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Jon Ossoff, Bill O’Reilly, Etan Patz
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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Your Wednesday Briefing
By CHRIS STANFORD
Fighter jets on board the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson last month. The White House said last week that it was moving toward the Korean Peninsula, but it was headed the opposite way.
Fighter jets on board the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson last month. The White House said last week that it was moving toward the Korean Peninsula, but it was headed the opposite way. Bullit Marquez/Associated Press
Good morning.
Here’s what you need to know:
• Georgia race heads to a runoff.
In a special congressional election seen as an early referendum on President Trump, a Democrat narrowly missed winning a heavily conservative House district outright.
Jon Ossoff came up short of the 50 percent threshold needed to win the seat, which is in the suburbs of Atlanta, and will face Karen Handel, the top Republican vote-getter, in a June runoff. He might find a head-to-head race tougher than the 18-person field this time around.
Four Times journalists stayed up late to watch the election returns. Here’s how they analyzed it live.
• Where are those warships?
Just over a week ago, the White House said that moving an aircraft carrier and three other ships to the Sea of Japan would deter North Korean aggression.
“We’re sending an armada,” President Trump said.
The problem? The ships were headed in the opposite direction.
• A globalist in the White House.
Ivanka Trump’s fashion business continues to look for deals abroad, despite possible ethical conflicts with her job advising her father.
China and Japan recently approved trademarks for her brand, and dozens more applications are pending around the world.
• An early election in Britain.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap election for June 8, hoping to strengthen her majority in Parliament and her position in complicated negotiations on Britain’s exit from the European Union.
• 25 years to life for Patz murder.
Pedro Hernandez, who told the police in 2012 that he had killed Etan Patz as the boy headed to school in Manhattan in 1979, was sentenced on Tuesday.
• Hunt for Facebook killer is over.
Two days after a killing was recorded on video and posted online, the gunman was recognized at a fast-food restaurant in Pennsylvania on Tuesday and chased by officers. He committed suicide.
• “The Daily,” your audio news report.
On today’s show, we discuss why so many of President Trump’s advisers are urging him to break a campaign promise on climate change.
Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.
Business
• President Trump has signed an order that he said would favor American companies for federal contracts and lead to changes in visa programs for foreign workers.
One of our reporters explains how the order, which brings no immediate changes, is likely to affect the H-1B program that tech companies depend on.
• A decision on Bill O’Reilly’s future at Fox News could come in the next few days.
The Murdoch family, which controls the company, has stood by Mr. O’Reilly, the top-rated cable news host who faces accusations of harassment.
But their support was showing signs of erosion on Tuesday.
• Big global companies used to be enthusiastic about doing business in China.
But that zeal has cooled, and international brands that once tried not to rock the boat there are becoming more critical of Beijing.
• Our Tech Fix columnist advises against buying the new Samsung Galaxy S8 anytime soon.
• U.S. stocks were down on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
Smarter Living
• Improving your health and fitness doesn’t have to take much time — in fact, four minutes is enough.
Trouble sleeping? Try replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.
Recipe of the day: Skip the sad pasta salad and try one that is packed with roasted eggplant, chile and mint.
Noteworthy
• Training Africans to fight terrorism.
In today’s 360 video, American and European special forces train armies from seven African countries in an exercise known as Flintlock.
• Our climate future is now.
How do we live with the fact that the world we knew is going and, in some cases, already gone? This week’s Times Magazine is devoted to climate change.
• Patrolling the border on four legs.
A horse can often go where vehicles can’t. That’s what one of our reporters and a photographer learned as they traveled along the Rio Grande with agents working to stop illegal immigration.
• Life lessons from a wild and crazy guy.
We sat down with the comedian Steve Martin, who took a rare look back athis stand-up career to reflect on what he’s learned.
Best of late-night TV.
On “The Tonight Show,” Senator Elizabeth Warren discussed the potential for bipartisan cooperation. Jimmy Fallon had some suggestions.
Back Story
When the New England Patriots visit the White House today to celebrate their Super Bowl victory, several players will be missing.
“I don’t feel welcome in that house,” said LeGarrette Blount.
Tom Brady, center, and, right, LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots after winning the Super Bowl.
Tom Brady, center, and, right, LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots after winning the Super Bowl.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
The missing players won’t be the first to decline a White House visit.
Tom Brady of the Patriots did so the last time the team won the Super Bowl, in 2015, citing a family commitment.
Larry Bird didn’t show when the Boston Celtics visited the Reagan White House in 1984. “If the president wants to see me, he knows where to find me,” Mr. Bird said.
The tradition of sports teams visiting the White House dates back to at least 1865, when President Andrew Johnson welcomed two amateur baseball teams.
The first championship team believed to have visited didn’t have to travel far: It was the Washington Senators, after winning the 1924 World Series.
Even Canadian teams have visited.
The Toronto Blue Jays received an invitation from President George Bush as the winners of the 1992 World Series.
“America is proud of you,” he told the team’s manager.
Evan Gershkovich contributed reporting.
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