The Presidential Daily Brief

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    Kirsten Gillibrand Announces Run for Presidency

    The Democratic Senator of New York revealed she would be entering the 2020 race while appearing on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday. Gillibrand, 52, is known for being a vocal critic of President Trump while supporting causes from repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” to combating sexual assault on college campuses. She told Colbert she would make a good president “because as a young mom I am going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own.” OZY spoke to her in 2017 about how she got into politics and women’s activism.

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    UK Parliament Rejects Theresa May’s Brexit Deal

    Following a vote in the House of Commons, MPs from across the political spectrum voted by 432 votes to 202 against the Prime Minister’s proposed deal with Brussels for the UK’s exit from the E.U. It is the biggest government defeat in history despite May’s final efforts to persuade the legislative body that it was a chance to ”show the people we serve that their voices have been heard.” Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a no confidence motion in the leader – the vote will take place on Wednesday.

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    Trump’s AG Pick Faces Confirmation Hearing

    While William Barr will likely be confirmed as President Donald Trump’s new attorney general, he’ll have to field tough questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee today on subjects including the limits of executive power and whether Barr would interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Barr is expected to tell lawmakers he offered Trump no guarantees in exchange for his nomination, and that it’s “vitally important” Mueller’s investigation proceeds. Meanwhile, OZY asks what Barr learned from dealing with independent investigations during his first stint as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush.

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    China to Execute Canadian Convicted of Drug Smuggling

    Robert Schellenberg was sentenced to death by a Chinese court after being found guilty of trafficking nearly 500 pounds of methamphetamines. In November 2016, Schellenberg — who maintains his innocence — was sentenced to 15 years, but a provincial court recently ordered a retrial as prosecutors argued the penalty was “too lenient.” In response, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the sentence as arbitrary, while others have linked it to last month’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. Meanwhile, Canadians have been warned to exercise caution in China.

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    US Air Travel Squeezed Amid Shutdown

    As the partial government shutdown enters its 25th day, airports and airlines are reeling from its effects. Federal approval for new aircraft and routes has been put on hold — leading to delays in commercial operations — while long lines snake through major travel hubs as unpaid security screeners stop showing up for duty. According to the Transportation Security Administration, unscheduled absences by employees more than doubled yesterday from the year before, to 7.6 percent. “It’s chaos out here,” said one passenger at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest.

  6. Steve King, Failed Satellites and Parenting

    Know This: U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa has been removed from the House Judiciary and Agriculture Committees over recent comments questioning why white supremacy is offensive. Iran has claimed it launched a satellite today that failed to reach orbit. And Serena and Venus Williams have both advanced to the second round of the Australian Open.

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    China Eyes New Lunar, Mars Missions

    They’re over the moon. Yesterday the China National Space Administration revealed plans to build a base on the lunar surface using 3D printing, and to venture as far as Mars. Earlier this month, China’s Chang’e 4 probe landed on the dark side of the moon in a global first. Now Beijing’s space agency is following up on that success, announcing a new series of Chang’e missions and a Mars voyage by 2020. It’s all part of an intensifying space race against the U.S. to reach the Red Planet — and beyond.

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    This Colombian City Isn’t Scared of Rising Seas

    Once known as Colombia’s New York City for its history of immigration and commerce, Barranquilla has emerged from bankruptcy to become a beacon for the country. New infrastructure is helping stave off flooding, which was predicted to worsen with rising sea levels, while other projects — like a huge new city center near the Magdalena River — may lure tourists and residents. Better policing and public programs, meanwhile, have cut crime and poverty. Thanks to its position on the Atlantic coast, Barranquilla hopes to compete against bigger cities like Medellín and Bogotá.

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    Report: South Korean Animal Rights Group Killed Dogs

    The head of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth has been targeted by employees who told a local newspaper that she’d killed more than 230 rescued dogs to free up shelter space. While CARE has a no-kill policy, charity leader Park So-yeon has admitted that a small number of exterminations had been “inevitable” since 2015, due to a growing number of rescue requests. Many of CARE’s canines are saved from dog-meat farms, while younger Koreans — embracing pooches as pets — increasingly consider the traditional delicacy taboo.

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    Oscars Accused of Intimidating Potential SAG Presenters

    There’s no business like show business. The Screen Actors Guild claims the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been exerting “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” to block stars scheduled to present at the Feb. 24 Oscars ceremony from doing the same a month earlier at the SAG Awards. While the actors’ union called the move “utterly outrageous and unacceptable,” the tactic apparently isn’t new: A similar dispute is brewing between the Golden Globes and the Academy after Globes recruiters were reportedly told celebrities could only choose one of the events.

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    Clemson Tigers Feast on Fast Food at White House

    Following their 44-16 win over Alabama last week, the national college football champs were met with silver trays of burgers, fries and pizza during their trip to Washington yesterday to meet President Trump. According to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump picked up the catering bill because the partial government shutdown has left many White House staff members furloughed. The undefeated Tigers — who also visited the president in 2017 after their championship win that year — spent some time at local landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial.