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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. “Stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now.”
On Twitter, President Trump took the extraordinary step of asking Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, to end the special counsel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and Russian links to his campaign.
Some lawyers called the directive obstruction of justice, but Mr. Trump’s lawyers said he was delivering an opinion, not an order.
Mr. Trump also compared the treatment of the notorious mobster Al Capone to the case of Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s onetime campaign chairman, who is on trial as a result of the special counsel’s investigation.
The special counsel has shaken up Washington’s lobbying industry, forwarding three cases involving powerful Republican and Democratic Beltway figures to prosecutors handling the case against Mr. Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen.
2. The trade war with China continues apace — and may get worse.
Some factions in the Trump administration, eager to drive China back to the bargaining table, are pushing to increase tariffs on Chinese goods to 25 percent, up from 10 percent.
More than $200 billion worth of products would be affected, and President Trump has continued to double down on his threats since talks with Beijing fell apart in May.
3. Two more pieces of news from the administration:
Officials are considering sharply reducing the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the U.S. One plan would set a cap of 25,000 for next year — more than a 40 percent drop from this year’s limit. Stephen Miller, above, a senior policy adviser, has created allies who are ready to sign off on deep cuts.
And the White House cleared the way for sales of health care policies that Mr. Trump said would provide “much less expensive health care at a much lower price.”
True enough. They also have far fewer benefits — no prescription drugs, say, or no maternity care. And they would not have to cover people with pre-existing conditions.
Many of the other bogus theories his media platform has spread target President Trump’s perceived adversaries and reflect opinions held by his political base.
At a Trump rally in Florida on Tuesday, above, QAnon — possibly best described as a stew of conspiracy theories — had a big presence, on T-shirts and signs. Here’s a guide to the group and what it believes.
5. Apple is poised to become the first public company worth more than $1 trillion.
That’s a relief for many observers, who saw Facebook’s earnings report last week send stocks tumbling and raise old fears about whether tech companies are losing steam.
But clearly, our columnist writes, the tech giants are doing just fine.
At the other end of the spectrum, Condé Nast, the media company behind magazines like The New Yorker and Vogue, plans to sell three publications. The company lost $120 million last year despite attempts to cut costs.
6. One of our most-read articles today is a history lesson.
Thirty years ago, we had the chance to halt the onset of climate change. We knew everything we needed to know, but the only thing standing in the way was ourselves.
This week’s Magazine is devoted to the story of what we knew in the decade starting in 1979, and how close we came to solving the problem.
7. “We are sorry for the pain we have caused.”
A poem in The Nation caused an uproar on social media, leading the magazine’s editors to apologize for its “disparaging and ableist” language.
The piece was roundly criticized for its attempt at black vernacular, as well as a line in which the speaker makes reference to being “crippled.”
The poet, above, expressed remorse, too: “Treading anywhere close to blackface is horrifying to me, and I am profoundly regretful.”
8. Remember Mischa Barton? What about Dina Lohan?
Our critic discovered Cameo, an app that allows you to hire B-list stars (like Perez Hilton, above) to record personalized messages to send to your friends or have as a keepsake.
It’s a new development in celebrity-fan relationships, our critic writes. And it’s a reminder that famous people are willing to do a lot more for money than you might assume.
9. Meet Cody Wilson, the man behind the push for 3-D printed guns.
Late Monday, a judge blocked his attempt to publish instructions for making so-called ghost guns. The weapons are mostly plastic, don’t have serial numbers and are largely untraceable. Lawmakers and politicians see the weapons as an unchecked threat.
To Mr. Wilson, above, the fight is less about guns than about renegotiating the relationship between citizens and the state.
Mr. Wilson called his efforts to share the instructions “a pretty mainline American idea.”
10. Finally, if you’ve been hearing worrying calls about inflammation and free radicals, you’re not alone.
That’s the wellness-industrial complex at work. It peddles useless products to help detoxify your life — and help you find health and happiness along the way.
But don’t be fooled, our writer says. That’s not medicine.
So maybe hold off on stirring that pinch of activated charcoal into your yogurt.
Have a great evening.
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