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NATO Summit, Papa John’s Pizza, Stormy Daniels: Your Thursday Briefing

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Day 2 on the NATO summit

• President Trump is attending the second one and ultimate day of the army alliance’s assembly in Brussels. He’s scheduled to talk with the leaders of Georgia and Ukraine and to sign up for a dialogue on Afghanistan. We have live updates.

On Wednesday, Mr. Trump again demanded that allies meet a commitment to raise their military budgets, after which shocked them through pronouncing they will have to double that spending goal. He additionally criticized Germany for being a “captive” of Russia’s power provide. (Our fact-check suggests another way.)

The president did, alternatively, sign up for different NATO leaders in signing a remark that harshly criticized Russia, days prior to he’s to satisfy with its chief, Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Trump leaves this afternoon for Britain, which he lately described as being moderately in turmoil. His consult with, which is predicted to be greeted through protests, could test the “special relationship” between London and Washington.

Judge has defended presidential energy

• As they comb throughout the writings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Democrats have discovered what they see as a promising stick with which to attack the judge.

In two legislation magazine articles, Judge Kavanaugh raised questions on whether or not a sitting president might be indicted, and instructed that presidents will have to be protected from civil fits and prison investigations. Both problems are related to Mr. Trump and the investigation into Russia’s election interference.

The nominee’s paper path is goodbye that Rod Rosenstein, the deputy legal professional basic, has asked federal prosecutors to help review the writings, an bizarre insertion of politics into federal legislation enforcement.

Returning house after ISIS

• In 2014, the Islamic State introduced that town of Raqqa was once the capital of its self-declared caliphate in Syria.

Raqqa was once liberated from the militant crew after a U.S.-led bombing marketing campaign closing 12 months, however a lot of town was once destroyed and there’s little cash to rebuild.

One of our Middle East correspondents traveled to Raqqa with a photographer to peer how residents are trying to recover from the scars ISIS left.

Those scorching summer time nights

• More than 100 million other folks sweated it out beneath warmth warnings or advisories within the U.S. closing week.

Low midnight temperatures normally supply respite from sizzling summer time days, however summer time nights had been warming at just about two times the velocity of days, placing older other folks, the in poor health and babies at larger chance.

Our newshounds examined a pattern this is in step with local weather alternate fashions and that’s anticipated to proceed.

Early as of late, Mr. Avenatti stated his shopper, whose actual identify is Stephanie Clifford, had been arrested at a strip club in Ohio. He stated she was once anticipated to be charged with a misdemeanor “for allowing ‘touching.’ ”

In sports activities

Croatia will seem in its first World Cup ultimate, towards France on Sunday, after outperforming England to win, 2-1, in extra time.

And at Wimbledon, Roger Federer, the No. 1 seed and protecting champion, lost to Kevin Anderson of South Africa. Angelique Kerber will face Jelena Ostapenko, and Julia Görges will play Serena Williams within the girls’s singles semifinals as of late.

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Best of late-night TV

Stephen Colbert reflected on President Trump’s criticism of Germany as “totally controlled by Russia”: “Now, I’m not ready to say that our president is a Russian agent, but I have an agent — and he doesn’t do as much for me as Trump does for Russia.”

Quotation of the day

“We are no captives — neither of Russia nor of the United States.”

Heiko Maas, the German international minister, responding on Twitter to President Trump’s accusation that Germany was once “captive to Russia” on account of its power dependency.

The Times, in different phrases

Here’s a picture of today’s front page, and hyperlinks to our Opinion content and crossword puzzles.

What we’re studying

Tim Herrera, editor of Smarter Living, recommends this article from The Atlantic: “I’m a Twitter obsessive, so I eagerly lapped up this story about ‘Local Twitter.’ Remember the ‘away status’ from your angsty youth, where you’d post inane-yet-personal statuses meant to broadcast feelings more than messages? Taylor Lorenz dives into how it’s sort of coming back on Twitter.”

Back Story

The historical past of Aboriginal Australians stretches again greater than 40,000 years, however a flag representing them wasn’t flown till at the moment in 1971.

In the overdue 1960s, Aboriginal Australians have been combating for land rights. Demonstrations featured a lot of banners and posters, however for Harold Thomas, an Indigenous artist and activist, representation of Aboriginal identity was missing.

The flag representing Aboriginal Australians.CreditDaniel Munoz/EPA-Shutterstock

He designed a flag to correct that: A yellow circle symbolizing the solar divides a black part (representing Aboriginal Australians) and a purple one (their dating to the land).

The Aboriginal athlete Cathy Freeman made waves in 1994 when she took a victory lap on the Commonwealth Games with each the Australian nationwide flag and the Aboriginal flag.

The aboriginal design was once formally followed as a flag of Australia in 1995.

Last 12 months, it earned virtual reputation when Twitter added an emoji for it. (The emoji additionally comprises the flag of the Torres Strait Islanders, some other crew of Indigenous Australians.)

“The Aboriginal flag is central to our national identity,” Mr. Thomas informed The Times when the emoji was once launched. “We are the first people here, for a very long time, and we’ll stay here until eternity.”

Remy Tumin wrote as of late’s Back Story.

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