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Rod Rosenstein, Cambridge Analytica, Starbucks: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

The move comes less than two months after it became embroiled in a scandal over its misuse of data from up to 87 million Facebook users.

The revelations, published by The New York Times and The Observer of London, prompted regulators and lawmakers to begin investigations into the firm, which had counted the Trump campaign among its clients.

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Rod Rosenstein, Cambridge Analytica, Starbucks: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing
Rod Rosenstein, Cambridge Analytica, Starbucks: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

3. In Israel, a new law giving the prime minister and defense minister the authority to go to war without cabinet approval is drawing criticism — and just as the country faces rising tensions with Iran, Syria and Gaza.

Critics said the law concentrates power in the hands of a few. Its passing was initially overshadowed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s news conference the same night, above, on a huge cache of stolen Iranian nuclear plans.

Israel says the plans prove that Iran was lying for years about its nuclear program. The claim has been embraced by the Trump administration, in a stark divergence from its European allies.

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4. Iowa lawmakers passed a bill that would outlaw most abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks.

If signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, it would be among the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation.

It’s designed to set off legal challenges — and return the fight over abortion to the Supreme Court, where conservatives hope that new justices might help overturn Roe v. Wade.

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5. A caravan of migrants, mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, is waiting at the Mexican border in Tijuana to claim asylum, hoping to win permission to stay in the U.S. Above, the caravan during a stop in Mexicali.

Experts say their claims will probably be denied, even if they fear for their lives because of gang violence. Our reporter in Los Angeles explains how asylum decisions are made.

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6. In other immigration news: Some American school districts, unable to find teachers willing to work for the pay offered, are recruiting teachers from abroad. The teachers get special visas that allow them to work temporarily, but offer no path to citizenship.

Donato Soberano, above, is one of those recruits. He is from the Philippines and teaches in Arizona.

The schools say that the foreign teachers are being given valuable opportunities, and that American students are enriched by learning from them. But critics argue the teachers are being taken advantage of in a practice that helps keep wages low and perpetuates austerity policies.

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    7. The two black men who were arrested while waiting in a Starbucks last month have reached an agreement with Philadelphia: The city will spend $200,000 to help young entrepreneurs.

    And the men, Rashon Nelson, left, and Donte Robinson, will each be given one dollar. (They will also receive a confidential financial settlement from Starbucks.)

    A spokesman for Philadelphia said the $200,000 would be spent on a pilot program for high school students who want to become entrepreneurs, and city officials will work with Mr. Robinson and Mr. Nelson to develop a grant committee.

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    8. A Washington Redskins cheerleaders’ trip to Costa Rica is the latest — and perhaps most egregious — example of how N.F.L. teams require cheerleaders to do much more than dance at football games.

    The team flew the cheerleaders there in 2013 for a calendar photo shoot, above, that included topless shots taken in front of male sponsors. Afterward, participants say, some of them were required to escort the sponsors to a nightclub.

    The cheerleaders felt as if they were being “pimped out,” and that their safety was not taken seriously. And they were paid nothing beyond transportation costs, meals and lodging for the weeklong trip.

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    9. Meet Mohamed Salah,the breakout star of European soccer this season.

    The Egyptian player for Liverpool has scored 43 goals in 48 games in his first season, and helped the team reach its first Champions League final in more than a decade. And after each goal, he kneels and prays on the field.

    At a time when Britain is fighting rising Islamophobia, he is a North African and a Muslim who is not just accepted in Britain, but adored.

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    10. Finally, our pop music critic writes that Kanye West’s recent behavior may pose the largest existential threat to his empire to date.

    “What’s played out over the past two weeks is a kind of psychological tug of war, with Mr. West reinforcing his most unsettling positions while, all around him, what amounts to a collective global rescue effort for his mind and soul (and, in truth, his legacy) is playing out in real time,” he wrote.

    And on the late-night night shows, Seth Meyers imagined what President Trump might ask the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, if the tables were turned: “Is it pronounced ‘muh-ler,’ ‘myoo-ler,’ or ‘mueslix’?”

    Have a great night.

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