The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Annapolis Paper Dropped Complaints Against Accused Shooter

    They underestimated him. The Maryland newspaper where Jarrod Ramos, 39, is accused of fatally shooting four journalists and a sales assistant Thursday, agreed with authorities that it was best not to pursue 13 harassment complaints — based on threatening tweets — the Annapolis Capital Gazette had filed in 2013. The local detective handling the case told the paper’s representatives it would be like “putting a stick in a beehive.” Now fellow journalists around the nation are in mourning, asking how the shotgun killings could happen — and what might stop them from happening again. 

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    Thousands Rally Against U.S. Immigration Policy

    ”We know we are better than this.” That was today’s refrain from California Sen. Kamala Harris, speaking to thousands gathered in Los Angeles to protest President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration stance and some 2,000 children thought to remain separated from their parents as a result of policy. It was but one of 750 demonstrations planned for today that attracted hundreds of thousands who marched, sounding a decidedly political theme, with civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis extolling an Atlanta crowd to vote in midterms “like you’ve never voted before.” Said one placard, “November is coming.”

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    With Kennedy Leaving, High Court Tilt Is Inevitable

    He left his mark. But perhaps the most indelible imprint Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will leave is this week’s retirement announcement. It gives President Donald Trump the chance to fulfill a top campaign promise: Appoint enough justices to swing the court far to the right, ending legal abortion rights and granting a range of constitutional interpretations conservatives have long dreamed of. Kennedy was pivotal in such decisions as allowing same-sex marriage, but it is likely that his yet-to-be-named successor will have a more reliable rightward stance.

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    Candidates Brave Bullets for Sunday’s Mexican Elections

    “Land of the Dead” isn’t so quaint anymore. Ahead of Sunday’s elections, 48 candidates have been assassinated, while leftists have a chance of gaining a majority of 628 national legislative seats. More certain is that their leader, former Mexico City Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is set to become the country’s most left-wing leader in 80 years. He’d replace unpopular conservative elected President Enrique Peña Nieto. Obrador has promised to take on corruption and criminal organizations killing politicians, but investors worry that his policies could harm the country’s business interests.

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    Meet Merkel’s Top European Opponent

    A savvy politician and powerful orator, Italian interior minister and populist firebrand Matteo Salvini has become a major headache for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He’s thrown up roadblocks to a potential European Union-wide policy for dealing with the continent’s much diminished — and yet politically poisonous — migration crisis. By whipping up popular discontent, Salvini is banking on Italy’s central role in the European Union as a trump card against more friendly policies Merkel might seek. European leaders reached a compromise Friday, but there’s no sign that Salvini is likely to ease the pressure.

  6. Tiff Tariffs, Family Policy and British Refugees

    The Week Ahead: Canada is to begin charging tariffs Sunday on $12.6 billion worth of U.S. exports in retaliation for American steel and aluminum tariffs. On Monday, the Wimbledon tennis tournament begins. And this year July 4 falls on Wednesday, leaving Americans wondering which weekend is best for grilling.

    Know This: Justice Department lawyers claimed in federal court Friday that they can keep families accused of illegally crossing the U.S. border locked up indefinitely. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Senate committee Friday that North Korea hasn’t provided any remains of fallen U.S. Korean War troops, in spite of President Trump’s earlier claim to have received 200 bodies. Nearly 13,000 Britons obtained citizenship in other EU nations in 2017 — presumably because of Brexit — with most becoming German nationals.

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    This Sect Is Uniting Libya, Sort Of

    After seven years of civil war, Libyans crave order. The Madkhalist group, a Salafist organization founded by a Saudi cleric, is known for providing just that. Despite its founder’s links to the despised late dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Madkhalism has spread along the country’s populated coastline, brokering deals among Libya’s three governments and fighting the Islamic State group. Meanwhile, its Tripoli militia may soon be legitimized by U.N.-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. It’s good news for those, like Saudi Arabia, backing the movement, but some wonder what it will demand in return.

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    Ailing Bee Industry Abuzz With Talk of Mass Hive Thefts

    Perhaps a sting operation is needed? Whether in California or New Zealand, well-trained thieves are stealing beehives by the hundreds, sometimes making out with as much as $1 million worth in a single night. That only adds to the headaches for beekeepers, induced by increasingly shaky hive health thanks to factors like pesticides and climate change. And while some suspects have been arrested in the past, industry insiders believe a broader criminal network is responsible. Meanwhile, keepers lament that once stolen, their pollinators won’t ever return.

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    Scooter Startups Opt Against Fighting City Hall

    In some cities, you have to ask. Take San Francisco, which ejected scooter-sharing services that materialized on city streets without so much as a by-your-leave. Now two-wheeler phenom Bird, along with competitor Lime, heavyweights Uber and Lyft and others are promising to behave in exchange for one of the city’s five initial scooter-sharing permits. They’re required to stop scooter dumping — maybe with stands — and discourage riders from sideswiping pedestrians on sidewalks. They’re even being compelled to offer discounts to low-income riders, further disrupting the startup paradigm.

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    Kanye’s Back, But Is He Good?

    Stand up, warrior pose, scream. That’s how motivational guru Tony Robbins helped Kanye restore his groove. The rapper is back after a stint in a hospital and a bipolar diagnosis. Or is he? The Wyoming listening party in May capped weeks of belligerent behavior online and off — partly linked to his presidential affinity. But Kanye’s adamant he’s stripped away “jealousy and fear” and is back on top with Ye, an exploration of his illness and the fallout from his public behavior, showing that some of his toughest battles must be fought within. 


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    Germany’s Failed World Cup Team Faces a Reckoning

    They’re meisters no more. Germany’s national soccer team has reached the quarterfinals at every World Cup since 1950, and even then it was constrained by postwar occupation. Knocked out of contention by underdog South Korea, Deutschland’s 2014 global champs turn to the remaining national strength: introspection. Even in defeat, Die Mannschaft took more shots than any nation, with enough successes to have advanced in past tournaments. But against the likes of star-studded Mexico, a team lacking direction couldn’t survive in a contest where goals are everything.