Trail of money leads to Michael Cohen
• Financial records reviewed by The Times show that President Trump’s personal lawyer used a shell company for an array of business activities.
More than $4 million in transactions flowed through the company, Essential Consultants, starting shortly before Mr. Trump was elected president and continuing to this past January, the records show.
• Among the payments were more than $1 million from an American company linked to a Russian oligarch, as well as money from several corporations with business before the Trump administration. AT&T, whose proposed merger with Time Warner is pending before the Justice Department, made four payments totaling $200,000.
Rebels are rejected at the polls
• The establishment wing of both parties fended off challenges in primary elections on Tuesday.
In West Virginia, the coal baron Don Blankenship was soundly defeated in a Senate primary after President Trump and other Republican leaders urged voters to reject him.
For the Democrats, Richard Cordray, the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, won the nomination in the Ohio governor’s race. He beat the former congressman and presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich, whom many in the party saw as likely to lose in November.
• And Greg Pence won the Republican primary in Indiana for the House seat once held by his brother, Vice President Mike Pence. Here are all of last night’s results, as well as six takeaways from Tuesday’s voting.
An anti-Trump crusader’s downfall
• Eric Schneiderman, the former attorney general of New York, had held himself up as a one-man legal wrecking ball, taking on President Trump’s agenda in the courts and in the court of public opinion.
But Mr. Schneiderman’s sudden resignation after four women accused him of physical assault has raised questions about what will happen to the Democratic legal resistance. Another question is who will replace him.
• Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked Tuesday night that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate the allegations against Mr. Schneiderman.
A veteran spy, out of the shadows
• Gina Haspel, the nominee for C.I.A. director, will go before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, starting at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. Here’s what to watch for.
She is expected to face questions about her oversight of the torture of a terrorism suspect at a secret prison in Thailand and her advocacy for destroying documentation of brutal interrogations.
• One subject of those interrogations was Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the principal architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In a twist, he has asked to share unspecified information about Ms. Haspel with lawmakers.
“The Daily”: The breakdown of the Iran deal
• President Trump called the nuclear agreement “decaying and rotten.” Why did President Barack Obama join it in the first place?
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• At Nike, at least five more top managers are leaving after an investigation into complaints of harassment and bias. The departures follow six others at the world’s largest sports apparel company.
• Facebook conducted one of its biggest reorganizations on Tuesday. The changes, which are intended to streamline operations, followed criticism about the lack of protections for user data.
• Disney reported its strongest quarterly results in two years, driven by the success of “Black Panther.” But the news came as Comcast weighs a hostile bid that could upend Disney’s deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox.
• U.S. stocks were mixed on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Organize your home to create a more relaxed and efficient life.
• You need a good, 10-foot charging cable for your phone.
• Recipe of the day: Broccoli comes to life with orange and sesame.
• Meet the Intellectual Dark Web
In an opinion column, Bari Weiss writes about a collection of iconoclastic thinkers, academic renegades and media personalities “who are having a rolling conversation — on podcasts, YouTube and Twitter, and in sold-out auditoriums — that sound unlike anything else happening, at least publicly, in the culture right now.” Should we be listening?
• Rachael Ray goes off-menu
Starting in the early 2000s, Ms. Ray made millions teaching America to cook dinner in 30 minutes. Now she is exploring new fields for her media and merchandise empire.
Here’s more from this week’s Food section.
• Embracing a city, one child at a time
When the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra started an after-school music program 10 years ago, it had 30 students. Now it has 1,300 — and counting.
• Best of late-night TV
Jimmy Fallon said he complimented Madonna’s outfit at the Catholic-themed Met Gala. “Bless you,” she replied.
• Quotation of the day
“Someone, please change our fate, whoever, even Trump. I used to be a driver, now I clean. What’s next? I cannot become a beggar.”
— Ali Shoja, a cleaner who said he could not afford to support his family, on Iran’s economy and the hardship caused by sanctions.
• The Times, in other words
Here’s an image of today’s front page, and links to our Opinion content and crossword puzzles.
• What we’re reading
Our technology columnist, Farhad Manjoo, is on book leave. He recommends an entire magazine: “I’m not breaking any news here, but, man, is The New Yorker on a roll. Besides the Eric Schneiderman piece by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, I just read fantastic Jia Tolentino on Juul, Emily Nussbaum on Ryan Murphy, and another Ronan Farrow piece.”
For more on Tuesday’s auction, click here.
Peter Pan helps sick children. Not fictionally, financially.
The author J.M. Barrie, who was born on this day in 1860, donated the rights to his most famous creation to the Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London in 1929. In a front-page report at the time, The New York Times estimated their worth at “roughly $10,000 a year,” which it said was equivalent to a sixth of the hospital’s income.
It would have been clear that the gift was of lasting value: The boy who never grows up was introduced in 1902, becoming the subject of a hit play two years later, and then a novel. He had already inspired a statue in a London park, and even begun his long career in movies.
But few would have guessed quite how long Peter Pan would pay. The copyright first expired in Britain at the end of 1987, 50 years after Barrie’s death. Within months, however, Parliament passed a measure granting Great Ormond Street a permanent right to royalties from the stage play and adaptations of it.
Peter Pan’s adventures in America are also helping the hospital; according to its website, the U.S. copyright does not expire until 2023.
Peter Robins wrote today’s Back Story.
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