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We’re covering the continuing tensions with Iran, a stinging loss for Turkey’s president, and this week’s Democratic presidential debates.
U.S. seeks clandestine ways to deter Iran
American intelligence and military officers are working to counter Iranian aggression in the Persian Gulf without escalating tensions into a full-out conventional war, according to current and former officials.
Those efforts include operations similar to the American cyberattacks last week that targeted an Iranian group believed to be behind a series of attacks on tankers in the region. Iran maintains that it was not responsible for the attacks.
Yesterday: President Trump said in an interview that he was “not looking for war” with Iran and that he was willing to meet with its leaders without preconditions.
Response: Global leaders have been largely cautious, sometimes confused — but only implicitly critical of the saber rattling. They’ve urged both sides to de-escalate.
Perspective: In an Op-Ed, Susan Rice, the national security adviser under President Barack Obama, says that Mr. Trump’s decision to call off the strikes was correct but that the risk of war remains real.
The victory by Ekrem Imamoglu removes control over Turkey’s largest city from Mr. Erdogan and ends his party’s decades-long dominance there. Opponents said it could threaten Mr. Erdogan’s 16-year hold on power.
Closer look: The defeat for Mr. Erdogan signaled voters’ mounting despair over rising unemployment and inflation during his rule. He has repeatedly delivered on his promises of potent economic growth, but he has produced expansion by resorting aggressively to debt.
Democratic field prepares for its close-up
The first debates of the presidential campaign are this week, and may represent the best — and for some, the only — opportunity to stand out from a throng of competitors. We look at how the candidates are preparing.
The details: The 20 Democrats who made the cut have been divided into two groups, one of which will debate on Wednesday and the other on Thursday. Here’s how it will work.
Related: Joe Sestak, a former Navy admiral and congressman from Pennsylvania, has become the 24th member of the Democratic field.
A ‘Wild Wild West’ of counterfeits on Amazon
The company sells more than half of the books in the U.S., and a growing number of them are counterfeits, according to publishers, writers and industry groups.
Many are poorly printed and hard to read. For 18 months, Amazon has sold a counterfeit of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” despite warnings in reader reviews that it was a “monstrosity.”
The company takes a hands-off approach to policing its bookstore, placing the burden of ensuring that content doesn’t violate copyright laws on publishers and sellers.
Response: The company said it strictly prohibited counterfeit products and last year denied accounts to more than one million sellers suspected of being “bad actors.”
Why it matters: Lawmakers and regulators are beginning to take a harder look at what happens after a tech giant dominates an industry. Antitrust law has long focused on the consumer’s welfare, but the backlash against Big Tech may change that.
If you have 15 minutes, this is worth it
Jackie Kennedy’s transformative year
A 20-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier, above, third from left, arrived in France in August 1949 and began a year that would change her life.
Our writer retraced her steps through Paris, seeking a glimpse of the period she later called “the high point in my life, my happiest and most carefree year.”
Here’s what else is happening
Delayed immigration sweep: President Trump postponed nationwide raids that would have deported about 2,000 undocumented families, but said they would resume if Democrats didn’t agree to change the country’s asylum laws within two weeks. Separately, lawyers who visited a detention center for migrant children in Clint, Tex., found tremendous overcrowding and filthy conditions.
Trump denies assault allegation: President Trump has repeatedly denied accusations by the advice columnist E. Jean Carroll that he raped her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s. Mr. Trump said he had “no idea” who Ms. Carroll was.
A divide on climate policy: A growing number of Democrat-controlled states are adopting sweeping climate laws, while Republican-led states have largely resisted such policies. The contrasting approaches have the potential to cement an economic and social divide for years.
Snapshot: Above, a man dressed as the devil jumped over babies during El Colacho, a festival in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, Spain, on Sunday. The practice is said to ensure the babies’ safe passage through life.
In memoriam: Judith Krantz wrote tales of sex and shopping, and her novels sold more than 85 million copies in more than 50 languages. She died on Saturday at 91.
Women’s World Cup: We’ll have live coverage when the U.S. plays Spain today starting at noon Eastern. The winner will face the tournament’s host, France, which beat Brazil, 2-1, on Sunday. In today’s other match, Canada will play Sweden at 3 p.m. Eastern.
Times Square stunt: Two members of the Flying Wallendas circus family walked a tightrope 25 stories up in Midtown Manhattan. (They made it.)
Cook: A salsa of pasilla chiles and tomatillos is perfect for avocado tacos.
Watch: “Everything in this art form is self-expression,” the dancer José Xtravaganza says. “That’s what vogueing is.” Watch him freestyle.
Listen: From “Rocketman” to “Her Smell,” “Blaze” to “Vox Lux,” the film industry seems to think all musicians have the same ups and downs. Our critics discuss on the new Popcast.
Go: “A Strange Loop,” “Stonewall” and “The Cher Show.” Here’s our pick of the New York City theater to see during Pride Month.
Smarter Living: Women face unique challenges when negotiating for a raise, starting with being viewed as “unlikable” when they try, according to Kristin Wong, the author of “Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford.” She urges women to be extra prepared, bringing not just a list of accomplishments but also their dollar value, along with proof of performance improvement and documentation of being underpaid. She has more advice in our Working Woman’s Handbook.
And we look at the gear that can help when you’re traveling with children.
And now for the Back Story on …
Building to last
We’ve spent nearly two decades in the third millennium A.D.
Amazingly, if we go back to 19 B.C., we can find a piece of human-built infrastructure still usable today.
In that year, the Roman statesman and architect Agrippa completed an aqueduct to Rome, the Aqua Virgo. Whether it was named for a virgin or for its pure waters is a matter of debate.
It was Ancient Rome’s sixth aqueduct. Engineers had been using gravity to channel water to the city’s growing population since the late fourth century B.C.
They learned to excavate rock, lay pipe and, when necessary, build extraordinary arched bridges to carry the ducts. Some bridges remain as landmarks.
The water flowed into Rome’s cisterns, baths and homes, and spurted from fountains that also filled buckets for use in unconnected homes.
The Aqua Virgo, which flowed largely underground, went through periods of abandonment and revival. Its Renaissance renovation, the Acqua Vergine, feeds the Trevi Fountain.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
Melina Delkic helped compile this briefing. Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford provided the break from the news. Andrea Kannapell, the briefings editor, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at email@example.com.
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