• Trump’s agenda raises fears for gay rights.
In separate actions on Wednesday, the administration signaled that it would use the powers of the federal government to roll back civil rights for gay and transgender people.
(The Pentagon said on Thursday that transgender people could remain in the military until it clarified President Trump’s announcement barring them from uniform.)
• Scaramucci, uncensored.
Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, disparaged two top presidential aides in a vulgarity-laced call with a writer from The New Yorker, the magazine reported Thursday.
Mr. Scaramucci joins a long line of New Yorkers who are helping President Trump shake up Washington. In a video, we examine the trash talk in the West Wing.
• Pakistan’s prime minister is removed.
The country’s Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from office today over accusations of corruption, a ruling that is likely to shift a tumultuous political balance.
• Think summers are getting hotter?
It’s not just you.
• “The Daily,” your audio news report.
In today’s show, we talk to one of our reporters in the Senate. “This certainly seems like the end of the road for Republicans,” he said.
Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.
• More than 800,000 people who took out car loans from Wells Fargo were charged for insurance they did not need, according to an internal report.
• If Washington punishes Venezuela’s leader for a power grab, U.S. motorists are likely to feel some of the pain.
• Amazon reported profits that were less than a third of what Wall Street expected, but investors were largely indifferent.
The chief executive, Jeff Bezos, briefly became the world’s wealthiest person on Thursday.
• United Airlines’ actions to save its brand after a public relations crisis seem to be working, our business columnist writes.
• U.S. stocks were mixed on Thursday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Tattoos may change the way you sweat.
• We look at the technology behind good coffee.
• Recipe of the day: Keep tonight’s dinner meatless, with hot and sour seared tofu.
• A deadly collapse in Mumbai.
In today’s 360 video, join a search-and-rescue operation in India after an apartment building collapsed this week. More than a dozen people were killed.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.
Writers from across the political spectrum react to President Trump’s barring of transgender people from military service.
• Feared and revered, a book critic departs.
Michiko Kakutani, a Pulitzer Prize-winner who has been at The Times for 38 years, has decided to step down as chief book critic.
We looked at highlights of her tenure, which provide a crash course in contemporary literature.
• In memoriam.
June Foray, a virtuoso of cartoon voices, portrayed Rocky the flying squirrel and the fiendish spy Natasha Fatale on the animated adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle in the 1960s, as well as myriad other characters on television and film. She was 99.
• Ready for the weekend.
At the movies, we review “Detroit,” set amid the riots of 1967; “Atomic Blonde,” starring Charlize Theron; Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel”; and, last and probably least, “The Emoji Movie.”
Our Book Review writers recommend nine new titles and try to help a reader looking for poetry recommendations.
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Lastly, if you’re in New York: We reviewed the Bolshoi Ballet’s “Taming of the Shrew” at the Lincoln Center Festival and a stunning altarpiece from colonial-era Mexico that’s on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
• Best of late-night TV.
The comedy hosts lost Sean Spicer. But they’ve gained Anthony Scaramucci.
• Quotation of the day.
“It is impossible to put up forever with this boorishness toward our country.”
— President Vladimir Putin of Russia, denouncing proposed legislation in the U.S. to bolster sanctions against his country.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was joined by the king and queen of Sweden this week for the opening of the Bayreuth Festival, a tradition The Times once called “the Woodstock of the opera set.”
The festival was started in 1876 by the German composer Richard Wagner. It is still managed by his descendants and devoted exclusively to his operas, such as the “Ring” cycle and “Tristan und Isolde.” They are performed in the theater he designed and built, and some fans wait several years for tickets.
Bayreuth has something of an operatic history of its own. Wagner, who died in 1883, was a notorious anti-Semite, and in the 1920s and ’30s the festival became associated with the Nazis. The opera “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” was a favorite of Hitler’s.
“Die Meistersinger” was the opening performance this year, led by Barrie Kosky, the first Jewish director in the festival’s history.
Next year’s festival will feature another milestone: Yuval Sharon will become the first American to direct a production.
“For me, Bayreuth has always been this very holy place,” Mr. Sharon told us this month. “I’ve already had five anxiety dreams about it, so that means I’m on the right track.”
Charles McDermid contributed reporting.
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