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It’s summer season however we have now to say there’s been a blizzard of stories from Washington. Follow us via 4 highlights, and also you’ll be rewarded with one among our most enjoyable items right this moment.
1. With Congress’s summer season recess imminent, Capitol Hill was churning.
The Senate gave ultimate approval to a invoice that will give lifetime well being care protection and different compensation to emergency staff who turned ailing from poisonous publicity amid the World Commerce Heart’s rubble after the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults.
The invoice heading to President Trump’s desk ensures $10.2 billion over the following 10 years. Jon Stewart, the comic who championed the laws, embraced first responders after its passage, above.
The Senate additionally confirmed Mark Esper, a former soldier and lobbyist, as protection secretary, filling a niche that had lasted since December.
And a centrist group of Home Democrats set an bold goal for U.S. greenhouse fuel emissions, calling for a discount to net-zero by 2050. Supporters of the Inexperienced New Deal say that’s not sufficient.
2. President Trump was additionally busy right this moment.
For 80 minutes he addressed 1,400 youngsters on the Teen Scholar Motion Summit, a conservative conference, deepening his criticisms of a number of the 4 Democratic congresswomen he’s been targeted on recently, and portray a darkish image of immigrants and the election system.
3. Looming over Washington is tomorrow’s testimony from the particular counsel Robert Mueller, above in Could.
Within the back-to-back hearings starting at 8:30 a.m. Japanese, members of Congress will probably be looking for methods to spotlight the report’s findings — or undermine them. Right here’s what it’s worthwhile to know. (And in case you missed it, listed here are 19 questions our reporters have for Mr. Mueller.)
Mr. Mueller could have Aaron Zebley, a longtime aide, seem subsequent to him on the witness desk through the Home Judiciary Committee listening to to help as wanted.
4. Former Senator Al Franken is again within the information. And that has targeted consideration on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, his onetime pal.
In a few of his first public feedback since his resignation over allegations of sexual misconduct, Mr. Franken advised Jane Mayer of The New Yorker that he “completely” regretted his determination to step down. Ms. Gillibrand, above, the primary Democratic colleague to name for him to step down, expressed no regrets.
We’re additionally taking a look at how girls operating for president are avoiding the time period “glass ceiling” and choosing metaphors like “shake the desk,” “break issues” and “persist.”
And since coming into the race, Senator Elizabeth Warren has taken footage with greater than 38,000 folks. Right here’s how she orchestrates her picture line.
5. As promised, FUN.
Agree or disagree: Celery juice is gross. Ice cream is disgusting. Pure deodorants are a rip-off and also you scent. The one acceptable beer to convey to a cookout is mild beer. By no means ask pals to go tenting.
Our Kinds desk rounded up the most well liked takes of summer season. Vote them up or down.
And now again to the remainder of the information.
6. In right this moment’s enterprise information:
The Justice Division will open an antitrust evaluation of huge tech, increasing its problem of the facility held by firms like Fb and Google.
The division didn’t identify particular firms in a information launch asserting the evaluation, however famous that it could look into issues about search, social media and a few retail companies.
Individually, Jeffrey Epstein moved cash abroad from Deutsche Financial institution this 12 months in transactions that the financial institution reported as suspicious. The financier, who’s charged with intercourse trafficking, had dozens of accounts on the financial institution.
7. Our investigative crew is taking a look at Neil Armstrong’s demise and a $6 million settlement.
After the astronaut died in 2012 at 82, his sons believed that incompetent medical care had price him his life, based on 93 pages of paperwork The Instances obtained by mail from an unknown sender.
The medical dispute and secret deal, by no means earlier than reported, involves mild days after the 50th anniversary of Mr. Armstrong’s moon stroll.
Individually, the following act of spaceflight is upon us: photo voltaic crusing. The Planetary Society, a gaggle based by the cosmologist Carl Sagan, efficiently deployed LightSail 2. Its skinny mylar sails blossom like a space-lotus to gather the solar’s power to maneuver via the cosmos.
8. The volunteers of Sea-Watch say they’re the final remaining lifeline for migrants when their determined makes an attempt to cross the Mediterranean go incorrect. Italian officers name them smugglers.
Our journalists boarded the ship with these differing assessments in thoughts, and documented a standoff at sea with the Italian authorities when Sea-Watch discovered 65 migrants in a rubber boat off the coast of Libya. Watch the video.
9. The N.B.A. is aiming for a foothold in Africa. Can it compete with soccer?
It’s a raffle the league is keen to take. The N.B.A. has arrange youth coaching services and stadiums in Senegal, aiming each to strengthen the pipeline of gamers to the N.B.A. and to put the groundwork for a strong Africa League. Above, an N.B.A. Academy in Saly, Senegal.
10. And at last, our first interactive restaurant evaluation. (We simply want it might embrace style testing.)
At Mercado Little Spain, the brainchild of the chef and restaurateur José Andrés, our critic discovered extra nice issues to eat per sq. foot than wherever else in New York: “on-the-spot consuming of just about unparalleled high quality.”
He rounded up the 20 most scrumptious issues contained in the labyrinth of eating places, bars, kiosks, counters and retailers in Hudson Yards, together with liquid olive, piña borracha and, in fact, churros y chocolate.
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