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Supreme Court, Brexit, Thailand: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Supreme Court, Brexit, Thailand: Your Monday Evening Briefing

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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

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1. President Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court nominee to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy at 9 p.m. We’ll have live coverage.

He is choosing among four federal appellate judges: Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. Our Supreme Court correspondent, Adam Liptak, discussed the finalists on our podcast “The Daily.”

Mr. Trump has treated the choice as a key moment of his presidency, and built suspense ahead of his announcement.

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2. NATO leaders are braced for Tuesday’s summit meeting in Brussels. Above, protesters were already out on the streets there over the weekend.

European officials are anticipating more off-the-cuff remarks from President Trump, who has again been pressuring them to expand their military budgets. The NATO nations may be reluctant to push back very hard because, as one analyst points out, “They’re caught between dependency and outrage.”

After NATO, Mr. Trump will head to Britain for a few days. Protesters intend to find him wherever he goes (and aim to fly a 19-foot “Trump Baby” balloon over Parliament). Then he’ll go to Finland to meet with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

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3. As Britain gears up for the NATO meeting and President Trump’s visit, the country is also grappling with major political turmoil.

Prime Minister Theresa May is battling to save her government after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, above, quit over her plans for a “soft” Brexit that would preserve many connections with the European Union. He’s the second minister to leave Mrs. May’s cabinet in 24 hours.

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4. Four more members of the trapped Thai soccer team were evacuated by daring cave divers after torrential rains cleared. That brings the total rescued to eight.

The leader of the rescue operation said he was optimistic that the remaining five team members could be brought out of the cave on Tuesday.

These maps and illustrations outline the challenges involved in the rescue.

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5. In Japan, at least 112 people have died and 78 were missing after heavy rains set off floods in the south and west of the country.

Our reporters spoke to survivors who searched through mud and standing water for what few valuables could be salvaged from their homes.

“All I can do is stay in the evacuation center, come back and clean and look for a new place,” one said. “I don’t think we can ever live here again.”

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6. About half of the 102 children under age 5 who were forcibly separated from their parents at the border are set to be reunited on Tuesday, under a court-imposed deadline. Above, a processing center for migrants in Tucson, Ariz., last month.

That’s what a Justice Department lawyer told a federal judge at a hearing Monday, on the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that precipitated the deadline.

“These kids have already suffered so much because of this policy, and every extra day apart just adds to that pain,” Lee Gelernt, an A.C.L.U. lawyer, said before the hearing.

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7. Facebook is taking a huge reputational risk in aggressively pushing facial recognition technology.

Its data-mining practices are already under heightened scrutiny in the U.S. and Europe. But the company is forging ahead with tools that can be used to remotely identify people by name without their knowledge or consent.

Meanwhile, we looked at China’s use of facial recognition and an array of other technologies that are helping the country try to create a vast, high-tech security state.

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8. Relatives of James Byrd Jr. are working to preserve the memory of his shocking killing 20 years ago.

A black man, he was dragged to his death by white supremacists in Jasper, Tex.

Both state and federal hate crime laws now bear his name. The Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing has announced plans to open a museum, and recently unveiled a memorial bench near the county courthouse, where two of the three killers were prosecuted.

“It’s not just about remembering the painful details of our brother’s death,” said Louvon Harris, one of Mr. Byrd’s sisters and president of the foundation. “It’s about keeping his memory alive so that this never happens again.”

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9. “You would be hard-pressed to know the labyrinths of the Russian soul.”

That was the Russian coach, Stanislav Cherchesov, at a World Cup news conference, speaking to a Danish reporter who had asked if he had a “message for the Russian people.”

Our reporter has been impressed by the weird, multilingual theater of the news conferences, after which “journalistic neutrality repairs to the nearest bar, breaks open a beer and cheers for the home team.”

Find our full World Cup coverage here.

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10. Finally, what’s for dinner? Our food editor, Sam Sifton, has recommendations at the ready, like a light minestrone with pesto, above.

And if you’re prepping for breakfast, our latest How to Cook guide focuses on yogurt, which pairs nicely with summer berries and stone fruits.

Have a great night.

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