Security Clearances, Elon Musk, Aretha Franklin: Your Weekend Briefing
Right here are the week&rsquos leading stories, and a look ahead.
1. The word of the week was clearance. As in security clearance.
Mr. Brennan bit back in a Occasions Op-Ed in which he referred to as the president&rsquos denials of Russian interference in the election &ldquohogwash.&rdquo
And we learned from more than a dozen sources that the White Home counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, has been cooperating with the unique counsel&rsquos investigation, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the query into no matter whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice.
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2. President Trump was also visited by a ghost of his administration&rsquos previous.
Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on &ldquoThe Apprentice&rdquo who served as the director of communications for the White House Workplace of Public Liaison, has a powerful approach of publicizing &ldquoUnhinged,&rdquo her book on her time in the administration.
She has been releasing recordings, like one of her firing by the White Residence chief of staff, John Kelly, and an additional that she says proves the president&rsquos daughter-in-law Lara Trump provided her a $15,000-a-month contract in exchange for her silence.
The Trump campaign says she&rsquos violated a confidentiality agreement.
And Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, is also nonetheless haunting the president. The jury starts a third day of deliberations in his fraud trial on Monday.
three. Elon Musk, the tech mogul and Tesla chief, has his own problems.
In a at times tearful interview with The Occasions, he shared his struggles in attempting to make Tesla&rsquos production targets, saying, &ldquoThis previous year has been the most tough and painful year of my career. It was excruciating.&rdquo
Things have only gotten far more intense because he declared on Twitter on Aug. 7 that he hoped to convert the publicly traded company into a private a single.
four. The Queen of Soul has left us.
Aretha Franklin died on Thursday at her property in Detroit, at 76. In his should-study obituary, the Instances&rsquos chief common music critic, Jon Pareles, wrote that &ldquoRespect,&rdquo her signature song, &ldquowas in no way just about how a lady wanted to be greeted by a spouse coming residence from function. It was a demand for equality and freedom and a harbinger of feminism, carried by a voice that would accept nothing at all much less.&rdquo
And our critic-at-huge, Wesley Morris, wrote of her &ldquobravado and nerve and daring&rdquo in his appraisal.
We also looked at her activism, her onscreen presence and her magic, and gave you a playlist of her 20 vital songs.
Farewell also to Kofi Annan, who died Saturday at the age of 80. You could say he was a conductor of sorts, trying to get the world to perform with each other as the seventh secretary common of the United Nations. He projected himself and his organization as the world&rsquos conscience in spite of bloody debacles that left indelible stains on his peacekeeping record.
five. A bombshell hit the Catholic Church.
A searing report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday stated bishops and other church leaders in Pennsylvania covered up kid sexual abuse by a lot more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years.
The Vatican&rsquos response, two day later: &ldquoThe abuses described in the report are criminal and morally reprehensible.&rdquo
Across the country, Catholics reeled from the graphic descriptions in the report and parishioners at one particular Pittsburgh church ultimately discovered out why their priest had abruptly retired.
six. A day of national mourning in Italy.
The nation paused Saturday for a state funeral for the 40 identified victims of a bridge collapse in Genoa on Tuesday. Others are nonetheless missing, and emergency workers continue to dig by means of the rubble.
The bridge essential constant repairs, and experts in Parliament, sector and academia had raised alarms years earlier.
On Friday, the government stated that it would develop a national databank to establish the state of all national infrastructure.
7. Afghanistan is being torn both by Taliban military assaults and bloody bombings against civilian targets, like schools.
But Afghan and American officials appear unready to acknowledge the devastating new level of violence.
Rod Nordland, who has been reporting on the nation since the 1979 Soviet invasion, writes that there are two wars convulsing Afghanistan: &ldquothe war of blood and guts, and the war of truth and lies.&rdquo
eight. Adjustments on climate-adjust regulations:
The Trump administration is readying a formal proposal for a vast overhaul that would enable person states to make a decision how, or even regardless of whether, to curb carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants.
We&rsquove noticed a summary of the strategy, and 3 men and women who have observed the full proposal filled in the details.
President Trump is anticipated to highlight the program on Tuesday, at a rally in West Virginia.
9. Turkey&rsquos president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is turning American actions against Turkey to his benefit, appealing to national pride and deflecting responsibility for the lira&rsquos collapse.
But economists see the lira&rsquos plunge as a sign of increasing domestic financial pressures that could be nearing a breaking point.
The analysis by our European economics correspondent, Peter S. Goodman: Turkey&rsquos descent into authoritarianism and crisis has destroyed whatever hopes remained that Mr. Erdogan may possibly serve as a regional force for moderation.
ten. Back to the U.S.
Receiving inside the teenage mind is &hellip not easy.
But there are a number of new marketing firms attempting to illuminate the inner workings of young individuals with out condescension.
One particular, JÜV Consulting (named for a mixture of the words &ldquojuvenile&rdquo and &ldquorejuvenate&rdquo), is staffed completely by individuals who variety in age from 14 to 22.
&ldquoDon&rsquot speak about teenagers, talk to teenagers,&rdquo mentioned Ziad Ahmed, 19, the C.E.O. and a increasing sophomore at Yale (significant undecided).
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Published at Sun, 19 Aug 2018 ten:00:01 +0000