The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Trump: US to Scrap Cold War-Era Nuclear Treaty

    It’s not fair. That’s the tack President Donald Trump took Saturday in announcing that the United States would withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. “They have been violating it for many years,” Trump said, echoing predecessor Barack Obama, who retained the agreement after European allies worried that exiting would precipitate a new arms race. The pact, signed by President Ronald Reagan, prohibits ground-launched cruise missiles with a 300-3,400-mile range, which the Pentagon reportedly wants to counter a growing threat from non-signatory China.

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    Dodgers Beat Brewers to Face Boston in World Series

    Holding the Brewers to one run in Milwaukee, the L.A. Dodgers batted their way into their second consecutive World Series last night in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. Dodgers Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger, the series MVP, hit home runs while rookie pitcher Walker Buehler piched five innings and ace Clayton Kershaw sealed the 5-1 victory, retiring three straight ninth-inning Milwaukee batters. That sets up the first Los Angeles-Boston matchup in 114 Fall Classics, starting on Tuesday with Kershaw starting against the Red Sox’s Chris Sale.

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    World Doubts Saudi Version of Khashoggi Killing

    They’re not buying it. After arresting some of its officials and admitting it killed dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Saudi Arabia faces widespread disbelief, with otherwise Saudi-backing President Donald Trump saying, “there’s been deception.” Now Riyadh sources have offered new details, like Khashoggi resisting upon learning, after entering the consulate Oct 2, that Saudi agents planned to drug and kidnap him. After choking him to death, the agents reportedly rolled his body, which Turkey says was dismembered, in a carpet and and gave it to a third party for disposal.

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    Afghans Vote Amid Deadly Attacks, Troublesome Technology

    At least 36 people were reported killed in multiple militant attacks as Afghans cast parliamentary ballots Saturday. At the same time, many who lined up to vote were disappointed by some 200 closed polling centers, or by biometric identification procedures didn’t work as planned. Voting was postponed for a week in Kandahar province, where Taliban gunmen assassinated two security officials on Thursday. Nevertheless, officials reported a brisk turnout and said 401 problem polling centers would be open today to offer frustrated voters a second chance. Results are expected by mid-November.

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    Who’s Winning the Midterms Marketing Data Race?

    Forget the Russians. Data firms hired to help Republicans and Democrats target voters are taking cues from marketing’s most manipulative practices. So who’s winning the digital arms supremacy race? Barack Obama’s campaign exploited cable TV viewers’ profiles to great effect. But by 2016, Donald Trump’s campaign seemingly leaped ahead with help from Cambridge Analytica, mountains of data from Facebook, and “psychographic targeting” on social media. Now Democrats have some catching up to do. But with new and more advanced political targeting, where is the line between information and manipulation?

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    Airport Renewal in the Time of Climate Change

    It’s flying into a storm. Louis Armstrong International Airport is getting a $1 billion face-lift, smoothing the way for a growing New Orleans passenger base. But there’s a catch: Like Crescent City, it’s barely above sea level on a hurricane-prone coast. It’s America’s lowest airport among other water-hugging air hubs facing the challenge of climate change — exacerbated by jet exhaust — and rising sea levels. The End of Airports author and Big Easy denizen Christopher Schaberg wonders: Are these costly improvements doomed, along with the city they serve?

  7. Rosenstein’s ‘Wire,’ Train Tragedy Protest and Brexit Vote March

    The Week Ahead: A joint U.S. House committee plans to interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, probably about reports he wanted to secretly record President Trump, on Wednesday. London-based Christie’s auction house will sell its first work of art made by artificial intelligence on Thursday. And on Friday, voters in Ireland will choose a president and decide whether to scrap a constitutional blasphemy prohibition.

    Know This: Protesters near Amritsar, India, on Saturday demanded justice for some 60 people killed when a train ran through a festival crowd Friday night. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through London yesterday, demanding new vote on Brexit. Four American tourists have died in a rafting accident in Costa Rica. And some 2,000 migrants heading for the U.S. bypassed police and crossed into Mexico from Guatemala yesterday.

    Tune In: What happens when 100 Black men gather to discuss the most pressing issues of the day? The answer may surprise you. Don’t miss OZY’s fourth primetime show, Take On America, then join the conversation on Facebook and YouTube to give your #takeonamerica.


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    He Had a Way With Women … and HIV

    It was a second shot at love for Diane Reeve: Philippe Padieu was handsome and suave. He also cheated, infecting at least a dozen women with HIV. But victimizing Reeve would prove costly. Following an electronic trail, she found his other “loves,” who teamed up in pursuit of justice. They found it in Texas, which imprisoned him for assault with a deadly weapon — his bodily fluids. And more than justice, she got health care denied by her AIDS-excluding insurer, something the state compensates crime victims for.

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    The Silent Cafés Bringing Deaf Culture to the Hearing

    A new café culture’s emerging, but you won’t hear Paris’ 1000 & 1 Signes bragging about its pioneering role. Its hearing-impaired owner and staff began offering its silent dining experience in 2011, compelling customers to use nonverbal communication, including sign language and writing on whiteboards. Now such establishments are operating from Zagreb to Bogotá, and even include a silent Starbucks. It’s a far better opportunity for workers than some places in India, where employers cash in on government incentives to hire the deaf, but offer only dead-end jobs.

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    The ISB: Probing Murder Most Wild

    When there’s a suspicious death in the backcountry, the National Park Service relies on 33 special agents of the Investigative Services Branch — basically the vacation FBI. They solve cases ranging from murder to theft of native artifacts. And crime scenes include more than 85 million acres of remote, federally protected land. Limited resources mean an agent generally handles each step of the investigation. That was the case after a woman tragically fell to her death during her 2012 wedding anniversary trip at Rocky Mountain National Park — and the distraught husband’s story didn’t add up.

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    The Cruel History of Comfort Women, in a Poet’s Eyes

    Emily Jungmin Yoon’s collection of poetry, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, recounts the painful history of 80,000-200,000 women from Korea, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia. Kept as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II, these women have kept silent from shame perpetuated by their societies. Adopting their voices, the book explores gendered violence, diplomatic tensions, facing the past, and human cruelty. One victim’s voice says she doesn’t hate the Japanese — who continue to deny forcing the women — “I hate men and I hate sex.”