Your Monday Briefing – The New York Instances


The Swedish authorities stated at the moment that they might resume their investigation into rape accusations towards Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder. The transfer might complicate U.S. efforts to extradite him.

President Trump has lengthy insisted that tariffs on Chinese language imports — which now cowl $200 billion of merchandise — are largely a one-way fee to the U.S. Treasury.

However Mr. Trump’s chief financial adviser, Larry Kudlow, informed Fox Information on Sunday that “either side will undergo” from the commerce warfare. Specialists say that American companies and customers will face increased costs on all the things from computer systems to rest room paper.

It could be the beginning of a long time of financial battle, as each nations battle for international dominance, stature and wealth, our reporters write.

One other angle: Chinese language subsidies for homegrown industries are a serious sticking level within the negotiations.

What’s subsequent: Mr. Trump might meet President Xi Jinping of China subsequent month on the Group of 20 summit assembly in Japan.

The Syrian president is closing in on victory after an eight-year revolt. One key to his success: a secret, industrial-scale community of dungeons the place hundreds of prisoners have been tortured and killed.

Of the civilians held there, almost 128,000 by no means emerged, and almost 14,000 have been “killed underneath torture,” an impartial monitoring group discovered.

The Syrian authorities denies the existence of systematic abuse, however lately found memos present that officers who report back to Mr. al-Assad ordered mass detentions and knew of atrocities.

How we all know: Over seven years, The New York Instances interviewed dozens of survivors and kinfolk of useless and lacking detainees, examined a whole lot of pages of witness testimony, and reviewed authorities paperwork detailing jail deaths and crackdowns on dissent.

Mike Pompeo is scheduled to make his first journey to Russia as secretary of state this week. On his agenda: A dialogue with President Vladimir Putin about disinformation efforts earlier than European elections this month.

Investigators say Moscow used lots of the identical digital ways to intrude within the 2016 U.S. presidential vote. However a former F.B.I. analyst stated that the Kremlin’s final purpose extends past anybody election: “It’s to consistently divide, enhance mistrust and undermine our religion in establishments and democracy itself.”

Responding to accusations of meddling in European elections, the Russian prime minister, Dmitri Medvedev, stated in March that “suspecting somebody of an occasion that has not but occurred is a bunch of paranoid nonsense.”

Associated: RT America, a Russian community identified for sowing disinformation, hyperlinks 5G community indicators to mind most cancers, infertility and different well being issues. The claims lack scientific help.

Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh went to the identical Jesuit highschool and, as appeals court docket judges, captured the eye of the identical conservative authorized teams. They have been broadly anticipated to specific comparable views after becoming a member of the Supreme Court docket.

However President Trump’s two nominees have up to now taken opposing stances in circumstances involving the loss of life penalty, Deliberate Parenthood, prison defendants’ rights and different points. “They’re disagreeing greater than we’d have anticipated,” one regulation professor stated.

Nearer look: Justice Gorsuch, who joined the court docket in 2017, tends to lean additional proper, whereas Justice Kavanaugh, who began in October, is usually allied with Chief Justice John Roberts, the court docket’s ideological heart.

Wanting again: Analysis suggests “freshman results” make it exhausting to foretell long-term traits. (One is that new justices are much less apt to dissent.)

For six years, New Orleans had an old school newspaper warfare, with competing newsrooms and extra journalists than some bigger cities can maintain. Now, with one paper shopping for the opposite, it seems to be over.

Our correspondent regarded on the state of New Orleans journalism, after the proprietor of The Advocate purchased The Instances-Picayune after which laid off its workers.

Hardship in Iran: President Hassan Rouhani in contrast the nation’s financial misery underneath hardening American sanctions to the miseries that Iran endured throughout its warfare towards Iraq within the 1980s.

Assault on Saudi tankers: Saudi Arabia’s vitality minister stated this morning that two of the nation’s oil tankers had been sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. One had been scheduled to hold oil to the USA.

Pete Buttigieg speech: At a fund-raiser for L.G.B.T. causes, the presidential candidate drew on his experiences as a homosexual man and warned that identification politics was corrosive.

What we’re studying: This text in The Atlantic. Michael Roston, a science editor, writes: “Astronauts are heroic, however they’re additionally like us. This pleasant article delves into their binge-watching habits as they orbit our planet aboard the Worldwide Area Station.”

And providing higher merchandise or adopting extra environment friendly processes are two methods to take your online business to the subsequent degree.

And also you thought the Met Gala was massive.

A number of thousand friends, most of them very wealthy however not essentially well-known, are getting ready to collect tonight in New York for the Robin Hood Basis’s annual profit.

It’s the social gathering of the yr for the Wall Road set.

Final yr’s occasion noticed the charity’s founder, Paul Tudor Jones, in feathered cap and tights, elicit million-dollar pledges from his viewers (whole raised: greater than $54.5 million). Since 1988, the muse has raised and distributed about $three billion to battle poverty in New York Metropolis.

The Rolling Stones, Girl Gaga and the Who’ve headlined up to now. This yr, Shawn Mendes is ready to carry out “If I Can’t Have You,” timed to a light-weight present on the Empire State Constructing and simulcast on iHeartMedia (whose chief government, Robert Pittman, is on the Robin Hood board).

Additionally on its boards are Jeff Bezos’s mom and stepbrother; Michael Bloomberg’s daughter; Katie Couric; a bunch of hedge-fund billionaires; and Marian Wright Edelman, founding father of the Youngsters’s Protection Fund.

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

— Mike

To Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford and Kenneth R. Rosen for the break from the information. Victoria Shannon, an editor on the briefings staff and onetime enterprise editor, wrote at the moment’s Again Story. You possibly can attain the staff at

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