Heat Wave, Mike Pence, Venezuela: Your Monday Briefing – New York Times

Our Paris correspondent took a close look at Mr. Macron’s plans to overhaul the labor code. Mr. Macron’s “success or failure may be the single most important test of his mission to renew France,” he writes.

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• In Washington, Republicans including Vice President Mike Pence, above, are maneuvering to succeed President Trump in 2020. Mr. Pence denied our report.

Meanwhile, a small group of renegade thinkers on the right is trying to create a new conservative movement built on Mr. Trump’s populist appeal.

Separately, America’s top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, is facing criticism over how he manages the State Department. He has not yet filled some of its highest-ranking positions, leaving many critical departments without direction.

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• In Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s position as prime minister is increasingly precarious, his critics say, amid two graft inquiries. The latest setback was his former chief of staff’s turning state’s witness.

Separately, Israel’s government said it planned to ban broadcasts and operations of Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news network.

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• In soccer, the Netherlands beat Denmark, 4-2, in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017.

At the world track and field championships in London, the American sprinter Tori Bowie won a surprise gold medal. And Justin Gatlin beat Usain Bolt, who finished third in what he said was his last individual race.

There was also an awkward righting of at least some of doping’s wrongs.

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• “Designed in Germany. Built in Chattanooga.” A Times reporter went to the U.S. state of Tennessee, where foreign investment has helped drive the jobless rate to a record low.

• In Transylvania, an intrepid local brewer challenged Heineken, and prevailed.

• Washington is looking on with alarm as Qualcomm, the U.S. chip-maker, is providing money, expertise and engineering for China’s master plan to create its own technology superpowers.

• A Volkswagen executive pleaded guilty to federal charges in the U.S. arising from an investigation into the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal.

• Officials from oil-producing countries, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, meet to discuss ways to increase compliance with production cuts.

• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.




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• The Venezuelan government said it had repelled an assault on a military base that came around the same time as armed men in uniforms urged a revolt. [The New York Times]

• The U.N. Security Council approved new sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, reducing the country’s export revenue by up to one-third. [The New York Times]

• Carla del Ponte, a Swiss war-crimes prosecutor, quit a U.N.-appointed panel on atrocities in Syria in frustration over inaction. [The New York Times]

• Kenyans vote tomorrow in a tightly contested presidential election. Fake news and harsh rhetoric have fanned fears about potential outbursts of violence. [The New York Times]

• In Eastern Europe, the U.S. Army is scrambling to relearn Cold War-era skills to confront potential threats from Russia. [The New York Times]

• Iran is expanding its influence in Afghanistan, aiming to step into the vacuum as foreign forces leave. [The New York Times]

• The Berlin police arrested two Chinese tourists accused of snapping photos of each other doing a Hitler salute outside the Reichstag. [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

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• Recipe of the day: Fish tacos with Cajun flavors.

• You sense workplace discrimination. Here’s what to do.

• Four easy ways to save money this week, and more in our weekly newsletter.

Noteworthy

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• Much of Europe and most of Africa will be able to see a partial lunar eclipse this evening. Above, a partial eclipse in Japan in 2011.

• Britain is turning to Chinese math textbooks.

• Some authors of children’s books have begun to address the difficult subject of the refugee crisis. “It’s really important to engage children with the world as it is.”

• What did Vladimir Putin do on his summer vacation? The Kremlin released photos of the Russian president picking mushrooms and sunbathing in Siberia.

• Finally, here’s a guide to the best macarons we could find in Paris. Some flavors, like wasabi-horeseradish, are unconventional.

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A poem rarely enters the news cycle. Yet it happened last week when Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colossus” was dismissed by a White House adviser during a briefing on immigration policy. He said it was “not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.”

In 1865, Edouard de Laboulaye, a French abolitionist, proposed the statue’s construction to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S. But France’s gift did not include a pedestal. To fund one, an art auction, which included Ms. Lazarus’s poem, was held in New York in 1883.

The statue was erected in 1886 without the poem, or its later association as the “Mother of Exiles.” Ms. Lazarus died a year later. In 1903, after a friend’s lobbying, Ms. Lazarus’s words were affixed to the pedestal. A reporter quoted some of them last week: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

When the sonnet was added, the poet James Russell Lowell said it gave the statue “a raison d’être which it wanted before quite as much as it wants a pedestal.”

Esther Schor, a biographer of Ms. Lazarus, put it this way: “Her poem was a prophecy. It isn’t legislation. But it is an ideal.

Evan Gershkovich contributed reporting.

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Heat Wave, Mike Pence, Venezuela: Your Monday Briefing – New York Times