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Your Friday Briefing

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>Here’s what you need to know:</i><p><b>• “A moment of reckoning.”</b><p>That’s what Hillary Clinton called the November election, casting herself as a steady and unifying leader and offering a sharp contrast with Donald J. Trump. Here’s the full text of her speech Thursday night, which we’ve …

Hillary Clinton

New York Today: A Wave of Whales

<i>Good morning on this floody Friday.</i><p>Their acrobatics have been photographed from balconies in Rockaway, Queens, and they’ve put on showstopping displays near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.<p>Their singing has even attracted a group of local scientists keen on recording them.<p>Whales, it seems, are making …

Whales

Hillary Clinton to Warn of ‘Moment of Reckoning’ in Speech Accepting Nomination

PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, who sacrificed personal ambition for her husband’s political career and then rose to be a Democratic senator and secretary of state, was set to become the first woman to accept a major party’s presidential nomination on Thursday night, a prize that …

Hillary Clinton

Democratic Convention: What to Watch For on Day 4

PHILADELPHIA — On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton will finally take the stage to formally accept her party’s nomination. But before the balloons drop, the speakers will highlight issues facing women, with a particular emphasis on workplace fairness and pay. …

Democratic Convention

Hillary Clinton Asks Not for Trust, but for Faith in Her Competence

PHILADELPHIA — The trust of the American electorate remains out of her reach. Its affections still elude her.<p>So after 40 polarizing years in public life, Hillary Clinton grasped for something less lofty and far more attainable here on Thursday night: an unquestioned acknowledgment of her readiness …

Hillary Clinton

Father of Fallen Muslim American Soldier Rouses Convention with Trump Rebuke

Khizr Khan lost his son, Capt. Humayun Khan of the Army, to the war in Iraq more than a decade ago.<p>On Thursday night, he shared his grief, and the story of his son’s sacrifice, at the Democratic National Convention in an emotional rebuke of Donald J. Trump’s immigration proposals and his ideas on …

War

In Hillary Clinton’s Nomination, Women See a Collective Step Up

The president would know what it is like to be pregnant. Top military leaders would answer to a female boss, when there has never even been a woman on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Workplaces and home life could be transformed through expanded parental leave and pay equity. Or nothing could change. …

Hillary Clinton

With Degree Debunked, Melania Trump Website Is Taken Down

PHILADELPHIA — Melania Trump’s cribbing last week of Michelle Obama’s lines was not the first time she claimed something that was not hers.<p>For months now, reporters have noted that Ms. Trump, who grew up in the small Slovenian town of Sevnica, did not obtain an undergraduate degree in architecture …

Melania Trump

Another Ex-Mayor Takes the Stage, but This Time, to Ease an Anxious Nation

In a few words he wrote just before going onstage on Wednesday night, Michael R. Bloomberg made a simple, arctic crack about Donald J. Trump’s mental health at the Democratic National Convention.<p>It’s not just candidates: The political campaign this year is driving voters crazy.<p>A friend who is a …

New York City

For Trump and Bloomberg, Cordial Ties Have Soured

Listening to Michael R. Bloomberg rage about Donald J. Trump in his speech at the Democratic National Convention this week — labeling him a public menace and hinting that he was not quite sane — it would be easy to think that the two billionaires had a rift going back many years.<p>“Trump says he …

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton: Her Notable Moments

The name Hillary Rodham first appeared in the pages of The New York Times 47 years ago, in a 1969 article about her commencement address at Wellesley, the women’s college in Massachusetts. It was five years before her husband, Bill Clinton, would be mentioned in The Times.<p>Since then, The Times has …

Democrats

Democrats Eager to Woo Republicans Who Are Wary of Trump

PHILADELPHIA — They saluted the valor and vigor of the American armed forces. They quoted Ronald Reagan and Theodore Roosevelt, iconic Republican presidents of the 20th century, as well as a beloved Republican former first lady. They talked plainly about faith, about instilling good family values, …

Donald Trump

Unnerved by Donald Trump, European Diplomats Seek Reassurance From Democrats

PHILADELPHIA — Federica Mogherini, an Italian diplomat who serves as the European Union’s top foreign policy official, spends most of her time shuttling among Whitehall, the Quai d’Orsay and other elegant bastions of Europe’s foreign policy establishment.<p>But this week, she was in Philadelphia, …

Donald Trump

Does Skipping Breakfast Cause Weight Gain?

<b>Question:</b><p>Does skipping breakfast cause weight gain?<p>When I was younger, my mother said that if I don’t eat breakfast then I’ll “train” my metabolism to slow down, thus leading to weight gain and associated health issues. I prefer to just have some tea and eat a snack a few hours after getting up. …

Breakfast

Editors’ Choice

<i>Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.</i><p><b>HEROES OF THE FRONTIER,</b> <i>by Dave Eggers. (Knopf, $28.95.)</i> In Eggers’s funny, empathetic novel about learning to survive, a woman flees her crumbling life in Ohio and takes her two children on a road trip to a …

Books

Review: In ‘Jason Bourne,’ a Midlife Crisis for a Harried Former Assassin

Jason Bourne, taciturn and carb-free, hurries through various European capitals — Rome, Athens, London — with the grim determination of a tourist who desperately needs a men’s room but is too proud to ask for directions. Really, of course, he’s being followed and watched, at street level and from a …

Jason Bourne

Obama Sets the Record Straight on His 7-Almond Habit

PHILADELPHIA — Does President Obama really only eat seven almonds at night?<p>As people watched Mr. Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, many took to Twitter to offer a thought: That he did such a good job, he deserved to let himself eat more than seven almonds that night.<p>…

Democratic National Convention

D.N.C. Hack Raises a Frightening Question: What’s Next?

If Russia was indeed behind last week’s leak of stolen data from the Democratic National Committee, we may be seeing one of the most sordid tools of its domestic politics deployed as a hostile weapon in foreign policy.<p>There is a Russian word for this practice: “kompromat.” A portmanteau of the …

Democratic National Committee

U.S. Drops Snark in Favor of Emotion to Undercut Extremists

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has revamped a program designed to lure foreign fighters away from extremist groups like the Islamic State, focusing on a series of new advertisements and social media posts that seek to appeal to emotion rather than logic.<p>Money for the program, which is …

United States

Terrorism Scares Away the Tourists Europe Was Counting On

PARIS — The shocks have come one after another: Islamic State killings of civilians in Brussels and Nice. A deadly outburst of terrorism in Germany. A fresh terror-linked atrocity in a small French town. Warnings abound that more may be on the way.<p>The surge of attacks in Europe has raised questions …

France

Art of the AIDS Years: Addressing History, Absorbing Fear

For my generation of American gay men, the AIDS epidemic was a second Vietnam War. It reached us as a rumor and soon revealed itself as a killing field. Just as the war had divided the country, so did AIDS. From initial public reports in 1981, through the end of the Reagan presidency in 1989, many …

Keith Haring

Stephen Colbert Retires ‘Stephen Colbert’

To hear Stephen Colbert tell it, his famous “Stephen Colbert” character is dead and never coming back. Now please give a warm welcome to his new TV persona, “Stephen Colbert.”<p>Mr. Colbert, the comedian and host of “The Late Show” on CBS, made the head-spinning announcement early Thursday morning …

Stephen Colbert

Is a Police Shooting a Crime? It Depends on the Officer’s Point of View

The black teenager had just reached into his waistband for what the New York City police officer assumed was a gun. As the officer, Richard Haste, later told a Bronx grand jury, he thought he was about to die.<p>In that instant, Officer Haste pictured Thanksgiving, with everyone gathered around, …

Criminal Law

Turkish Military Is Divided and in Disarray After Failed Coup

ISTANBUL — As a rebel faction of Turkey’s military began a violent attempt to topple the elected government, the country’s top officer, Gen. Hulusi Akar, was held at gunpoint in his office in the capital and told for the first time about what was happening.<p>“Sir, the operation is starting,” a …

Schadenfreude

Confessor. Feminist. Adult. What the Hell Happened to Howard Stern?

Near the end of his interview with Bill Murray, Howard Stern turned an already somber discussion about missed career opportunities into an existential grilling.<p>“Is there something that you question in your own life,” Mr. Stern asked, “like why haven’t I found that great love of my life?”<p>Mr. Murray …

Howard Stern

Google Silences Doubters With Blockbuster Quarter

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s good to be Google. Sometimes it’s just plain great.<p>Revenue regularly increases at a clip rarely achieved by firms of its size. The same goes for profits. Seven of its products have over a billion users, a scale unimaginable in the predigital era. A reorganization last year into …

Google