The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Thai Youth Soccer Team Found Alive in Cave

    The group of twelve boys and their coach were found by British volunteer divers 2.5 miles inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand after a massive nine-day search effort. The Thai military said it would provide the still-trapped group with food and medicine as rescuers deal with rising flood waters. The boys, aged 11 to 16, reportedly do not know how to swim. They’ll need to learn to dive in order to navigate the muddy cave corridors, or wait months until waters recede enough to leave the caverns.

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    Trump Interviews Supreme Court Candidates

    While the White House didn’t release the names of the four judges interviewed, sources identified them as Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amul Thapar, all currently serving on circuit courts. OZY’s Sean Braswell writes that the next justice could help conservatives overturn Roe v. Wade, though 63 percent of voters support the landmark 1973 decision, according to a poll released yesterday. President Donald Trump, who’s expected to interview two or three more candidates, has said he’ll name his nominee on Monday — which will begin the fight for Senate confirmation.

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    Merkel Backs Down on Migration, Agrees to Border Camps

    She couldn’t hold the line. Though Chancellor Angela Merkel has held fast to her open border policy throughout Europe’s refugee crisis of the last few years, she was forced to compromise yesterday in a tense negotiation with coalition partners. Merkel agreed to establish camps at Germany’s border to process migrants and turn back those who registered in another EU country, calling into question rules about free movement within the bloc. While Merkel remains in power, her compromise could hobble her authority as her coalition faces challenges from the right.

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    Trump Issues Casual Threat to World Trade Organization

    “If they don’t treat us properly, we’ll be doing something.” President Trump didn’t elaborate on his condemnation of the WTO, whose rules govern international trade, but denied plans to withdraw from the alliance altogether. His administration is reportedly drafting legislation to let the president negotiate special tariffs with certain countries and raise tariffs at will, both of which violate basic WTO rules. As U.S. allies battle the president’s trade policies with complaints and countermeasures, Trump continues to push his car tariffs, to the dismay of European and U.S. auto industries.

  5. Travel Ban, Bullies and Promises

    Know This: Malaysia’s former prime minister has been arrested and is expected to be charged with corruption. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is headed to North Korea as evidence suggests Pyongyang isn’t holding up the promises made at last month’s summit. India is struggling to curb violence after dozens of murders linked to rumors circulated via WhatsApp. And today, OZY’s Around the World campaign takes you to Georgia and Armenia: Check out our coverage of Armenia’s historic wine country.

    Remember This Number: 170. That’s how many legal actions the ACLU has taken against President Trump during his time in office, including 83 lawsuits on a range of issues, such as defending immigrants, transgender rights and the First Amendment.

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    Japan’s ‘Psychic’ Octopus Sold for Food

    Was it worth the prophet? The nationally renowned cephalopod that correctly predicted Japan’s first three games in this year’s World Cup was killed just before the knockout round by the fisherman who caught it. Rabiot, a giant Pacific octopus, made selections by swimming toward one of three baskets representing different outcomes. Despite Rabiot’s predictions, the fisherman, Kimio Abe, said financial considerations had become more important than keeping the curious animal alive. Japan was knocked out of the World Cup Monday, losing 3-2 to Belgium after blowing a 2-0 lead.

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    Facebook Bug Unblocks Thousands of Users

    Not everyone has to be friends. Thanks to a bug that was live from May 29 until June 5, the social network says it mistakenly unblocked some people from around 800,000 users’ block lists. About 83 percent had only one person unblocked, and while the glitch didn’t reinstate any unwanted friendships, it would have allowed previously blocked users to contact the people who’d shunned them. Facebook — already facing substantial criticism over its privacy policies — notified the affected users, but hasn’t released many details on the snafu.

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    Salafism Encroaches on Sufism’s West African Territory

    Across Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Guinea, the Gambia and Mauritania, tolerant strains of mystical Sufism — along with Sufi-influenced Malakite Islam — have long been dominant. But, like elsewhere in the world, the region is facing rising investment and influence from hard-line Islamic backers from the Gulf. Hundreds of new Salafist mosques have been built, and tensions are reportedly on the rise between Shiite and Sunni groups. But although outside influence may be the spark for increasing membership in extremist groups, the region’s desperate poverty is the fuel.

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    Harvey Weinstein Faces Life in Prison After New Indictments

    Yesterday a Manhattan grand jury indicted the disgraced mogul and catalyst for the #MeToo movement with three more felony sex charges, including two counts of predatory sexual assault. Those charges carry a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life. The state will reportedly also hear testimony from some of Weinstein’s more than 80 accusers. “There is still time to pursue justice,” said the district attorney, asking those who have allegations to come forward. Weinstein, who has pleaded not guilty, is free on $1 million bail.

  5. DeMarcus Cousins Signs With Warriors

    California, here he comes. The four-time All-Star center will make the move as a free agent from the New Orleans Pelicans. Boogie signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal with perennial champions Golden State just a day after LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Before Cousins tore his Achilles, ending his last season after only 48 games, he was averaging 25.2 points with career highs in rebounds and assists. “The 3rd splash Brother… Let’s go,” tweeted Stephen Curry. Cousins reportedly hopes to be back on the court by January.