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11:20, 12 January 2018

Donald Trump, N.S.A., Facebook: Your Friday Briefing

Donald Trump, N.S.A., Facebook: Your Friday Briefing


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A vulgar insult to immigrants

• President Trump provoked outrage about the world on Thursday after complaining about Haitians and Africans and asking why the U.S. need to accept immigrants from “shithole countries.”

It was the most current example of the president’s penchant for racially tinged remarks. The comments, which the White House did not deny, came throughout a meeting about giving legal status to immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children.

Mr. Trump mentioned a lot more men and women ought to be admitted from locations like Norway, where his profanity was denounced early nowadays.

A lot of news outlets took the rare step of utilizing the expletive. Phil Corbett, the requirements editor at The Occasions, said: “It seemed fairly clear to all of us that we need to quote the language directly, not paraphrase it.”

The White House’s busy day (and evening)

• President Trump announced on Twitter late Thursday that he had canceled a trip to London due to the fact of the cost and “off location” of the new U.S. Embassy. He had been expected to face protests in the British capital.

The news came after a day in which the administration said it would let states need in a position-bodied Medicaid recipients to operate or participate in other “community engagement activities.”

A justification for the adjust to 1 of the nation’s biggest social insurance coverage programs for low-earnings folks is that it would make them healthier. There is not strong evidence for that contention.

And Mr. Trump has once more decided to cease short of reimposing strict sanctions on Iran. Two men and women briefed on his decision said he was expected to give Congress and European allies a deadline to enhance the deal.

Pivotal test for surveillance

• The House voted on Thursday to extend the National Safety Agency’s warrantless surveillance program for six years with minimal adjustments.

The legislation need to still go by means of the Senate, but passing the Property was the major hurdle.

The law was enacted in 2008 to legalize a version of a as soon as-secret warrantless surveillance system designed soon after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Putting pals and loved ones 1st

• In an interview with The Instances, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, discussed the sweeping modifications the social media giant is making to prioritize content material from individuals that its two billion users know.

The shift, which will de-emphasize content from publishers and brands, is the most important overhaul to the News Feed in years.

“We want to make certain that our items are not just fun, but are very good for individuals,” Mr. Zuckerberg stated. “We need to have to refocus the technique.”

“This big wave of public content material has really produced us reflect: What are we genuinely right here to do?” Mr. Zuckerberg said of the modifications on Facebook. “If what we’re here to do is assist people construct relationships, then we require to adjust.”CreditAlberto Estevez/European Pressphoto Agency

A former ISIS recruiter desires out

• A 33-year-old lady from France has spent the last five years in Syria, where she at some point became a prominent propagandist and recruiter for the militant group.

Now, she wants to go home.

Our correspondent in Paris writes: “The quandary her case poses is an increasingly typical a single for France and other European nations: What ought to they do when citizens who are former Islamic State fighters or supporters want to return?”

An image released by the Kurdish Syrian forces this week showed Emilie König, a 33-year-old suspected of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State, at an undisclosed location in Syria.
CreditYPG Press Office, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Pictures

Listen to ‘The Daily’: Vulgarity from President Trump

Mr. Trump’s disparaging words for Haiti and Africa have brought on outrage worldwide. They have also raised a query about an American excellent: Who ought to be let in?


A bumpy day for Walmart: The largest private employer in the U.S. cited the new tax bill in announcing wage increases, bonuses and expanded benefits to its hourly workers. But it’s also closing 63 Sam’s Club shops.

Morgan Stanley investigated accusations of harassment by a single of its executives, the former congressman Harold Ford Jr., and identified no proof. Then it fired him anyway.

What’s $27 billion to Wall Street? Investment banks employed to mint cash by trading bonds, currencies and other complex securities. But that business is in decline, a trend that is reshaping the market.

U.S. stocks have been up on Thursday. Here’s a snapshot of international markets today.

Smarter Living

Tips, each new and old, for a a lot more fulfilling life.

Want to be satisfied? Feel like an old particular person.

Just before booking with a charter airline, verify its security record.

Recipe of the day: Celebrate Friday with Sam Sifton’s oven-roasted chicken shawarma.


Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss

Writers from across the political spectrum go over Congress’s vote to extend the N.S.A.’s spying system.

The week in good news

It is not all undesirable out there.

Quiz time!

Did you preserve up with this week’s news? Test oneself.

Prepared for the weekend

At the films, our critics evaluation “The Commuter,” starring Liam Neeson, and “Paddington 2,” starring the bear from deepest, darkest Peru.

Our Television critic was unimpressed by “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” Amazon’s sci-fi anthology, but we have some other streaming suggestions.

We advise 11 new books, and round up the greatest theater, art and music offerings in the New York location.

Lastly, we visited “Murder Is Her Hobby,” an exhibition at the Smithsonian in Washington of 19 miniature crime scenes produced as coaching tools for police investigators.

The meticulously handcrafted models on display at the Smithsonian are recognized as ‘‘The Nutshell Research of Unexplained Death.’’CreditJustin T. Gellerson for The New York Instances

Greatest of late-night Television

The comedy hosts had a difficult time, for after, producing light about one particular of President Trump’s comments.

Quotation of the day

“Villagers will often say they had no intention of killing the elephants, the poison was intended for wild pigs.”

Suwarno, director of Animals Indonesia, a conservation group, referring to circumstances involving farmers fed up with elephants that maraud their plantations.

Back Story

“Hello. I’m Johnny Money.”

With these words, Mr. Money kicked off a concert at a state prison in California that revitalized his music profession and fortified his outlaw persona. Recorded 50 years ago on Saturday, “At Folsom Prison” remains a landmark in American music.

Johnny Cash performed for inmates at Folsom State Prison in California in 1968.CreditDan Poush/Related Press

Entertaining inmates — while taunting their guards — was tame compared with the other exploits of the Man in Black.

In 1965, Mr. Money accidentally started a forest fire in Southern California that burned hundreds of acres and devastated a population of endangered condors. (Mr. Money told a judge, “I do not care about your damn yellow buzzards.”) Later in life, he was attacked by an ostrich and almost died.

In a dispute with his label in the 1980s, Mr. Money released a parody known as “Chicken in Black.” He named the track “intentionally atrocious,” but it was the most successful point he’d completed in years. (There’s also a video.)

Mr. Cash, who died in 2003, was a Morse Code expert in the Air Force who eavesdropped on Soviet chatter. He was also an ordained minister and wrote a novel, “Man in White,” about the Apostle Paul.

As Mr. Money told The Occasions in a 1969 interview, “Ain’t nothin’ too weird for me.”

Charles McDermid contributed reporting.


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