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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. Storm watch:
The governor of South Carolina ordered more than a million people to evacuate as Hurricane Florence gains strength and bears down on the southeastern coast.
The Category 4 storm is projected to make landfall late Thursday or Friday, with damaging winds, torrential rains and a potentially destructive storm surge.
Evacuations were also ordered in parts of North Carolina. Follow the storm’s path here.
2. The Trump administration is considering sanctions on Chinese officials over the mass detention of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups.
Some estimates suggest that China has detained as many as a million Uighurs in large internment camps, and a Times investigation found that the detainees are forced to give up their devotion to Islam. Above, a mosque in Xinjiang.
The U.S. also threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court if it pursued an investigation of American troops in Afghanistan, and moved to close the P.L.O. office in Washington.
And we learned that the administration is making its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change: preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere.
3. We tagged along to the first day of school with two Guatemalan children who spent 51 days separated from their mother after she was arrested at the border.
Now they’re reunited in Talent, Ore. José and Mayda were nervous about starting school, but they got a warm welcome. In fact, Mayda, 7, said it was the best day of her life.
Students heading back into the classroom are likely to be greeted by a teacher who is a white woman. Research suggests that homogeneity in the teaching force may put boys and children of color at a disadvantage.
4. The wave of female, minority and outsider candidates toppling incumbents in the Democratic Party is also sweeping aside the idea that a politician’s public image should be upbeat and utterly conventional.
For many, the breakthrough came after they got personal in relatively low-cost videos that went viral, freeing them from the need to raise huge sums for expensive, 30-second TV commercials.
Jahana Hayes, a Connecticut educator who won a primary for Congress last month, produced a video in which she described being raised by her grandmother while her mother battled addiction and then, at 17, getting pregnant. It cost less than $20,000 — and brought in $300,000. Above, Ms. Hayes getting the Teacher of the Year award in 2016.
5. New York’s statewide primaries are Thursday. The latest poll shows Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with a 41-point lead over his challenger for the Democratic ticket, Cynthia Nixon.
But the race for attorney general — a position that has the potential to be a bugbear for the Trump administration — is more competitive. Much more.
The same poll put Representative Sean Patrick Maloney in the lead with 25 percent of the vote, closely followed by Letitia James, the New York City public advocate. Zephyr Teachout, a law professor, was not far behind — but Leecia Eve, a former Clinton administration aide and a Verizon executive, had only 3 percent.
And our politics team is trying something new: a newsletter to help guide you through the culture and chaos of the current political world. Here’s the first “On Politics.”
And you can sign up here.
6. Dream of a four-day workweek.
The head of a major British trade federation thinks it’s a good idea. Frances O’Grady, above, the head of the Trades Union Congress, argues that workers should be able to reap the benefits of increased productivity from technology and automation.
Can it be done? Some countries and companies are instituting policies to protect workers from intrusions into their time off. Sadly (at least for your briefing writer), analysts say a wholesale shortening of the workweek isn’t near.
7. Martina Navratilova, the former tennis champion, weighed in on the controversy over the Serena Williams-Naomi Osaka match at the U.S. Open. Above, the two stars in 2009.
“There is a huge double standard for women when it comes to how bad behavior is punished — and not just in tennis,” Ms. Navratilova wrote in a Times Op-Ed. But she argued that Ms. Williams had also been partly in the wrong.
“We cannot measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with,” she wrote. “In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court.”
8. Rami Malek, the star of the USA show “Mr. Robot,” will play Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” coming out Nov. 2. Our reporter says that his performance will rock you.
Mr. Malek, a shy, 37-year-old Egyptian-American, immersed himself in studying the movement and vocal patterns of the bombastic and brazenly carnal rock legend, who died in 1991.
“It’s not lost on me that this could go terribly wrong,” Mr. Malek said, “that it could be detrimental to one’s career should this not go the right way.”
9. What’s for dinner?
Our food editor, Sam Sifton, recommends Melissa Clark’s recipe for bay leaf chicken, above. That’s boneless thighs in fresh bay leaves with orange zest and spices, roasted and served over a parsley salad studded with orange.
Other ideas: A last burst of recipes for summer tomatoes (ha ha, get it?) and bell peppers, like gazpacho and simple pastas. Read them all here.
10. Finally, why is it so hard to put Future You ahead of Present You?
Our Smarter Living editor, Tim Herrera, says you should blame present bias, our natural tendency to place our short-term needs and desires ahead of our long-term needs and desires.
But there are ways to fight it. And Future You will be totally happy that you got some exercise and saved for retirement.
Have a great night.
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