Immigration, Julian Assange, Sport of Thrones: Your Friday Night Briefing


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Good night. Right here’s the most recent.

1. President Trump just lately promised to delay an order to shut the southern border. A number of days later, he urged an official to do it anyway.

The dialog with Kevin McAleenan, whom Mr. Trump was about to call performing secretary of Homeland Safety, got here final week on the heels of Kirstjen Nielsen’s refusal to maneuver ahead with the closure earlier than she resigned as secretary. Mr. Trump additionally advised Mr. McAleenan that he would pardon him if he encountered any authorized issues on account of taking the motion. Above, an asylum seeker waits in Tijuana, Mexico.

2. An in a single day vote by the Supreme Court docket revealed a bitter divide on the demise penalty.

In a 5-to-Four vote, the court docket allowed the execution of an Alabama inmate to proceed, prompting a three a.m. dissent by Justice Stephen Breyer. The bulk, he stated, had denied his request that the execution be delayed so the justices may talk about the matter throughout a personal convention on Friday morning. The ruling offered a uncommon glimpse of the interior workings of the court docket.

Individually, Ohio turned the third state to ban abortion on the first signal of a fetal heartbeat, the most recent entrance within the decades-long marketing campaign by conservatives to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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three. The arrest of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange introduced his self-imposed exile to a dramatic shut. However don’t anticipate to see Mr. Assange in an American courtroom any time quickly.

Extraditing him from Britain to the U.S., the place Mr. Assange faces a conspiracy cost, is way from sure, specialists say. Inside hours of Mr. Assange’s arrest, the subject of extradition turned a partisan difficulty in Britain, with Labour Celebration leaders saying he shouldn’t be extradited. To complicate issues additional, prosecutors in Sweden may reopen a rape investigation involving Mr. Assange and request his extradition to that nation.

And what occurred to Mr. Assange’s cat? The cat had a social media following that transcended the difficult politics of its proprietor.

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Four. The ice is melting within the excessive Arctic regardless of frigid temperatures. And which means the Russians are coming.

Moscow is shifting to assert Arctic territory as obstacles between Russia and North America soften. But still-bitter temperatures pose a right away risk to NATO troops defending icy waterways. Our reporter visited Resolute Bay, the place navy drills are underway to counter Russia’s transfer, above.

In different worldwide information, Finland is making ready for a common election on Sunday through which local weather change has emerged because the central difficulty. Populists at the moment are capitalizing on fears of local weather activism, saying city elites will “take the sausage from the mouths of laborers.”

5. Standardized-testing officers are scrambling to repair weaknesses within the testing course of after the faculty admissions scandal.

The Faculty Board, which administers the SAT, stated it might crack down on requests from college students to take exams at colleges apart from their very own. The additional layer of scrutiny got here as Mark Ridell, a check whiz on the heart of the scandal, pleaded responsible to expenses associated to the case.

In different school campus information, college students are pushing again towards the honour code at Brigham Younger College, the most recent transfer to modernize the Mormon Church, which owns the college. The code contains sexual exercise and consuming espresso amongst its prohibitions.

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6. The monetary fallout of the Boeing 737 Max disaster is rippling throughout the business.

With the Max grounded following two lethal crashes in 5 months, Boeing and the airways that depend on its planes are scrambling to regulate. Main airways have canceled hundreds of flights. Boeing has slowed manufacturing of the Max and stopped deliveries. And with no timetable for the return of the jet, Boeing is dealing with escalating payments, quite a few authorized threats and a disaster of confidence.

One estimate initiatives that the price of lawsuits and reimbursements may complete $1.9 billion in simply six months. Above, 737 Max 8s on the Boeing plant in Renton, Wash.

7. LeBron James could haven’t made it to the N.B.A. playoffs, which start this weekend. However there’s a special sort of success story out of Akron, Ohio, his hometown.

This time final yr, the scholars on the I Promise Faculty, a public college supported by Mr. James, had been recognized because the worst performers within the Akron public colleges. Now, the inaugural class of third and fourth graders has posted extraordinary outcomes on its first set of check scores.

“We’re reigniting desires that had been extinguished — already in third and fourth grade,” the college’s principal stated. “We wish to change the face of city schooling.”

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eight. In considered one of our best-read tales immediately:

A white restaurateur in New York marketed “clear” Chinese language meals, the place the lo mein wouldn’t make folks really feel “bloated and icky.” Chinese language-People had one thing to say about it.

The restaurant, referred to as Fortunate Lee’s, has change into the most recent entrance within the debate over cultural appropriation. The proprietor has apologized.

“The place she is coming from is a really darkish place, and it’s a really delicate place within the hearts of Chinese language folks,” stated the proprietor of an acclaimed dumpling restaurant in Brooklyn.

In different meals information, a former chef is harvesting hundreds of snails on the North Fork of Lengthy Island, making it the one legit snail farm within the U.S.

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9. The wait is nearly over.

The ultimate season of “Sport of Thrones” begins Sunday night time after an almost two-year hiatus. Because the fantasy saga heads for the explosive finale it has promised, our TV critic is hoping for a little bit extra dialog and rather less motion. We even have this very thorough information that particulars the place the present left off, and what’s to come back.

And in different fantasy worlds: E L James modified the literary panorama together with her blockbuster erotica trilogy, “Fifty Shades of Gray.” Now she is making an attempt one thing (form of) new with a brand new novel.

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10. Lastly, let’s dance.

The Occasions has a treasure trove of dance images in its archives, from Martha Graham to interrupt dancing, and formal dinner dances on the Waldorf Astoria in New York to dancing in East Village Bars, pictured above in 1967. We had Misty Copeland, a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater, sift by means of them to decide on a few of the greatest.

“There are captions that may inform, however they don’t seem to be obligatory,” Ms. Copeland writes. “These images of dancers, like dance itself, can inform 100 tales with out uttering a single phrase.”

Nevertheless you shake it, have an excellent weekend.

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