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1. Previously undisclosed emails are providing new insight into efforts to overturn the election in the weeks leading to Jan. 6.
The Times reviewed dozens of emails sent among people connected to Donald Trump’s campaign, outside advisers and his close associates. They show a focus on assembling lists of people who would claim, with no basis, to be Electoral College electors on his behalf.
One lawyer repeatedly used the word “fake” to refer to the so-called electors, who were intended to provide a rationale for derailing the congressional process of certifying the outcome. Lawyers working on the proposal made clear they knew that the electors might not hold up to legal scrutiny.
Related: Two of Pence’s top aides testified to a federal grand jury in Washington as part of the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into the events surrounding the Jan. 6 riot.
In other G.O.P. news, small-dollar donations have unexpectedly dropped for Republicans.
2. The International Monetary Fund said the world could be on the brink of a global recession.
The group said that economic prospects have darkened as inflation, war in Ukraine and a resurgent pandemic have inflicted pain in every continent. The economies of the U.S., China and Europe have slowed more sharply than anticipated, the I.M.F. added.
According to its report, the probability of a recession starting in one of the Group of 7 advanced economies is now nearly 15 percent, four times its usual level. If the thicket of threats continues to intensify, the world economy could face one of its weakest years since 1970.
In the U.S., Federal Reserve officials are set to make a second abnormally large interest rate increase to cool down an overheating economy tomorrow. Economists think the odds of a recession are rising.
3. Russia is quitting the International Space Station.
The new head of the country’s space agency announced during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin that Russia will leave the station after its current commitment expires at the end of 2024.
How long the station can operate without Russia’s involvement is uncertain. The outpost consists of two interconnected sections — one led by NASA, the other by Russia. Experts say it clouds the prospect of keeping the station going through the end of the decade.
More on Russia and Ukraine:
The E.U. agreed to reduce natural gas consumption by 15 percent.
Under a deal between Russia and Ukraine, ships loaded with grain are expected to leave Odesa soon.
Nightlife is returning to Ukraine’s capital, but revelers still have to reckon with guilty feelings — and a curfew.
4. Few parents intend to have their very young children vaccinated against Covid.
In a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 43 percent of parents of children ages 6 months through 4 years said they would refuse the shots for their kids. An additional 27 percent were uncertain.
Parental apprehension has so far resulted in fewer shots for that age group. Since June 18, when they became eligible, just 2.8 percent had received shots. By comparison, 18.5 percent of children 5 through 11 had been vaccinated at a similar point in the rollout.
Tired of living with Covid? We have a guide to protecting yourself.
In monkeypox news, American officials waited weeks to ship some 300,000 doses of the vaccine to the U.S. from Denmark, possibly missing an opportunity to contain the largest monkeypox outbreak in the country.
5. In San Antonio, the poor live on islands of heat.
The city has experienced at least 46 days of 100-plus-degree weather so far this year. Every day but one this month has surpassed the 100-degree mark.
The heat is more tolerable in wealthy neighborhoods and the city’s best-known area, the River Walk, where tourists ride boats under shade trees. But it is inescapable in working class or poor neighborhoods such as Westside, where the high ratio of asphalt to green space creates a “heat island effect” that is known to lead to higher energy consumption, more pollution and a greater risk of related health problems.
Related: Climate change is also affecting floods. In the St. Louis area, record rainfall today caused flash floods, with reported rescues from residences and submerged vehicles on swamped roadways.
6. Vancouver is giving out fentanyl.
It is the latest and perhaps most significant step by a city that has been leading efforts to reduce deaths from illicit drugs by making them safer. The new experiment in “harm reduction” provides pharmacy-grade fentanyl to those who can pay and free drugs — financed by Canada’s public health system — to those who cannot.
Proponents say the program, which can currently supply about a hundred people, will save not only lives but also taxpayer dollars in reduced emergency services and hospitalizations. But some specialists say that the effort goes too far and diverts resources from proven treatments.
7. The jingle of an ice cream truck is increasingly playing to a crowd of no one.
Owning an ice cream truck used to be a lucrative proposition, but for some, the expenses have become untenable as high fuel prices feed inflation.
For New York City vendors, vanilla ice cream costs $13 a gallon and a 25-pound box of sprinkles now goes for about $60, double what it cost a year ago. Prices for some cones with add-ons such as swirly ice cream and chocolate sauce reach $8 on some trucks.
In other ice cream news, the Choco Taco, a fixture of ice cream trucks and convenience stores, has been discontinued.
8. Mud from the Delaware River is smeared on every Major League baseball to make them less slippery. But that tradition is in jeopardy.
M.L.B. executives say Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, as it’s known, is too often inconsistently applied. In their quest to make balls more consistent — and the game more equitable — they have tried to come up with a substitute. So far, the reviews have been mixed.
“If they stopped ordering, I’d be more upset by the end of the tradition, not my bottom line,” said Jim Bintliff, whose family has been supplying the mud for decades.
On the track: We looked at why so many records fell during the track and field world championships last week. Perhaps the most important reason is the accelerating use of high-performance sneakers.
9. U.S. authors dominate this year’s Booker Prize nominees.
Six of the 13 writers in contention for the prestigious British literary award are from the U.S., including Elizabeth Strout, Karen Joy Fowler and Leila Mottley. Strout, the highest-profile author on the list, is nominated for “Oh William!,” a novel about a grief-stricken woman who helps her ex-husband investigate his family’s past.
For the beach readers, we spoke to the novelist Emily Henry about her summertime best sellers. “A book is already built to be a kind of vacation,” she said.
10. And finally, a rabbi, a minister and an imam walk into Lincoln Center.
In front of the three, around 200 couples celebrated a symbolic wedding at the performing arts campus earlier this month. The coronavirus brought them together: The mass wedding celebration was held for people whose weddings had been delayed or derailed because of the pandemic.
Some wore formal wear, including white gowns and suits. Others winked at the theme by donning tuxedo T-shirts and veils from Party City. The ceremony concluded with a unification ritual, in which couples simultaneously held up yards of pink, blue and yellow ribbon. Dancing beneath a kaleidoscope of rainbow party lights and a 1,300-pound disco ball followed.
Have a joyous night.
Brent Lewisand Jennifer Swanson compiled photos for this briefing.
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