Senate, Mosul, NBA Draft: Your Thursday Briefing – New York Times

During a rally in Iowa on Wednesday, a buoyant President Trump said, “All we do is win, win, win.”

• Interrogating the interrogators.

Two psychologists — whom C.I.A. officials have called architects of a program that used techniques widely viewed as torture, a designation they dispute — are being sued on behalf of former prisoners.

The Times has obtained their video depositions, as well as those of two former C.I.A. officials and two former detainees.

• Former Milwaukee officer is acquitted.

Jurors cleared a police officer of wrongdoing in the death of Sylville Smith, which touched off two days of protests and violence in August.

Separately, we asked legal and police experts to view the dashboard-camera video of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop. They offered their takes, frame by frame.

• Historic Iraqi mosque is destroyed.

Islamic State fighters blew up the Al Nuri Grand Mosque and its distinctive leaning minaret in Mosul on Wednesday, another strike to the city’s cultural heritage.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

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• In his last hours as Uber’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick was presented with a list of demands from major shareholders. One was that he step down by the end of the day.

His resignation demonstrates the power of Silicon Valley investors. It also offers a lesson for start-ups, our tech columnist writes.

We also explain changes coming to the service’s app.

• Welcome to the work force. Will Dad need a chair, too?

As many millennials come of age, employers are contending with helicopter parents.

• The government’s consumer watchdog joined a chorus of warnings today about problems with a federal program that lets people who take public service jobs have their student loans forgiven after a decade.

• U.S. stocks were mixed on Wednesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

• Here are four ways that flying will be different this summer.

• Recipe of the day: For a light meal, try this kale and snap pea salad with a ginger, miso and rice vinegar dressing.

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• A 9-to-5 in the sky.

In today’s 360 video, follow along as window washers clean a Manhattan skyscraper.

• How boy soldiers survived Boko Haram.

Four children from a fishing village in Nigeria were among thousands abducted by the militant group and trained as soldiers.

They learned to survive, but only by forgetting who they were.

• Inside the N.B.A. draft.

There’s wide agreement about the two players most likely to be picked first tonight: Markelle Fultz of Washington and Lonzo Ball of U.C.L.A. We look at what to expect after that.

Our columnist also compared the Lakers, who have a plan, to the Knicks, who have … the triangle offense.

• Fan fiction meets reality.

YouTube stars are winking at the camera as they step into romantic roles dreamed up by their admirers.

• Best of late-night TV.

On “Full Frontal,” Samantha Bee searched for meaning in words coming from Washington. Her conclusion: “Language is dead!”

• Quotation of the day.

“They kept telling me every day a nuclear bomb was going to be exploded in the United States and that’s because I had told them to stop, I had lost my nerve, and it was going to be my fault if I didn’t continue.”

— John Bruce Jessen, a former military psychologist accused of helping to devise interrogation techniques used in secret C.I.A. prisons, testifying in a suit filed on behalf of former prisoners.

Back Story

The story of Galileo Galilei demonstrates many things, not least that science keeps evolving.

It was on this day in 1633 that the Italian scholar renounced what we now accept as fact: that the Earth orbits the sun, not the other way around.


A bust of Galileo at a museum dedicated to him in Florence, Italy.

Kathryn Cook for The New York Times

His discovery of Jupiter’s larger moons in 1610 made him question the prevailing assumption that the Earth was at the universe’s center.

His advocacy of the heliocentric theory earned him mockery, censure and, in 1633, a trial in Rome, at which he was forced to recant before a jury of cardinals. He vowed that he would “abjure, curse and detest” his findings.

The declaration saved him from being burned at the stake, but led to house arrest for the rest of his life.

It took the Roman Catholic Church more than 350 years to acknowledge that Galileo had been wronged — though astronomers now tell us that the sun is not immobile, but orbits within the galaxy, pulling the planets along with it.

Today, Galileo’s discoveries seem obvious. But all things are easy to understand once they have been discovered, he wrote. “The point is in being able to discover them.”

Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.


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