The Debrief

Trump, frustrated by unpopularity with Jews, thrusts Israel into his culture war

The president’s words about Jews magnify his transactional approach to politics and his miscalculation that his support for Israel should automatically translate into electoral support from Jewish Americans.
Smoke billows from a fire in the Amazon rainforest. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
Smoke billows from a fire in the Amazon rainforest. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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Why is the Amazon burning?

The region is home to some of the wettest land on earth, soaked in more than 400 inches of rain each year. So how can it burn? And why are wildfires — blazes that spewed so much smoke this week that they turned the Sao Paulo day into night — growing?

A federal agency seized raccoons caged during 100-degree heat. Then senior Trump officials stepped in.

After an appeal from an industry group, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and senior USDA officials intervened and ordered officials to return the raccoons.

The war inside Palantir: Data-mining firm’s ties to ICE under attack by employees

The company provides digital profiling tools to the federal government as it carries out President Trump’s increasingly controversial immigration policies.
They say an upcoming national opioid trial should set aside billions of dollars to monitor the health of babies who suffer withdrawal after birth.
In Japan, a parent whose partner takes away the children has no legal recourse. Now parents are pushing for a change in child custody laws.
Patrick Byrne said he was “far too controversial” after disclosing he had aided a federal investigation tied to the 2016 election and was romantically involved with Russian agent Maria Butina.

The College Football Playoff won’t pay athletes, but the selection committee just held a conference at the Ritz

The colossal billion-dollar revenues of the College Football Playoff are driven by the players — not administrators — and yet the system feeds everyone to excess except for them.
Walmart, Target and Amazon are selling their own brands of polo shirts, pleated skirts and khakis, while Old Navy has “uniform hubs” in all 1,100 of its U.S. stores.
From The Magazine

My life with face blindness

When your brain won’t let you recognize people, how do you navigate the world?
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(Astrid Riecken for The Post)
(Astrid Riecken for The Post)
Special Report

Hate-crime reports have soared in D.C. Prosecutions have plummeted.

Ashly Taylor was shot for being a lesbian. Then she watched as the hatred that fueled the attack was ignored in court.
(Andrew Colin Beck for The Post)
(Andrew Colin Beck for The Post)

The real reason you should stop eating lunch at your desk

The Internet is not your friend. So don’t spend time with it during the midday feast.
(Luis Velarde, Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)
Parkland survivors on gun control: There's a 'political appetite' for peace
Parkland survivors on gun control: There's a 'political appetite' for peace
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‘This is the new Ellis Island, and we are turning people away’: A lawyer struggles to help migrants
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Is the new Popeyes chicken sandwich really better than Chick-fil-A's?
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