Paris Agreement, Walmart, ‘Wonder Woman’: Your Friday Briefing

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President Trump at the White House, before announcing that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate change accord. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

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Here’s what you need to know:

U.S. to leave climate deal.

President Trump’s decision on Thursday to withdraw from the Paris climate accord was hailed by members of the Republican Party and condemned by political leaders, business executives and environmentalists around the world.

We looked at what might happen to the deal, and at some American cities and states still planning to uphold it.

• What swayed the decision?

President Trump said he wanted a better agreement, calling the current one “draconian.” Our analysis of his announcement, though, found that several of his claims relied either on dubious data or on distorted research.

Mr. Trump is betting that leaving the accord will benefit him in the midterm elections in 2018 and in his re-election bid in 2020, our reporter writes.

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China might be the big political winner: The U.S. withdrawal could give Beijing a more prominent role in fighting climate change.

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• Deadly fires in Manila.

At least 36 people died at the biggest hotel-casino in the Philippines when a gunman carrying gasoline set fires and caused mass panic. He later killed himself.


Relatives grieving outside Resorts World Manila today, where 36 people died after a gunman used gasoline to set fires. The police said he might have been a gambler with a grudge. Credit Aaron Favila/Associated Press

• At the White House.

The administration has asked the Supreme Court to revive its revised restrictions on travel to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim countries.

And President Trump said on Thursday that the U.S. Embassy in Israel would remain in Tel Aviv, but aides suggested he might reconsider the question later this year.

• A history of secrecy.

As President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have discovered in recent weeks, creating back channels to foreign leaders can lead to trouble.

But back channels are as old as American diplomacy, our writer says, noting that Thomas Jefferson was an early enthusiast.

• Message from 3 billion light-years away.

Astronomers said on Thursday that they had detected space-time vibrations known as gravitational waves from the merger of a pair of mammoth black holes.

The finding has validated a prediction by Albert Einstein.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

Today’s show looks at the months leading up to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, and what happens next.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.


The U.S. jobs report for May comes out today and could influence the Federal Reserve’s decision this month on interest rates.

• Walmart routinely rejects doctors’ notes and has penalized workers who took care of sick family members, a workers’ advocacy group says in a report. The company has disputed the findings.

• High Times, the magazine that chronicles the business and culture of marijuana, has new owners. One is Damian Marley, a son of the reggae star Bob Marley.

• U.S. stocks were up on Thursday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

• Child’s play is good for all of us.

Assuming that others focus on the same things as you leads to miscommunication.

• Recipe of the day: If you want big flavor, make garlicky chicken with lemon-anchovy sauce.


• How New York City composts.

In today’s 360 video, watch food scraps and yard waste being turned into “black gold.”

• In sports.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors to a 113-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the N.B.A. finals. Game 2 is on Sunday.

In hockey, Nashville will try to recover on Saturday from a 2-0 deficit in the Stanley Cup finals.

And at the French Open this week, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia achieved a tennis milestone: She is the first woman from any of the more than 20 Arab countries to reach the third round of a Grand Slam singles event.


Ons Jabeur of Tunisia is the first woman from an Arab country to reach the third round of a Grand Slam singles event. Credit Thomas Samson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

• Ready for the weekend.

At the movies, all the world is waiting for “Wonder Woman,” and with good reason, our critic says. We also reviewed “The Exception” and a documentary on Bill Nye, the Science Guy.


“Wonder Woman” cleverly combines genre elements into something reasonably fresh, touching and fun, our movie critic writes. Credit Clay Enos/Warner Brothers

Looking for summer reading? We have (lots of) recommendations, whether you prefer cooking, graphic novels, horror, music, the outdoors, travel or true crime.

If you’re in New York, one of our theater critics picks five must-see shows this month.

Last, one of our music critics revisits the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and finds that after 50 years, it still sounds daring and brings joy.

Best of late-night TV.

Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah took aim at President Trump’s decision on the Paris accord.

• Quotation of the day.

“The U.S. reneging on its commitment to the Paris Agreement renders it a rogue state on the international stage.”

Mary Robinson, a former U.N. special envoy for climate change.

Back Story

Forget the Super Bowl. Tomorrow is one of the year’s most watched sports events, the men’s Champions League final, between Real Madrid and Juventus of Turin.

It will follow Lyon’s victory over Paris St.-Germain in an all-French women’s final.


Gianluigi Buffon, goalkeeper and captain of Juventus, will be playing in his third Champions League final. Credit Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Real Madrid is the current men’s champion. Juventus recently won its sixth straight Italian championship. They will play at a Welsh stadium with a capacity of 74,500, and millions more will watch on television or online.

In honor of the occasion, we dug into our archives.

Among the earliest Times reports on soccer are two from 1905 that recount the efforts of British amateur players to popularize “socker” (as The Times then spelled it) among Americans.

“The Britishers have spent nearly two months in this country trying to teach football players that football with feet and not hands is the proper thing,” one read. “As a spectacle it is almost the equal of baseball.”

“English Football To Be Tested Here,” read the headline announcing the game.

“Our idea was to come over and start a boom for it,” the British team’s captain said. They defeated New York City, 7-1, watched by a “good-sized crowd” of about 3,000.

Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.


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