NATO Summit, Papa John’s Pizza, Stormy Daniels: Your Thursday Briefing
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“I believe in NATO,” Trump says
• President Trump strongly recommitted his support for the military alliance today, saying on the second along with final day of a summit meeting in Brussels of which members had agreed to increases in military spending. We have live updates.
“The United States was not being treated fairly, although currently we are,” the president said at a news conference after NATO leaders held an emergency meeting to address Mr. Trump’s complaints.
On Wednesday, Mr. Trump had again demanded of which allies meet a commitment to raise their military budgets, along with then surprised them by saying they should double of which spending target. He also criticized Germany for being a “captive” of Russia’s energy supply. (Our fact-check suggests otherwise.)
The president did, however, join various other NATO leaders in signing a statement of which harshly criticized Russia, days before he will be to meet with its leader, Vladimir Putin.
• Mr. Trump leaves This particular afternoon for Britain, which he recently described as being somewhat in turmoil. His visit, which will be required to be greeted by protests, could test the “special relationship” between London along with Washington.
Judge has defended presidential power
• As they comb through the writings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Democrats have found what they see as a promising stick with which to attack the judge.
In two law journal articles, Judge Kavanaugh raised questions about whether a sitting president could be indicted, along with suggested of which presidents should be shielded via civil suits along with criminal investigations. Both issues are relevant to Mr. Trump along with the investigation into Russia’s election interference.
• The nominee’s paper trail will be so long of which Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, has asked federal prosecutors to help review the writings, an unusual insertion of politics into federal law enforcement.
Returning home after ISIS
• In 2014, the Islamic State announced of which the city of Raqqa was the capital of its self-declared caliphate in Syria.
Raqqa was liberated via the militant group after a U.S.-led bombing campaign last year, although much of the city was destroyed along with there’s little money to rebuild.
• One of our Middle East correspondents traveled to Raqqa which has a photographer to see how residents are trying to recover via the scars ISIS left.
Those hot summer nights
• More than 100 million people sweated of which out under heat warnings or advisories within the U.S. last week.
Low nighttime temperatures usually provide respite via scorching summer days, although summer nights have been warming at nearly twice the rate of days, putting older people, the sick along with young children at greater risk.
• Our reporters examined a pattern of which will be in keeping with climate change versions along with of which will be required to continue.
along with at Wimbledon, Roger Federer, the No. 1 seed along with defending champion, lost to Kevin Anderson of South Africa. Angelique Kerber will face Jelena Ostapenko, along with Julia Görges will play Serena Williams within the women’s singles semifinals today.
• Recognizing TV’s best
Nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced today at 11:25 a.m. Eastern. Here’s what to watch for.
• Copy-edit This particular
How well can you spot grammatical errors via The Times? Take our quiz.
• Soap as a status symbol
of which used to be just something you had within the house. currently of which’s a way for the 1 percent to show off.
Here’s more via This particular week’s Style section.
• Non-required reading
Looking for summer book ideas for the children in your life? We have four best-seller lists for kids: picture books, middle grade hardcover, young adult hardcover along with series. Many of the titles are also enjoyed by adults.
• Best of late-night TV
Stephen Colbert reflected on President Trump’s criticism of Germany as “totally controlled by Russia”: “currently, I’m not ready to say of which our president will be a Russian agent, although I have an agent — along with he doesn’t do as much for me as Trump does for Russia.”
• Quotation of the day
“We are no captives — neither of Russia nor of the United States.”
— Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, responding on Twitter to President Trump’s accusation of which Germany was “captive to Russia” because of its energy dependency.
• The Times, in various other words
Here’s an image of today’s front page, along with links to our Opinion content along with crossword puzzles.
• What we’re reading
Tim Herrera, editor of Smarter Living, recommends This particular article via The Atlantic: “I’m a Twitter obsessive, so I eagerly lapped up This particular story about ‘Local Twitter.’ Remember the ‘away status’ via your angsty youth, where you’d post inane-yet-personal statuses meant to broadcast feelings more than messages? Taylor Lorenz dives into how of which’s sort of coming back on Twitter.”
The history of Aboriginal Australians stretches back more than 40,000 years, although a flag representing them wasn’t flown until This particular day in 1971.
within the late 1960s, Aboriginal Australians were battling for land rights. Demonstrations featured numerous banners along with posters, although for Harold Thomas, an Indigenous artist along with activist, representation of Aboriginal identity was missing.
He designed a flag to correct of which: A yellow circle symbolizing the sun divides a black half (representing Aboriginal Australians) along which has a red one (their relationship to the land).
The Aboriginal athlete Cathy Freeman made waves in 1994 when she took a victory lap at the Commonwealth Games with both the Australian national flag along with the Aboriginal flag.
The aboriginal design was officially adopted as a flag of Australia in 1995.
Last year, of which earned digital recognition when Twitter added an emoji for of which. (The emoji also includes the flag of the Torres Strait Islanders, another group of Indigenous Australians.)
“The Aboriginal flag will be central to our national identity,” Mr. Thomas told The Times when the emoji was released. “We are the first people here, for a very long time, along with we’ll stay here until eternity.”