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Boris Johnson, China, David Stern: Your Friday Briefing

Boris Johnson, China, David Stern: Your Friday Briefing


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Good morning.

We’re covering the election results in Britain, a delayed vote on the articles of impeachment, and an emergency surgery for the man who built the modern N.B.A.

With his party’s biggest electoral victory since Margaret Thatcher captured a third term in 1987, Mr. Johnson is now assured of leading Britain through its most momentous transition since World War II. Here are the latest updates.

Related: The opposition Labour Party suffered its worst showing in more than 80 years, putting enormous pressure on its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to resign. He said today that he wouldn’t lead the party into another election but would stay on for the time being.

The details: Mr. Johnson ran on a promise to “get Brexit done,” a platform that seemed to win over areas that had traditionally voted for Labour. See our map for more.

Another angle: The success of the Scottish National Party on Thursday is likely to intensify the debate over independence for Scotland, which voted against Brexit.

What’s next: One of Mr. Johnson’s top officials, Priti Patel, said that the government would introduce legislation to complete Brexit before Christmas. But Britain’s departure would still probably not happen before Jan. 31, the date agreed upon with the European Union.

The House Judiciary Committee will reconvene today after its chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler, postponed votes on the two articles of impeachment against President Trump.

After a combative 14-hour debate on Thursday, Mr. Nadler said he wanted lawmakers to have time to “search their consciences” before the final roll call. Watch highlights of the debate here.

What’s next: The Judiciary Committee is expected to approve the articles on a party-line vote and send them to the full House, which would debate them next week. If lawmakers vote to impeach Mr. Trump, a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate would begin early next year.

News analysis: “Fears are mounting that presidential impeachment might, like the filibuster, become a regular feature of America’s weaponized politics,” our chief Washington correspondent writes.

People familiar with the talks told The Times that Mr. Trump had agreed to significant reductions on tariffs he has placed on $360 billion of Chinese goods, in return for concessions including a commitment to purchase American farm products.

Markets in Asia rose on the news today, after the S&P 500 closed at a record high on Thursday.

Background: An agreement would come after 19 months of back and forth over trade practices that Mr. Trump has criticized as unfair to American companies and workers. However, both sides have said before that they were on the verge of an agreement, only for the talks to collapse.

In the summer of 2018, Liu Jingyao, above, accused the billionaire founder of one of China’s largest companies of rape.

After her name became common knowledge in China, Ms. Liu, a student at the University of Minnesota, was widely and often viciously attacked online. She spoke to The Times about her experience and how Chinese society treats women who speak up about sexual assault.

Surgery for former N.B.A. commissioner: David Stern, 77, who ran the league from 1984 to 2014, had an emergency operation after a brain hemorrhage, the N.B.A. announced.

Snapshot: Above, a design by the Office of Strategic Services — the precursor to the C.I.A. — for a State Department presentation room, which helped create the template for the situation room. While the O.S.S. is known for its intelligence-gathering operations during World War II, it also helped shape the look of modern life.

News quiz: Did you follow the headlines this week? Test yourself.

Modern Love: In this week’s column, a 22-year-old finds himself on the back of a motorcycle with a man five decades his senior.

Late-night comedy: After President Trump mocked Greta Thunberg, Time magazine’s person of the year, Jimmy Fallon noted, “In one room, Trump is going after a 16-year-old on Twitter; in the other room, Melania is talking about the perils of cyberbullying.”

What we’re reading: The Space Explorer Mike Twitter feed. “We can’t all be astronauts, but there are no limits on the travels our minds can take,” writes the briefings editor, Andrea Kannapell. “And this account always has a launchpad.”

Cook: This weekend, set up a batch of slow cooker salsa verde chicken and let it simmer most of the day.

Read: Two collections of letters are among 11 books we recommend this week.

Watch: “Richard Jewell,” Clint Eastwood’s new film about the aftermath of the bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, is at the center of a media storm over its portrayal of a reporter as having traded sex for a scoop. Read our review.

Smarter Living: Brow and lash serums make a lot of promises, but many do little — and the ones that actually stimulate growth can have side effects.

The horror novelist Stephen King is a triskie. He’s also a friggatriskaidekaphobe. Or, if you prefer, a paraskavedekatriaphobe.

While a triskie — a triskaidekaphobe, that is — is creeped out by the number 13, the other two are terrified of Friday the 13th. Like today.

Mr. King wrote an article for The Times in 1984 listing some unlucky Friday the 13ths in history, and explaining that when he reads a book, he won’t stop on page 94, page 193 — or any page whose digits add up to 13. “It’s neurotic, sure,” he conceded. “But it’s also … safer.” Other friggatriskies:

  • Franklin Roosevelt. (He was acutely afraid of the number 13 and would avoid traveling on Friday.)

  • Sholom Aleichem, the Yiddish author and playwright who created the character Tevye from “Fiddler on the Roof.” (His manuscripts never had a page 13; he would number it 12a.)

  • And the Austrian-American composer Arnold Schoenberg, whose fear came true: He died on a Friday the 13th in 1951.

That’s it for this briefing. Good luck today.

— Chris

Thank you
Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford provided the break from the news. Victoria Shannon, on the briefings team, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach us at [email protected].

• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Today’s episode includes an interview with Elizabeth Warren.
• Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Subject of the question “Still or sparkling?” (five letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• Sunday’s print edition of The Times will include our annual Puzzle Mania section.


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