The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Britain and EU Agree Draft Deal

    Officials on both sides have reportedly agreed the text of an agreement at a technical level as crunch Brexit talks took place this week. Prime Minister Theresa May will now seek ministers’ backing and is planning one-to-one meetings Tuesday evening and a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. May has been under pressure from both pro-Leave and pro-Remain MPs on the final terms of a Brexit agreement. Some of the main sticking points in negotiations have included the Northern Ireland border and customs arrangements.

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    CNN File Suit Against White House Over Press Credentials

    The news network has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration for wrongfully revoking Jim Acosta’s press credentials, violating his rights to freedom of the press, it said in a statement Tuesday. Acosta’s hard pass, which lets him into the White House grounds daily, was revoked indefinitely after an unidentified press aide tried to take a microphone out of his hands, following argumentative words between him and Trump at a press conference last week.

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    Amazon Taps NYC, Virginia for HQ2

    The online retailer announced Tuesday, it will split its new $5 billion headquarters between New York’s Long Island City and Crystal City, Virginia, following a year-long contest that began with 238 candidates. It also said the company selected Nashville for a new Center of Excellence for its Operation business. Each HQ2 location will employ up to 25,000 people, while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the decision would amount to “the single biggest economic development deal” in his city’s history.

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    Search Teams Hunt for Wildfire Survivors, Remains

    Having claimed at least 42 victims, Northern California’s Camp Fire has become the state’s deadliest single wildfire ever. More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams are combing the area around Paradise — a town of 27,000 that was almost completely incinerated — for remains as well as signs of life. Authorities expect the death toll to continue rising. Meanwhile, some relatives of those missing are still holding out hope. “Until the final word comes,” said one woman searching for her uncle, “you keep fighting against it.”

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    Report: North Korea Still Pursuing Missile Program

    Commercial satellite images released yesterday suggest Pyongyang is using more than a dozen undeclared military bases to continue manufacturing ballistic missiles. Experts from the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies say North Korea is bolstering its ballistic and nuclear capabilities while only nominally supporting plans for denuclearization. The report comes days after President Donald Trump said he was “very happy” with his administration’s progress on North Korea — despite the recent postponement of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to Pyongyang.

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    Kyrsten Sinema Flips Arizona Senate Seat

    The three-term congresswoman will become the first openly bisexual U.S. senator, the Grand Canyon State’s first female senator, and the first Democrat in 30 years to represent Arizona in the upper chamber after Republican Martha McSally conceded the race last night. “Now it’s time to get to work,” Sinema said, rejecting the “petty, personal attacks” that colored last week’s midterm elections. She called for the state to embrace Sen. John McCain’s style of political compromise. Republicans hold a 51-47 Senate majority, though races in Florida and Mississippi remain unresolved.

  7. Violence in Gaza, ‘Jackals’ and Florida

    Know This: Israel and Hamas have continued exchanging fire in the worst flare-up over Gaza since 2014. Italian journalists are furious after leaders of the 5-Star Movement, part of the country’s ruling coalition, branded them “jackals” and “whores.” And Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred from leaving Moscow to visit the European Court of Human Rights.

    Read This: Observers say the Republican effort to discredit Florida’s recount efforts reflects the party’s staunch determination to hold its Senate majority — as well as its need to maintain party morale amid the Democratic surge in Congress.

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    Wisconsin School District Investigates Nazi Salute Photo

    Baraboo Schools Superintendent Lori Mueller said the district is probing a photo that’s gone viral on Twitter depicting dozens of male high school students raising their arms in Nazi salutes before their prom. While the photographer insists it was “taken out of context” and that he simply asked the group to wave, one student in the photo disagrees. “No he didn’t,” the boy said. “They knew it was wrong, but they still did it.” Baraboo police are investigating, and Mueller reassured parents that the school is a “hate-free environment.”

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    Tanzanian Farmers Are Seizing Back Their Land

    They’re fighting for their rights. Communities across the East African country are using a variety of tools to win back territory from land-grabbing corporations and officials. The Maasai people, for instance, recently won an injunction blocking the seizure of ancestral land that had been earmarked by Dubai royalty for a private game park. Others have simply mapped out and registered their land with authorities, making it harder for outsiders to move in. Newly armed with legal means, Tanzania’s farmers are now more mindful than ever of such land grabs.

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    Most Americans Don’t Meet New Fitness Guidelines

    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, less than one-third of Americans meet the agency’s newly revised physical fitness benchmark. The guidelines recommend that each week adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity — such as walking briskly or riding a bike on level ground — plus two sessions of muscle-strengthening activity. In its report, the agency also noted that sedentary lifestyles lead to 10 percent of all premature deaths and cost the U.S. health care system $117 billion each year.

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    Hollywood Pays Tribute to Stan Lee

    Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds and Robert Downey Jr. — all actors in recent Marvel productions — were among those who honored the legendary comic book creator, who died Monday at 95. “We’ve lost a creative genius,” wrote Wolverine star Hugh Jackman, while lifelong Marvel fan Kevin Smith called Lee, who created characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men and Black Panther, a “modern day Mark Twain.” Others, like Disney CEO Bob Iger, remembered him for his outsize character: “The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”

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    NHL Settles With Players in Concussion Suit

    Without admitting liability for the plaintiffs’ claims, the league announced yesterday that it had reached a deal with more than 100 former players who alleged that it concealed the long-term risks of head injuries. In addition to a $22,000 payout per player, the agreement provides up to $75,000 in medical treatment for any player who tests positive on at least two neuropsychological tests, and it covers nearly $7 million in legal fees. It also establishes a $2.5 million “Common Good Fund” for all retired players in need of financial assistance.