Mr. Putin had wagered that the American president would treat Russia favorably, a gamble that “has now backfired, spectacularly,” our national security correspondent writes.
• A new face in the West Wing.
John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, takes over what is probably the second-hardest job in Washington today: White House chief of staff.
James Baker, who held the position under two presidents, offered some advice: “You can focus on the ‘chief,’ or you can focus on the ‘of staff.’ Those who have focused on the ‘of staff’ have done pretty well.”
Some Republicans have cheered Mr. Kelly’s new role — and the ouster of his predecessor, Reince Priebus — even as they worry about a series of setbacks to President Trump’s agenda.
• How to repair Obamacare?
It would be tricky, but not impossible. We look at some options for stabilizing the insurance markets, lowering drug prices and expanding access to coverage.
• What’s North Korea doing?
Pyongyang’s nuclear program increases the risk of war and ensures continued sanctions. So what drives it?
One of our Interpreter columnists explains.
• Africa has a land problem.
Climate change, soil degradation and growing wealth are shrinking the amount of fertile land on the continent.
But the number of people who need it is rising fast.
• “The Daily,” your audio news report.
In today’s show, we discuss the day that one of our reporters spent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in California.
Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.
Also, check out “The New Washington,” a new podcast from Michael Barbaro and the team behind “The Daily.”
• For years, American companies have saved money by hiring people in distant cubicle farms in India or other countries.
Today, some of those jobs are being outsourced again — in the U.S.
• Discovery Communications announced today an $11.9 billion deal to buy Scripps Networks Interactive, the owner of Food Network and HGTV.
• Infighting among Uber’s board members has hindered the company’s search for a chief executive.
• The U.S. jobs report on Friday is among the top headlines to watch this week.
• U.S. stocks were mixed last Friday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• It’s never too late to start that passion project.
• Tips for raising a truly bilingual child.
• Great summer pastas often focus on vegetables; in this one, it’s eggplant and tomato.
Over the Weekend
• Many Venezuelans avoided the election for assembly members to overhaul the Constitution, on a day marred by civil unrest and the death of a candidate, among others.
• A parade in China honoring the army’s 90th anniversary was part of President Xi Jinping’s efforts to solidify his power.
• The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inducted five members, including the former commissioner Bud Selig, on Sunday.
• “Dunkirk” earned $28.1 million to remain No. 1 at the North American box office. Despite terrible reviews, “The Emoji Movie” was a close second. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
• On “Game of Thrones,” Cersei was at the center of the latest episode. Here’s our recap. (Want more “GoT”? Sign up for our weekly email newsletter.)
• A new Disney experience.
In today’s 360 video, join an adventure in Florida inspired by the movie “Avatar.”
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.
Writers from across the political spectrum react to the latest headlines.
• “Brexit” threatens a symbol of London’s future.
Crossrail, a $20 billion train line, is Europe’s biggest infrastructure project.
But our architecture critic wonders if, in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, it marks the end of an ambitious era.
• Quiz time!
Did you keep up with last week’s news from around the world? Test yourself.
• Quotation of the day.
“I thought my final moment had arrived. We were desperate. We were like chickens spinning on a rotisserie.”
— Luciano Alcocer, who was among a group of migrants smuggled to Texas in an unventilated trailer in 2002. Two died.
Cup or cone?
Mister Softee has posed the age-old ice cream question across the U.S. for more than 60 years.
The soft-serve ice cream truck company was founded in 1956 in Philadelphia by two brothers, William and James Conway, who had been working for Sweden Freezer, a manufacturer of ice cream machines. Their company now operates more than 600 blue-and-white trucks in 15 states, and has made appearances as far away as England and China.
There is some dispute over who invented soft-serve ice cream; Dairy Queen and Carvel both claim the distinction. Carvel began selling soft-serve by accident in 1934, when the founder Tom Carvel’s truck broke down, leaving him with melting ice cream. The former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is also credited with contributing to the modern soft-serve recipe.
But there’s no doubt that the jingle created by a Philadelphia adman in 1960 helped Mister Softee become a “totem of American popular culture”:
The creamiest dreamiest soft ice cream
You get from Mister Softee
For a refreshing delight supreme
Look for Mister Softee.
Have a sweet week.
Remy Tumin contributed reporting.
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