California, Trump, CBS: Your Monday Evening Briefing

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Good night. Here’s the most recent.

1. In Northern California, the loss of life toll from the Carr Fire rose to six, and 7 persons are lacking. The fireplace is just 20 p.c contained, and it’s simply one among a couple of dozen that emergency response crews have battled across the state in latest days. Above, a scene in Redding.

Scientists hyperlink the brand new frequency and depth of the state’s fires to climate change, which can be a driver of record-breaking warmth waves around the globe.

We talked to folks experiencing extreme temperatures on four continents, together with a employee at an Algerian oil plant who walked off the job because the temperature hit 124 levels Fahrenheit. “We couldn’t keep up,” he recalled. “It was impossible to do the work. It was hell.”

On Wednesday, The Times Magazine comes out with a particular single-story subject concerning the science of local weather change. Sign up here to be notified when it’s revealed.

2. President Trump reiterated a threat to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn’t grant his demand to construct his long-promised wall with Mexico.

“I would have no problem doing a shutdown,” Mr. Trump stated throughout a 40-minute news convention held with Giuseppe Conte, the visiting Italian prime minister, above. “We’re the laughingstock of the world.”

3. The Trump administration can be contemplating bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy.

The thought is that the Treasury Department may change the definition of “cost” for calculating capital beneficial properties, permitting taxpayers to regulate the preliminary worth of an asset, like a house or a share of inventory, for inflation after they promote. Above, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

The legally tenuous maneuver would fulfill a long-held dream of many traders and conservatives — and face a near-certain court docket problem.


4. There’s simply 99 days to go till the midterms.

The battleground is broader than anticipated, and features a fair proportion of pro-Trump districts. That’s signal for Democrats. Our Upshot columnist broke down each party’s prospects.

There are oddities. In one House race in Virginia, a Democratic nominee accused her Republican opponent of campaigning with white supremacists and being the creator of Bigfoot-themed erotica.

Yes, you learn that accurately.


5. The trial of Paul Manafort begins on Tuesday. The veteran Republican political operative is going through monetary fraud costs, however questions on Russian involvement within the 2016 Trump marketing campaign hold closely over the proceedings. Here’s what’s at stake.

And right here’s how an American media celebrity in Italy helped put Mr. Manafort in jail.


6. A $100 billion Los Angeles-to-San Francisco bullet train has moved off the drawing board and on to 21 building websites unfold throughout 5 Central California counties.

It’s nonetheless nowhere close to absolutely funded, nevertheless, and most Californians oppose the mission.

Beginning building with out the entire financing in place represents a strategic gamble by the state’s rail authority, and by Jerry Brown, the outgoing governor, who has championed the mission.

7. Leslie Moonves, the embattled chief govt of CBS Corporation, is keeping his job. (At least for now.)

Days after the publication of a New Yorker article detailing six ladies’s allegations in opposition to Mr. Moonves of sexual harassment, the corporate’s board of administrators met for 3 hours. Afterward, the corporate stated it was “in the process of selecting outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation.”

There was no instant motion in opposition to Mr. Moonves, who attracts an annual pay package deal value $69.Three million.

8. An investigation by the Malaysian authorities into the destiny of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was unable to determine what happened to the airplane.

The disappearance 4 years in the past is without doubt one of the enduring mysteries of aviation historical past, and has promoted all method of conspiracy theories. Above, a mural in Kuala Lumpur.

The chief investigator stated the proof, together with the airplane’s change in fact and the switching off of a transponder, “irresistibly point” to illegal interference. But he stated there was no indication of who might need interfered — or why.


9. One day, a robotic may make your mattress.

Inside the world’s high synthetic intelligence labs, researchers are getting nearer to creating robotic arms that may mimic the actual factor.

Our tech reporters paid a go to to be taught the way it all works — and you may see the robot hands in action in their article.


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