Child Separations, Tariffs, U.N.: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Child Separations, Tariffs, U.N.: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
Child Separations, Tariffs, U.N.: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

1. Senate Republicans moved to quell a political crisis, vowing to pass a bill to end child separations at the border. Above, a protest in Los Angeles.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said that “all of the members of the Republican conference support a plan that keeps families together” while their legal status is assessed by the courts.

But Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, insisted that President Trump should use his executive authority, not legislation, to quickly end the family separations.

Mr. Trump’s new “zero-tolerance” policy has flooded criminal courthouses from Texas to California. In a courtroom in Tucson, we saw 74 men sentenced in less than a minute each.

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2. The president’s threat to impose tariffs on as much as $450 billion worth of Chinese imports — almost every Chinese product that crosses the border — has shaken markets. Above, a factory in eastern China.

In a conference call with reporters, Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser, asserted that China had more to lose from a trade war than the U.S. He again faulted China for unfair trade practices and said President Trump had given China “every chance to change its aggressive behavior.”

And Kim Jong-un of North Korea made yet another surprise trip to Beijing. He’s expected to brief Chinese officials on his meeting with President Trump, but observers say the trade tensions may enable him to play China and the U.S. against each other.

3. The Trump administration will make it easier for small businesses to set up health insurance plans that skirt requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

The new entities will cost less, but may not have to provide certain “essential health benefits” like mental health care, emergency services, maternity and newborn care and prescription drugs.

Consumer groups and many state officials oppose the plans, saying they will draw healthy people out of the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

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4. The U.S. withdrew from the U.N. Human Rights Council — the world’s most important human rights body — in protest of its frequent criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Above, Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the U.N.

It was the first time a member has voluntarily dropped out of the group. The U.S. joins Iran, North Korea and Eritrea as the only countries that refuse to participate in its meetings and deliberations.

5. Americans for Prosperity, a group financed by the oil billionaires Charles and David Koch to advance conservative causes, is working to kill public transit projects around the country.

It’s part of the Kochs’ longstanding crusade for lower taxes and smaller government, and also dovetails with their extensive business interests in producing gasoline, asphalt and automotive parts.

Networks of activists use a sophisticated data service built by the Kochs, called i360, that helps them identify and rally voters who are inclined to their worldview. We look at how they succeeded in killing a light rail and bus plan in Nashville. Above, a map of the project.

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6. A disgruntled employee at Tesla sabotaged the company’s computer system.

That’s what the chief executive, Elon Musk, wrote in an email to employees this week. He said that the worker, who’d been passed over for a promotion, had made changes to the code and exported sensitive data.

Tesla shares fell after CNBC aired a report on the email.

7. Cynthia Nixon, the actress of “Sex and the City” fame, isn’t just in the running to become the first female and first openly gay governor in New York State history.

If she defeats Gov. Andrew Cuomo, she will also be one of the first female celebrities elected to a prominent political office anywhere in the U.S.

The list of male celebrities who have done so, of course, is long. They all confronted questions about their qualifications on the campaign trail. So here’s a question: Will she face even more?

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8. Speaking of New York, we went to a high school in Queens that has an unusual distinction: It has trained hundreds of lifeguards for the city’s public pools and beaches over the past decade.

Many of the students at Grover Cleveland come from working-class immigrant families, and many aren’t good swimmers when they arrive. But within two years, they can swim at competitive speeds and meet the city’s rigorous requirements.

“I tell them, ‘This is a life lesson — if you can become a lifeguard here in two years, you can do anything,’” said a teacher and coach. “I say, ‘It’s really about going for your goals and dreams, and not letting anybody tell you no.’”

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9. Despite the best efforts of the superstar Mo Salah, Russia essentially knocked Egypt out of the World Cup with a 3-1 victory. (Russia scored all three of its goals in just 16 minutes.) Each has only one game left in the group stage. Above, a Russia fan after the match.

Here’s the full 2018 World Cup schedule. We’re also offering a completely different way to follow the tournament: Sign up here to exchange direct messages with our team of journalists on the ground in Russia.

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10. Finally, the latest food trend at high-end weddings can be summed up this way: “The camera eats first.”

Big-city reception planners say couples are demanding food, tableware and service that visually dazzle, and even move — like the umbrella above, festooned with shards of chocolate bark for guests to grab.

(Traditionalists, take heart: At least one planner wondered if the sit-down meal is about to stage a comeback.)

Have a great night.

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