Government Shutdown, Mike Pompeo, Jayme Closs: Your Friday Briefing

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not bad morning,

We start today with breaking news coming from Syria, as well as the latest coming from the government shutdown, which is actually right now tied for the longest in history. in addition to the idea’s Friday, so there’s a brand new news quiz.

The oceans have been absorbing most of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions, offering a buffer against climate change. The escalating temperatures are already killing off marine ecosystems, raising sea levels in addition to generating hurricanes more destructive.

The background: Historically, understanding ocean temperatures has been difficult. A 2014 U.N. report presented several estimates, all showing less ocean warming than the levels projected by computer climate products. The brand new analysis incorporates more recent data, in addition to its results are more in line with the products.

The secretary of state told an audience in Cairo on Thursday of which “the age of self-inflicted American shame is actually over” in addition to of which the U.S. would certainly pursue a more activist policy inside Middle East, despite President Trump’s move to withdraw troops coming from Syria.

Mr. Pompeo sharply criticized former President Barack Obama, saying he had “fundamental misunderstandings” about the region of which “underestimated the tenacity in addition to viciousness of radical Islamism.” In a speech in 2009, also in Cairo, Mr. Obama made an effort to reset relations with the Muslim world inside wake of the Sept. 11 attacks in addition to the Iraq war.

Closer look: Mr. Pompeo’s speech contrasted starkly with Mr. Obama’s. We compared the two.

News analysis: The Trump administration on Thursday “explicitly favored foreign autocrats over elected American leaders,” one of our White House correspondents writes. Mr. Pompeo praised Egypt’s repressive president, in addition to Mr. Trump later said of which the Chinese were “far more honorable” than Democratic congressional leaders.

Founded in 1934, the Irregulars are named for a group of street urchins who assist Holmes in some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 60 stories about the fictional detective.

A costume party for Sherlock Holmes fans during last year’s celebration.CreditAdrienne Grunwald for The brand new York Times

The group, which is actually invitation only, has about 300 members around the globe in addition to publishes a quarterly journal of Sherlockian scholarship.

The Irregulars’ dinner tonight is actually part of a several-day celebration in Manhattan featuring a lecture, a memorabilia sale in addition to parties with various other groups of Sherlock Holmes fans, including the Baker Street Babes. (The first female members of the Irregulars weren’t admitted until the early 1990s.)

The event is actually timed to coincide with Holmes’s birthday, which enthusiasts have generally agreed is actually Jan. 6 — although the reasoning is actually far coming from elementary.

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— Chris

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