The Presidential Daily Brief

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    House Democrats Open Investigation Into Trump

    The House Judiciary Committee is sending 81 document requests to people and entities linked to President Donald Trump and his associates. The probe is to gauge if Donald Trump and his administration can be tied to obstructions of justice, corruption and abuses of power. Trump’s sons are among those who’ve received letters. The White House counsel’s office and relevant officials will review the letter, according to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

    What is the House panel hoping to achieve? They’re paving a path toward possible impeachment proceedings. Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler said they can start by “building the public record.”

    Read OZY’s Special Briefing on the 2020 Democratic Candidates.

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    ‘90210’ Actor Luke Perry Dies at Age 52

    The Ohio-born TV star passed away in California on Monday following a massive stroke. He was surrounded by family and friends, including his children Jack and Sophia, according to a statement from his publicist. Perry rose to fame playing Dylan McKay on the show Beverly Hills, 90210 and returned to television as Fred Andrews on Riverdale. He also starred in a number of films including the 1997 fantasy The Fifth Element.

    How have people reacted? Joss Whedon, who knew Perry from the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, said he was “Funny, committed and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone.” His family asks for privacy at this time. 

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    Tornadoes Kill 23 in Alabama

    Officials say the death toll could still rise in the aftermath of at least two twisters that left a several-mile trail of destruction through Lee County Sunday — the state’s deadliest day for tornadoes since 2011. “I wouldn’t wish this on anybody,” one resident said. Gov. Kay Ivey extended an existing state of emergency due to severe weather, and search and rescue efforts will continue today.

    Are more tornadoes expected? The worst seems to have passed, but the same storm system is expected to blanket much of the eastern U.S. with winter weather.

    Read this OZY story about China’s forgotten natural disaster.

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    Venezuelan Opposition Leader to Return Home

    Self-declared president Juan Guaidó is planning to return to Venezuela today after defying a travel ban with a tour of several Latin American countries to consolidate support for a transitional government. But amid the threat of legal repercussions, the details of Guaidó’s return are being kept secret. “He can’t just come and go,” embattled President Nicolás Maduro said last week.

    What happens now? While it’s unclear whether the Venezuelan opposition can sustain its momentum, the U.S. is already reportedly preparing plans for emergency aid if Maduro’s government falls.

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    Huawei CFO Sues Canada Over Arrest

    Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou announced yesterday that they’ve filed a lawsuit against the Canadian government, alleging that Meng’s Dec. 1 detention in Vancouver — at the request of U.S. authorities — violated her rights. They claim border guards detained and questioned the embattled CFO under false pretenses before formally arresting her. Canadian officials ruled on Friday that extradition hearings against Meng can proceed.

    What does this mean for Canada? Ottawa’s now in a major diplomatic spat with Beijing, which has arrested high-profile Canadians in a bid to force the release of Meng, who is accused of skirting U.S. sanctions on Iran.

    Don’t miss OZY’s Special Briefing on the Huawei affair.

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    Trump’s Emergency Order Faces Defeat in Senate

    “Today, I think he’s wrong.” That’s how Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced his decisive stance on legislation blocking President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall. Paul joins GOP Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Thom Tillis in supporting the resolution, which was passed by the House last week. It now appears set to clear the GOP-controlled Senate — but not by enough votes to override Trump’s veto.

    Why does it matter? Observers say this showdown over the separation of powers tests Republican support for presidential policies that could set a potentially dangerous precedent.

  7. Also Important…

    British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to unveil a $2.1 billion financial aid program for pro-Brexit communities. China’s annual “two sessions” legislative meeting kicks off this week with thousands of delegates in attendance. And President Trump has suggested that the collapse of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week was due to Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony.

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    Will Malaysia Reopen the Search for MH 370?

    “We are prepared to look at it.” So said the country’s transport minister five years after the Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared with 239 people aboard — and 10 months after the most recent search concluded. A widespread effort led by the Australian government and another search by U.S. firm Ocean Infinity attempted to locate the aircraft, but only three confirmed wing pieces have been recovered from the Indian Ocean.

    Why now? Ocean Infinity claims new technology could help improve its search effort, prompting interest from the Malaysian government.

    Read OZY’s feature about the mysterious plane crash that changed Pakistan.

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    Report: UK Firms Post Weakest Growth Since 2013

    The Confederation of British Industry reported yesterday that its index of private-sector activity dropped three points in February — from zero in January — amid fears of a no-deal Brexit. As the deadline for the British withdrawal from the EU nears, further drops are expected over the next three months. Even if Brexit goes smoothly, the Bank of England predicts the nation’s economy will grow by merely 0.2 percent in the first quarter.

    Are all indicators bad? Not quite: Other reports suggest European investment in Britain has more than doubled since the 2016 Brexit referendum, totaling some $31.1 billion in the past year.

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    Vegan Fashion Is Going Global

    Try this on for size. A growing number of startups are choosing to make cruelty-free clothing away from traditional hot spots, OZY reports. With new firms in Asia, Africa and Latin America, vegan buyers are no longer limited to producers in the U.S. and Europe. That means lower costs for shoppers too. From vegan tote bags in Singapore to soy leather products in Indonesia, legacy animal-free brands should prepare for stiff new competition.

    What’s the market like? Six percent of Americans identified as vegan in 2017 — compared to only 1 percent in 2014 — while the global faux leather market could hit $85 billion by 2025.

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    ‘The Voice’ Singer Janice Freeman Dies at 33

    The popular contestant from Season 13 of the NBC show died this weekend after reportedly suffering complications from a blood clot. The cancer survivor first stunned judges in 2017 with her rendition of the Imagine Dragons song Radioactive, and she advanced under Miley Cyrus’ direction. After the competition, the two remained close, with Cyrus even helping Freeman amid financial trouble.

    What are Voice coaches saying? Besides Cyrus paying tribute to Freeman on Instagram, Jennifer Hudson called her “a blessing and inspiration to us all.”

    Check out this OZY story about French indie labels finding their voice.

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    NFL Prospects Dazzle at Scouting Combine

    This is no rough draft. Prospective pros showed off their skills yesterday during the final day of the league’s annual showcase. Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat outshone the competition with the fastest 40-yard dash for a defensive lineman — 4.41 seconds — since 2006. And after going viral over his impressive physique and 1.9 percent body fat, Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf didn’t disappoint with his 4.33-second sprint.

    Who’ll be the first pick? Analysts increasingly expect the Arizona Cardinals to kick off the draft next month by choosing Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.

    Don’t miss OZY’s feature on Harvard’s NFL dreams.