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A shift on voting limits
• The battle over voter entry has lengthy been fought state by state within the U.S., the place typically arcane guidelines can sway the end result of elections.
Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department has supported states which are resisting court docket orders to rein in voter ID necessities, cease aggressive purges of voter rolls and redraw political boundaries that dilute minority voting energy.
• The division’s latest actions point to a decided shift in federal policy, one embraced by conservatives who say they need to stop voter fraud.
Manafort, toppled by ego and deception
• As the fraud trial of Paul Manafort enters its second week, a group of Times reporters regarded again at his lobbying profession.
“The whole trajectory of Mr. Manafort’s life — from the son of a blue-collar, small-town mayor to a jet-setting international political consultant, to Trump campaign chairman and now to prisoner in an Alexandria, Va., jail awaiting a jury verdict — is a tale of greed, deception and ego.” Read more here.
• Separately, Rudolph Giuliani, President Trump’s lead private lawyer, mentioned on Sunday that the president never spoke last year with James Comey, then the F.B.I. director, about ending the investigation of Michael Flynn, the fired nationwide safety adviser. Mr. Giuliani’s assertion contradicted a memo that Mr. Comey wrote on the time, in addition to his personal earlier feedback.
Low turnout for white supremacists
• On the anniversary of a lethal rally in Charlottesville, Va., about two dozen white supremacists have been vastly outnumbered by counterprotesters at a demonstration near the White House on Sunday.
An analogous dynamic performed out in Charlottesville, the place few if any far-right demonstrators might be discovered.
Back to high school, with a concentrate on safety
• After the mass capturing at a Florida highschool in February, faculty directors throughout the nation spent the summer reinforcing buildings and hiring security.
“If we can find the resources, and if our taxpayers are willing to support us, then we will do everything in our power to try to create a sense of normalcy and ease,” one superintendent in Florida mentioned.
• School staff are additionally being skilled to handle mass casualty occasions. Among the teachings at a session in Nashville: making use of a tourniquet.
The spy who infiltrated ISIS
• For greater than a yr, Capt. Harith al-Sudani labored as a mole within the Islamic State whereas passing crucial info to a secret department of Iraq’s nationwide intelligence company.
A 36-year-old former laptop technician, he was maybe Iraq’s biggest spy, the company’s officers mentioned, one among few on the earth to have infiltrated the higher reaches of the militant group. Captain Sudani foiled 30 deliberate vehicle-bomb assaults and 18 suicide bombers, in keeping with the company’s director.
• Our Baghdad bureau chief tells the story of his final mission.
• China is utilizing cash, enterprise offers and different incentives to increase its energy overseas.
Our reporters looked at a Chinese company that went on a shopping for binge within the Czech Republic. The sudden detention of its prime government has make clear the perils of this new relationship.
• With billions of views a day, YouTube has been attempting for years to combat a fake views ecosystem during which performs, likes and dislikes will be purchased for pennies.
• The launch of retail gross sales info for July is one among the headlines to watch this week.
Tips for a extra fulfilling life.
• Brooks Koepka held off a hard-charging Tiger Woods to win the P.G.A. Championship, his second main title of the yr.
• The killer shark film “The Meg” earned a better-than-expected $44.5 million to win the top spot at the North American box office.
• How straightforward is flying a aircraft?
A floor service agent who stole an empty aircraft from Seattle’s airport and flew for about an hour earlier than crashing advised an air site visitors controller that he had “played video games before.” Flight instructors and aviation experts are divided over whether or not that might have ready him to fly.
The occasions on Friday additionally raised numerous questions about security.
• In memoriam
V.S. Naipaul, a Nobel laureate recognized for his fierce mood, wrote about colonialism and the unraveling of the British Empire in additional than a dozen novels and as many works of nonfiction. He was 85.
In an appraisal, one among our e book critics describes Mr. Naipaul as “a self-styled heir to Joseph Conrad, and a legitimate one.”
• Strong girls on the march
Women have been outstanding on the latest Seattle Art Fair, now in its fourth yr. But variety is a complicated subject in the city, where white men still dominate, particularly within the worlds of laptop science and engineering that drive the native financial system.
• Quotation of the day
“Paul never believed that the rules applied to him. They were for others who couldn’t outsmart the system.”
— Rita Levinson, a lobbyist who labored for Paul Manafort from 1985 to 1995.
• The Times, in different phrases
• What we’re studying
Michael Cooper, a Culture reporter, recommends this piece in The New Yorker: “In defense of the lettuce that dare not speak its name — the crunchy, guilty pleasure I longed for while chewing classier, limper, more bitter leaves. Helen Rosner argues that ‘like its glacial namesake, iceberg lettuce has a lot more going on beneath the surface.’ ”
The twin brothers have been employed to settle a guess.
Ross and Norris McWhirter, who have been born on Aug. 12, 1925, ran an company that equipped info and figures to London newspapers within the 1950s, once they have been approached to compile what turned the Guinness Book of Records.
A couple of years earlier than, Sir Hugh Beaver, managing director of the Guinness Brewery, was on a searching journey in Ireland when he obtained into an argument with associates about whether or not the golden plover was the quickest recreation chicken in Europe.
No reference e book may show him proper (he wasn’t), however Sir Hugh noticed a chance: Surely, these kinds of debates have been occurring in pubs all through Ireland and Britain.
A Guinness worker really useful the McWhirter twins, and, after a little bit greater than 13 weeks of writing across the clock, they completed the primary version in 1955. Six months after publication, it was Britain’s best-selling e book.
Two a long time later, Ross McWhirter told an interviewer, “We have a pen-pal relationship with libraries, museums, record keepers of all sorts in about 150 countries.”
In 1974, Guinness set a world document of its personal, turning into the best-selling copyrighted book. It has bought greater than 140 million copies and been translated into greater than 20 languages.
Aodhan Beirne wrote immediately’s Back Story.
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