The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Rod Rosenstein Denies Accusations he Wanted to Secretly Record Trump

    Memos by fired FBI Director Andrew McCabe, say the deputy attorney general suggested secretly recording his talks with President Donald Trump and invoking the 25th amendment to remove him from office. McCabe was fired earlier this year after his role in a leak to Wall Street Journal reporters, his lawyers said he drafted the memos to “memorialize significant discussions with high-level officials,” and gave them to the special counsel’s office. Roseinstein denies the account, which first appeared in The New York Times.

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    Trump Challenges Kavanaugh Accuser By Name

    In a tweet Friday, President Donald Trump challenged by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, saying “if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says,” then she or her parents would have filed charges when it happened over 30 years ago. Trump had previously avoided naming Christine Blasey Ford or commenting on her account. Republicans are urging Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and she has has asked her lawyers to “discuss the conditions” of her testimony with senators.

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    EU Leaders Bash Theresa May’s Brexit Plan

    At the end of a two-day summit in Salzburg, Austria, the British prime minister was chastised by European leaders — including French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Donald Tusk — claiming her country’s Brexit plan won’t work. Macron blamed “liars” for selling it to the British public. May, whose authority at home looks increasingly precarious ahead of a Conservative Party conference next week, now faces the prospect of a March 2019 withdrawal without an EU deal. Tusk called next month’s summit a “moment of truth” for Brexit negotiations.

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    US Hits Chinese Military With Sanctions

    Authorized under last year’s Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, the move punishes China for purchasing 10 fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles from Russia, which has been sanctioned for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. As a result of doing business with Russian arms exporters, China’s Equipment Development Department and its director will see their U.S. assets frozen and will be barred from doing business with Americans. Meanwhile, the U.S. added another 33 Russians to its blacklist, including 28 individuals indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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    Three Killed in Maryland Warehouse Shooting

    Police in Harford County are investigating what drove Rite Aid employee Snochia Moseley to open fire yesterday at a company warehouse, killing three co-workers before turning the gun on herself. “Everyone was screaming, running this way and that,” said one witness. Authorities say the shooting, which left another three people injured, stemmed from a dispute, while a friend described Moseley, 26, as experiencing moments of alienation though she “wasn’t an angry person.” Police reported that only one weapon was used, a 9 mm Glock handgun that was registered to Moseley.

  6. Michael Cohen, Japanese Probes and the PDB Quiz

    Know This: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, has reportedly spoken with special counsel Robert Mueller for hours over the last month. Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died at age 61 after a serious illness. Japan’s space agency is in the process of landing two tiny autonomous probes on a distant asteroid. And today, OZY’s Around the World campaign takes you to Yemen: Learn why this country’s spiraling crisis is not just another dirty little war.

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    Passengers Hurt After Crew Forgets to Pressurize Plane Cabin

    Thirty passengers on Jet Airways Flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur, India, suffered ear pain and bloody noses after the crew forgot to engage the cabin pressurization system, triggering oxygen masks to deploy as the plane gained altitude. Passengers reported that the crew did not assist them or keep them informed during the situation. The plane returned to Mumbai, where an airline spokesperson said all 166 travelers were “deplaned safely.” The pilots and cabin crew have been removed from flight duty while authorities investigate the incident.

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    Mass Beef Recall Ordered Amid E. Coli Fears

    After one person died and 17 fell ill as a result of E. coli contamination, Cargill, the world’s third-largest meat company, has recalled nearly 133,000 pounds of beef. Last month the Colorado-based producer alerted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the possible contamination, prompting an investigation that found 12 of its product lines were affected. This is the second time this summer that Cargill has pulled products from store shelves, after it recalled 25,000 pounds of beef in August. The USDA has released a public warning.

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    MDMA Makes Octopuses More Social

    They’re feeling it. Although wildly different from humans, the cephalopods apparently respond to the drug in a very similar way. After exposing seven octopuses to ecstasy, scientists from Johns Hopkins University found they became more social — leading the researchers to realize the creatures process mood-controlling seratonin the same way as humans despite their brains having completely different architecture. “We weren’t expecting … quite so much overlap,” said the study’s co-author, who also reported anecdotally that one MDMA-dosed octopus did flips and another appeared to be doing “water ballet.”

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    Suge Knight Agrees to Plea Deal in Manslaughter Case

    Former hip-hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter from a 2015 hit-and-run in Los Angeles. Prosecutors say Knight intentionally rammed his truck into Terry Carter, killing him, following an argument while filming a commercial for the film Straight Outta Compton. Knight agreed Thursday to serve 28 years in prison, ending a lengthy legal battle for the 53-year-old. Other charges, including threatening the film’s director and robbing a photographer, were dropped. Knight will be formally sentenced Oct. 4.

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    FanDuel to Cough Up $82K After Glitch

    Pay up. Yesterday the online gambling site agreed to fork over $82,000 to a New Jersey man whose $110 wager became much more lucrative due to a brief computer error. FanDuel originally refused to pay Anthony Prince, blaming the wildly inflated odds — which jumped from 1-6 to 750-1 — on an 18-second computer glitch during the final minutes of Sunday’s Broncos-Raiders game. The company will also pay another 11 customers who benefited from the erroneous odds, adding, “This one’s on the house.”