Pompeo, Politics, Charlottesville: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
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1. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, above, to discuss the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Beneath initial pleasantries, both sides were working to ease a diplomatic crisis.
The U.S. seems to be leaving room for a new version of events, with President Trump suggesting that perhaps “rogue killers” had been involved. But links between Crown Prince Mohammed and at least five suspects identified by Turkey may make it harder to advance that scenario.
A person familiar with Saudi plans told us that the kingdom was likely to admit that Mr. Khashoggi died at its consulate in Istanbul during an interrogation.
2. In Missouri, the Democratic Party is having an argument with itself over how to win and what it should stand for.
In 2016, Democrats lost the governorship and every statewide office but one. It held only about a quarter of seats in the state Legislature, not a single one in a rural district.
How to reclaim voters seemingly lost to Republicans? Joan Barry, above, a member of the Democratic state committee, believes that the party should welcome people like her — Democrats who oppose abortion.
3. Charlottesville, Va., has been confronting its Confederate past since the white supremacist march there last year.
But the city has not come to terms with another part of its Jim Crow legacy: a school system that segregates students from the time they start, and steers them into separate and unequal tracks.
Railroad tracks divide the city into three predominantly white elementary school zones to the north and three mostly black schools to the south. They frame one of the widest educational disparities in the United States. And since 2005, the gulf between white and black students has widened in nearly all subjects, including reading, writing, history and science. Above, two seniors at Charlottesville High School.
The New York Times and ProPublica worked together on this portrait of the city’s school system.
4. Congressional Democrats, optimistic about taking back the House in the midterms, are hoping to use an obscure provision in the tax code to examine President Trump’s tax returns. Above, Democratic leaders.
The rule, which dates to 1920s bribery investigations during Warren Harding’s administration, allows the House Ways and Means Committee to request any filer’s tax returns from the Treasury Department.
Democrats have already invoked the provision 17 times to demand the president’s tax returns, and have been blocked by the Republican majority.
5. Could Brexit cause a crisis at the checkout line? Some people aren’t taking any chances.
Fearing chaos when Britain leaves the E.U. in March, “Brexit preppers” have been stockpiling everything from couscous to toilet paper.
If the country is not able to negotiate a graceful exit, it could face gridlock at ports, trucks stuck on highways, empty grocery and pharmacy shelves, energy scarcity and factories shutting down.
“People are talking about World War II and rationing,” one prepper said.
6. It seemed like a good deed. When some homeless friends of an Ohio business owner asked if they could set up tents behind a building he owned, he readily agreed.
Over time, the community grew, attracting a few dozen people, above.
But soon they will have to move. Akron is one of several Midwestern cities coping with homeless encampments, and city officials said the tent community violated zoning rules. And with neighbors complaining about the site, the City Council voted against making an exception.
7. The new leader of U.S.A. Gymnastics is out after just five days.
Gymnasts complained that Mary Bono, above, a former congresswoman, had opposed Nike’s support for Colin Kaepernick.
She was also affiliated with a law firm that advised the organization as it delayed revealing what it knew about sexual abuse committed by Lawrence Nassar, its national team doctor, who is now serving a prison term of 40 to 175 years for the abuse.
It’s another reflection of the ways the #MeToo movement has gained force, upending entertainment and politics.
But how do abuse and sexual violence that take place at home fit into the conversation? We looked at factors that make victims of domestic violence reluctant to speak out.
10. Finally, we set out to document 24 hours of the day in 24 U.S. states, to shine a light on the lives of people rarely in the headlines.
Our reporters and photographers met peanut farmers, heart surgeons, pastors and teachers. Above, a fishing boat in Everglades, Fla.
All across the country, they captured unannounced moments of joy, struggle and hope.
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