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Senate, Mosul, N.B.A. Draft: Your Thursday Briefing

June 22, 2017 9:21 AM
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Democrats are regrouping after an election defeat in Georgia, with some questioning the leadership of Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader.

Two psychologists — whom C.I.A. officials have called architects of a program that used techniques widely viewed as torture, a designation they dispute — are being sued on behalf of former prisoners.

Jurors cleared a police officer of wrongdoing in the death of Sylville Smith, which touched off two days of protests and violence in August.

Separately, we asked legal and police experts to view the dashboard-camera video of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop. They offered their takes, frame by frame.

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In today’s show, we talk about the resignation of Travis Kalanick, Uber’s former chief executive, with the reporter who has been writing about him for years.

• In his last hours as Uber’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick was presented with a list of demands from major shareholders. One was that he step down by the end of the day.

• The government’s consumer watchdog joined a chorus of warnings today about problems with a federal program that lets people who take public service jobs have their student loans forgiven after a decade.

• Recipe of the day: For a light meal, try this kale and snap pea salad with a ginger, miso and rice vinegar dressing.

In today’s 360 video, follow along as window washers clean a Manhattan skyscraper.

Four children from a fishing village in Nigeria were among thousands abducted by the militant group and trained as soldiers.

There’s wide agreement about the two players most likely to be picked first tonight: Markelle Fultz of Washington and Lonzo Ball of U.C.L.A. We look at what to expect after that.

Our columnist also compared the Lakers, who have a plan, to the Knicks, who have … the triangle offense.

“They kept telling me every day a nuclear bomb was going to be exploded in the United States and that’s because I had told them to stop, I had lost my nerve, and it was going to be my fault if I didn’t continue.”

— John Bruce Jessen, a former military psychologist accused of helping to devise interrogation techniques used in secret C.I.A. prisons, testifying in a suit filed on behalf of former prisoners.

The story of Galileo Galilei demonstrates many things, not least that science keeps evolving.

It was on this day in 1633 that the Italian scholar renounced what we now accept as fact: that the Earth orbits the sun, not the other way around.

His discovery of Jupiter’s larger moons in 1610 made him question the prevailing assumption that the Earth was at the universe’s center.

His advocacy of the heliocentric theory earned him mockery, censure and, in 1633, a trial in Rome, at which he was forced to recant before a jury of cardinals. He vowed that he would “abjure, curse and detest” his findings.

The declaration saved him from being burned at the stake, but led to house arrest for the rest of his life.

It took the Roman Catholic Church more than 350 years to acknowledge that Galileo had been wronged — though astronomers now tell us that the sun is not immobile, but orbits within the galaxy, pulling the planets along with it.

Today, Galileo’s discoveries seem obvious. But all things are easy to understand once they have been discovered, he wrote. “The point is in being able to discover them.”


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