Your Thursday Evening Briefing – The New York Times

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1. The House Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol returns to prime time tonight.

She will provide a final argument in her case against Donald Trump, accusing the former commander-in-chief of dereliction of duty for failing to call off the attack. Two military veterans on the panel will conduct the questioning. We will have live updates here.

“The captain of a ship cannot sit there and watch the ship burn to the waterline and do nothing to stop it,” Virginia Democrat Rep. Elaine Luria said in an interview, citing her 20th birthday -Years of experience in the Navy. The hearing will also examine why it took so long to deploy the National Guard.

2. President Biden has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 79-year-old president, who was fully vaccinated and boosted twice, had “very mild symptoms,” including fatigue, a runny nose and a dry cough, according to the White House. He was given Paxlovid, an antiviral drug used to minimize the severity of Covid-19. He will isolate himself in the White House but “will continue to fully discharge all of his duties during this time,” the White House said.

3. The European Central Bank raised interest rates for the first time in 11 years.

The half-percentage-point hike, aimed at record-high inflation, was a larger-than-expected jump. The bank also introduced a new measure aimed at limiting divergence in borrowing costs among the 19 eurozone members, an increasingly worrying issue for the bloc.

In other business news Russia today resumed natural gas flow to Germany through a vital pipeline, but Moscow has signaled it will continue to use energy as leverage against the war in Ukraine. This will keep the pressure on European nations to meet their citizens’ energy needs while encouraging gas-saving measures like lowering thermostats and closing public services like swimming pools.

Related: The EU’s plan to ration natural gas to 15 percent by next spring is already meeting with resistance.

5. The House of Representatives passed legislation codifying access to contraception nationwide.

The measure passed 228 to 195, with eight Republicans supporting it. It would protect the right to purchase and use contraception.

The vote was the Democrats’ latest move of the election year to make a sharp distinction with Republicans on a social issue that enjoys widespread support. The bill will almost certainly be blocked by GOP opposition in the Senate.

Here’s a look at where abortion measures are on the ballot during the 2022 midterm cycle.

In other legislative news, More House Republicans than expected — 47 — voted in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify federal protections for same-sex couples. It could be a narrow road to implementation.


6. Italy’s President accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, dissolved parliament and called for new elections.

Italy is now ending a period of relative stability and influence, and faces the prospect of a chaotic campaign that a right-wing alliance – which includes a group with neo-fascist roots – can best win. The government has scheduled new elections for September 25th.

Draghi, a former European Central Bank President, had boosted Italy’s international presence and economic prospects through the sheer power of his credibility. His supporters hoped his centrism would have a moderating influence on the country’s populist forces.


7. North America’s Monarch Butterfly has been listed as vulnerable by a leading wildlife monitor.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s decision comes after decades of declining populations due to losses of plants they need as caterpillars and in the forests where adults spend the winter, coupled with climate change. Use of the herbicide glyphosate on crops also killed spurge plants, which the butterflies depend on.

8. Hip. Practical. Cool. Woke up.

A new dictionary — the Oxford Dictionary of African American English — will attempt to codify black Americans’ contributions to and rich relationship with the English language. In addition to spellings and definitions, the dictionary will collect the history of words.

“One wouldn’t normally think of a dictionary to tell the story of the evolution of the African American people, but it is,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., the project’s editor-in-chief.

In other book news, Michelle Obama will share her approaches to dealing with challenging times in The Light We Carry, due out this fall. And here are 13 new books we’re recommending this week.

9. In 1872 a group of British financiers lived in New York gathered on Staten Island to play a game of cricket. The club hasn’t stopped since then.

For 150 years, Staten Island Cricket Club has been a quiet but enduring institution. Members now come from virtually every cricket nation, with strong representatives from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Caribbean Islands. But also one or the other native New Yorker joins them.

“I still love baseball,” said a Staten Islander, “but now I love cricket more.”

Another under-the-radar New York tradition: As the founder and sole employee of Film Noir Cinema, Will Malitek appears to be the last film distributor in New York City.


10. And finally, Chocolate cake for a friend.

While the sound of chewing might drive some people crazy, it does make our food columnist, Eric Kim, sleepy. Eating sounds give him a relaxing, tingly sensation in his brain, an auditory-tactile synesthesia that scientists call ASMR, or autonomic sensory meridian response. “For me, that reaction is instant drowsiness,” he writes.

He thought he was “a freak” until he found an online community of ASMR YouTube producers eating food on camera. Although they never met in person, one of them, Lizzy, became one of his best friends. His favorite video was one of her eating chocolate cake from the grocery store. Read Kim’s loving tribute to his friend who passed away in 2019 and try the chocolate cake recipe he created for Lizzy.

Have a heartwarming night.


Brent Lewis compiled photos for this briefing.

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