Barcelona, Donald Trump, ‘The Defenders’: Your Friday Briefing


Mr. Trump also made clear on Thursday that he had no intention of stepping back from his remarks about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., which drew widespread condemnation.


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He said it was “foolish” to remove statues of Confederate heroes, although some of their descendants were open to the idea.

We also checked in with “antifa,” the controversial left-wing faction that is prepared to fight the far right. Literally.

• Muddled message on North Korea.

The Trump administration on Thursday offered conflicting signals to Asian allies over North Korea’s nuclear threat.

Three top officials emphasized that President Trump was prepared to take military action after Stephen Bannon, his chief strategist, said a military solution was impossible.

• Punishment in Navy crash.

About a dozen U.S. sailors will be disciplined over their roles in the deadly collision in June involving a destroyer off the coast of Japan. The two top officers will be relieved of duty.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

In today’s show, we discuss the internet habits of white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

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• As chief executives on a White House advisory panel debated whether to disband, a few argued for sticking with President Trump, citing patriotism and pragmatism.

• Think your commute is bad? Sheila James starts her day at 2:15 a.m. and takes two trains and a bus to get to her office job in San Francisco.


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Like many in the housing-starved region, she has moved far inland, gaining affordable space at the price of a brutal commute.


Sheila James catches a train at 4:20 a.m. from her home in Stockton, Calif., to her job in San Francisco.

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• U.S. stocks were down on Thursday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

• The best running stride comes naturally.

• Taking a road trip? Don’t leave home without these things.

• Tonight, consider a simple pasta dinner: cacio e pepe.


Simple but delicious: Cheese, pepper, pasta and just a little water.

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• The challenge of a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

In today’s 360 video, tour a 6,917-square-foot home in New Canaan, Conn., that was largely designed by the master architect and is now on the market for $7.2 million.


The Challenge of a Wright House

Frank Lloyd Wright houses may be architectural masterpieces but finding a buyer isn’t always easy. Take a tour of Tirranna, on the market in New Canaan, Conn., for $7.2 million.


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• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the removal of statues and monuments to the Confederacy.

• Pocket dial leads to firing.

In an accidental call to a reporter, a longtime spokesman for the New York State Court system admitted that he barely showed up for his job. He lost that job Thursday.

• Ready for the weekend.

At the movies, we review “Logan Lucky,” Steven Soderbergh’s return to directing after a brief retirement, and “Patti Cake$,” the story of a suburban redhead chasing hip-hop glory.


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Our Book Review writers recommend 10 new titles and introduce you to George Guidall, the narrator of more than 1,300 audiobooks.

Marvel’s The Defenders,” an assemblage of superheroes available starting today on Netflix, is less than the sum of its parts, our TV critic writes.

We also rounded up the best pop, rock, jazz and classical performances in New York City this week.

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That includes some jokes that have nothing to do with President Trump.


This daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams, taken in March 1843, will be sold at auction at Sotheby’s in October. Carrying an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000, it is one of the earliest photographic images of a U.S. president.


• Quotation of the day.

“Those who died in Bulacan, 32, in a massive raid, that’s good. If we can kill another 32 every day, then maybe we can reduce what ails this country.”

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, referring to a police operation against drug suspects this week. Fifty-eight people suspected of selling or using drugs have been killed in and around Manila in just three days.


Investigators surround the body of an alleged drug dealer today in Manila, one of dozens of suspects killed this week. The independent Commission on Human Rights, which has been tracking the high number of deaths under President Rodrigo Duterte’s government, said it would carry out an investigation.

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Back Story

Itching to celebrate World Mosquito Day? Sunday is the day.

It commemorates the 1897 discovery of the role that the insects play in transmitting malaria, a disease that has long bedeviled humanity, killing an estimated 429,000 people in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.


Portrait of a bloodsucker.

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A Nobel Prize was awarded to Sir Ronald Ross for the discovery.

Once mosquitoes were identified as the carrier of malaria, strides were taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

Among the most effective tools are nets treated with insecticide and placed around beds. Between 2008 and 2010, 294 million were distributed in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, a high-risk area, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Immunizations and indoor spraying have also proved effective.

Do mosquitoes prefer some people over others? Science suggests they are drawn to higher metabolism rates, higher body temperatures and more sweat, among other factors.

The best bet to fend them off may be spray, as those citronella candles don’t really work. Here are more tips.

Lauren Hard contributed reporting.


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