Your Monday Evening Briefing

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Monday, April 17, 2017

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Your Monday Evening Briefing
By KAREN ZRAICK AND SANDRA STEVENSON
Good evening. Here’s the latest.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
1. “I’ve seen those kids, and they’re highly, highly competitive.”
That was President Trump, presiding over his first White House Easter Egg Roll. Planning started late and the A-list celebrities of years past were absent, but the 139-year-old event went smoothly.
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Jung Yeon-Je/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
2. During a visit to South Korea, Vice President Mike Pence gave North Korea a stern warning about American resolve, but also opened a diplomatic door.
Before leaving for trade talks in Japan, he said Washington was seeking security “through peaceable means, through negotiations.” Our analysts say the standoff invites miscalculation, while leaving the U.S. with no good options.
Our “Daily” podcast examines the two ways the U.S. is dealing with North Korea’s nuclear threat: sabotage and diplomacy.
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Murad Sezer/Reuters
3. Dictator or democrat?
That’s the debate about Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after a slim majority of voters approved a new political system that gives him sweeping powers.
Mr. Erdogan hailed the vote as a much-needed step in restoring stability, but critics fear he will use it as a mandate for repression.
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Stevie Steve, via Reuters
4. Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is facing a backlash over a video of an Ohio man being fatally shot. It was viewed thousands of times before it was removed.
The suspect in the killing, above, who posted the video, is still at large. The episode highlights Facebook’s quandary over what kind of role it plays in policing content on its global platform.
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Abbas Momani/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
5. More than a thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israel staged a hunger strike to demand better conditions, led by Marwan Barghouti, who is often seen as a future Palestinian leader.
Local media reported that he was moved into solitary confinement in retaliation for the hunger strike and for smuggling out an Op-Ed essay about it that The Times published on Sunday.
Above, a rally in the West Bank in support of the prisoners.
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Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune, via Associated Press
6. Newly released court documents show that Prince’s home, Paisley Park, was strewn with narcotic painkillers that weren’t prescribed to him when he died last year.
Some were hidden in over-the-counter vitamin and aspirin bottles. Others were issued in the name of a close aide.
The documents don’t solve the mystery of where he got the fentanyl that killed him, and the authorities say they’re still investigating.
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Dan Shugar/University of Washington-Tacoma
7. Scientists and their supporters are expected to fill the streets of more than 500 cities around the world on Saturday.
They’re marching in support of scientific research, which they say is under attack in the Trump administration.
In related news, climate change caused the melting water from one of Canada’s largest glaciers, above, to reverse course in a geologic instant.
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Hugh Peralta/Reuters
8. Prince Harry went public about the tough time he had after he lost his mother, Princess Diana, at 12 years old.
The prince, now 32, said that not dealing with the trauma contributed to years of “total chaos.”
He sought professional help about three years ago, at the urging of his brother, Prince William. Now they’re leading a campaign to end the stigma around mental illness.
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Elise Amendola/Associated Press
9. The Kenyan runners Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat swept the 121st Boston Marathon.
Among the other runners was Kathrine Switzer, above, who in 1967 became the first woman to compete in the race.
An official tried to eject her midcourse back then — women weren’t allowed to enter, ostensibly for their own good — but she recovered and finished. And she did it again on Monday, wearing the same number, at age 70 — and only 24 minutes slower.
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Mark Schafer/HBO
10. Finally, some notable beginnings and endings on TV.
“Veep” and “Better Call Saul” are back with new seasons. And the divisive HBO series “Girls” ended for good, with an image of Lena Dunham trying to breast-feed her baby. Our TV critic summed up the takeaways from the finale:
“Nothing stops being a struggle. No one stops growing up. You triumph and screw up, you succeed and backslide. You walk on, pantless and unbowed.”
Have a great night.
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