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Melania Trump, World Cup, NBA Draft: Your Friday Briefing

June 22,2018 16:17

Iceland is the smallest country by population to qualify for the World Cup. But its team, which faces Nigeria today, is strong, disciplined and hard to rattle. It's also unusually close to its fans. “Everyone in the whole country feels like a ...



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Here’s what you need to know:
A picture of confusion on immigration
• There seemed to be more questions than answers on Thursday as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep together immigrant families apprehended at the border.
As many as 20,000 migrant children could be housed on four U.S. military bases, according to the Pentagon, but officials couldn’t say whether their parents also would be. Conflicting information was given about other aspects of the federal government’s approach.
• The situation was no more clear in Congress, where Republicans remain divided over the wider issue of immigration. The House rejected a hard-line bill on Thursday and delayed until next week a vote on a compromise measure that also seems headed for defeat.

The business of sheltering migrants
• The recent separation of 2,300 children from their families has highlighted the secretive, billion-dollar business of housing and transporting migrants.

We examined the contractors that have been awarded millions by the federal government to run detention centers and build tent cities for migrants.
The 2,300 children have been sent to shelters across the country, although it is unclear exactly where. Our map shows the shelter system, from which the children’s parents are unsure how to get them back.
• “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” Melania Trump, the first lady, wore a much-discussed jacket emblazoned with those words on Thursday as she traveled to Texas to visit a group of migrant children. The message seemed clear, but who was its audience? Our chief fashion critic has some ideas.
Justices rule on collection of cellphone data
The Supreme Court issued a major privacy decision this morning, saying the government generally needs a warrant to collect location data about customers of cellphone providers.

The 5-to-4 decision has implications for all kinds of personal information held by third parties, including email and text messages, internet searches, and bank and credit card records.
The case, Carpenter v. United States, arose from armed robberies of Radio Shacks and other stores in the Detroit area starting in 2010.
A plan to shrink the safety net
• President Trump joked on Thursday that it was “extraordinarily boring.”
He was referring to his proposal to overhaul the federal government, a move that would have a profound effect on millions of poor and working-class Americans by reshuffling social welfare programs in a way that would make them easier to cut, scale back or restructure.
• Although the plan is unlikely to win congressional approval, it serves as a rallying cry for smaller government, one of Mr. Trump’s aides said.
Voting on Turkey’s transformation
• In the past 15 years at the country’s helm, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has jailed political enemies, trimmed civil liberties and overseen the construction of grandiose monuments and infrastructure projects.
As he campaigns for re-election on Sunday, Mr. Erdogan has promised a canal that would create a Turkish-owned trade route, which he says would make the country a great power.
• But Turkey’s economy is faltering, and there are signs that the public is weary of the president’s enthusiasm for megaprojects. Our correspondent explains what’s at stake.

A tiny nation, unified by soccer
• Iceland is the smallest country by population to qualify for the World Cup. But its team, which faces Nigeria today, is strong, disciplined and hard to rattle. It’s also unusually close to its fans.
“Everyone in the whole country feels like a participant,” the team’s goalkeeper said recently. Our correspondent explains.
On the field, the perennial heavyweight Argentina is on the brink of elimination after a 3-0 loss to Croatia. Also on Thursday, France won, and Australia and Denmark tied.
• Today’s matches conclude with Switzerland playing Serbia. We have live updates and analysis.

Smarter Living
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Thinking of sandals this summer, gentlemen? Read this first.
• Five places with great food festivals.
• Recipe of the day: If you’re craving chocolate chip cookies, go with this classic Toll House recipe.
Noteworthy
• In memoriam
Charles Krauthammer, a former psychiatrist, became one of the country’s most prominent conservative voices as a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and TV commentator. He was 68.
• Analyzing the N.B.A. draft
The Phoenix Suns selected Deandre Ayton, a center from Arizona, with the first pick. We broke down Thursday’s first round.

• The week in good news
A group of students who started school afraid of the water are now saving lives in New York City. Here are seven stories that inspired us.
• Quiz time!
Did you keep up with this week’s news? Test yourself.
• Ready for the weekend
At the movies, our critics reviewed “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and an Elvis documentary, “The King.” Find all of this week’s film reviews here.
Now in its 24th year, the Warped Tour, a punk-rock extravaganza, began its final full cross-country run this week. The Times spoke to some of the women who have performed on the tour, which has been criticized as a “wild boys’ paradise.”
The art world is easy to dislike, but T Magazine’s inaugural online art issue highlights the things that give us hope in an often-derided industry.
Oprah Winfrey and her thousands of hours of TV are now the subjects of an exhibition at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. Our critic visited.
Finally, we recommend nine new books and, if you’re in New York City, a slate of cultural events.
• Best of late-night TV

Jimmy Kimmel reacted to Melania Trump’s puzzling fashion choice on Thursday: “Remember when Michelle Obama showed her bare arms and went to an oil spill, and Fox News went nuts?”
• Quotation of the day
“I haven’t seen babies, per se. But yeah, a lot of little ones. It’s a steady parade.”
— Megan Newman, a book publisher who lives a block from a child welfare agency in East Harlem that has taken in migrant children.
• The Times, in other words
Here’s an image of today’s front page, and links to our Opinion content and crossword puzzles.
• What we’re reading
Alan Henry, a Smarter Living editor, recommends this blog post: “Ibrahim Diallo, a California software developer, tells the funny but very frustrating story of being accidentally fired by a machine — a cautionary tale of what happens when automated processes take over and human intervention isn’t allowed.”

Back Story
June is Pride Month, commemorating the anniversary of the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City that helped galvanize the gay community’s fight for equal rights.

(The community is now commonly referred to as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or L.G.B.T., although the language continues to evolve.)

The Stonewall Inn in New York City in 1969.CreditLarry Morris/The New York TimesAt the time, public displays of same-sex affection could result in prosecution or worse, but gay rights advocates found support from what might seem an unlikely source: the Mafia. Organized crime controlled numerous nightspots in New York.
The Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village, was owned by a member of the Genovese crime family, who would pay off the New York Police Department so that patrons who engaged in “indecent conduct” didn’t face charges.
Police raids were still frequent, and early on the night of June 28, a raid led to protests that continued for several nights.
In the following years, pride marches were held nearby, although there has been disagreement about how to celebrate the anniversary of the uprising.
Marches are now held around the world (New York’s is Sunday).
You can find all of The Times’s coverage of Pride Month 2018 here.

Lauren Hard wrote today’s Back Story.
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Correction: 
An earlier version of this briefing misspelled the given name of a woman who described a child welfare agency in East Harlem. She is Megan Newman, not Meghan.

Follow Chris Stanford on Twitter: @stanfordc.

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