The Presidential Daily Brief

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    Kavanaugh’s Accuser Will Testify But Later in The Week

    Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, can’t appear at the public hearing on Monday but she could testify later in the week, according to her lawyer Deborah Katz. Advising staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Katz explained that due to death threats forcing Ford out of her home, they needed to agree terms that would ensure her safety. Prior to Ford’s statement, Republicans were prepared to push ahead with Kavanaugh’s confirmation and are yet to respond.

     

     

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    World Anti-Doping Agency Lifts Ban on Russia

    A three-year suspension on Russia’s anti-doping agency was lifted by the global body, causing outrage among athletes and other national anti-doping agencies. The reinstatement is subject to strict conditions, such as giving WADA access to past test samples, and the recommendation came after Russia’s sports ministry acknowledged failures, WADA said. Travis Tygart, of the US Anti-Doping Agency, called the decision a “devastating blow to the world’s clean athletes.” The scandal emerged in December 2014 when a German documentary alleged 99 percent of Russian athletes were guilty of doping.

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    Three People Killed in Maryland Shooting

    A woman who killed three people and wounded two others in Harford, Maryland, is in custody and in critical condition, according to the Harford County Sheriff department. No shots were fired by the officers, who responded within five minutes after the call came in. The shooting, which took place at a Rite Aid support facility, is the third in the country in the span of a day: Incidents also occurred in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where seven people were injured. There were no reported fatalities.

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    US Seeks to Resume Talks With Pyongyang

    “We have a lot of very good things going.” So said President Trump after yesterday’s meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea, which renewed hopes of denuclearization. Following a pledge by Kim Jong Un to dismantle his Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for reciprocal measures from the U.S., Secretary of State Mike Pompeo invited his North Korean counterpart to meet on the sidelines of next week’s U.N. General Assembly. Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters after his return from Pyongyang that Kim wants a second summit with Trump.

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    Shinzo Abe Re-Elected as Party Chief

    The Japanese leader is expected to become his country’s longest-serving prime minister after winning the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership election in a landslide Thursday. “Let’s work together to make a new Japan,” said Abe, whose term will be extended by three years. In office since December 2012, Abe is now faced with tackling Japan’s depopulation problem, dealing with a resurgent China and the North Korea crisis, and navigating uncertain relations with President Trump. He’s also hoping to revise a constitutional clause banning the use of force in foreign disputes.

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    EU to Investigate Amazon Over Use of Merchant Data

    She’s looking into it. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, will probe whether the online retailer violated antitrust policy by unfairly using data on third-party sellers to gain a competitive edge. Vestager, a famously aggressive regulator of American tech firms, called the investigation “preliminary,” but expressed concerns about how Amazon — both a host of third-party retailers and a seller in its own right — uses sales data on competitors to guide its own pricing strategy. Amazon has not yet commented on the matter.

  7. Brexit, NAFTA and Illegal Ivory

    Know This: British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged EU leaders to approve a Brexit plan by mid-November. U.S. and Canadian officials have extended negotiations for a new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Malaysian ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak faces further corruption charges after his arrest this week. And today OZY’s Around the World campaign takes you to the Czech Republic: Learn why Prague is a freelancer’s paradise.

    Read This: Fed up with the scourge of elephant poaching, scientists have turned to genetic testing to retrace the routes of Africa’s three largest ivory-smuggling cartels in the hopes of stopping them.

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    Professor Convicted of Killing Wife, Daughter With Yoga Ball

    A high-profile murder trial in Hong Kong ended yesterday as 53-year-old Khaw Kim Sun, a Malaysian anesthesiology professor, was convicted of killing his wife and daughter using a yoga ball filled with carbon monoxide. The victims were found unresponsive in their car by the side of the road, perplexing investigators until they discovered the deflated ball in the trunk. Khaw, who has been sentenced to life in prison, was reportedly having an affair with a former student and stood to inherit property from his wife’s death.

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    Alibaba Nixes Plans to Create 1 Million US Jobs

    Citing worsening trade ties between Beijing and Washington, Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma announced yesterday that his leading Chinese e-commerce company won’t be able to fulfill his pledge of creating 1 million jobs in the United States. “The current situation has already destroyed the original premise,” he reportedly told the Xinhua news agency. Ma — who made his promise to President Trump in January 2017 amid skepticism from economists — added that “we won’t stop working hard” to improve trade ties between the two countries.

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    Conservationists Are Using Drones to Save Forests

    From combating deforestation by “seed bombing” to catching illegal loggers through high-tech surveillance, activists and researchers are increasingly relying on the remote-controlled unmanned vehicles as a low-cost way to cover wide swaths of territory. Some innovators are even modifying basic consumer drones with seed containers that could potentially plant tens of thousands of trees per day. Best of all, they’re making those plans publicly available — meaning anyone with access to a drone and raw materials could join the fight to save forests.

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    ‘NY Review of Books’ Editor Out After Controversial Essay

    Last week Ian Buruma published a personal essay by former Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi about his experience being accused by over 20 women of sexual assault and harassment. Critics say “Reflections From a Hashtag” downplayed the seriousness of the allegations and afforded Ghomeshi, who was acquitted of criminal charges, a platform many victims don’t have. But in the fallout from the essay, Buruma further stoked the controversy during a Slate interview, saying Ghomeshi’s charges were “not really my concern.” It’s unclear whether Buruma resigned or was fired.

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    Mavericks Owner Agrees to Give $10M to Women’s Groups

    After a recent investigation found the organization harbored “a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior,” owner Mark Cuban has agreed — in lieu of an NBA fine — to donate $10 million to groups supporting women in leadership roles and combating domestic violence. Cuban was not personally accused of misconduct but was blamed for not paying attention to the problem. The independent investigation, launched after a February report in Sports Illustrated, revealed decades of workplace harassment, including numerous complaints against former president Terdema Ussery.