ Subject Loses Shot at Supreme Court Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Brendan Dassey, whose 2007 conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, was the basis for the popular Netflix crime series. His lawyer says Dassey was “manipulated” by police as a teenager when he confessed to a crime he did not commit. Dassey, now 28, will continue serving his life sentence. His uncle, Steven Avery, who was also convicted, continues his appeal. Netflix renewed the series in 2016 pending further developments in the case.

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    European Countries to Launch Joint Military Force

    Is their best defense a good offense? Yesterday nine nations, led by France, Germany and the U.K., agreed to create a collaborative military force to boost border security outside the EU framework. Without help from NATO, the European Intervention Initiative — which includes Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal — will independently respond to “crisis scenarios,” while also serving to keep the U.K. involved in European security affairs after Brexit. Euroskeptics have panned the initiative as unnecessary, while other analysts see it as a vote of no-confidence in NATO.

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    Spacecraft Launches on Test Mission to Clean Up Junk

    It’s taking out the trash. Currently around 750,000 objects larger than 0.3 inches are orbiting Earth at 24,800 mph, and physics professor Minna Palmroth told OZY that there are 19,000 near misses every week, endangering satellites and crewed missions. The EU-funded $18.7 million RemoveDEBRIS craft, recently launched from the International Space Station, can use nets, harpoons and 3D mapping technology to round up space junk in low orbit. Starting in September, it’ll perform a series of experiments to test the tech before cleaning up after itself by deorbiting.

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    Motion Picture Academy Invites Record Number, Boosts Diversity

    Lights, camera — activism. Kendrick Lamar, Evan Rachel Wood and Tiffany Haddish are among the artists and performers asked to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in its largest and most diverse class yet. Of the 928 people from 59 different countries who were invited, 49 percent are women and 38 percent are people of color. The expansion, which brings membership over 9,200, is the result of the Academy’s pledge after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy to double its ranks of women and minorities by 2020.

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    The Reverse ‘Migration’ Fueling Africa’s Soccer Hopes

    After years of players of African origin choosing European clubs to advance their careers, the tide is finally turning: Africa’s national teams are seeing more athletes returning to their roots. In the current World Cup, 37 players born or naturalized in Europe but with African ancestry opted to play for the nations of their forefathers, aided by FIFA’s recent relaxation of eligibility requirements and likely partly spurred by the racism Black players encounter from European fans. For some, it’s paid off: Nigeria and Senegal are still going strong in the tournament.