The effect can be seen at ports and airfreight terminals around the world. Prices for raw materials are rising, factory and agricultural orders have been cut and investments are delayed. Mr. Trump's offensive may prove to be a negotiating tactic. But ...
Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.
1. Just the fear of a trade war is straining the global economy.
The Trump administration has provoked broad retaliation with its tariffs on allies and rivals alike — most recently, levies on $50 billion in Chinese goods. Above, an export factory in eastern China.
The effect can be seen at ports and airfreight terminals around the world. Prices for raw materials are rising, factory and agricultural orders have been cut and investments are delayed.
Mr. Trump’s offensive may prove to be a negotiating tactic. But in the global marketplace, uncertainty can have far-reaching consequences.
2. The Trump administration separated 1,995 children from parents facing criminal prosecution for unlawfully crossing the border over a six-week period that ended last month. Above, a 2-year-old from Honduras cried as her mother was searched near McAllen, Tex.
The separations have been widely criticized, and President Trump has falsely claimed that Democrats are responsible for them. We went inside a converted Walmart in Texas, where almost 1,500 boys are being held.
On Capitol Hill, conflicting messages from the president and his aides over whether he would support a compromise immigration bill sent House Republicans into fits of confusion, further diminishing the bill’s fortunes ahead of a showdown vote this week.
3. In the realm of diplomacy, the administration and American allies are scrambling to accommodate the president’s promises to Kim Jong-un of North Korea after their historic summit meeting in Singapore, above.
The Pentagon and the government in South Korea moved toward canceling a large-scale and long-planned military exercise that was set for August. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up days of talks with top officials in South Korea, Japan and China.
On Friday, Mr. Trump told journalists that he would speak to diplomats over the weekend about the path forward in the nuclear talks.
4. This week in the Russia investigation and related matters:
A judge revoked Paul Manafort’s bail and sent him to jail to await trial, citing new charges that he tried to influence the testimony of government witnesses. The former campaign manager, above, for President Trump is charged with money laundering and making false statements.
A Justice Department report found that the former F.B.I. director James Comey was “insubordinate” in his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices during the 2016 election. Mr. Trump seized on the report, but it does not challenge the decision not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton, nor does it conclude that political bias influenced that decision.
And Michael Cohen, the president’s longtime fixer who is facing mounting legal trouble, asked a California judge for a gag order against Michael Avenatti, the outspoken lawyer for Stormy Daniels.
Of course, we can’t include all our Washington coverage in this briefing. For more, check out our roundup of this week’s biggest stories in American politics.
5. Among our most-read articles this week was a troubling report about complications from Lasik vision correction surgery. Roughly 9.5 million Americans have had the procedure, and there’s a widespread perception that it’s virtually foolproof.
But a recent clinical trial by the F.D.A. found that nearly half of all people who had healthy eyes before Lasik developed visual aberrations for the first time after the procedure. Some patients report extreme light sensitivity, distorted vision and chronic pain.
“Even if it’s 2 percent who are at risk for sight-threatening problems, that’s thousands of people being put at risk every year,” said Dr. Morris Waxler, a retired senior F.D.A. official who regrets the role he played in Lasik’s approval over 20 years ago.
“What is an acceptable level of risk when you’re operating on healthy eyes?”
6. A new exhibit at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s palatial mountaintop plantation, is dedicated to Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who bore children with the founding father.
It’s the culmination of a 25-year effort to grapple with the reality of slavery in the home of one of liberty’s most eloquent champions. And it deals a final blow to two centuries of ignoring or covering up what amounted to an open secret: Jefferson’s relationship with a slave, which spanned nearly four decades, from his time abroad in Paris to his death.
The exhibit also features oral histories of the descendants of slaves at Monticello. We talked to three people who trace their heritage to Monticello about what their family history means to them.
7. Ford Motor has purchased Michigan Central Station, the once grand, now abandoned office tower and train station that looms over Detroit.
The station, conceived by the architects who created Grand Central Terminal in New York, had long stood as the most recognizable symbol of the city’s decades of decline.
But Ford sees it at the center of the next automotive era. The company expects the renovated station to reopen in about four years, as part of a new campus focused on self-driving cars, ride-hailing services and delivery companies.
8. A friendly reminder: It’s Father’s Day. In honor of the holiday, our science desk took a closer look at the Y chromosome, lately revealed as essential to the health of male bodies and brains.
And our fashion experts report that the frumpy dad look is suddenly hot, socks with sandals and fanny packs included. (Above, acing it at a Minnesota mall in 1994.) Apparently, it’s the “evolution of normcore.”
In other words, we covered dad genes and dad jeans. You’re welcome.
9. The World Cup kicked off in Russia, and we have more than a dozen journalists there to cover the tournament. For updates and analysis, subscribe to our Offsides newsletter, sent out twice a week. You can also get direct messages from our team via The New York Times app. Sign up here.
The highlight so far: Spain and Portugal played a draw for the ages, starring a player for all time: Cristiano Ronaldo, above. Here’s how he gave Portugal the early lead.
10. Finally, a long-overdue obituary for Fannie Farmer, above left, an amateur’s challenge to NASA and what is said to be the oldest trail-running race in the U.S. We have those stories and more in this collection of our best weekend reads.
For more suggestions on what to read, watch and listen to, may we suggest these 10 new books our editors liked, a glance at the latest recommendations from Watching, or our music critics’ latest playlist.
Have a great week.
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