Walkout, Conor Lamb, Russia: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

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But he also rejected the leadership of Representative Nancy Pelosi, welcomed support from people who voted for President Trump and took a more conservative position on the hot-button issue of guns.

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3. President Trump is remaking his cabinet, moving it closer to the nationalist ideas that animated his campaign.

Our reporter was with Rex Tillerson, above, as he toured Africa in his last days as secretary of state. On “The Daily,” we discuss what his exit means for negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear program.

The latest updates: Mr. Trump named the CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser. And the administration may fire the former F.B.I. deputy director, Andrew McCabe, just days before he’s scheduled to retire. That would jeopardize his pension.

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4. Prime Minister Theresa May, above, suspended high-level contacts with Russia and expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent on British soil.

She vowed to crack down on Russian spies, corrupt elites and ill-gotten wealth in Britain.

Our correspondent explains why Moscow will never apologize for the attack on its former spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter.

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5. “Not since Albert Einstein has a scientist so captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world.”

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Tributes have been pouring in for Stephen Hawking, the physicist and author whose mind soared past physical paralysis and changed our understanding of the universe. He died at 76. Our science reporter for physics and cosmology wrote his obituary. Above, a beach in India.

Here’s a brief history of Dr. Hawking’s work. Movies were made about him, he made cameos on TV shows, and he inspired composers and songwriters. Here are six cultural moments he inspired and some of his most memorable quotations.

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6. “This is going to be a catastrophe.”

Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar face looming disaster when the impending storms of the monsoon season hit their vast camp in Bangladesh.

A top U.N. official said this week that the Myanmar military’s campaign against the Rohingya bore “the hallmarks of genocide.” Senior government officials denied the accusation.

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7. An immersive, multimedia theater production called “Universal Judgment: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel,” makes its debut in Rome on Thursday. Above, the character of Michelangelo floats as he paints.

Its artistic director, Marco Balich, best known as a designer of over-the-top spectacles like Olympic ceremonies, worked with the Vatican on the show. Sting did the soundtrack.

“Italy has all these very conservative art critics, and they are against the idea of ‘spettacolarizzazione,’” Mr. Balich said, using an Italian expression for putting on a big show. “They hate that word; I love that word.”

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8. Are technicolor croissants blasphemy or natural evolution?

That’s the question our food writer asks in T Magazine. She takes stock of the long history of the croissant; the development of its fetish-object cousin, the Cronut; and the broader significance of such “Frankenpastries.”

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“The croissant is dead; long live the croissant,” she concludes.

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9. Après pastry, a little cardio.

You may have heard that exercise is good for you. Two new studies of older recreational cyclists show just how good.

They weren’t just healthier than their sedentary counterparts. They were also, biologically, younger.

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10. Finally, here’s our popular roundup of the late-night comedy shows. And our TV folks also publish highlights of what’s on live TV and streaming services each weeknight.

For Wednesday, that includes Smithsonian’s “The Mountain Lion and Me,” which follows a mama lion and three kittens as they face predators and a bitter winter in Yellowstone National Park. (Some of the footage comes from cameras installed in their cave.)

Have a great night.

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