The Presidential Daily Brief


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    DC White ‘Rights’ Rally Fizzles

    White “nationalist” Jason Kessler’s D.C. obtained a permit for 400 followers to rally for “White civil rights” in front of the White House this afternoon, but his event drew about two dozen, heavily protected by police and greatly outnumbered by counterdemonstrators. The group soon departed. Earlier, on today’s anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville white supremacist rally, President Donald Trump condemned “all types of racism” — a break with last year’s equivocation and the previous week of labeling African-Americans who disagreed with him as ignorant, in the case of an ex-aide, “a lowlife.”

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    Nobel Laureate VS Naipaul Dies at 85

    The Trinidad-born writer, who explored postcolonial realities in novels like A Bend in the River and later in nonfiction, winning literature’s 2001 Nobel Prize, died Saturday at his London home. Britain-based Naipaul attracted controversy reporting on his ancestral land, India, which he believed mimicked its conquerors, and eastern Islamic societies, where, he suggested, faith fostered tyranny. His breakthrough 1961 novel, A House for Mr. Biswas, inspired by his Caribbean upbringing, tops lengthy lists of works in what the Swedish Academy called “his inimitable voice” — the only place he was truly at home.

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    Ahead of Midterms, Some Party Soul-Searching

    “Knock it off.” That’s what voters were saying Tuesday, opined Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In a reliably red 12th Congressional District, enough voted for Democrat Danny O’Connor to put him within a percentage point of GOP hopeful Troy Balderson, with votes uncounted. Kasich said the electorate wanted to “stop the chaos, the division,” and they blame his fellow GOP members. Meanwhile, Republicans were divided in Kansas, where Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a key ally of President Donald Trump, recused himself Friday from supervising counting votes in his tight GOP primary challenge to Gov. Jeff Colyer.

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    Airport Worker Steals Airliner, Crashes Near Seattle

    They believe he was suicidal. That’s what authorities said about the 29-year-old Horizon Air ground service agent who took a 76-seat Dash-8 turboprop airliner, took off alone and died crashing the plane on an island in Puget Sound Friday evening. The unauthorized 40-mile flight from Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport prompted two military jets to scramble to escort the stolen aircraft. Air traffic controllers can be heard in radio transmissions attempting to provide landing instructions to the man, who responded “I was kind of hoping that was going to be it.”

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    Where Does It End for China’s Uighur Minority?

    Adem yoq. It’s what ethnic Uighurs of western China are saying these days: Everybody’s gone. Over the last 18 months, they’ve been disappearing off the streets of central China and their home province of Xinjiang. Gene Bunin, a Uighur language scholar, spent those months traveling the region, speaking to acquaintances amid an “Orwellian police state.” Many people he once knew have “gone home” or are “studying,” he was told, meaning relocated or confined to re-education camps. The government says it’s fighting terror. Uighurs brave enough to speak out say their identity is being erased.

  6. Justice Summer, NASA Launch and Tell-All Reaction

    The Week Ahead:  Also on Sunday, Golf’s top players will finish the PGA Championship. President Trump plans to sign a $716 billion defense spending bill on Monday. And on Wednesday, the U.S. Senate will return from its summer recess a week early, with the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh looming large on its agenda.

    Know This: NASA launched its Parker Solar Probe, which will become the fastest spacecraft ever when it nears the Sun, traveling at 430,000 mph, early today after a glitch scrubbed Saturday’s scheduled liftoff. The White House has called ex-presidential aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a “disgruntled” former employee after reports that her new book describes President Trump as a racist. And thousands of Romanians reprised anti-government protests Saturday in Bucharest after Friday’s clashes with police.    

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    The ‘100-Year Life’ Is Japan’s Dream … and Nightmare

    About 27 percent of Japan’s population is over 65. So it’s no wonder that the 2016 book The 100-Year Life — which advocates urgent preparation for a time when millions live for a century — became a best-seller there. It’s sparked an important debate and convinced many there’s opportunity in an aging population. That includes manufacturing cool exoskeletons to help older workers with heavy lifting. Now the book’s coming out as a manga comic, preaching a gray lining to a wider audience as other aging nations take notes.

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    As California Burns, Experts Warn the Planet May Be Next

    As the second record-breaking fire season in a year scorches California, 16 scientists are warning that colleagues have underestimated climate change’s likely pace. Their report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences warns that feedback loops may realize a “Hothouse Earth” scenario, quickly warming the planet four degrees Celsius above normal. That’s enough to render most of the populated world uninhabitable from desertification and flooding. It was once a theory discussed mostly on the fringes of science, but today, at one degree and counting, it’s generating serious concern.

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    Microhotels Trade Comfort for Experiences

    Is it “essentialism,” or just a broom closet for $220 a night? The “micro” hospitality phenomenon isn’t new: Small rooms in boutique hotels have existed for decades, but this new subgenre seems to fill a niche, so to speak. Millennials, it’s said, prefer “experiences,” not hanging out in their rooms. So communal spaces have gotten bigger and hipper, with ball pits and minigolf, while rooms have become “cabins” that barely encapsulate a bed, shower, toilet and sink. The question is, can a rooftop bar with a stunning view replace a solid night’s sleep?

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    Critics Assail Riot Games After Sexism Exposé

    Riot Games, the creator of League of Legends, with 100 million monthly players in 2016, found itself defending the company’s corporate culture last week after a Kotaku journalist’s investigation uncovered ingrained sexism behind its “meritocracy” ethos. The months-long probe featured men and women at the LA-based firm saying its emphasis on employing “core gamers” favored male “Rioters” who represent 80 percent of employees. The piece prompted past Riot workers to share other accounts, including sexual harassment, while Riot Games responded that its staff “must be accountable” for fostering across-the-board equal opportunity.

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    How Defenses Are Tackling the Run-Pass Option

    Once an effective surprise tactic for college offenses, the RPO — which allows the quarterback to choose from three different moves after the snap — is becoming a predictable mainstay. That means defenses at universities across the country are now devising ways to neutralize the once-rare play. “The more we get exposure to it, the easier it will be to stop,” says University of Florida linebacker David Reese II. Being a bully and pressuring the quarterback to choose quickly is one countertactic he advises, along with practice, practice, practice.