The Presidential Daily Brief

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    North Korea Delivers Possible American War Remains

    The White House announced that North Korea handed over 55 sets of remains thought to be those of American troops killed during the Korean War. The move comes on the 65th anniversary of the war’s armistice and had been discussed during President Donald Trump’s June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. The remains will receive a formal military ceremony at an air base in South Korea before being flown to Hawaii for DNA testing. That testing could take months to determine how many American service members are present.

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    US, EU Mull Trade Deal to Ease Tensions

    That was close. Calming fears of a potential trade war, President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed yesterday to remove trade barriers between the two major partners. Hailing a “new phase” in relations — which deteriorated after the White House levied taxes on steel and aluminum exports to Europe — Trump told reporters in a joint press conference that they’ll work toward eliminating all tariffs and subsidies on non-auto industrial goods. The EU also offered to buy billions of dollars of soy beans and natural gas.

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    Facebook Shares Plunge Sharply After Company Warns of Slow Growth

    Facebook’s revenue grew 40 percent year-on-year last quarter — but after the company forecast slower growth as it attempts to grapple with increased regulation and content monitoring in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, investors turned tail. As trading opened today, the social media giant’s shares were down 20 percent, wiping away more than $100 billion in market value. Now some are concerned that’ll spread to other tech stocks, with Twitter and Snap both down about 3 percent.

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    Ex-Cricket Star Imran Khan Claims Victory in Pakistan Vote

    Though ballots are still being counted, Oxford-educated Khan — who led Pakistan to a 1992 Cricket World Cup victory — has claimed victory in Pakistan’s elections, meaning he’s likely to become prime minister. Supporters of his centrist PTI party celebrated across the country after polls closed Wednesday, though it’s unclear if PTI will secure an overall majority. Pakistan’s second-ever power transfer between civilian governments was marred by a suicide attack that killed 31 at a polling station in Quetta, and Khan’s rivals have complained of vote-rigging, a charge election officials deny.

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    House Republicans Seek to Impeach Rod Rosenstein

    Eleven conservative lawmakers have introduced a resolution to impeach the deputy attorney general, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, citing a lack of transparency in the probe. “We’re tired of the Justice Department giving us the finger,” Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio told Fox News. The House Freedom Caucus effort threatens a showdown with Republican leaders who’ve resisted calls to remove Rosenstein, but it remains unclear whether enough lawmakers will back the resolution. “Impeachment is a punishment; it’s not a remedy,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy.

  6. Explosions, Landmark Laws and Fashion Trends

    Know This: A man exploded a homemade bomb outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing today, injuring only himself. New Zealand has approved groundbreaking legislation granting victims of domestic violence up to 10 days paid leave to help get them out of abusive situations. Japan has executed the six remaining members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult who were convicted of the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack on Tokyo’s subway. And today OZY’s Around the World campaign takes you to Suriname, where each beautiful headscarf holds a hidden meaning.

    Read This: Although black has long been considered a timeless classic in the fashion world, bright colors are beginning to elbow it out of wardrobes.

    Talk to Us: This year, OZY is going Around the World on a year-long tour to visit every single country, and we’d love for you to get involved. Where in the world are you when you read OZY? Send us pictures — they might make it onto OZY.com — and tell us what rising stars, new trends, music and food we should be writing about. Or even pitch us a story! Get in touch at aroundtheworld@ozy.com.

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    White House Bans Pool Reporter From Event Over Questions

    Several colleagues, including from Fox News, have rushed to defend CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, who was blocked from attending a Rose Garden event after asking President Trump questions the White House deemed “inappropriate” during an Oval Office photo op. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Collins had been disinvited, claiming she “shouted questions and refused to leave.” Collins, an accredited White House correspondent who’d asked about Michael Cohen and Trump’s invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said her queries “were questions any reporter would have asked.”

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    Once a Melting Pot, Guyana Turns on Immigrants

    The former British colony is largely split between East Indians — descendants of Indian indentured laborers — who make up 40 percent of the population, and Afro-Guyanese descendants of African slaves, who comprise 30 percent. But an increase in Haitian, Cuban and Venezuelan refugees is sparking a heated debate on Guyana’s open borders. Between concerns over trafficking and simply sharing their small nation’s resources, Guyana’s leaders are taking a harder line toward immigrants, going so far as militarizing their country’s border with Venezuela to fend off “incursion and invasion.”

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    Scientists Detect Underground Lake on Mars

    It’s out there. While there’s ample evidence suggesting the Red Planet once held abundant water, astronomers have struggled to explain where it’s gone. But radar scans from the European Space Agency’s orbiting Mars Express spacecraft seem to show a large reservoir of salty liquid nearly a mile below the surface. Measuring 12 miles across, the “lake” is reportedly buried beneath the planet’s southern polar ice cap. “There’s no reason to say this is the only one,” said one of the researchers, who also hinted it could be a habitat for extraterrestrial life.

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    Georgia Lawmaker Resigns Over Sacha Baron Cohen Prank

    State Rep. Jason Spencer will leave office this month after an episode of Who Is America? showed him pulling down his pants and yelling a racial slur. Cohen posed as an ex-Israeli military officer to goad Spencer into exposing himself to a potential terrorist for what Spencer thought was a training video. The Republican lawmaker initially refused to resign, but ultimately apologized and said Cohen “took advantage” of his “paralyzing fear” of terrorism. Spencer was previously known for introducing a ban on burqas and threatening critics of Confederate monuments.

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    Triple Crown Winner Justify Retires Unbeaten

    He’s riding off into the sunset. The horse was retired Wednesday due to fluid in his ankle and uncertainty about whether he’d be healthy to race in the fall. Justify won all six career races including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes — the second Triple Crown in four years after American Pharaoh in 2015. “I’ll forever be grateful for that horse,” said jockey Mike Smith. Some critics believe Justify’s retirement was premature, noting that while he earned nearly $3.8 million racing, a stud farm reportedly paid $60 million for his breeding rights.