The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Thai Navy: All Boys, Coach Rescued From Cave

    All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been extracted from the flooded cavern where they’d been trapped since June 23. The suspenseful operation took place in various stages across several days. Eight boys were hospitalized after leaving the cave in two small groups on Sunday and Monday. Today’s final push retrieved the remaining four and their 25-year-old coach, as well as a medic and three Thai Navy SEALs who were with the boys. Authorities expect the young athletes to remain in the hospital over the coming days for monitoring.



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    Trump Taps Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

    An intense confirmation battle is likely to follow President Donald Trump’s nomination of the conservative federal appeals judge to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. If approved, the 53-year-old Kavanaugh — who investigated President Bill Clinton under independent counsel Kenneth Starr before serving as an aide to President George W. Bush — could shift the court rightward for decades to come. The Yale Law graduate’s partisan past is expected to be the source of serious contention. “I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have,” said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

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    Trump Frees Ranchers Whose Case Inspired Refuge Takeover

    President Trump today pardoned the two men whose imprisonment enraged federal land management protesters — particularly those who occupied an Oregon wildlife sanctuary for 41 days. Trump pardoned Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son, Steven, 49, who were serving five-year sentences for setting fire on their Oregon ranch that spread to federally managed land. Though they didn’t seek such support, their case inspired the 2016 armed takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. One protester was killed, but organizers were cleared of federal charges. The Hammonds are expected to be released today.

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    British Government Rattled by Resignations

    Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting for political survival after two high-profile resignations cast doubt on her hard-won Brexit plan, approved just last week. The sudden departures of Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson — both of whom criticized May for allegedly neglecting British interests — fueled speculation that her leadership is under threat. But she reshuffled her Cabinet with loyalists and was met with applause by members of her Conservative Party Monday night as she urged them to stick with her or risk putting the opposition in power.

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    Tesla Raises Prices in China Over Trade War

    “It’s only chapter one of this story.” That’s how one analyst described the company’s 20 percent price hike on its Model S and X cars — the first such move by an automaker amid the economic spat between Beijing and Washington. Chinese retaliatory tariffs are expected to dent profits for U.S. companies shipping cars to the world’s largest auto market. Tesla in particular is relying on sales in China, where CEO Elon Musk is visiting this week as the company plans to build a factory in Shanghai.

  6. NATO, Fishing and Russian Relationships

    Know This: European leaders are bracing for unpredictability as President Trump prepares to attend a NATO summit in Brussels Wednesday. A suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people at a checkpoint in the Afghan city of Jalalabad. A United Nations report has found that one-third of the world’s oceans are overfished. And today OZY’s Around the World campaign takes you to Botswana, where swimming with dangerous wildlife is par for the course.

    Read This: As soccer fans have descended on Russia in recent weeks for the World Cup, many locals are getting their first exposure to foreign cultures — and international romance.

    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: Should all sports go gender-neutral? Email with your thoughts, and we might feature your answer next week.


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    YouTube Pledges $25 Million to Fight Fake News

    They’re paying for it. Part of the $300 million Google News Initiative to promote quality journalism, the funding will aim to build a “better news experience” by targeting conspiracy theories and misinformation. YouTube, with help from a group of media experts, will point users toward more reputable sources during major news events, and will include information from outside sources like Wikipedia for videos about disputed historical or scientific topics. The company also plans to enlist popular streamers to promote media awareness and digital literacy among teenagers.

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    Japanese Youth Flee Cities for Rural Life

    With an aging population, high death rates and an exodus of young workers to major cities, villages across Japan have been fading from existence. But now some young people — fed up with fast-paced urban life — are bucking this trend and breathing new life into the quiet forests of the countryside. And in its effort to fend off village extinction, the government’s luring them in with generous subsidies. Those who leave the urban hustle are finding eclectic opportunities, from farming and aquaculture projects to building digital startups.

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    Dinosaur Discovery Changes Evolutionary Timeline of Sauropods

    Hear them roar. Paleontologists in Argentina have determined that remains found in 2015 belong to a huge dinosaur that lived 30 million years earlier than giant sauropods like Diplodocus and Brachiosaurus. It was previously believed that sauropods evolved into giants during the Jurassic period, but researchers say newly discovered Ingentia prima lived during the Triassic, more than 200 million years ago. The sauropodomorph grew up to 33 feet long and weighed as much as three African elephants — making it three times larger than other known dinosaurs of its time.

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    Beyonce, Jay-Z to Headline Mandela Festival

    New York’s annual Global Citizen Festival will mark the 100th anniversary of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth with a special event Dec. 2 in Johannesburg. Dubbed “Mandela 100,” the show will also feature a keynote address by Oprah Winfrey and performances by Ed Sheeran, Usher, Eddie Vedder, and a collaboration between Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin. The Global Citizen organization, which aims to raise $1 billion to help eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, is asking fans to earn free festival tickets through activism and advocacy.

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    Carolina Panthers Sale to David Tepper Finalized

    After paying $2.2 billion in cash, the billionaire hedge fund manager is officially the Panthers’ new owner. Founder Jerry Richardson, who brought the franchise to Charlotte in 1995, decided to sell after allegations of workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment and use of racial slurs. He was fined $2.75 million by the NFL last month. Tepper, a former minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, released a statement saying, “Winning is the most important thing both on the field and in the community,” and pledging to honor the team’s two-state fan base.