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A transparent message, muddied
• President Trump’s shifting narratives this week underscore the diploma to which he picks and chooses intelligence to suit his political purposes.
Two weeks earlier than his inauguration, he was proven extremely categorised intelligence displaying that President Vladimir Putin of Russia had personally ordered efforts to disrupt the 2016 election. But since then, Mr. Trump has sought to unfold the blame for the meddling.
This week alone, he accepted the Russian chief’s denial of election interference, backtracked on that time, mentioned that he didn’t consider the issue was nonetheless persevering with, after which said of his meeting with Mr. Putin: “I let him know we can’t have this. We’re not going to have it, and that’s the way it’s going to be.”
If his feedback about Russian election interference have modified, Mr. Trump has been constant on one level: his portrayal of the intelligence officers who delivered the unique briefing as political hacks.
Europe and Asia push again
• “From trade to regulation to security, America’s traditional allies are accelerating their efforts to buttress a global system that President Trump has seemed prepared to tear down.”
Our correspondents in Brussels and Beijing have a look at the flurry of efforts that are underway to preserve the global order that the U.S. helped create after World War II.
• The European Union and China will not be pure allies on commerce, however by threatening to disrupt the system below which they’ve each benefited, Mr. Trump has given them a cause to bridge their variations.
Facebook targets violence-inducing content material
• Facing rising criticism, the social media large mentioned on Wednesday that it might start removing misinformation that could lead to people being physically harmed, an enlargement of its guidelines about the kind of content material it should take down.
The transfer is basically a response to episodes in India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, through which rumors unfold on Facebook led to real-world assaults on ethnic minorities. The new guidelines may also apply to Instagram, however to not WhatsApp (each are owned by Facebook).
• In discussing the principles in an interview printed on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief government, created an uproar after saying that he would not automatically remove content denying that the Holocaust took place.
A risk to the cedars of Lebanon
• The historic timber have outlived empires and survived fashionable wars, however they’re dealing with a brand new, extra harmful problem: local weather change.
The cedar, a nationwide image of Lebanon, requires chilly winters to breed, and the timber are rising ever-higher up the mountains as temperatures rise. But in some locations, there isn’t a lot larger to go.
• Times journalists went to Lebanon’s mountaintop forests to see what they look like today.
• Recipe of the day: Grilling burgers is basic, however smashing them in a sizzling cast-iron skillet is magical.
• Unsafe areas
Young Jean Lee, the primary Asian-American lady to have a play on Broadway, is taking purpose at id and watching the viewers squirm. Do they get the joke, or are they the joke? Read our profile in The Times Magazine.
• This tattoo will value you
With excessive costs and a storied clientele, Bang Bang, a tattoo parlor on the Lower East Side, has helped transform the body-art industry.
— Adul Sam-on, an English-speaking member of the Wild Boars soccer crew trapped by floodwaters in a Thai cave for greater than two weeks, describing the second British divers discovered the group.
• The Times, in different phrases
• What we’re studying
Alan Henry, an editor with Smarter Living, recommends this piece in New York magazine: “This is for parents whose children spend most of their free time playing the video game Fortnite, and for gamers who enjoy it from time to time (like yours truly). An excellent breakdown of how Fortnite became not just an economic force, but the most popular — and powerful — video game in the world.”
On today in 1848, the first women’s rights convention in the U.S. was held in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
The occasion was organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton after they had been barred from the ground at an antislavery conference in 1840. The Seneca Falls occasion was attended by about 200 girls and 40 males.
On its first day, Stanton learn the “Declaration of Sentiments,” a treatise modeled after the U.S. Declaration of Independence however that enumerated the ladies’s grievances.
On the second day, Stanton’s declaration was adopted, and males had been invited to attend, amongst them the abolitionist Frederick Douglass. During the ratification strategy of various resolutions, he sided with Stanton in help of ladies’s enfranchisement.
Also in attendance was Amelia Bloomer, who went on to discovered the primary girls’s curiosity newspaper, The Lily. The bloomer, a pantaloon fashion she popularized as a part of her costume reform efforts, was named after her.
Although the conference was extensively ridiculed on the time, Stanton’s declaration helped give start to the women’s suffrage movement. Women received the nationwide right to vote within the U.S. in 1920, 27 years after New Zealand became the first country to grant women’s suffrage.
Emma McAleavy wrote in the present day’s Back Story.
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