The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Five Dead in Shooting at Maryland Newspaper

    Police say five people were killed and two others injured when a shooter opened fire at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis this afternoon. A suspect, Jarrod Ramos, 38, was taken into custody. Police said it was premeditated and Ramos, who had filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper, used smoke grenades and mutilated his fingertips. A Twitter page with Ramos’ name includes pictures of Capital Gazette staff and a bio saying he is ”making corpses of corrupt careers and corporate entities.” A journalist who witnessed the incident said it “was like a war zone.”

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    Australia Passes Foreign Interference Laws

    The Australian Senate passed two laws that further regulate agents of foreign governments, including a requirement that lobbyists for overseas powers publicly register and harsher penalties for espionage. Providing intelligence to a foreign government and interfering in Australia’s democratic processes were criminalized. The move comes after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulll said he received warnings by intelligence agencies in December and acknowledged “disturbing reports about Chinese influence.” Although he said the laws weren’t aimed at China. His government is expected to pass bans on foreign political donations later this year.

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    Justice Kennedy Retires, Senate Prepares for Nomination Fight

    Known as the Supreme Court’s most influential swing voter, Anthony Kennedy, 81, has announced he’ll retire July 31. That’s sparked furious speculation over who will replace him — the focus of an OZY series this week — and a push from Democrats to wait until after the midterms to confirm any nominee. Republicans refused to even hold confirmation hearings for eight months before the 2016 election. President Donald Trump promised to choose from a previously circulated list of 25 conservative jurists, any of which would likely swing the court sharply to the right.

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    Migration Issues Dominate EU Summit

    As European leaders gather in Brussels, political manuevering over migration throughout the bloc has taken center stage. While migration numbers have dropped since 2015, Italy’s new populist leaders have begun refusing refugee rescue ships — and other EU countries have been reluctant to help. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, whose country took in a ship refused by other nations, called for a “shared response” from EU leaders. Meanwhile, a ship carrying 234 refugees was allowed to dock in Malta after a coalition of European countries agreed to share responsibility for its passengers.

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    Trump, Putin Finalize Details of Upcoming Meeting

    President Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16 in their first formal encounter, though they’ve met twice before at group summits. After an acrimonious G-7 summit, NATO allies are reportedly worried about the optics of a potentially smooth meeting between Trump and Putin, while suspicions among U.S. voters about the president’s Russian connections could complicate November midterm elections. Trump, meanwhile, says, “Getting along with Russia, and with China, and with everybody, is a very good thing.” The meeting will take place during Trump’s European trip next month.

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    As China-US Trade Tensions Fade, Xi Holds Firm on Territory

    No issue is an island. As U.S. officials weakened their previously hard line on regulating Chinese investment, President Xi Jinping gave no ground on his country’s claims in the South China Sea. During a visit with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Xi said he won’t give up “one inch” of what he called China’s ancestral territory, though several countries dispute Beijing’s claims. The U.S. has long maintained that the artificial islands China’s built lie in international waters, but Mattis insists that U.S.-China relations are “very, very good.”

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    Know This: A Missouri immigration lawyer says she broke her foot this week when an ICE officer pushed her to the ground as she accompanied her 3-year-old client. France has brought back a national service requirement for all 16-year-olds. And an artist who created a farting unicorn design says Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been using his artwork without permission.

    Remember This Number: $27.4 million. That’s how much the U.K. Home Office paid out between 2012 and 2017 in wrongful detention settlements. At least 850 people, some of whom were in the U.K. legally, were mistakenly detained during that period, as officials were paid to meet targets for removals.

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    Beer Shortage Looms in Britain

    Abandon all hops, ye who enter here. Planned maintenance shutdowns of multiple European ammonia and bioethanol plants has created a shortage of carbon dioxide, which is used to carbonate beer. That shortage has led to rationing in the U.K., where customers stocking up for World Cup matches and a hot summer have been limited by one wholesaler to 10 cases of beer per day. And Heineken warned that some kegs might become unavailable just as the World Cup will see pubs packed with spectators. Industry experts are uncertain when the shortage will end.

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    Saturn Moon’s Ocean Spray Has Ingredients for Life

    This has a nice ring to it. While the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn’s surface last year, the data it collected is still being analyzed. Now researchers have found that fountains of seawater sprayed into space from the planet’s moon Enceladus contain complex organic molecules, including atoms arranged in rings and chains — the first large molecules found off Earth in liquid water. But researchers will have to wait to meet any potential life forms: NASA doesn’t have any missions to Enceladus planned, instead setting its sights on Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa.

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    Nigerian Expat Chefs Are Cooking With Gas

    Eat your heart out. While Ethiopian food has long been the predominant African fare in Western cities, Nigerian cuisine is making a break for it, with chefs hoping akara bean cakes and spicy ogbono soup will be the next injera and wat. The Nigerian food trend encompasses both haute restaurants and food trucks in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. — and the growing number of African immigrants in many cities could see culinary options multiply. Meanwhile, some are already cautioning against cultural appropriation and profit grabs from outside the community.

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    Musical Impresario Joe Jackson Dies at 89

    The controversial patriarch of the Jackson family, whose children Michael and Janet became superstars, has died of cancer in a Las Vegas hospice. Jackson, a former steelworker and Golden Gloves boxer, helped launch one of America’s leading musical dynasties in the mid-1960s, enlisting his sons into the pop group that eventually became known as The Jackson 5. But his stern and overbearing management style — and accusations of physical abuse — stoked serious conflict within the family, leading several of his children to sever ties with their father.

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    Germany Knocked Out of World Cup in Stunning Upset

    “We have turned up with a sense of arrogance,” admitted Joachim Löw, head coach of Germany’s national team, after its shocking 0-2 loss to South Korea Wednesday. After falling to Mexico in their first game, the defending champs have now lost their chance at a repeat. It’s Germany’s worst performance in a World Cup since 1938 and the first time in 18 years that Die Mannschaft has fallen out of a major tournament at the group stage — prompting some to question whether Löw has a future with the team.