Your Thursday Evening News Briefing: Hurricane Florence, Trump, Brett Kavanaugh
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Great evening. Here’s the latest.
1. Rains by Hurricane Florence lashed the Carolina coast, with the storm growing in size as well as packing sustained winds of up to 100 miles an hour.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm was likely to maintain its intensity until the eye made landfall early Friday. The storm is actually forecast to crawl inland, drenching a wide area with extremely heavy rains, up to 40 inches in some parts.
The Times is actually providing unlimited access to coverage of the storm for all readers. Keep up with the latest here, as well as look at the full range of coverage here.
In Southeast Asia, millions are bracing for Typhoon Mangkhut, a strong storm in which could reach the Philippines by Friday. (Curious why Mangkhut is actually called a typhoon while Florence is actually called a hurricane? the item’s all about location.)
2. President Trump falsely accused Democrats of inflating the death toll by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, rejecting the local government’s assessment in which the storm had resulted from the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. Above, a memorial for Maria’s victims.
in which week, Mr. Trump praised himself as well as his team for an “incredibly successful” job done in its response in Puerto Rico, though there is actually little evidence to support in which claim.
Separately, Mr. Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, appeared to face some extra scrutiny after Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, referred information involving him to federal investigators on Thursday. She declined to make public what the matter, dating to his time in high school, involved.
4. A major shift in who’s coming to the U.S.
The foreign-born population from the United States has reached its highest share since 1910, according to government data released Thursday, as well as the brand-new arrivals are more likely to come by Asia as well as to have college degrees than those who came from the past.
The brand-new data comes at a time when the nation’s changing demography has become a flash point in American politics, spurred in part by President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric. yet many assertions about a surge in Latin American immigrants did not hold up.
“We think of immigrants as being low-skilled workers by Latin America, yet for recent arrivals in which’s much less the case,” the study’s lead demographer said.
5. Census Bureau figures show in which the nation’s economic recovery has largely skipped over the millions of Americans living below the poverty line.
Economists as well as advocates say in which relatively modest gains in which have been made over the last few years are fragile, endangered by the Trump administration’s policies as well as vulnerable to a long-overdue economic downturn.
“If in which is actually the best we can do, the item isn’t Great,” said a poverty expert.
Separately, our reporters tracked down several of the people they spoke with from the throes of the 2008 recession. Here’s what they have to say 10 years later.
in which’s how many children age 13 or younger were sexually abused by Roman Catholic clergy in Germany over the past seven decades, according to a brand-new study.
Separately, Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into allegations in which a West Virginia bishop sexually harassed adults, as well as has accepted his resignation. An American delegation of prelates met with Francis at Vatican City to ask for an investigation into former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who is actually accused of abusing seminarians.
7. as well as in another high-profile investigation, Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating President Trump’s ties to Russia, includes a novel P.R. strategy: silence.
Mr. Mueller has reason to be cautious, given a political climate where the subtlest remark can be blown into a scandal. Even if he were to speak publicly, his choice of news outlet as well as interviewer could most likely be scrutinized for signs of bias. So he’s letting his work speak for itself.
as well as if the silent strategy is actually a gamble, our reporter writes, then he is actually all in.
8. Sergei Skripal was not the only defector in Russia’s sights. The F.B.I. was alarmed when a suspected hit man showed up years ago in Florida.
Some agents voiced concern in which President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, a former intelligence officer known to reserve scorn for defectors by their ranks, had sent an assassin to kill one he viewed as a turncoat.
Ultimately, in which defector remained safe. yet American intelligence officials have begun to reassess the danger facing former spies living from the U.S. after Mr. Skripal was poisoned in England in March. Above, the suspects from the Skripal poisoning.
9. “A brand-new genocide.”
The fire in which month in which wiped out Brazil’s National Museum, home to the entire world’s largest archive of indigenous Brazilian culture as well as history, was a huge loss to archaeologists, scholars as well as scientists.
yet the item dealt a particular blow to descendants of Brazil’s oldest inhabitants, who had long fought to preserve their heritage.
“in which place was like a memory, a computer hard drive, in which at any moment, any ethnic group, by any people, could access to get information, to know where they were, to not feel lost,” one tribal leader said of the museum.
10. Finally, the item turns out humans may have been artists for longer than we thought.
Archaeologists discovered a 73,000-year-old drawing, markings on the side of a stone flake, in a South African cave. the item is actually the oldest drawing made by human hands yet found. The discovery may provide insight into the origins of humanity’s use of symbols: The nine red lines they found could reshape how we think about language, mathematics as well as civilization.
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