Donald Trump, N.S.A., Facebook: Your Friday Briefing

A justification for the change to one of the nation’s largest social insurance programs for low-income people is actually in which This kind of would likely make them healthier. There is actually not strong evidence for in which contention.

as well as Mr. Trump has again decided to stop short of reimposing strict sanctions on Iran. Two people briefed on his decision said he was supposed to give Congress as well as European allies a deadline to improve the deal.

Pivotal test for surveillance

• The House voted on Thursday to extend the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program for six years with minimal improvements.

The legislation must still go through the Senate, although passing the House was the major hurdle.

The law was enacted in 2008 to legalize a type of a once-secret warrantless surveillance program created after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Putting friends as well as family first

• In an interview with The Times, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, discussed the sweeping improvements the social media giant is actually generating to prioritize content through people in which its two billion users know.

The shift, which will de-emphasize content through publishers as well as brands, is actually the most significant overhaul to the News Feed in years. Here’s what you can expect.

“We want to make sure in which our products are not just fun, although are not bad for people,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. “We need to refocus the system.”


“This kind of big wave of public content has definitely made us reflect: What are we definitely here to do?” Mr. Zuckerberg said of the improvements on Facebook. “If what we’re here to do is actually help people build relationships, then we need to adjust.”

Alberto Estevez/European Pressphoto Agency

A former ISIS recruiter wants out

• A 33-year-old woman through France has spent the last 5 years in Syria, where she eventually became a prominent propagandist as well as recruiter for the militant group.

at This kind of point, she wants to go home.

Our correspondent in Paris writes: “The quandary her case poses is actually an increasingly common one for France as well as different European countries: What should they do when citizens who are former Islamic State fighters or supporters want to return?”


An image released by the Kurdish Syrian forces This kind of week showed Emilie König, a 33-year-old suspected of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State, at an undisclosed location in Syria.

YPG Press Office, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The Daily

Listen to ‘The Daily’: Vulgarity through President Trump

Mr. Trump’s disparaging words for Haiti as well as Africa have caused outrage worldwide. They have also raised a question about an American ideal: Who should be let in?



A bumpy day for Walmart: The largest private employer from the U.S. cited the brand new tax bill in announcing wage increases, bonuses as well as expanded benefits to its hourly workers. although This kind of’s also closing 63 Sam’s Club stores.

Morgan Stanley investigated accusations of harassment by one of its executives, the former congressman Harold Ford Jr., as well as found no proof. Then This kind of fired him anyway.

What’s $27 billion to Wall Street? Investment banks used to mint money by trading bonds, currencies as well as different complex securities. although in which business is actually in decline, a trend in which is actually reshaping the industry.

U.S. stocks were up on Thursday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.

Smarter Living

Tips, both brand new as well as old, for a more fulfilling life.

Want to be happy? Think like an old person.

Before booking using a charter airline, check its safety record.

Recipe of the day: Celebrate Friday with Sam Sifton’s oven-roasted chicken shawarma.


Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss

Writers through across the political spectrum discuss Congress’s vote to extend the N.S.A.’s spying program.

The week in not bad news

This kind of isn’t all bad out there.

Quiz time!

Did you keep up with This kind of week’s news? Test yourself.

Ready for the weekend

At the movies, our critics review “The Commuter,” starring Liam Neeson, as well as “Paddington 2,” starring the bear through deepest, darkest Peru.

Our TV critic was unimpressed by “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” Amazon’s sci-fi anthology, although we have some different streaming ideas.

We recommend 11 brand new books, as well as round up the best theater, art as well as music offerings from the brand new York area.

Finally, we visited “Murder is actually Her Hobby,” an exhibition at the Smithsonian in Washington of 19 miniature crime scenes created as training tools for police investigators.


The meticulously handcrafted designs on display at the Smithsonian are known as ‘‘The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.’’

Justin T. Gellerson for The brand new York Times

Best of late-night TV

The comedy hosts had a hard time, for once, generating light about one of President Trump’s comments.

Quotation of the day

“Villagers will always say they had no intention of killing the elephants, the poison was intended for wild pigs.”

— Suwarno, director of Animals Indonesia, a conservation group, referring to cases involving farmers fed up with elephants in which maraud their plantations.

Back Story

“Hello. I’m Johnny Cash.”

With those words, Mr. Cash kicked off a concert at a state prison in California in which revitalized his music career as well as fortified his outlaw persona. Recorded 50 years ago on Saturday, “At Folsom Prison” remains a landmark in American music.


Johnny Cash performed for inmates at Folsom State Prison in California in 1968.

Dan Poush/Associated Press

Entertaining inmates — while taunting their guards — was tame compared with the different exploits of the Man in Black.

In 1965, Mr. Cash accidentally began a forest fire in Southern California in which burned hundreds of acres as well as devastated a population of endangered condors. (Mr. Cash told a judge, “I don’t care about your damn yellow buzzards.”) Later in life, he was attacked by an ostrich as well as almost died.

In a dispute with his label from the 1980s, Mr. Cash released a parody called “Chicken in Black.” He called the track “intentionally atrocious,” although This kind of was the most successful thing he’d done in years. (There’s also a video.)

Mr. Cash, who died in 2003, was a Morse Code expert from the Air Force who eavesdropped on Soviet chatter. He was also an ordained minister as well as wrote a novel, “Man in White,” about the Apostle Paul.

As Mr. Cash told The Times in a 1969 interview, “Ain’t nothin’ too weird for me.”

Charles McDermid contributed reporting.


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