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.
A tract of Amazon jungle burns in Iranduba, Brazil. (Reuters)
A tract of Amazon jungle burns in Iranduba, Brazil. (Reuters)
Smoke billows from a fire near Porto Velho, Brazil. (Reuters)
Smoke billows from a fire near Porto Velho, Brazil. (Reuters)
A man works in a burning tract of Amazon jungle in Iranduba, Brazil. (Reuters)
A man works in a burning tract of Amazon jungle in Iranduba, Brazil. (Reuters)

The Amazon is burning. Brazil’s president accused his critics of setting the fires.

The world’s most precious forest has suffered 74,155 fires since January, an increase of 85 percent from last year, according to a space research institute. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the man most able to stanch the crisis, suggests he is being set up to look bad.

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.
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That so many prison officials were aware of the directive has alarmed investigators assessing what appears to be a stunning failure to follow instructions, according to people familiar with the matter.
Perspective

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.
The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State claims Republicans in that role have used their power to make it harder for certain demographics to vote.
One of the most well-known American coaches in the sport, Richard Callaghan was first publicly accused of abusing a young skater 20 years ago.
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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.
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Voraciously

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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