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The Week Diplomats Broke Their Silence

Members of the American diplomatic corps testified about the state of U.S. foreign policy in private hearings on Capitol Hill this week. According to our national political correspondent, their testimonies revealed ?a remarkably consistent story? about the ways in which career diplomats have been sidelined to make room for Trump administration officials. The conduct of those officials, and the nature of the directives they received, is at the center of the House impeachment investigation.

We look back at a week inside the U.S. Capitol as that inquiry enters a pivotal phase. Guest: Nicholas Fandos, who covers Congress for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background coverage: 

Gordon D. Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, told impeachment investigators on Thursday that President Trump delegated Ukraine policy to his personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani.Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, threw Washington into turmoil on Thursday when he first confirmed, then retracted, that Mr. Trump had withheld military aid to pressure Ukraine.
2019-10-18
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A Foreseen Calamity in Syria

The presence of U.S. troops in northern Syria was designed to protect America?s allies and keep its enemies there in check. President Trump?s unilateral withdrawal from the region quickly, and predictably, unraveled a tenuous peace on the volatile border between Syria and Turkey. His decision handed a gift to four American adversaries: Iran, Russia, the Syrian government and the Islamic State. David E. Sanger of The Times explains why ?the worst-case scenario is even worse than you can imagine.? Guest: David E. Sanger, a national security correspondent and a senior writer at The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background coverage:

President Trump lashed out in defense of his decision to remove U.S. troops from northeastern Syria in response to rare bipartisan condemnation from Congress.Russian troops have already occupied abandoned American outposts in Syria as Moscow moves to fill the power vacuum.?Don't be a fool! I will call you later.? Read the letter President Trump sent to Turkey?s leader.
2019-10-17
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The Moderates Strike Back: The 4th Democratic Debate

Last night in Ohio, The New York Times co-hosted a presidential debate for the first time in more than a decade. Marc Lacey, The Times?s National editor, moderated the event with the CNN anchors Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper.

It was also the first debate since Democrats started an impeachment inquiry into President Trump and his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Candidates denounced the president, calling for his impeachment, without wading into the specifics of the investigation. Instead, moderates focused on winning over Biden voters by differentiating themselves from more progressive candidates. Guests: Alexander Burns, who covers national politics for The Times, and Maggie Haberman, who covers the White House. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background coverage: 

Senator Elizabeth Warren was the primary target of moderates? attacks, illustrating her status as an emergent front-runner. Candidates avoided criticism of Joe Biden, wary of echoing President Trump?s attacks on his family.Here are six takeaways from the debate. 
2019-10-16
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The Effort to Discredit the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

This week, we?re producing episodes of ?The Daily? from The New York Times?s Washington bureau. 

The impeachment inquiry is entering a pivotal phase as Congress returns from recess. The White House?s strategy to block the investigation is beginning to crumble, with five administration officials set to testify before House investigators.

On Monday, those committees heard testimony about why the president removed the longtime ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, just two months before the call in which he asked the Ukrainian president for a favor. Today, we look at how Ms. Yovanovitch ended up at the center of the impeachment process. 

Guests: Sharon LaFraniere, an investigative reporter based in Washington, and Rachel Quester and Clare Toeniskoetter, producers for ?The Daily.? For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background coverage: 

Marie L. Yovanovitch told House investigators that she was removed from office on the basis of ?false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.? The effort to pressure Ukraine so alarmed John Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers. ?Giuliani?s a hand grenade who?s going to blow everybody up,? an aide quoted him as saying of President Trump?s personal lawyer.
2019-10-15
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The Story of a Kurdish General

Turkey has invaded Kurdish-controlled territory in Syria, upending a fragile peace in the region and inciting sectarian bloodshed. The Trump administration has ordered a full evacuation of the 1,000 American troops that remain in northeastern Syria, leaving Mazlum Kobani, the commander of the Kurdish-led militia, and his forces to rely on Russia and Syria for military assistance.

Who are the Kurds? How is it that Kurdish fighters came to be seen as allies to the United States and terrorists to Turkey? And what would the fall of Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria mean for the region?

Guest: Ben Hubbard, Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Turkey?s invasion upended a fragile peace and risks enabling the resurgence of the Islamic State.American troops who fought alongside Kurdish allies have expressed regret after the U.S. abandoned posts in northeastern Syria. ?It?s a stain on the American conscience,? one Army officer said. 
2019-10-14
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?1619,? Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 2

Today on ?The Daily,? we present Episode 5, Part 2 of ?1619,? a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.

The Provosts, a family of sugar-cane farmers in Louisiana, had worked the same land for generations. When it became harder and harder to keep hold of that land, June Provost and his wife, Angie, didn?t know why ? and then a phone call changed their understanding of everything. In the finale of ?1619,? we hear the rest of June and Angie?s story, and its echoes in a past case that led to the largest civil rights settlement in American history.

Guests: June and Angie Provost; Adizah Eghan and Annie Brown, producers for ?1619?; and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard University and the author of ?The Condemnation of Blackness.?

Background reading:

?The number of black sugar-cane farmers in Louisiana is most likely in the single digits,? Khalil Gibran Muhammad writes in his essay on the history of the American sugar industry. ?They are the exceedingly rare exceptions to a system designed to codify black loss.?The ?1619? audio series is part of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Read more from the project here.
2019-10-12
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Why China Went to War With the N.B.A.

A seven-word tweet in support of Hong Kong?s antigovernment protests by Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, triggered a furor in both China and the United States. The ensuing controversy revealed the unspoken rules of doing business with Beijing. Guest: Jim Yardley, the Europe editor of The New York Times and author of ?Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing.? For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background coverage: 

An exhibition game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai this week was nearly canceled because of China?s dispute with the league. At the game, even longtime fans said they would choose patriotism over the N.B.A.President Trump declined to criticize China?s handling of the controversy, instead opting to publicly condemn two basketball coaches who have spoken out against him in the past.
2019-10-11
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Republicans' 'Dead Chicken' Strategy on Impeachment

The White House response to the impeachment inquiry has been to dismiss the allegations, deflect the facts and discredit the Democrats. It?s the same approach that Republicans used in 2018 to push through the Supreme Court nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh.

The New York Times reporters Kate Kelly and Robin Pogrebin, the authors of ?The Education of Brett Kavanaugh,? talk to the Republican strategist who wrote the political playbook used ? then and now.

Guest: Kate Kelly, a reporter for The Times covering Wall Street and Robin Pogrebin, a reporter on The Times?s Culture Desk, spoke to Mike Davis, a Republican strategist. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background coverage: 

The White House?s declaration of war against the House impeachment inquiry this week has set the stage for a constitutional clash with far-reaching consequences.Mr. Davis crafted a ?brass knuckles? approach to help confirm conservative Supreme Court justices.Here?s the latest on the impeachment inquiry.
2019-10-10
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The Freshmen: Elissa Slotkin Confronts the Impeachment Backlash

Days after moderate House Democrats announced they would support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, a recess began and they returned home to their swing districts. Now they would face their constituents. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin of Michigan went to three town halls last week. We went with her. Guest: Representative Elissa Slotkin, Democrat of Michigan. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background coverage:

Democrats face a tricky balancing act in battleground districts: protecting political gains from 2018 while selling voters on an inquiry into the president.
2019-10-09
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Is the U.S. Betraying Its Kurdish Allies?

President Trump vowed to withdraw United States troops from the Syrian border with Turkey. But such a move could harm one of America?s most loyal partners in the Middle East, the Kurds, who have been crucial to fighting the Islamic State. Guest: Eric Schmitt, who covers terrorism and national security for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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President Trump?s announcement raised fears that he was giving Turkey the go-ahead to move against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.The American pullback could create a void in the region that could benefit Iran, Russia and the Islamic State.American troops have ?operated between two allies: Turkey and the Kurds,? our colleagues write in a news analysis. ?The problem for Washington has been that the two hate each other.?
2019-10-08
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A ?Crazy? Plan: How U.S. Diplomats Discussed the Pressure on Ukraine

The House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry of President Trump called their first witness: Kurt Volker, a top American diplomat involved in the negotiations with Ukraine. We look at what Mr. Volker?s testimony ? and the text messages he turned over to Congress ? revealed about the inquiry?s direction. Guest: Julian E. Barnes, who covers national security for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background coverage: 

A text exchange appears to show a dispute among American diplomats over whether President Trump was seeking a quid pro quo from Ukraine.A second whistle-blower, said to have firsthand knowledge about the president?s dealings with Ukraine, has come forward.
2019-10-07
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?1619,? Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1

Today on ?The Daily,? we present Episode 5, Part 1 of ?1619,? a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.

More than a century and a half after the promise of 40 acres and a mule, the story of black land ownership in America remains one of loss and dispossession. June and Angie Provost, who trace their family line to the enslaved workers on Louisiana?s sugar-cane plantations, know this story well. Guests: The Provosts, who spoke with Adizah Eghan and Annie Brown, producers for ?1619.?

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The story of the Provosts contains ?echoes of the policies and practices that have been used since Reconstruction to maintain the racial caste system that sugar slavery helped create,? Khalil Gibran Muhammad writes in his essay on the history of sugar in the United States.The ?1619? audio series is part of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Read more from the project here.
2019-10-05
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When #MeToo Went on Trial

The investigation of Harvey Weinstein that helped give rise to the #MeToo movement had seemed, for a moment, to unite the country in redefining the rules around sex and power. But as a backlash emerged, the Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh became a kind of national trial of the movement.

On the one-year anniversary of Judge Kavanaugh?s confirmation, we look at new reporting on the story of the woman at the center of it ? Dr. Christine Blasey Ford ? and the journey that led to her searing testimony in Washington. Guests: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, investigative reporters for The New York Times and the authors of ?She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement.?

For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background coverage: 

Last month, several Democratic presidential candidates called for the impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh after The Times published new information about allegations of sexual misconduct against him. 
2019-10-04
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How Rudy Giuliani?s Ukraine Operation Backfired

In 2018, President Trump hired Rudolph W. Giuliani, his longtime friend and the former New York City mayor, to In 2018, President Trump hired Rudolph W. Giuliani, his longtime friend and the former mayor of New York City, to defend him against the special counsel?s Russia investigation. So how is it that Mr. Giuliani helped get the president entangled in another investigation, this time involving Ukraine? 

Our colleague investigated the remarkable behind-the-scenes campaign, encouraged by Mr. Trump and executed by Mr. Giuliani, to gather and disseminate political dirt from a foreign country. Guest: Kenneth P. Vogel, a Washington correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The story of a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine unfolded against the backdrop of three elections ? this year?s vote in Ukraine and the 2016 and 2020 presidential races in the United States.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed he listened in on the phone call at the center of the impeachment inquiry.Follow our live updates from the investigation in Washington. 
2019-10-03
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Pageantry in Beijing. Firebombs in Hong Kong.

As China celebrated 70 years of Communist Party rule, scenes of pageantry, pride and unity in Beijing contrasted with the firebombs, rubber bullets and mass protests in Hong Kong. We look at what this day of contradictions tells us about the simmering unrest in the territory. Guests: Javier C. Hernández, a China correspondent for The New York Times reporting from Hong Kong, spoke with Natalie Kitroeff, a business reporter for The Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

Background reading: 

The violent confrontations in Hong Kong have presented a challenge to the image of unshakable control that President Xi Jinping of China has sought to project.As an American journalist in Beijing, our colleague was accustomed to a watchful Chinese government. But never before had the police insisted on occupying his home.A timeline of the summer of protests in Hong Kong: how they started, why they grew and how the government has responded.
2019-10-02
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The Impeachment Dilemma for Republicans

Three past American presidents have confronted the possibility that members of their own party would support their impeachment. Only one, Richard M. Nixon, left office because of it, when Republicans eventually abandoned him. But what can we expect this time, in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump? 

Guests: Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times and an author of ?Impeachment: An American History,? in conversation with Natalie Kitroeff, a business reporter for The Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background reading: 

The impeachment inquiry was prompted by a July call between President Trump and the Ukrainian leader. Details of a second call have now emerged, in which Mr. Trump pressed the Australian prime minister to help investigate the Mueller inquiry?s origins.In a news analysis, Peter Baker explains how preventing foreign influence is one of the oldest issues in America?s democratic experiment
2019-10-01
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How the Whistle-Blower Complaint Almost Didn?t Happen

It took just days for a whistle-blower complaint to prompt an impeachment inquiry of President Trump. But it took weeks for the concerns detailed in the complaint to come to light ? and they nearly never did. Guest: Julian E. Barnes, who covers national security for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background reading: 

The Trump administration?s handling of the accusations is certain to be scrutinized by lawmakers.President Trump was repeatedly warned by his own staff that the Ukraine conspiracy theory was ?completely debunked.?
2019-09-30
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A Special Episode for Kids: The Fear Facer

Nine-year-old Ella was terrified of tornadoes and getting sick. So she did something that was even scarier than her fears: confront them. Guests: Ella Maners and her mother, Katie Maners, and Julia Longoria, a producer for ?The Daily.? For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

Background reading:

Ella spent a week at Fear Facers Summer Camp, a day camp in Florida that helps children learn to deal with obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders.
2019-09-29
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The Whistle-Blower?s Complaint

The whistle-blower complaint at the center of the impeachment inquiry was released on Thursday as the Trump administration official who had declined to turn it over ? Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence ? testified before Congress. Here?s the latest from Capitol Hill. Guest: Julie Hirschfeld Davis, the congressional editor for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background reading: 

The complaint accused President Trump of pressuring Ukraine?s leader to investigate a political rival and alleged that the White House tried to ?lock down? the transcript of the call.Here?s what we?ve learned about the whistle-blower.Read a declassified version of the complaint, with annotations, and eight takeaways from the document.
2019-09-27
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?I Would Like You to Do Us a Favor?

The White House released a reconstructed transcript of President Trump?s phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the leader of Ukraine. In it, Mr. Trump asks for an investigation into Joseph R. Biden Jr., a potential 2020 rival. We consider what that request means for the impeachment inquiry now underway. Guest: Michael S. Schmidt, who covers national security and federal investigations for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background reading: 

Different interpretations of the phone call are shaping a debate over whether the president committed high crimes and misdemeanors.Read the full declassified record of the call, with annotations.Here?s what we know so far about the whistle-blower complaint that set off this controversy.
2019-09-26
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An Impeachment Inquiry Begins

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has begun a formal impeachment investigation of President Trump, saying he ?must be held accountable.? We spoke to our colleague who was at the announcement and to one of the lawmakers who helped convince Ms. Pelosi that it was time. Guests: Nicholas Fandos, who covers Congress for The New York Times, and Representative Mikie Sherrill, Democrat of New Jersey. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background reading: 

Though the outcome is uncertain, the inquiry raises the possibility that Mr. Trump could become only the fourth president in American history to face impeachment.After months of caution from House Democrats, why is this happening now? ?They believe the new accusations against Mr. Trump are simple and serious enough to be grasped,? our colleague Carl Hulse writes in a news analysis.Here?s how the impeachment process works.
2019-09-25
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A Conversation With a Border Patrol Agent

President Trump vowed to crack down on undocumented immigration and empower the Border Patrol. Three years later, the agency is the target of outrage, protest and investigation into its mission and conduct, and many of the agents who have supported Mr. Trump say that morale is low. We spoke with one of them. Guest: Art Del Cueto, a Border Patrol agent in Arizona and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background reading: 

Overwhelmed by desperate migrants and criticized for mistreating those in their care, many agents, whose work has long been viewed as a ticket to the middle class, have grown frustrated and bitter.
2019-09-24
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The President, Joe Biden and Ukraine

Over the weekend, reports of a secret whistle-blower complaint against President Trump turned into allegations that the president had courted foreign interference from Ukraine to hurt a leading Democratic rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Mr. Trump called the allegations a ?witch hunt? and accused Mr. Biden of corruption.

Guest: Michael S. Schmidt, who covers national security and federal investigations for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background reading: 

President Trump acknowledged that he discussed Mr. Biden during a phone call with Ukraine?s president, but he did not directly confirm news reports that he had pressured the foreign leader for an investigation.Here?s what we know about the role of Mr. Biden and his son Hunter in the controversy.
2019-09-23
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Anatomy of a Warren Rally

With crowds that are said to number 15,000 to 20,000 people, Senator Elizabeth Warren?s campaign events frequently dwarf those of her Democratic rivals. This week, we experienced the growing phenomenon that is the Warren rally. Guest: Thomas Kaplan, a political reporter for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Ms. Warren, running on a message of sweeping change, is solidifying her place in an exclusive club of presidential candidates who have become crowd magnets.At her campaign events, Ms. Warren?s speech is only the first act. Act Two? The selfie line.Back-to-back rallies by Ms. Warren and President Trump laid out competing versions of populism that could come to define the 2020 presidential campaign. 
2019-09-20
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Keeping Harvey Weinstein?s Secrets, Part 2: Gloria Allred

In Part 1 of this series, our colleagues Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey reported on Lisa Bloom, a victims? rights attorney who used her experience representing women to defend Harvey Weinstein. In Part 2, we look at the role of Ms. Bloom?s mother, the women?s rights lawyer Gloria Allred. 

Guests: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, investigative reporters for The New York Times and the authors of ?She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement.? For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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?She Said? reveals new information about the labyrinth of secret settlements and nondisclosure agreements that allowed Mr. Weinstein and other powerful men to conceal their behavior.Ms. Allred?s law firm helped negotiate a confidential settlement in 2004 between Mr. Weinstein and Ashley Matthau, a dancer who accused him of sexual assault.Ms. Allred represents two women who are expected to testify against Mr. Weinstein at his trial, scheduled to begin in January.
2019-09-19
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Keeping Harvey Weinstein?s Secrets, Part 1: Lisa Bloom

Last week, our colleagues Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published a book documenting their investigation of Harvey Weinstein. In writing it, they discovered information about two feminist icons ? Gloria Allred and her daughter, Lisa Bloom ? that raises questions about their legacies and the legal system in which they?ve worked. Today, we look at the role of Ms. Bloom, a lawyer who represented Mr. Weinstein. 

Guests: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, investigative reporters for The New York Times and the authors of ?She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement.? For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background reading: 

New reporting in ?She Said? shows how some figures who have presented themselves as allies of victims have helped maintain their silence ? and, in some cases, profited from it.Read more about Ms. Bloom?s involvement in the Weinstein case.
2019-09-18
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Who Really Attacked Saudi Arabia?

President Trump is saying that Iran appears to be responsible for the weekend attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. We look at where things are likely to go from here. Guest: David E. Sanger, a national security correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background reading: 

President Trump said that the United States was prepared for war if necessary, but that he would ?like to avoid? a military conflict with Iran.Mr. Trump?s response to the attacks offered insight into his deference to the Saudi royal family.
2019-09-17
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The C.I.A. Spy Inside the Kremlin

Last week, CNN broke the story that the United States had secretly extracted a top spy from Russia in 2017. What does that mean now for American intelligence operations? Guest: Julian E. Barnes, who covers national security for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The Moscow informant was instrumental to the C.I.A.?s conclusion that President Vladimir V. Putin had ordered and orchestrated Russia?s election interference campaign.
2019-09-16
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?1619,? Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started

Today on ?The Daily,? we present Episode 4 of ?1619,? a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.

Black Americans were denied access to doctors and hospitals for decades. From the shadows of this exclusion, they pushed to create the nation?s first federal health care programs. Guests: Jeneen Interlandi, a member of The New York Times?s editorial board and a writer for The Times Magazine, and Yaa Gyasi, the author of ?Homegoing.?

Background reading:

?One hundred and fifty years after the freed people of the South first petitioned the government for basic medical care, the United States remains the only high-income country in the world where such care is not guaranteed to every citizen,? Jeneen Interlandi writes.The Times Magazine asked 16 writers to bring pivotal moments in African-American history to life. Read Yaa Gyasi?s story ?Bad Blood? here.The ?1619? audio series is part of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Read more from the project here.
2019-09-14
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The Third Democratic Debate

Just 10 candidates qualified for the stage in Houston, but that didn?t change some recurring themes: Joe Biden was again the target of fierce scrutiny, and health care was a central point of contention. But what else did we learn?

Guest: Alexander Burns, who covers national politics for The New York Times.

For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. Background reading:

Attacks on Mr. Biden highlighted the divide over the Obama legacy, with the former vice president repeatedly invoking his old boss?s name.Many Democrats hoped that defeating an unpopular, rampaging president would be relatively simple. But party officials are wary of some potential vulnerabilities that this debate re-emphasized.Here are six takeaways from the contest.
2019-09-13
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An Interview With Andrew Yang, the Outsider at Tonight?s Democratic Debate

Andrew Yang, a former tech executive, remains one of the least known candidates in a Democratic presidential field that includes senators, mayors, a governor and a former vice president. But by focusing on the potential impact of automation on jobs, he has attracted surprisingly loyal and passionate support. One of our technology writers has been following his campaign since before it officially began. Guests: Andrew Yang, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination; and Kevin Roose, who writes about technology for The New York Times.

For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background reading: 

Armed with numbers, history lessons and the occasional self-deprecating joke, Mr. Yang has been preaching a grim gospel about automation. And voters are responding.The top 10 Democrats will share one stage for the first time starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. Here?s what to watch for.
2019-09-12
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John Bolton Is Fired. Or Did He Resign?

John Bolton, the national security adviser, was ousted after fundamental disputes with President Trump over how to handle foreign policy challenges like Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea. But the two men disagreed about how they parted ways. Guest: Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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President Trump said he fired John Bolton; Mr. Bolton insisted that he had resigned. Regardless, they had a fundamental disagreement over foreign policy, most recently Afghanistan.Mr. Trump is now looking for the fourth national security adviser of his presidency. Here is a short list of possibilities.
2019-09-11
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A Historic Peace Plan Collapses

President Trump abruptly called off negotiations between the United States and the Taliban that could have ended the war in Afghanistan and canceled a secret meeting at Camp David. We look at how a historic peace deal went off the rails. Guest: Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The United States and the Taliban, after nine rounds of painstaking negotiations in Doha, Qatar, appeared to have ironed out most of the issues between them. But President Trump canceled a secret meeting at Camp David and called off the talks.What jarred many Afghans was how a single attack and the death of one American, cited by Mr. Trump, could upend 10 months of negotiations. 
2019-09-10
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Parliament Strikes Back in Britain

In a battle over what kind of democracy would prevail in Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson seemed to have gained the upper hand by cutting Parliament out of Brexit ? until last week. Guest: Mark Landler, the London bureau chief of The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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In Washington, scarcely a handful of Republicans have stood up to President Trump. In comparison, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has found lawmakers in his Conservative Party to be much more rebellious.Mr. Johnson has received messages of support from President Trump, and there are some obvious parallels in the rise of the two leaders. But the ?bromance? between Mr. Johnson and Mr. Trump is more complex than it might seem.Mr. Johnson?s chief aide, Dominic Cummings, who appeared to revel in the feud with Parliament, has become a lightning rod for criticism of the government?s strategy.
2019-09-09
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?1619,? Episode 3: The Birth of American Music

Today on ?The Daily,? we present Episode 3 of ?1619,? a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.

Black music, forged in captivity, became the sound of complete artistic freedom. It also became the sound of America. Guest: Wesley Morris, a critic-at-large for The New York Times.

This episode contains explicit language.

Background reading: 

?The proliferation of black music across the planet ? the proliferation, in so many senses, of being black ? constitutes a magnificent joke on American racism,? Wesley Morris writes.The ?1619? audio series is part of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Read more from the project here.
2019-09-07
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The Secret Push to Strike Iran

For almost two decades, the United States and Israel have tried to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Israeli leaders ? including the current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu ? have pushed for a military strike on Iran, a prospect that American presidents have long opposed. But a Times investigation reveals a secret history that shows how close the three countries came to war. Guest: Mark Mazzetti, a Washington investigative correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Interviews with dozens of current and former American, Israeli and European officials over several months reveal the startling details of a narrowly averted war and raise questions about how President Trump will respond.Moving further away from the 2015 nuclear agreement, Iran said on  Thursday that it had stopped honoring the deal?s limits on research and development.
2019-09-06
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Walmart Enters the Gun Control Debate

A month after a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, the nation?s largest retailer, said that it would stop selling ammunition used for handguns and military-style weapons and call on Congress to consider a new ban on assault rifles. We look at what Walmart?s move means, and how corporate America could play a role in curbing the epidemic of gun violence. Guest: Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial columnist for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Walmart, whose reach has reshaped communities nationwide, largely avoids publicly wading into politics. That made its decision to limit ammunition sales even more notable.The move by Doug McMillon, Walmart?s chief executive, ?to engage in a meaningful conversation about responsible gun sales in America could give license to other business leaders to enter the conversation,? Andrew Ross Sorkin writes.

For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

2019-09-05
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The Sudden-Death Phase of the Democratic Primary

The Democratic presidential race has entered a phase that is specifically designed to reward front-runners and push out lesser-known candidates. We look at how that will influence the campaign. Guest: Alexander Burns, who covers national politics for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Which candidates are leading the Democratic primary? Here?s a look at the state of the race.Listen to an episode of ?The Daily? about the intended and unintended consequences of the Democratic National Committee?s new debate qualifying rules.
2019-09-04
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A Potential Peace Deal With the Taliban

After months of negotiations in Qatar, the United States appeared to have reached an agreement with the Taliban that could take a step to end America?s longest-running war. We spoke with our colleague about what he learned while covering the peace talks. Guest: Mujib Mashal, a senior correspondent for The New York Times based in Afghanistan. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The American special envoy who led talks with the Taliban said that the United States had reached an agreement ?in principle? with the Afghan insurgents, but that final approval rested with President Trump.
2019-09-03
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?1619,? Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built

Today on ?The Daily,? we present Episode 2 of ?1619,? a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.

The institution of slavery turned a poor, fledgling nation into a financial powerhouse, and the cotton plantation was America?s first big business. Behind the system, and built into it, was the whip. Guests: Matthew Desmond, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of ?Evicted,? and Jesmyn Ward, the author of ?Sing, Unburied, Sing.?

This episode includes scenes of graphic violence.

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?As the large slave-labor camps grew increasingly efficient, enslaved black people became America?s first modern workers,? Matthew Desmond writes.The ?1619? audio series is part of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Read more from the project here.
2019-08-31
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Political Mayhem in Britain and Italy

Two battles over the meaning of democracy are now playing out in Europe. We look at the political power maneuvers this week in Britain and Italy. Guest: Katrin Bennhold, the Berlin bureau chief for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Facing a furious backlash over his decision to suspend Parliament next month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain promised to speed up Brexit negotiations with Brussels.In Italy, two political parties that had been sworn political enemies struck a deal to form a new government that sidelined Matteo Salvini, the hard-right leader.Listen to ?The Battle for Europe,? a series from ?The Daily? with Katrin Bennhold about the future of liberal democracy in the European Union.
2019-08-30
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Why Uber Still Can?t Make a Profit

Uber transformed American transportation and changed the United States economy. But a decade after its founding, the once-swaggering company is losing more money and growing more slowly than ever. What happened? Guest: Mike Isaac, a technology reporter for The New York Times and the author of ?Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber.? For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The Uber of 2019 displays little of the braggadocio of its past, and competitors and critics are moving in.
2019-08-29
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Why the Amazon Is Burning

More than 26,000 fires have been recorded inside the Amazon rainforest in August alone, leading to global calls for action. But Brazil?s government has told the rest of the world to mind its own business. Guest: Ernesto Londoño, the Brazil bureau chief for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Brazil began a military operation to battle the fires after European leaders threatened to cancel a trade deal and calls to boycott Brazilian products spread on social media.In many parts of Brazil, there is strong support for President Jair Bolsonaro?s Amazon policy, which prioritizes economic development over environmental protections.Here?s what we know about the fires
2019-08-28
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How the U.S.-China Trade War Hurts the Rest of the World

At the Group of 7 summit in France, President Trump seemed determined to prove that he can wage a trade war with China without hurting the economy. But there are already signs of distress. Guest: Peter S. Goodman, an economics correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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President Trump can confront China or expand the economy, but he can?t do both at the same time, our economics correspondent writes in a news analysis.Mr. Trump shifted his tone on the trade war yet again on Monday, calling President Xi Jinping of China a ?great leader? three days after branding him an ?enemy.?
2019-08-27
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The First Women to Report Jeffrey Epstein

This episode contains descriptions of sexual assault. 

Nearly a decade before any police investigation into Jeffrey Epstein?s predatory actions toward young girls, two sisters came forward to say they had been lured in and abused by the financier and his companion, Ghislaine Maxwell. Now that he?s dead, the sisters are wrestling with what might have happened if someone had listened.

Guests: Mike Baker, a national correspondent for The New York Times, spoke with Maria and Annie Farmer, and shared their story with Natalie Kitroeff, a business reporter for The Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background coverage: 

The Farmer sisters spoke to The Times about their accusations, offering a look at how Mr. Epstein, who killed himself in prison this month, managed to avoid significant scrutiny for years.
2019-08-26
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Introducing ?1619,? a New York Times Audio Series

Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed.

?1619,? a New York Times audio series, examines the long shadow of that fateful moment. Today, instead of our usual show, we present Episode 1: ?The Fight for a True Democracy.?

Host: Nikole Hannah-Jones, who writes for The New York Times Magazine. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

This episode includes scenes of graphic violence.

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?Without the idealistic, strenuous and patriotic efforts of black Americans, our democracy today would most likely look very different ? it might not be a democracy at all,? Nikole Hannah-Jones writes.The ?1619? audio series is part of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Read more from the project here.
2019-08-23
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What the 2020 Campaign Sounds Like

Song playlists at presidential campaign rallies can be about more than music ? they can reflect a candidate?s values, political platform, identity and target audience. We examine the role of these playlists in the 2020 campaign. Guest: Astead W. Herndon, who covers national politics for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The Times analyzed playlists used by nine Democratic candidates and President Trump to see how they help set the tone for each campaign. Turn your sound on.
2019-08-22
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What American C.E.O.s Are Worried About

For decades, American corporations have prized profits for shareholders above all else. Now, the country?s most powerful chief executives say it?s time to do things differently. What?s driving that change? Guest: Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial columnist for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Almost 200 chief executives, including the leaders of Apple, Pepsi and Walmart, argued that companies must invest in employees, protect the environment and deliver value to customers.Shareholder democracy seemed like a good idea at the time, but it hasn?t worked, Andrew Ross Sorkin writes in his latest column
2019-08-21
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Not Regretting Al Franken

Al Franken resigned from the Senate more than 18 months ago over allegations of sexual harassment. New reporting about those allegations has revived the debate over whether the Democratic Party ? particularly senators currently seeking the presidency ? moved too fast in calling for him to step down. In an interview, one of those senators, Kirsten Gillibrand, says absolutely not.

Guest: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Ms. Gillibrand?s stance on Mr. Franken?s departure has come up persistently during her struggling presidential campaign.Our colleague Lisa Lerer interviewed Ms. Gillibrand for the On Politics newsletter
2019-08-20
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Bankrolling the Anti-Immigration Movement

The New York Times investigated how Cordelia Scaife May, an heiress to the Mellon family?s banking and industrial fortune, used her wealth to sow the seeds of the modern anti-immigration movement ? and of Trump administration policy. Guests: Natalie Kitroeff, a business reporter for The Times, spoke with Nicholas Kulish, who covers immigration issues. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Newly unearthed documents show how an environmental-minded socialite became a nativist whose vision for strictly limiting immigration has, in many ways, reached a culmination in the Trump presidency.Groups that Mrs. May funded shared policy proposals with the Trump campaign, sent staff members to join the administration and have close ties to Stephen Miller, the architect of the president?s immigration agenda.
2019-08-19
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