Robert Mueller, QAnon, California Fire: Your Thursday Briefing
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Foreign lobbying and huge paydays
&bull Robert Mueller&rsquos investigation of the millions of dollars that are flowing into Washington from abroad could be as much a portion of his legacy as particular counsel as anything he may possibly unearth about Russian election interference.
The case of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager who is facing fraud charges, is one of several that have spotlighted foreign influence operations embedded in Washington, and the culture of lobbyists who get wealthy assisting foreign consumers impact policies and laws.
At Mr. Manafort&rsquos trial on Wednesday, Mr. Mueller&rsquos group detailed Mr. Manafort&rsquos lavish spending, including more than $900,000 in 5 years at a males&rsquos wear boutique in Manhattan. The judge, nevertheless, told prosecutors to concentrate on the alleged financial machinations that they claim created such a life style attainable.
&bull President Trump pressed Lawyer General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday to end the special counsel&rsquos Russia investigation, which the president, once more, known as a &ldquorigged witch hunt.&rdquo Mr. Trump has also pushed his lawyers in recent days to attempt to organize an interview with Mr. Mueller.
A strategy to weaken vehicle pollution guidelines
The program released these days would freeze guidelines requiring automakers to build cleaner, a lot more fuel-effective cars, and unravel one particular of former President Barack Obama&rsquos signature policies to combat global warming.
&bull It would also challenge the proper of states to set their personal pollution requirements, setting the stage for a legal clash that could in the end split the nation&rsquos auto marketplace, which carmakers have called a worst-case scenario.
Death penalty is unacceptable, pope says
&bull Pope Francis formally changed the Roman Catholic Church&rsquos policy on capital punishment nowadays, saying that the death penalty can by no means be permitted due to the fact it&rsquos an &ldquoattack&rdquo on human dignity.
The Vatican had previously mentioned that the death penalty was acceptable in rare instances.
&bull Separately, a coming report by a grand jury in Pennsylvania is anticipated to expose decades of mishandled sexual abuse situations in the church. Prior to its release, a bishop in Harrisburg ordered on Wednesday that the names of former bishops dating from the 1940s be removed from church buildings.
Putting Facebook to the test
&bull The social media giant disclosed this week a campaign to influence public opinion prior to the midterm elections, revealing that the people behind it are evolving their tactics to far better cloak their identities.
A single of our tech columnist writes: &ldquoAs the forces behind the accounts turn into tougher to detect, the organization is left to separate the ordinary rants and raves of reputable customers from coordinated, possibly state-backed attempts to sway public opinion.&rdquo
&bull We also spoke to a political activist whose experience shows how real men and women can get entangled with fake accounts and pages on Facebook &mdash and the often substantial consequences.
Peaceful election turns violent
&bull At least three men and women have been reported dead in Zimbabwe on Wednesday in the course of protests about the country&rsquos voting this week.
The election &mdash the 1st because the longtime president, Robert Mugabe, was ousted &mdash had been largely peaceful, but opposition supporters gathered in the capital, Harare, as early results recommended a victory for the governing party. Police officers fired reside ammunition to disperse them, and we have been on the ground to show what went wrong.
&bull The unrest on Wednesday was far reduce than the level reached in the country&rsquos 2008 elections.
&bull As trade talks among Washington and Beijing remain at a standstill, the Trump administration is taking into consideration increasing proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 %, from ten %.
&bull Google withdrew from China in 2010 to protest the country&rsquos censorship. Now the internet giant is stated to be functioning on a search engine that complies with Beijing&rsquos rules.
&bull Condé Nast plans to sell three of its 14 magazines right after losing much more than $120 million final year. (Its marquee titles, such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, are protected.)
&bull U.S. stocks have been mixed on Wednesday. Right here&rsquos a snapshot of global markets right now.
Suggestions for a a lot more fulfilling life.
&bull There&rsquos a far better way to believe about monetary decisions.
&bull That buyout offer you sounds tempting. But there are dangers.
&bull Recipe of the day: Chicken salad can get boring, so add miso and sesame.
&bull Duty before grief
Firefighters in Redding, Calif., have been working 24- and 36-hour shifts since a wildfire initial ripped by means of the city final week.
Their dedication has left small time to mourn their two colleagues, who are amongst the six individuals killed.
&bull Ohio State sidelines coach
Urban Meyer, one of the most effective football coaches of the past 20 years, was place on paid leave right after accusations that he knew of domestic abuse claims against a former assistant.
&bull The decline of Civil War re-enactments
The 155th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg final month was a likelihood for hobbyists to fire at a single other with antique rifles and rekindle friendships over campfire-cooked meals. It was also a snapshot of a pastime in decline.
&bull In bookstores not so far away &hellip
Two of the Star Wars saga&rsquos greatest villains group up in Timothy Zahn&rsquos &ldquoThrawn: Alliances,&rdquo which tends to make its debut on our hardcover fiction very best-seller list at No. 1. You can discover all of our best-seller lists right here.
&bull Ideal of late-night Tv
Samantha Bee addressed concerns that plastic guns created by a three-D printer could pass through safety undetected, even on Capitol Hill: &ldquoSneaking guns into Congress? Jesus, isn&rsquot it undesirable adequate that Ted Cruz manages to sneak in every single single day?&rdquo
&bull Quotation of the day
&ldquoWe don&rsquot convict people since they have a lot of cash and throw it about. The government is not going to prosecute men and women for wearing good clothes.&rdquo
&mdash Judge T.S. Ellis III, who is presiding more than the tax and bank fraud trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump&rsquos former campaign chairman, limiting prosecutors&rsquo descriptions of Mr. Manafort&rsquos lavish tastes.
&bull The Instances, in other words
Here&rsquos an image of these days&rsquos front page, and hyperlinks to our Opinion content material and crossword puzzles.
&bull What we&rsquore reading
Jennifer Jett, an editor based in Hong Kong, recommends this post in GQ: &ldquoOtto Warmbier, the American college student imprisoned in North Korea who died soon after his return house, was physically tortured although in custody, according to his parents and President Trump. But was he? This detailed investigation of Warmbier&rsquos experience asks what genuinely happened and what political objective his story served.&rdquo
President Trump has so far made two Supreme Court nominations, which is about average. But some presidents didn&rsquot get to name any individual to the court.
No vacancies came up although Jimmy Carter was president from 1977 to 1981 (though he reportedly pressured Justice Thurgood Marshall to resign right after losing the 1980 election to Ronald Reagan). Critics of the Supreme Court have pointed to Mr. Carter&rsquos lack of nominees as a reason to impose term limits on the nine justices.
Mr. Carter also holds the record for most federal judges appointed in a single term (262).
The 3 other presidents with no Supreme Court appointments did not serve full terms. They have been William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia in 1841, a month following providing a two-hour inaugural address with no a coat Zachary Taylor, who died under disputed situations in 1850 soon after 16 months in workplace and Andrew Johnson, who became president in 1865 following Abraham Lincoln&rsquos assassination.
Johnson was so completely disliked by members of Congress that they passed a bill lowering the size of the Supreme Court rather than confirm his sole nominee.
Jennifer Jett wrote right now&rsquos Back Story.
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Published at Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:28:26 +0000