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Kushners Used ‘Toxic’ Construction to Drive Out Tenants, Suit Says

The developer Charles Kushner, whose son Jared Kushner is a son-in-law and senior adviser to President Trump, has received a lot of attention in New York.<p>But perhaps not the way he, or his son, ever wanted.<p>On Monday, 20 current and former tenants of a one-time warehouse in Brooklyn that the …

Real Estate

The G.O.P.’s War on the Poor

Four years ago, on the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty, House Republicans led by Paul Ryan issued a report declaring that war a failure. Poverty, they asserted, hadn’t fallen. Therefore, they concluded, we must slash spending on the poor.<p>Last week, Donald Trump’s Council of …

Health Care

TV Anchors Agape After the Trump-Putin Appearance

It was the first thing that CNN viewers heard as the news conference ended, an assessment both acidic and incisive, the sort of judgment not usually uttered by Very Important Television Anchors.<p>“You have been watching,” said the disembodied voice of Anderson Cooper, “one of the most disgraceful …

Donald Trump

An Easy Win for Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW — A few days before the summit in Helsinki, Finland, between President Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Yury Ushakov, one of Mr. Putin’s advisers, told journalists that this would be “the most important international event of the summer.”<p>The Kremlin had good reason to put an …

Russia

Can Macron Do for the Banlieues What the Banlieues Have Done for Soccer?

“I think allowing millions and millions of people to come to Europe is very, very sad,” President Trump said during his current good-will tour of the Continent. “I think you are losing your culture.”<p>Mr. Trump, meet Kylian Mbappé, the 19-year-old breakout star of France’s newly crowned World Cup …

France

Court Orders Temporary Halt to Migrant Family Deportations

Among the first migrant parents to recover their children after they were taken by immigration authorities at the Southwest border were 12 Guatemalans who disembarked jubilantly from a plane last week back in their home country. Immediately, though, there were questions: Had the families given up …

Immigration

Who Is Bill Browder, Kremlin Foe Singled Out in Putin’s Offer?

LONDON — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia made a surprise offer to Robert S. Mueller III, the special prosecutor investigating Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, at the news conference on Monday concluding the summit meeting between him and President Trump.<p>The Kremlin, Mr. …

Russia

Mariia Butina, Who Sought ‘Back Channel’ Meeting for Trump and Putin, Is Charged as Russian Agent

WASHINGTON — A Russian woman who tried to broker a secret meeting between Donald J. Trump and the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, during the 2016 presidential campaign was charged Monday and accused of working with Americans to carry out a secret Russian effort to influence American …

Donald Trump

Trump Sheds All Notions of How a President Should Conduct Himself Abroad

WASHINGTON — President Trump, who gleefully defies the norms of presidential behavior, went somewhere in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday where none of his predecessors have ever gone: He accepted the explanation of a hostile foreign leader over the findings of his own intelligence agencies.<p>Mr. Trump’s …

Donald Trump

The Book That Terrified Neil Gaiman. And Carmen Maria Machado. And Dan Simmons.

<b>“The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson</b><p>The scariest book I’ve ever read is “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson. I read it one night next to my sleeping wife and found myself unable to move, unable to go to bed, unable to do anything except keep reading and praying the shadows …

Books

Joint News Conference by Trump and Putin: Full Video and Transcript

<i>After meeting privately in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, President Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia held a joint news conference. Following is a transcript as prepared by the Federal News Service.</i><p>For more coverage, read our live updates, and this analysis.<p><b>Mr. Putin (through an</b> …

Russia

Republicans Rebuke Trump for Siding With Putin as Democrats Demand Action

WASHINGTON — Republicans across the ideological spectrum rebuked President Trump after Monday’s extraordinary news conference with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, with Speaker Paul D. Ryan admonishing Mr. Trump and declaring, “There is no moral equivalence between the United States and …

Donald Trump

Trump and Putin vs. America

From the beginning of his administration, President Trump has responded to every new bit of evidence from the C.I.A., F.B.I. and N.S.A. that Russia intervened in our last election on his behalf by either attacking Barack Obama or the Democrats for being too lax — never President Vladimir Putin of …

Donald Trump

In a Dark, Endless News Cycle, the World Cup Gave Us Light

When history looks back and remembers the stunning 2018 World Cup, what will be the lasting images: Neymar attempting, game after game, to break the land speed record for rolling while clutching your ankle? The referees experimenting with VAR? The replays of celebrating players and fans in rapture, …

Health Care

Trump, at Putin’s Side, Questions U.S. Intelligence on 2016 Election

HELSINKI, Finland — President Trump stood next to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday and publicly challenged the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, wrapping up what he called a “deeply productive” summit meeting with an …

Russia

What Breeds Make Up This Mutt?

Oh, Lilly. I’d like to scratch your mutt ears and pet your mixed-breed head, because although you’re a mongrel, it’s easy to guess the biggest portion of your heritage. Golden retriever? Of course.<p>But Lucy — well, you’re a dog with a spotty inheritance. What exactly? I certainly can’t guess. Maybe …

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Putin Is Running a Destructive Cybercrime Syndicate Out of Russia

The indictment of a dozen Russian military intelligence officers by my former boss, Robert Mueller, instantly reshaped the geopolitical backdrop of President Trump’s summit meeting with Vladimir Putin. But the sad truth is that it’s just more evidence of what we’ve known for years: Online, Russia …

Russia

The Perils of the Trump Cult

NASHVILLE — Few candidates have lashed themselves to President Donald Trump quite like Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn, the Republican Party’s choice to succeed Bob Corker in the Senate. Consider the scene at a rally in Nashville in May, where both candidate and president stood on stage …

Republicans

Deported From U.S., and Picking Up Pieces of a Shattered Dream

SANTA ROSA DE LIMA, Guatemala — For most of the two months she was held in immigration detention centers in the United States, Donelda Pulex Castellanos feared she might never see her 6-year-old daughter again.<p>The two had been caught after unlawfully crossing the Mexican border and, a day later, …

Immigration

Stepping Up to Help ‘Vulnerable’ L.G.B.T. Migrants

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>Violence in Central America has brought thousands of L.G.B.T. migrants to the United States border to seek asylum in recent years, hoping to find protection from persecution over their gender identity and sexuality.<p>But the …

Los Angeles

Where Democracy Is a Terrifying Business

Every two weeks I travel from Lahore, where I teach Urdu literature at a university, to my village in Okara district of Punjab Province. The conversations, the political debates, the infrastructure of the cities disappear in the three-hour bus journey.<p>I grew up here and my parents continue to live …

Elections

Raising My Child in a Doomed World

I cried two times when my daughter was born. First for joy, when after 27 hours of labor the little feral being we’d made came yowling into the world, and the second for sorrow, holding the earth’s newest human and looking out the window with her at the rows of cars in the hospital parking lot, the …

Winnie-the-Pooh

New York Today: What Is This Object?

Updated, 10:22 a.m.<p><i>Good morning on this bright-and-balmy Monday.</i><p>Have you ever wondered what those small plastic circles were on New York City streets?<p>They are asphalt tags, “A-tags” for short.<p>They identify who dug up the street and for what purpose, which comes in handy if there’s a problem later …

New York City

Trump-Putin Meeting, European Union, World Cup: Your Monday Briefing

<i>(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)</i><p><i>Good morning.</i><p><i>Here’s what you need to know:</i><p><b>Live updates from Finland</b><p>• President Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia have held one-on-one talks today in Helsinki today, met with teams of advisers, and they are now giving a news …

Donald Trump

Will Kavanaugh Curb Sloppy White House Deregulation?

Given President Trump’s concerns about the federal administrative state, his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is entirely fitting. For years, Judge Kavanaugh has toiled in the vineyards of administrative law, writing highly influential opinions on regulatory matters and …

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An Alaska National Park as Big as Connecticut. Annual Visitors? 23,000.

Flying through Lake Clark Pass in a four-seater Cessna 206 (the fifth seat had been removed to make room for baggage), I felt like I had cheated some long-established rule: Visit a National Park on Memorial Day weekend and you’re required to sit in traffic hell for hours. But there are no roads …

National Parks

A Nevada Park That, at 77,000 Acres, Sneaks in Under the Tourist Radar

Somewhere on the long, lonely, blissfully open road between Salt Lake City, and Baker, Nev. — a tiny town that is the entry point for Great Basin National Park — I texted the one friend I have who had been there.<p>Lisa’s mother hailed from the small town of Delta, 100 miles east, where we stopped for …

National Parks

Among the Majestic Trees in Congaree, Slipping Into Silence

Secret National Parks<p>By Rosalind Bentley<p>Living in the heart of Atlanta, I’m used to the white noise of distant traffic, transit trains and a million hungry lawn mowers. The low, omnipresent hum seeps through windows and doors and blends with the rush of air from the vents of our HVAC unit. So, for …

National Parks

9 Homes That Make a Case for the Great Indoors

Summer means spending time outside, be it backyard barbecues, daylong sojourns to the local beach or extensively planned trips to far-flung destinations. But there’s nothing like a third-degree sunburn to make one rethink leaving the house. (This is based on a true story.) Here, we’ve rounded up …

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Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves!

Robert M. Hertzberg’s hatred of bots is personal.<p>Mr. Hertzberg is a state Senator from California and last year, after he introduced a bail reform bill, he noticed that automated accounts on Twitter and Facebook were attacking him and his position. He is currently seeking re-election, and one of …

Artificial Intelligence