The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Angela Merkel

    Angela Merkel Will Not Seek Another Term as German Chancellor

    The incumbent leader announced she’d not seek re-election once her mandate finishes in 2021, as neither Chancellor nor party leader. It follows her Christian Democratic Union party’s “disappointing” slip in polls Sunday in key German state Hesse. CDU’s Bavarian sister party also suffered losses in parliament last week and Merkel said the results were a “clear signal” things had to change. Since the 2017 election support for center-right parties have waned in Germany while fringe parties like AfD and the Greens have gained popularity.

  2. Immigration

    5,200 Troops Being Sent to The Southern US Border

    The Defense Department is sending the increased number of troops – 800 troops were originally being sent and were en route Monday – to harden the southern border in preparation for the caravan of migrants, which is making its way through Mexico and toward the U.S. The remaining troops will reach the border by the end of the week and in total they join the 2,000 National Guard already there. Troops will reportedly be armed. The move comes around a week before the midterm elections.

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    Authorities Probe Pittsburgh Synagogue Attacker

    “I just want to kill Jews.” That’s what 46-year-old truck driver Robert Bowers reportedly told a SWAT officer after he opened fire with three pistols and an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue Saturday, killing 11 worshippers. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Bowers, whose 29 federal charges include civil rights and hate crimes, in addition to at least 23 state charges. Meanwhile, mourners staged vigils yesterday while survivors struggle to piece together the massacre — believed to be the deadliest attack against Jews in U.S. history.

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    Indonesian Plane Crashes With 189 Aboard

    No survivors have been found after Lion Air Flight JT 610 from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang, on the Indonesian island of Bangka, crashed into the sea today 13 minutes after takeoff. Flight controllers lost contact with the plane shortly after the pilot asked to return to the airport. Investigators are still determining what happened, while divers have found debris, personal items and some human remains near the crash site. The aircraft, a Boeing 737 Max 8, was built in 2018 and had only been in service for two months.

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    Jair Bolsonaro Wins Brazil’s Presidency

    The far-right politician cast himself as a “defender of freedom” and promised to unite a divided population after easily beating Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers’ Party in a second-round runoff yesterday. Bolsonaro — a populist who’s been compared to President Donald Trump for his incendiary and divisive rhetoric — has prompted human rights groups to warn about a potential crackdown on civil liberties in the world’s fourth-largest democracy. Meanwhile, environmentalists said he’d bring “untold destruction” to the Amazon. Images from Brazil showed Bolsonaro supporters celebrating in the streets.

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    IBM to Buy Software Company Red Hat in $33 Billion Deal

    The tech giant is seeking to boost its role in the cloud computing business by agreeing to purchase the North Carolina-based Red Hat in its biggest acquisition ever. Analysts say the deal is a “game-changer” for the cloud market, placing IBM in closer competition with current leaders Amazon and Microsoft. Earlier, the company had disappointed investors with a third-quarter earnings report that showed a lack of progress in that sector.

  7. Swift Justice, New Beginnings and a ‘Man for the Moment’

    Know This: Experts credited improvements in DNA and fingerprinting technology for the swift arrest of Cesar Sayoc, the man suspected in last week’s string of pipe bombs. The Thai owner of British soccer team Leicester City was among five people killed in a helicopter crash Saturday night. And Syria has reopened its National Museum after more than six years of closure amid the country’s civil war.

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    Trump’s Straight Talk Is Changing the World

    Can he say that? A growing number of policy experts say President Trump’s blunt tactics and shoot-from-the-hip rhetoric are reshaping the global order. His mixture of tough talk and unpredictability has led to better relations on the Korean peninsula, India investing more in Afghanistan’s future, and a stable alliance with a changing Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, trade deals and longstanding international alliances are no longer untouchable. Trump’s approach doesn’t always guarantee success, but observers say it’s bringing “public opinion and the foreign policy elite back into sync.”

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    Campbell’s Soup Exec Out After Conspiracy Tweet

    Kelly Johnston, the company’s vice president of government affairs, drew fire last week for tweeting that billionaire philanthropist George Soros’ Open Society Foundation “planned and is executing” the Central American migrant caravan heading toward the U.S. border. OSF denied the claim in a tweet the next day. After disavowing Johnston’s comments, Campbell’s — which said in a letter to OSF that it “believes in truth and transparency” — decided to “accelerate” his departure, which had been planned for early November. Johnston’s last day was Thursday.

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    China’s First Private Orbital Rocket Launch Fails

    Going, going, gone. After the successful two-stage separation of Landscape Tech’s Zhuque-1 rocket during Saturday’s launch, the vehicle failed to deploy the small satellite it was carrying for Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. Admitting technological “shortcomings,” the Beijing-based company said it was still “very encouraged” and pledged to continue with another planned mission in 2020. Once restricted to state-owned enterprises, China’s aerospace industry has seen significant investment in the private sector since 2015, part of a strategy to integrate military and civilian businesses.

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    Playwright Ntozake Shange Dies at 70

    Known for her 1975 Tony-nominated play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, the playwright, poet and author died in her sleep Saturday. Her play, which focused on the lives and experiences of Black women, influenced generations of female writers, women of color and progressive thinkers — as evidenced by the outpouring of tributes on social media over the weekend. Born Paulette Williams in Trenton, New Jersey, the Barnard- and USC-educated Shange assumed a Zulu name. She is survived by a daughter and a granddaughter.

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    Red Sox Beat Dodgers to Win World Series

    Boston claimed its second title in five years — and fourth in 15 — capping a franchise-record 108-win season by beating Los Angeles 5-1 in Game 5. David Price pitched a dominant seven innings, while Sox sluggers lit up Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw with three home runs. Unlikely hero Steve Pearce, a 35-year-old recent addition to the team, earned an MVP trophy by hitting two HRs yesterday and batting .333 in the Series. Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ championship drought has now lasted 30 seasons.