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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Your Tuesday Briefing
Vice President Mike Pence visited the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean Peninsula on Monday. He issued a warning to North Korea, but did not specify any red lines.
Vice President Mike Pence visited the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean Peninsula on Monday. He issued a warning to North Korea, but did not specify any red lines. Lee Jin-Man/Associated Press
Good morning.
Here’s what you need to know:
• Tax overhaul bogs down.
President Trump’s promise to overhaul the tax code is in serious jeopardy, and his refusal to release his tax returns is emerging as a central hurdle.
Democrats have pledged not to cooperate on a new plan unless they know how it might benefit the president and his family, and a growing number of Republicans are also calling for him to share his tax forms.
On the brighter side, Mr. Trump presided over his first White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.
• “He’s not a dictator. He’s a democrat.”
Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey like the idea of a strong leader standing against external aggression.
In a phone call on Monday, President Trump congratulated Mr. Erdogan after his victory in a referendum that expands the power of the presidency, but whose results the opposition has contested.
The vote makes it less likely that Turkey will be able to join the European Union.
• Online killing incites outrage.
A man who posted a video to Facebook that showed him shooting dead a random passer-by in Cleveland is being sought by the authorities.
The social media network, which is grappling with its role in policing content, is facing widespread criticism for having taken more than two hours to remove the video.
• And then there were nine.
For the first time in more than a year, a full Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday.
Justice Neil Gorsuch, his confirmation fight behind him, had many questions.
• Courts halt Arkansas executions.
The state was forced to abandon its plan to put an inmate to death after a pair of rulings, one by the U.S. Supreme Court.
• Alternative facts in France.
The first round of the French presidential election is on Sunday, and critics are worried that Russia is churning out “fake news” and meddling with the process just as it did in the U.S. last year.
• “The Daily,” your audio news report.
On today’s show, our Supreme Court correspondent discusses Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first day on the job.
Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.
• President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today aimed at making it harder for technology companies to recruit low-wage workers from abroad.
• A pet project by Steven Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft, lets you track how the government spends tax dollars.
• As if southern Europe didn’t have enough problems: Low birthrates could weaken economic growth in the future.
• U.S. stocks were up on Monday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
Smarter Living
If the effects of exercise could be put in a pill and prescribed, it would be hailed as an almost miraculous cure.
Confused about quinoa and nutrition? You’re not alone.
Recipe of the day: If you can make a ragù, you can make this chicken curry.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.
Read about how the other side thinks: From Ann Coulter’s critical take on President Trump’s actions in Syria to Masha Gessen on similarities between the U.S. and Russian leaders.
• How Prince concealed his addiction.
At the time of the musician’s death after an opioid overdose last year, his home contained “a sizable amount” of painkillers for which he didn’t have prescriptions, according to court documents.
• A Boston Marathon record.
In 1967, a runner registered as K. V. Switzer ran the all-male race, becoming the first woman to complete it as an official entrant. On Monday, Kathrine Switzer ran it again.
• Politicians we have known.
A new book of paintings by former President George W. Bush reveals an adept artist who is doing penance for the Iraq War, our critic writes.
And “Shattered,” an account of the 2016 election, depicts Hillary Clinton’s campaign as dysfunctional and outlines its many mistakes. Our chief book critic reviewed it.
• A star is born (and born and born).
“Groundhog Day” adapts a beloved movie to the musical stage with feverish imagination — and a magnetic Andy Karl shooing away the shadow of Bill Murray, our theater critic writes.
Best of late-night TV.
On his former show, Stephen Colbert portrayed a right-wing talk show host. On Monday’s “Late Show,” he got into character imitating another: Alex Jones.
Back Story
When the U.S. recently sent a team of warships to the Korean Peninsula, we wondered about the namesake of the aircraft carrier leading the group — the Carl Vinson — and the broader question of how Navy ships are named.
Carl Vinson was a long-serving Georgia congressman whose zeal for military expansion led him to be called the “Father of the Two-Ocean Navy.” Launched in 1980, a year before Mr. Vinson’s death, the carrier was one of the first major Navy ships to have been named after a living person since the 1800s.
The aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, named for the
The aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, named for the “Father of the Two-Ocean Navy.”
Tyler Hicks/The New York Times
In 1862, Congress specified that ships, depending on their class, should be named after states, rivers or “principal cities and towns.” But naval expansion soon exhausted geographical names.
Some names have been divisive. The Clinton administration took heat for naming a destroyer after a British citizen, Winston Churchill, and traditionalists objected to plans to name a ship after Harvey Milk, the slain gay rights leader. Mr. Vinson was a segregationist.
And sometimes the name just doesn’t fit. A cargo ship was named after the civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. A proponent of nonviolence, he once said his time in the Navy had been “the two worst years of my life.”
Charles McDermid contributed reporting.
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