2019年11月7日 星期四

Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Trade, Michael Bloomberg, Mona Lisa

Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Good evening. Here's the latest.


1. Stocks soared on hopes of a U.S.-China trade deal.

Both countries agreed that rolling back tariffs would be part of any final agreement.

The hitch: No deal has yet been reached, though it seems the two sides are getting closer to a "phase one" trade agreement that would ease tensions. Above, Caterpillar machines in Jiangsu, China.


Rodi Said/Reuters

2. The top U.S. diplomat in northern Syria offered a scathing assessment of President Trump's policy in Syria.

In an internal memo, William Roebuck, above in March, criticized the Trump administration for not trying harder to prevent Turkey's invasion, asking whether diplomacy, economic sanctions or increased military patrols might have deterred Turkey from taking over a region that was once controlled by America's Syrian Kurdish allies.

"We won't know," he wrote, "because we didn't try."

To understand the new power dynamic taking shape in the region, our reporters traveled along the only major road that runs the length of northeastern Syria. It wasn't easy.


Brittainy Newman/The New York Times

3. Michael Bloomberg is expected to file to be on Alabama's presidential primary ballot, we just learned, though an adviser said he had not yet decided to run.

Should the former New York City mayor do so, it could represent a seismic disruption in the Democratic race, both because he would be an immediate challenger to Joe Biden — and because he's a billionaire.

In fact, he would be one of the targets of the wealth taxes proposed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. We broke down the revenue streams for Ms. Warren's sweeping policy changes.

Two (Democratic-leaning) tax experts, who argue in an Op-Ed, see an insurmountable obstacle to a wealth tax: the Constitution.

Erin Schaff/The New York Times

4. Another highly anticipated witness in the impeachment investigation was a no-show.

John Bolton, President Trump's former national security adviser, joined a growing list of officials who have ignored requests to testify. Democrats running the inquiry said they would use his refusal as evidence that Mr. Trump was obstructing Congress.

Jennifer Williams, a national security aide to Vice President Mike Pence, did appear, above. She was expected to be asked about Mr. Pence's involvement in efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Mr. Trump's political rivals.

On Twitter, Mr. Trump and his supporters have constructed their own de facto war room, attacking the reputations of key witnesses — in particular Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a Ukraine expert who delivered damning testimony.

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

5. The former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon offered some business advice to President Trump.

In an Op-Ed with a co-writer, he urges Mr. Trump to rejoin the Paris climate accord as an insurance policy: "The best investments we can make right now are those that will protect our food, water and energy sources, our transportation, homes and cities, and our businesses and finances from the worst impacts of climate change." Above, evacuees in Little Ferry, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy.

And in case you missed it, the former teenage running star Mary Cain has a lot to say about Nike's elite running program. In a Video Op-Ed, she details how she was "emotionally and physically abused by a system" endorsed by Nike and designed by the now-disgraced star coach Alberto Salazar. (He has denied most of her accusations.)

William DeShazer for The New York Times

6. The issue of Dreamers is heading to the Supreme Court next week.

Some 700,000 young undocumented adults, now 25 to 37 years old, are shielded from deportation and allowed to work legally under the Obama-era program known as DACA. President Trump wants to end those protections.

We looked at how a reversal of the policy would demolish the foundation upon which people like Jorge Garcia Alvarez and Evelyn Duron Guerra, above, built their life together.

Linda Greenhouse, who used to cover the court for The Times, broke down the intricacies of the debate in Opinion.

Ulysses Ortega for The New York Times

7. A robot invasion is underway. The intruders are bringing pizza and burritos.

Two start-ups, Kiwibots and Nuro, are dreaming up new ways to deliver groceries and lunch by robot. They come in bread basket-size, above, and road-ready options. "People are going to be asking in the not-too-distant future, 'How did we live without it?'" Nuro's chief safety officer said.

And then there's the story of the 14-year-old who won a national science competition that solves blind spots in cars. She got the idea after noticing that her mom didn't like driving the family S.U.V.

Wayne Lawrence for The New York Times

8. Some will be on horseback. Some will carry flags. Over the next two days, 300 or more people of color will march 26 miles along former antebellum plantations in Louisiana. Re-enactors rehearsed in Reserve, La.

The artist Dread Scott is leading the re-enactment of the largest slave revolt in U.S. history. He hopes to show how people "resisted a brutal system of enslavement" so others can "draw conclusions about how people need to get free today."

We also have two book reviews about the black experience. Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's "The Revisioners" is told from the perspectives of a freed slave and her present-day descendant. And Bernardine Evaristo's novel, "Girl, Woman, Other," drifts back and forth in time to tell the interconnected stories of black British women.

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9. A controversial proposal: Take down the Mona Lisa.

Our art critic Jason Farago argues that Leonardo da Vinci's painting is a security hazard (30,000 people pass through its Louvre gallery each day), an educational obstacle and not even a satisfying bucket-list item.

For something a little less contentious, we talked to Jim Kay, the artist behind the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter series, about how he brings the magical to life. Join us on his studio tour.

Towne Portrait Studio, Boston

10. And finally, overlooked no more.

Annie Kopchovsky was a Latvian immigrant who in June 1894, at about age 23, cycled away from her Boston home, leaving a husband and three small children for a journey around the world.

She called herself Annie Londonderry (she attached an advertisement to her bicycle for the Londonderry Lithia Spring Water Company), and delighted crowds with tales of her adventures that reporters dutifully reported — tall tales, many of them. But her quixotic quest inspired women to find independence from their homebound existences.

Ms. Kopchovsky died in 1947, but never received a Times obituary until now.

Hope this evening is a pleasant ride.

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