The Presidential Daily Brief


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    US, Mexico Announce New Trade Arrangements

    Has the dealmaker scored? With Mexico’s president agreeing on speakerphone, President Donald Trump today announced that negotiators had reached “a really good deal for both countries” to supplant aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump, waging a global trade war, calls NAFTA history’s “worst” such pact. The United States-Mexico trade agreement, as the president called it, focuses narrowly on automobile manufacturing. It’s been hoped that once U.S.-Mexico NAFTA talks bear fruit, Canada will rejoin negotiations on the three-nation trade pact — something Mexico and affected American industries have insisted on.

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    Two Killed in Mass Shooting at Florida Video Game Tournament

    Jacksonville police have named 24-year-old David Katz as the gunman who opened fire at a waterfront mall during a “Madden NFL 19” tournament Sunday, killing two and injuring 11 before turning the gun on himself. The Baltimore native reportedly used at least one handgun in the attack, which was partially captured on live-streaming service Twitch. Witnesses reported Katz “walking back just popping rounds” as bystanders trampled others in a bid to escape. “No one deserves to die over playing a video game,” said one competitor.

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    Focus Falls on McCain’s Vacant Seat

    Following Sen. John McCain’s death Saturday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey faces the daunting task of filling the famous statesman’s congressional seat. Yesterday Ducey said he won’t appoint a successor — who will have major implications for Washington’s delicate political balance — until after a series of memorial services this week. Yet while many Americans are remembering McCain as a hero, his legacy is quickly fading in the race for Arizona’s other Senate seat: All three Republican candidates are courting President Donald Trump’s populist base and distancing themselves from the celebrated senator.

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    Pope Begs Forgiveness on Ireland Visit

    During the closing Mass of a tense two-day visit to the predominantly Catholic nation, Pope Francis asked hundreds of thousands of worshippers for forgiveness for the abuse scandals and institutional failures that have dogged the church for decades. Yet he later told reporters he wouldn’t comment on an 11-page letter by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former Vatican diplomat, claiming the pontiff knew in 2013 that American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was a sexual predator but “covered for him to the bitter end.” Viganò has called on Francis to resign.

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    UN Blames Myanmar’s Military for ‘Genocide’

    In a new report, investigators from the United Nations accused the South Asian country’s military of slaughtering Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities with “genocidal intent” and called for the prosecution of senior military officials for war crimes. They also claim Aung San Suu Kyi’s government “contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes” by allowing hate speech to thrive and turning a blind eye to mass murder, sexual slavery and rape. Investigators based their findings on interviews with 875 survivors and eyewitnesses as well as on satellite imagery, photos and videos.

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    Know This: President Trump has drawn scrutiny for failing to hold a national tribute to Sen. John McCain, against whom he’s harbored a personal grievance. An entire German town was evacuated for six hours yesterday while authorities defused and discarded a World War II bomb. Researchers have found marijuana’s chief mind-altering chemical, THC, could be passed on through breast milk. And today OZY’s Around the World campaign takes you to Bahrain, where happy expats praise the country’s friendly locals.

    Read This: A new recording allegedly featuring ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has sparked observers to wonder whether the group, which has lost nearly all of the territory it once controlled, is eyeing a resurgence.

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    Suspected Migrant Boat Stuck in Australian Crocodile Territory

    Authorities are still searching for up to 15 people believed to be hiding in Queensland’s Daintree National Park after fleeing their grounded boat in crocodile-infested waters. Locals said they saw the passengers — reported by Australian media as migrants from Indonesia or Vietnam — run into a mangrove forest after their boat ran ashore. Fifteen people have reportedly been detained by border police, while Australia’s incoming defense minister said that any foreign nationals should be sent to the country’s migrant detention center on the Pacific island of Nauru.

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    Bahrain Aims for Silicon Valley Status

    Looking to reduce its reliance on oil and gas, the Gulf kingdom is attracting tech startups in fields as wide-ranging as food, fitness and fintech. Bahrain’s government has subsidized accelerator and incubator programs and granted startups full ownership and zero taxes — a first for the Middle East. Despite a relative dearth of venture capitalists, the effort is working: Home to only 6 tech startups in 2015, Bahrain now boasts 75. Using the island nation as a base, these new companies are looking to expand across the region and beyond.

    Digital Diversification

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    Researchers Cast Doubt on Aspirin for Heart Attack Prevention

    A pill a day won’t keep the doctor away. While aspirin’s blood-thinning properties cut heart attack risks for patients with established cardiovascular disease, new research shows little evidence that it benefits those who haven’t already suffered a myocardial infarction. The meta-analysis of 118,445 people from 11 cardiovascular disease prevention trials showed that while aspirin reduced risk by 22 percent, potential side effects like hemorrhaging and gastrointestinal bleeding outweighed that benefit. The study’s author recommends consulting with a doctor before deciding on a daily aspirin regimen.

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    Playwright Neil Simon Dies at 91

    The celebrated Bronx native, who died of complications from pneumonia in New York City on Sunday, conquered Broadway with hits like The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park. With relatable characters and impeccably timed laugh lines, Simon’s productions charmed stage, screen and television audiences for decades, and his 1991 play Lost in Yonkers won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize. “He could write a joke that would make you laugh, define the character, the situation and even the world’s problems,” remembered actor Harvey Fierstein.

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    Hawaii Beats South Korea for Little League World Title

    “Enjoy the moment. But stay humble.” So said manager Gerald Oda after his Honolulu team beat South Korea 3-0 yesterday in this year’s Little League World Series Championship in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Ka’olu Holt pitched a complete game, giving up only two singles and striking out eight to help secure Hawaii’s third world title — and the first for a team from Honolulu. The victory, which drew praise from Hawaii native President Barack Obama, may help boost the spirits of a state recently rocked by Hurricane Lane.