2021-02-11 03:28:19 | Your Thursday Briefing – The New York Times


Story by: Natasha Frost The New York Times World News

The House’s prosecution team laid out a sweeping narrative on Wednesday against former President Donald Trump, using detailed videos and never-before-heard audio of police radio communications from the day a mob of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol. Listen and watch here.

Mr. Trump’s defense team has claimed that he did not want his supporters to storm the Capitol and that his language was protected free speech, not incitement of violence or insurrection. “There is no set of facts that ever justifies abrogating the freedoms granted to Americans in the United States Constitution,” Bruce Castor Jr., one of his lawyers, said.

Separately, Georgia prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s phone call in January to the Georgia secretary of state asking him to “find” votes.

Republicans: Thousands of people have left the G.O.P. since the Capitol riot, according to voting registration data.

As recently as four years ago, anxiety about nuclear weapons was low, except where North Korea was concerned. But unrestrained modern technologies, a lack of arms control and more numerous players have together created a world filled with nuclear dangers.

Many experts are now warning that President Biden must once again make arms control a priority or risk an accelerating nuclear arms race, with new threats to American allies in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. But few want to discuss those perils, especially in Europe, where debate about the risk of nuclear arms is almost nonexistent.

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America’s partners in Europe and Asia want reassurance that U.S. security guarantees are valid, realistic and reliable, experts said. The most immediate fix in the wake of the Trump presidency would be to restore America’s dwindling credibility, though even that may not be easy.

Analysis: “The combination of these challenges raises the nuclear security of our allies anew, as they ask whether they can continue to rely on the United States as they’ve always done,” said Ivo Daalder, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO.

China’s climate progress: Scientists said that emissions from China of CFC-11, a banned gas that harms the Earth’s ozone layer, had fallen sharply. The findings ease concerns that increased emissions would slow progress in the struggle to repair the ozone layer.

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New Zealand’s Parliament: Rawiri Waititi, a Maori politician, was kicked out of Parliament this week for forgoing a tie, which he called a “colonial noose,” in favor of a traditional Maori pendant. Now, a committee has decided neckties are no longer mandatory.

Cook: Whether or not you’re celebrating the Lunar New Year, these vegan chile crisp dumplings deliver texture and taste.

Watch: In “Twilight’s Kiss,” a married taxi driver and a mustachioed retiree try to find love together in Hong Kong. Want more? The documentary “A City of Two Tales” tackles similar subject matter.

Jog: A new study of how — and why — our upper bodies seem to work the way they do when we run, but not when we walk, sheds light on why running is a full-body affair.

Let’s weather the storm together. At Home has our full collection of ideas on what to read, cook, watch, and do while staying safe at home.

Commonplace books can be traced to the Roman era and were a standard exercise in Renaissance Europe. Making one involves copying down your favorite lines from other people’s works into an annotated notebook. These can be song lyrics, movie dialogue, poems and any inspiring bits you find in your reading and listening. Here’s a guide for making one with modern technology.

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Get inspired. The Yale University Library has scanned pages of historical commonplace books in its holdings, and the Harvard Library has a few in its own online collection, as well as images of a version of John Locke’s 17th-century guide to making commonplace books, which was originally published in French.

Take notes. For sheer simplicity, collecting your commonplace entries in a word-processing document stored online is one option. If you find that approach unwieldy, consider the note-taking app that came with your phone — Apple’s Notes or Google Keep. Just enter quotations and other text snippets whenever you get the urge. If you want to skip the typing or pasting, Google Keep can scan and transcribe text from images of book pages, and Apple’s Siri voice assistant or Google Assistant can create a note and take dictation.

Convert a paper notebook. What if you’re someone who has been keeping a physical commonplace book for years but would like to digitize the whole thing without retyping it all? One method: Snap a photo of each page and import the image into your notes app, which also preserves the look of your original hand-scrawled entries.

That’s it for this briefing. See you on Friday.

— Natasha

Thank you
Melina Delkic wrote today’s Back Story. Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh provided the rest of the break from the news. You can reach Natasha and the team at [email protected]

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