Russia, Pope Francis, Apple: Your Thursday Evening Briefing
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Very good evening. Right here&rsquos the latest.
1. &ldquoWe acknowledge the threat. It is true. It is continuing.&rdquo
That was Dan Coats, above, the director of national intelligence, describing Russia&rsquos attempts to influence U.S. elections. He and other leading national security officials pledged to aid ward off these efforts ahead of the midterms, utilizing far blunter language about the threat than the president has.
And as Facebook functions to delete fake accounts that it says are portion of a political influence campaign, many activists are feeling the pinch.
two. A corporate milestone:
Apple&rsquos shares closed at $207.39, making it the first public U.S. firm worth a lot more than $1 trillion.
Its outlook wasn&rsquot often so sunny: In 1997, the firm was on the brink of bankruptcy.
Now, it has vaulted to a level prior giants &mdash G.E., Exxon Mobil and AT&T &mdash could by no means have dreamed of.
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three. Pope Francis said that executions are incorrect in all situations, calling them &ldquoan attack on the inviolability and dignity of the particular person.&rdquo
Abolishing the death penalty has extended been a leading concern of Francis&rsquo, along with the plight of refugees and saving the atmosphere. The adjust is already in the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, the book of doctrine that is taught to Catholic young children worldwide.
The pope&rsquos decree is most likely to hit especially hard in the U.S., where a majority of Catholics assistance the death penalty, and Catholic political power is focused on ending abortion.
4. The Trump administration revealed its plan to ease guidelines on auto fuel efficiency, which would unravel 1 of President Barack Obama&rsquos signature policies to fight greenhouse gas emissions.
What occurs subsequent? Opponents &mdash an uncommon mix of environmentalists, automakers, consumer groups and state governments &mdash are racing to temper the program just before it is finalized this year.
And President Trump has announced his pick for science adviser: Kelvin Droegemeier, a respected meteorologist. His views on climate adjust, even so, are not widely known.
5. President Trump has urged his lawyers to permit him to be interviewed by the specific counsel, a number of people briefed on the matter told our reporters.
He&rsquos told advisers he is eager to clear his name, but his lawyers have cautioned against speaking with investigators &mdash or even answering written concerns.
And the tax and cash-laundering trial of Mr. Trump&rsquos former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is shining a light on a lucrative Washington sideline: that of American consultants undertaking the bidding of foreign customers.
6. There&rsquoll be an F.D.A. showdown on Friday, on the handling of a class of higher-powered discomfort drugs.
Researchers with Johns Hopkins will be testifying at an F.D.A. advisory committee meeting, drawing on the data they gleaned from about five,000 documents obtained via the Freedom of Data Act.
Those documents show that for years, physicians prescribed potent, fast-acting fentanyl drugs &mdash meant to treat cancer individuals who had developed opioid tolerances &mdash for lesser circumstances, in spite of the deadly danger of overdoses.
The documents also show that the F.D.A. knew, but entrusted enforcement of an oversight plan to a group of pharmaceutical firms that make and sell the drugs.
&ldquoThey had the fox guarding the henhouse,&rdquo an opioid policy specialist said. &ldquoAnd the F.D.A. sat by and watched this come about.&rdquo
7. &ldquoNo, I do not really feel that the media is the enemy of the people.&rdquo
Her comments stand in contrast with other administration officials, specifically the press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who earlier Thursday refused to say whether she shared the president&rsquos view.
Ms. Trump also condemned the White Property&rsquos policy of separating migrant households at the border, calling it a &ldquolow point.&rdquo
8. &ldquoIt can take place even to guys.&rdquo
More than one hundred men, all former Ohio State wrestlers, have come forward to say they have been molested by Richard Strauss, a team physician there from the late 1970s to the 1990s.
Getting built their identities about standard notions of toughness and stoicism, a lot of of these guys are struggling with a new identity &mdash #UsToo.
That&rsquos not Ohio State&rsquos only scandal. Urban Meyer, above, its football coach, has been placed on leave pending an investigation into no matter whether he knew a longtime former assistant coach had been accused of domestic abuse in 2015.
Her activism helped the Uprising of the 20,000 in 1909, a landmark point in a swelling labor movement that helped make workplaces safer, workdays shorter and wages higher.
As one newspaper put it: &ldquoThese young, inexperienced girls have proved that ladies can strike, and strike successfully.&rdquo
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10. Finally: Hemingway fans, we have excellent news for you.
In 1956, a handful of years before he committed suicide, he wrote 5 brief stories about World War II, saying they could be published after he died. But only one particular had been &mdash till now.
The Strand Magazine, a literary quarterly, printed &ldquoA Room on the Garden Side,&rdquo which takes spot in Paris shortly following the liberation.
If you don&rsquot want to spring for a copy, our story about the story covers the basics.
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Published at Thu, 02 Aug 2018 22:02:22 +0000