William Barr, North Korea, Pinterest: Your Thursday Briefing


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Good morning,

We’re masking the scheduled launch as we speak of Robert Mueller’s report, North Korea’s declare that it has examined a brand new weapon, and the rising variety of abortion bans within the U.S.

The Justice Division plans to provide Congress a redacted model of Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russian election interference between 11 a.m. and midday Jap.

The Occasions may have reside updates and evaluation of the findings. Right here’s what to anticipate and a hyperlink to the particular counsel’s web site, the place the report is to be posted after it’s delivered (1990s-style, on CDs) to Congress. We’re additionally planning to ship a particular version of the Morning Briefing electronic mail later as we speak.

Legal professional Common William Barr plans to carry a information convention at 9:30 a.m. to debate the report earlier than its launch. Mr. Barr decided final month that President Trump didn’t illegally hinder justice and mentioned that the particular counsel had discovered no conspiracy between the Trump marketing campaign and Russia. However some members of Mr. Mueller’s crew have informed associates that the report was extra troubling for Mr. Trump than Mr. Barr has indicated.

One other angle: Justice Division officers have repeatedly mentioned the report’s conclusions with White Home attorneys, our reporters had been informed, aiding the president’s authorized crew because it prepares a rebuttal.

In what seemed to be a warning from Kim Jong-un to President Trump, North Korea mentioned as we speak that it had test-fired a brand new kind of “tactical guided weapon.” There was no proof that the take a look at concerned a nuclear detonation or an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The 2 leaders have met twice, however they failed to succeed in an settlement in February, when Mr. Trump rejected Mr. Kim’s proposal to elevate the harshest sanctions in return for North Korea’s suspending operations at its largest nuclear facility.

What’s subsequent: Mr. Kim mentioned just lately that he would give the U.S. till the top of the 12 months to give you proposals that might elevate sanctions, an implicit warning that North Korea may resume nuclear and intercontinental missile testing. At this time’s take a look at instructed that he may increase the stakes sooner.

Donations from rich French households and firms to rebuild the fire-ravaged cathedral in Paris are nearing $1 billion, intensifying the resentment that has been on show in the course of the Yellow Vest protests about financial inequality.

“In the event that they’re capable of give dozens of hundreds of thousands to rebuild Notre Dame, they need to cease telling us that there is no such thing as a cash to pay for social inequalities,” one labor union chief mentioned.

One other angle: The Paris Hearth Division’s chaplain, the Rev. Jean-Marc Fournier, has emerged as a central determine within the mission to rescue artworks and relics from the blaze. He informed our reporter how greater than 100 firefighters carried the valuable items to security.

Yesterday: A person carrying two cans of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and two lighters was arrested after getting into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, the police mentioned. The church was undamaged.

So-called heartbeat payments — a ban on abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually earlier than a lady even is aware of she is pregnant — have been on the fringes of the anti-abortion motion for years. However 4 states have handed such measures this 12 months, and heartbeat payments are transferring via the legislatures of 11 others, based on one coverage skilled.

With an more and more conservative Supreme Court docket below President Trump, anti-abortion activists hope to overturn Roe v. Wade, the choice that established a federal safety for abortion in 1973.

Quotable: “Now’s our time,” mentioned Michael Gonidakis, the president of Ohio Proper to Life in Columbus. “That is the most effective court docket we’ve had in my lifetime, in my dad and mom’ lifetime.”

The Day by day: At this time’s episode is the second of a two-part sequence on abortion. Take heed to Half 1 right here.

Throughout Susan Wojcicki’s tenure as chief govt of YouTube, she has needed to take care of uploads of pedophilia and mass homicide. But she has largely escaped the general public scrutiny that her friends on different platforms have confronted.

To get a way of what she is like as a pacesetter, our reporter spoke to greater than a dozen present and former workers, and Ms. Wojcicki herself.

Late-night comedy: A number of of the hosts had been desperate to see Robert Mueller’s report. Jimmy Kimmel mentioned, “Political analysts are going to attempt to learn via these redactions like teenage boys making an attempt to observe scrambled porn on cable in 1985.”

What we’re studying: This piece from The Bulwark. “It’s a compelling counterpoint to the concept that being homosexual and working for president isn’t an enormous deal in 2019,” says Jeremy Peters, our nationwide political reporter. “Tim Miller’s response to Pete Buttigieg kissing his husband onstage at a rally is a reminder that that is nonetheless very new.”

Smarter Dwelling: The summer time blockbuster season is close to. Earlier than you join a film subscription service like MoviePass, Sinemia or AMC’s A-Record, test which works on the theaters you go to most frequently. Remember to learn the phrases and circumstances, since providers have caps on the variety of movies you may see, or limits on the variety of showings you may attend.

And now we have suggestions on reasonably priced, reusable stand-ins for single-use plastic straws, spoons and containers.

Thailand’s king is Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. That’s not his total title, however that’s all we use in The Occasions.

The chief of the Future Ahead Occasion, which shocked the Thai army institution in final month’s elections by coming third within the fashionable vote, is Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.

Household names — a 20th-century innovation in Thailand — are constructed to be distinct, and that usually means additional syllables.

If foreigners discover Thai names to be a mouthful, so, apparently, do Thais, who use nicknames in on a regular basis life. Many individuals are known as Lek (Thai for small), Nok (hen) and Poo (crab and, please, it’s pronounced extra like “boo”).

This author’s youthful son has performed soccer in opposition to an Ice, a Python and a Bar Code. A woman in our constructing is known as DTAC, which is the title of a cellphone operator.

However nothing compares with the complete title for Bangkok. It begins with Krungthep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya and continues for greater than 40 syllables.

That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.

— Chris

Thanks
To Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford, Chris Harcum and Kenneth R. Rosen for the break from the information. Hannah Beech, our Southeast Asia bureau chief, wrote as we speak’s Again Story. You may attain the crew at briefing@nytimes.com.

P.S.
• We’re listening to “The Day by day.” At this time’s episode is the second of a two-part sequence on abortion.
• Right here’s as we speak’s mini crossword puzzle, and a clue: Toss within the trash (5 letters). You’ll find all our puzzles right here.
• The Occasions has greater than 30 worldwide bureaus. Quite a lot of have cats.

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