Hurricane Irma, DACA, Boston Red Sox: Your Wednesday Briefing

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The House is scheduled to vote today to provide nearly $8 billion in aid in response to the storm, which turned Houston into a terrifying real-life lesson for other cities.

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And we spoke to survivors of Harvey to learn the stories behind some of the objects they saved.

Fate of “Dreamers” falls to Congress.

Lawmakers have six months to tackle an issue that has confronted them for 16 years: determining the legal status of 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

The deadline comes after President Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, on Tuesday. Here’s what we know and don’t know about the Obama-era plan.

Who are the “Dreamers”? We look at the demographics of those who could face deportation and, in a video, hear some of their stories.

“This isn’t over,” one said. “And we’re not going to be pushed out of our country in six months.”

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A protest in Washington on Tuesday after an announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions about changes to the DACA program.

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• An obstacle to China’s ambitions.

Beijing’s path to dominance in Asia would require an American withdrawal and message to allies that they cannot count on Washington for protection.

But North Korea and its nuclear arsenal threaten to draw the U.S. more deeply into the region, complicating China’s goals.

Satellite images of North Korea show landslides after last weekend’s nuclear test, analysts said.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

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In today’s show, we discuss the origins and significance of the DACA program with a policy adviser to former President Barack Obama.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.

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After the second round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement, officials said they were confident they could reach a deal by the end of the year.

• CNN has reshaped and narrowed the focus of its investigative unit after a story required a retraction and an apology.

• The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has as much to love (the screen) as to hate (the price tag), according to our review.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch screen and costs about $950. It is scheduled to arrive in stores this month.

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

Smarter Living

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

• Should you take a deferred-compensation plan?

• Learn to recognize burnout before it hits.

• Recipe of the day: Skip takeout and make orange beef at home.

Noteworthy

• An “interplanetary” marriage.

Today’s 360 video is the sixth in a series about a NASA-funded study to simulate human exploration of Mars. One of the participants married shortly before the project started.

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Life on Mars: An Interplanetary Marriage

Six people are living in isolation for eight months on a volcano in Hawaii as part of a NASA-funded study to simulate human exploration of Mars. In the sixth episode of this 360-video series, we observe the challenges of an interplanetary marriage.


By NICK CAPEZZERA and VEDA SHASTRI on Publish Date September 6, 2017.


Photo by Nick Capezzera for The New York Times. Technology by Samsung. .

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• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program.

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• A modern twist on an old rivalry.

The Boston Red Sox admitted to using an Apple Watch to steal signs against the New York Yankees.

Major League Baseball is considering penalties.

• Quiz time!

Did you keep up with last week’s news? Test yourself.


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The state of school lunches.

The Trump administration promised to roll back Obama-era rules for healthier school lunches.

So far, not much has changed.

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An elementary school in Sardis, Ga. By most accounts, school lunches in the U.S. are better than they have been in decades.

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Best of late-night TV.

Returning from time away, Jimmy Kimmel reflected on a busy stretch of news: “When we left, we were busy revisiting the Civil War. Now we’re back with a good old-fashioned Korean War. So who says we’re not making progress?”

• Quotation of the day.

“God has given you too much money when you have someone else tend your vegetable garden.”

Steven Gaines, who has written about excess in the Hamptons, on a new status symbol on the East End of Long Island.

Back Story

Sixty-five years ago this week, The Times reviewed “The Old Man and the Sea,” the last Ernest Hemingway book published in his lifetime.

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The work, which tells the story of a Cuban fisherman and the greatest catch of his life, was a huge success and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A year later, Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize “for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in ‘The Old Man and the Sea,’ and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.”

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Ernest Hemingway at a bullfight in Madrid in 1960.

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Our critic, the Smith College professor Robert Gorham Davis, wrote that it was “a tale superbly told, and in the telling Ernest Hemingway uses all the craft his hard, disciplined trying over so many years has given him.”

(One scholarly account says Hemingway’s literary rival William Faulkner was asked to write the review but declined. He did applaud the work in a magazine blurb.)

Hemingway dismissed the notion that the work portrayed real people. But some said the novel had been inspired by Gregorio Fuentes, a Cuban who captained his fishing boat, the Pilar — and who spent his later years reminiscing for tourists eager to learn more about Hemingway’s Cuba.

Karen Zraick contributed reporting.

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