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FROM THE PAGES OF midnight in New York

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 FROM THE PAGES OF © 2017 The New York Times
Trump Advisers Used Private Email ANOTHER SENATOR

WASHINGTON — At least six The officials spoke on the condi- are differences. Clinton stored DECLINES TO BACK
of President Trump’s closest ad- tion of anonymity because they classified information on a private
visers occasionally used private were not authorized to discuss server, and she exclusively used a G.O.P. HEALTH BILL
email addresses to discuss White the matter with reporters. private account for her govern-
House matters, current and for- Officials are supposed to use ment work, sending or receiving
mer officials said on Monday. government emails for their offi- tens of thousands of emails. The
The disclosures came a day cial duties so their conversations content and frequency of the WASHINGTON — A last-ditch
after news surfaced that Jared are available to the public and Trump advisers’ emails remain attempt by President Trump and
Kushner, the president’s son-in- those conducting oversight. But unknown, but administration offi- Senate Republicans to dismantle
law and adviser, used a private it is not illegal for White House cials described the use of personal the Affordable Care Act appeared
email account to send or receive officials to use private email ac- accounts as sporadic. The emails to collapse on Monday as a pivotal
about 100 work-related emails counts as long as they forward have not been made public. senator announced her firm oppo-
during the administration’s first work-related messages to their “All White House personnel sition to the latest repeal plan, vir-
seven months. But Kushner was work accounts. have been instructed to use offi- tually ensuring that Republicans
not alone. Stephen K. Bannon, the During the 2016 presidential cial email to conduct all govern- would not have the votes they need
former chief White House strate- race, Trump repeatedly harped ment related work,” Sarah Huck- for passage.
gist, and Reince Priebus, the for- on Hillary Clinton’s use of a pri- abee Sanders, the White House The announcement by Sen. Susan
mer chief of staff, also occasional- vate account as secretary of press secretary, said Monday. Collins of Maine, effectively dooms
ly used private email addresses. state, using it to paint her as un- The issue immediately trig- what had been a long-shot effort
Other advisers, including Gary D. trustworthy. “We must not let her gered questions in Congress. Rep. by Senate Republicans to make
Cohn and Stephen Miller, sent or take her criminal scheme into the Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., sent a letter one more attempt at repealing the
received at least a few emails on Oval Office,” Trump said last year. to the White House and federal health law after failing in dramatic
personal accounts, officials said. The F.B.I. closed its investi- agencies asking about the admin- fashion in July.
Ivanka Trump, the president’s gation into Clinton’s handling of istration’s personal email use. The demise of the latest repeal
elder daughter, used a private classified information and rec- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the push means that Republicans are
account when she acted as an un- ommended no charges. But even senior Democrat on the House all but certain to conclude Trump’s
paid adviser early in the admin- after becoming president, Trump Oversight and Government Re- first year in office without fulfilling
istration, Newsweek reported has prodded the Justice Depart- form Committee, asked the White one of their central promises.
Monday. Administration officials ment to reinvestigate. House to make sure that none of Collins, one of three Republican
acknowledged that she also occa- While the private email ac- Kushner’s emails are deleted. senators who opposed the last re-
sionally did so when she formally counts spurred accusations of MATT APUZZO peal attempt in July, described the
became a White House adviser. hypocrisy from Democrats, there and MAGGIE HABERMAN latest plan as “deeply flawed.” She
expressed concerns about cuts to
North Korea Makes Threat to U.S. Warplanes Medicaid.
“Health care is a deeply person-
al, complex issue that affects every
North Korea threatened on Trump’s national security ad- make good on its threat is limited. single one of us and one-sixth of the
Monday to shoot down American viser, said he saw no prospect of Its air force is outdated, under- American economy,” Collins said in
warplanes even if they were not talks with North Korea that would trained and frequently short of a statement, lamenting the rushed
in the country’s airspace, stat- allow its “de facto nuclear capabil- fuel. But the threat reinforced a process and the content of legisla-
ing that President Trump’s com- ity.” North Korea’s top leader, Kim fear that Pyongyang and Wash- tion that has shifted constantly as
ments suggesting he would erad- Jong-un, has already ruled out ington are hurtling toward a Republican leaders scrambled for
icate North Korea and its leaders giving up nuclear weapons. possible armed conflict, even an votes. “Sweeping reforms to our
were “a declaration of war.” “The whole world should clear- unintended one. health care system and to Medicaid
The warning, made by Foreign ly remember it was the U.S. who Ri’s reference to the declara- can’t be done well in a compressed
Minister Ri Yong-ho of North first declared war on our coun- tion of war appeared to refer to time frame, especially when the ac-
Korea in New York after a week try,” Ri told reporters at a news Trump’s assertion in a Twitter tual bill is a moving target.”
of United Nations General As- conference outside his hotel. message over the weekend that The Senate majority leader, Mitch
sembly meetings, escalated the “Since the United States de- the North Korean leadership may McConnell of Kentucky, faces the
invective-laced exchanges with clared war on our country, we not “be around much longer” if it unpalatable choice of admitting
Trump and appeared to further will have every right to make continues its threats. defeat or moving ahead with a vote
preclude the possibility of a dip- countermeasures, including the Ri said that the question of that appears certain to fail.
lomatic exit from the biggest for- right to shoot down United States “who would be around much lon- Republican leaders in the Senate
eign crisis the administration has strategic bombers even when ger will be answered” by North can afford to lose only two of their
faced. they are not inside the airspace Korea. members, and they have three firm
Administration officials de- border of our country,” he said. It is possible that North Korea’s opponents within their ranks: Rand
nied that the United States had North Korea last shot down foreign minister wanted to make Paul of Kentucky, John McCain of
declared war on the isolated, nu- an American warplane in 1969, clear that it, too, could threaten Arizona and Collins. Additionally,
clear-armed country of 25 million during the Nixon administration, pre-emptive military action, just Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has with-
people and did not immediately killing all 31 crew members of a as the United States has repeat- held his support and requested
comment on the threat to shoot spy plane that was flying off its edly suggested in recent months. changes to the bill.
down American planes. coast. RICK GLADSTONE THOMAS KAPLAN
But Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Today, North Korea’s ability to and DAVID E. SANGER and ROBERT PEAR


Iraqi Kurds Vote As War Rages, Assad’s Future Looks Secure

On Independence, BEIRUT, Lebanon — Although

Irking Neighbors Syria’s bloody six-year war is far
from over, one result is already be-
coming clear: President Bashar
ERBIL, Iraq — As jubilant Iraqi al-Assad looks as though he is
Kurds celebrated their vote Mon- here to stay.
day on independence from Iraq, On the battlefield, no one re- A Syrian
shooting off fireworks and parad- mains who is willing and able to fighter in
ing in cars festooned with Kurd- topple him. The rebel forces are the former
ish flags late into the night, their waning, and President Trump Islamic State
neighbors conducted military has canceled the C.I.A. program stronghold
exercises on the region’s borders, that provided them with arms and
raising the threat of military inter- support. The Islamic State, with of Raqqa on
vention if it secedes. its own agenda to rule Syria as a BULENT KILIC/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE — GETTY IMAGES Monday.
The vote played out on a histor- caliphate, is being routed from its
ic day for several million Kurds in strongholds. less we are with the regime.” and our infrastructure,” he told a
northern Iraq, and was a pivotal Regional powers, foreign offi- These developments do not conference in Damascus, Syria’s
moment in the Kurdish dream of a cials and Syrians themselves are suggest that Assad has an easy capital, last month. “It cost us a
politically independent state. increasingly operating as if he will road ahead. He remains a pariah lot of money and a lot of sweat, for
While officials said the vote rule for years to come, albeit over in much of the world, presiding generations. But in exchange, we
would not be tabulated until at a greatly reduced country. His al- over a blasted, divided land. If he won a healthier and more homo-
least Tuesday, it was expected to lies have begun to trumpet what emerges victorious, he is likely geneous society in the true sense.”
be overwhelmingly in favor of in- they see as their impending victo- to be left with a weak state that is Syria’s conflict began in 2011
dependence for Iraqi Kurdistan, ry, and his government is talking beholden to foreign powers and with a popular uprising against
the semiautonomous region in about rebuilding a shattered coun- lacks the resources to rebuild. Assad, which his security forces
northern Iraq. try, hosting an international trade But his endurance has serious sought to suppress with over-
The vote may come at a steep fair last month and signing a deal ramifications for the country and whelming force. The opposition
political cost to the Kurds. with Iran to rebuild its power grid. for the Middle East, affecting the took up arms, and the United
It proved highly provocative Even some longtime rebel sup- prospects of Syria’s future stabili- States, Saudi Arabia and others
for Turkey, Iran and Iraq, whose porters have grown war-weary ty, of refugees to return home and endorsed the rebels’ cause, back-
responses are likely to roil the re- and started to embrace the inev- of the Syrian government to tap ing them politically and giving
gion in the coming days, stirring itable. international funds to rebuild its them arms and cash.
the very turmoil that the United Since the government reclaimed destroyed cities. The rebels, a disparate collec-
States hoped to avoid when it pres- control of the mountain town of It is also a grim, late act in the Ar- tion of factions, never managed to
sured the Kurds to call off the vote. Madaya after a prolonged siege, ab Spring uprisings that broke out form a unified front, or to convince
The White House has warned life there has improved for those in 2011. While protests and armed all Syrians that they would create
that a Kurdish move toward inde- who remained. The snipers left, insurrections removed from pow- a better future.
pendence could set off ethnic con- electricity returned, food appeared er the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, “The Syrian regime is now the
flict, and that it could fracture Iraq in markets. Cafes reopened and Libya and Yemen, Assad has re- furthest from being toppled,”
and undermine the American-led people started going out. mained, despite wielding tremen- said Bassam Alahmad, executive
coalition against the Islamic State, “We are sick of the war,” a teach- dous violence against his people. director of Syrians for Truth and
also known as ISIS. “We hope for a er there said via instant message, Assad has acknowledged the toll Justice, a human-rights monitor-
unified Iraq to annihilate ISIS, and speaking on the condition of ano- of the war, but argued that it has ing group based in Turkey. “Fewer
certainly a unified Iraq to push nymity so as not to be targeted for purified the state by eliminating powers are interested in making
back on Iran,” the White House her past opposition to the govern- threats to the nation and uniting that happen than was the case
spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee ment. “We want to live peacefully Syrians around a shared project. near the beginning of the Syrian
Sanders, said Monday. (NYT) and safe, and we can’t do that un- “We lost the best of our youth war.” BEN HUBBARD
In Brief

American Kidnapped in Yemen abducted foreigners to extract ransoms from munist Party congress next month. (NYT)
An American oil worker was abducted their governments or because they accuse
them of being spies.
from his car by unidentified gunmen on a Abe Calls Snap Election in Japan
busy street in the Yemeni capital, his wife and Seizing on anxiety over tensions about
colleagues said on Monday. The American, Chinese Film Burned by History North Korea and the opposition’s weakness,
Danny Lavone Burch, 63, had spent years in One of China’s most popular directors, Feng Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan called
Yemen working as an engineer at a Yemeni oil Xiaogang, was determined to triumph at the Monday for an early election next month. His
company when he was abducted on Saturday box office with the release of his new film announcement came just hours after Tokyo’s
morning. “They did it in broad daylight in “Youth” during the weeklong National Day popular governor, Yuriko Koike, officially
front of everyone,” Nadia Forsa, Burch’s wife, holiday. In the run-up to the film’s expected introduced a new national party, taking ad-
said by phone from Sana, the capital. Many release later this week, Feng and his actors vantage of momentum built over the summer,
Westerners have been abducted over the had toured China, promoting the romantic when a local party she founded drubbed Abe’s
years in Yemen, a poor country on the south- drama set against the Cultural Revolution and Liberal Democrats in a metropolitan election
ern end of the Arabian Peninsula that has long China’s brief, harrowing war against Vietnam. in Tokyo. Abe is hoping to consolidate his pow-
been roiled by civil conflicts. Armed groups, But then Feng’s premiere was canceled. Chi- er so he can push a revision of Japan’s pacifist
including a powerful affiliate of Al Qaeda and nese film buffs say “Youth” appears to have Constitution and run for a third term as leader
the Houthi rebels who control Sana, have fallen victim to official jitters ahead of a Com- of the Liberal Democrats. (NYT)


In Puerto Rico, Threat of Humanitarian Crisis In Brief

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Gov. Ri- said. “To avoid that, recognize spouts to collect rainwater as
cardo A. Rosselló of Puerto Rico that we Puerto Ricans are Amer- they peer anxiously down streets Wisconsin Law Deterred
said on Monday that the island ican citizens; when we speak of for water deliveries. “They are
was on the brink of a “humani- a catastrophe, everyone must be not giving us anything, not even Voters, Study Finds
tarian crisis” nearly a week after treated equally.” hope,” said Cannabis Angel Ne- More than 10,000 registered
Hurricane Maria knocked out its He did not mince words about bot, 43. “At least, come around and Wisconsin voters were deterred
power and most of its water, and the potential impact on the main- give us hope, even if it’s a lie.” from casting ballots in Novem-
left residents waiting in excruci- land, where Puerto Ricans are Republicans in Washington ber by the state’s strict voter ID
ating lines for fuel. He called on expected to arrive in droves to pushed back forcefully on Mon- law, according to a new survey
Congress to prevent a deepening escape the post-Maria hardships day at any suggestion that the re- of nonvoters by two University
disaster. they will face on the island. lief effort for Puerto Rico was less of Wisconsin political scientists.
Stressing that Puerto Rico, a “If we want to prevent, for ex- aggressive than it had been for The survey is certain to further
United States territory, deserved ample, a mass exodus, we have to Florida and Texas. roil a debate over whether Don-
the same treatment as the hurri- take action. Congress, take note: “The federal response has been ald J. Trump’s narrow victory in
cane-ravaged states of Florida Take action, permit Puerto Rico anything but slow,” said Sarah Wisconsin over Hillary Clinton
and Texas, the governor urged to have the necessary resources,” Huckabee Sanders, the White was a result of efforts to depress
Republican leaders and the fed- Rosselló said. House press secretary. “In fact, Democratic turnout. Trump
eral government to move swiftly At Petroamerica Pagán de there has been an unprecedented defeated Clinton by 22,748 votes
to send more money, supplies Colón, an independent living push through of billions of dollars out of more than 2.9 million
and relief workers. It was a plea apartment building in San Juan in federal assistance.” ballots. The November turnout
echoed by Puerto Rico’s allies in for people over 62, residents have Congressional leaders said on in Wisconsin, 69.4 percent of eli-
Congress, who are pushing for made do with limited water and 14 Monday that they are awaiting as- gible voters, was the lowest in a
quick movement on a new relief floors of stairs to climb. sessments of the damage in Puer- presidential election year since
bill and a loosening of financial “People were abandoned for to Rico, as well as a formal disaster 2000. The study specifically does
obligations on the island, which is seven days,” said Alejandro Me- request from the Trump adminis- not make that claim, its principal
reeling from an economic crisis. lendez, a resident. tration, before they can act. A re- author, Prof. Kenneth R. Mayer of
“Puerto Rico, which is part of In the coastal city of Arecibo, quest is not expected until early- to the University of Wisconsin-Mad-
the United States, can turn into where water remains in short mid-October, according to senior ison, said in an interview. But
a humanitarian crisis,” Rosselló supply, residents gather around congressional aides. (NYT) neither did he rule it out. (NYT)
Weiner Is Sentenced to 21 Months for Lewd Texts Man Killed at Hospital

A Las Vegas police officer
He lost his seat in Congress, his amid earnest vows that he had in September 2016. fatally shot a man who was in
audacious bid to resurrect his ca- learned his lesson. It was during that investiga- custody at a hospital early Mon-
reer as mayor of New York City, But this time, there would be no tion that the F.B.I. discovered on day morning after the man took a
and his high-profile marriage. second chance for Weiner, who Weiner’s laptop a trove of emails Taser that had been left in a room
And he undermined Hillary Clin- pleaded guilty in May to one count belonging to his wife, Huma Abe- and pointed it at the officer, the
ton’s shot at the presidency in the of transferring obscene material din, a senior aide to Hillary Clin- police said. The man had been ar-
closing days of the tumultuous to a minor, and had faced up to 10 ton. That led to an announcement rested earlier on a felony warrant
2016 campaign. years in prison. in late October by James B. Com- after calling 911, saying he was
On Monday, Anthony D. Wein- His texting habit fueled his long ey, then the F.B.I. director, that the suicidal and threatening police
er, sobbing as the judge spoke, and tortuous downfall. But it was bureau had opened a new inquiry officers. He was taken to the hos-
learned the final cost of his seem- his most recent exchanges with a into Clinton’s handling of official pital because he was extremely
ingly uncontrollable habit of ex- 15-year-old girl that were the most email. The inquiry ended two days intoxicated and could not pass
changing lewd texts and pictures personally ruinous: his wife filed before the election. the booking process, Capt. Kelly
with women: 21 months in prison. for divorce, he pleaded guilty and The judge, Denise L. Cote of McMahill said. (NYT)
Weiner, 53, was the essence of now faces imprisonment. Federal District Court in Manhat-
the brash politician fueled by re- Reports of the investigation that tan, told Weiner that his offense Infant Is Abandoned
lentless work and unbridled swag- led to Weiner’s being charged in was “a serious crime that de-
ger. Until now, he was the benefi- the case surfaced after the 15-year- serves serious punishment.” A 1-month-old baby found on
ciary of multiple second chances, old victim’s story was told by the BENJAMIN WEISER the side of an Oklahoma inter-
state in a car seat stuffed with
Court Cancels Hearing on Previous Trump Travel Ban $5,500 in cash and a birth certifi-
cate was in state custody Monday
as the authorities continued to
WASHINGTON — The Su- scrutiny on a policy that in some from charges that his actions are investigate why the boy was
preme Court on Monday abruptly ways goes even further — indefi- based on religious discrimination. abandoned. Oklahoma City police
canceled oral arguments on Pres- nitely banning most travel to the And the new ban was developed said a church group returning
ident Trump’s travel ban, signal- United States from seven coun- after a vigorous security review from an amusement park spotted
ing the beginning of the end for a tries and imposing restrictions on that administration officials said the child Saturday about 10 feet
politically charged legal case that two others. provided a legally unassailable ra- from the shoulder of Interstate
could have produced a blockbust- But the president’s third at- tionale for the travel restrictions. 40. Sgt. Gary Knight said Monday
er ruling on the clash between tempt at controlling the border The court was set to hear the chal- that officers also found a Social
presidential power and claims of may finally stand up to the expect- lenge to Trump’s travel ban in two Security card with the baby. The
religious discrimination. ed wave of new legal challenges. weeks. But after the president’s authorities said they located the
A new, broader ban on travel The new ban includes two coun- announcement over the weekend, child’s mother through family
prompted the unusual move by tries that are not majority Muslim, the justices now appear likely to members and that she was taken
the justices, leaving Trump to face which may insulate the president declare the case moot. (NYT) to a hospital to be evaluated. (AP)


More Chinese See Debt as Ticket to Middle Class THE MARKETS

QIQIHAR, China — Over the in a country that used to depend quickly taking on debt. DJIA NASDAQ S & P 500
past eight years, to the world’s almost solely on cash. Chinese central bank data 53.50 56.33 5.56
growing alarm, China’s big state- “I view the mortgage as a form shows that consumer loans have ↘ 0.24% ↘ 0.88% ↘ 0.22%
owned companies and powerful of savings,” Li said, “because in grown almost 50 percent since 22,296.09 6,370.59 2,496.66
local governments have bor- 10 years, I’ll own the whole apart- the start of 2016, when the gov-
rowed trillions of dollars to get ment.” ernment began encouraging EUROPE
what they want. Standard & Poor’s on Thursday more lending to households. That
Now, it’s Li Jing’s turn. became the latest voice to warn lending could grow considerably: BRITAIN GERMANY FRANCE
Li, a 33-year-old car saleswom- that China, which has the world’s The International Monetary Fund FTSE 100 DAX CAC 40
an here in the middle of China’s second-largest economy after the said it expected China’s household 9.35 2.46 14.16
declining industrial zone, is one United States, has piled on too debt as a percentage of its eco- ↘ 0.13% ↗ 0.02% ↘ 0.27%
of the growing millions of Chinese much debt and done it too quickly. nomic output to double by 2022 7,301.29 12,594.81 5,267.13
using mortgages and credit cards The steep increase has the poten- compared with a decade before.
to finance a middle-class lifestyle. tial to destabilize the country’s fi- Home mortgages represent a ASIA/PACIFIC
Over the past two years, she and nancial system, the ratings agen- majority of China’s new house-
her husband have bought and cy warned, which could hurt the hold loans by value, adding to a JAPAN HONG KONG CHINA
remodeled a $120,000 apartment prospects of a country that has surge in real estate prices. Car NIKKEI 225 HANG SENG SHANGHAI
and purchased two new cars for been the single biggest driver of loans have been growing even 101.13 380.19 11.72
$30,000 apiece. global growth for a decade. faster in percentage terms. And ↗ 0.50% ↘ 1.36% ↘ 0.35%
To help pay for it all, they took While critics have focused on credit card debt is now rising in a 20,397.58 27,500.34 3,340.81
out a 10-year mortgage that borrowing by local governments country that is otherwise depen-
absorbs nearly a third of their and companies, China’s consum- dent on cash or online transac- AMERICAS
monthly income — once consid- ers — once famous for saving tions. KEITH BRADSHER
ered an unusual amount of debt rather than spending — are also and AILIN TANG CANADA BRAZIL MEXICO
Boeing Trade Fight Becomes ‘Multicountry Feud’ ↗ 62.00 ↘ 214.59 ↗ 54.66
15,516.23 75,389.75 50,368.17
WASHINGTON — Boeing is no national companies are routine, and straightforward trade case
stranger to disputes with foreign with career officials at Commerce “in more boring days” had boiled COMMODITIES/BONDS
competitors, but a rising tide of weighing dozens of cases each over into a “multicountry feud.”
protectionism has turned its most year with little fanfare. Yet Boe- “Once you start politicizing GOLD 10-YR. TREAS. CRUDE OIL
recent trade disagreement into ing’s most recent challenge has some of these more technocratic
an international throw down. become unusually high profile: disputes, it can escalate rapidly,” ↗ 13.50 ↘ 0.03 ↗ 1.56
On Tuesday, the Commerce In recent weeks, Prime Minister he said. $1,306.80 2.22% $52.22
Department is expected to an- Justin Trudeau of Canada and Boeing’s complaint alleges that
nounce a decision on Boeing’s Prime Minister Theresa May substantial support from the Ca-
allegation that Bombardier, a Ca- of Britain have publicly and pri- nadian government has allowed FOREIGN EXCHANGE
nadian jet maker, was able to sell vately urged President Trump to Bombardier to sell its CSeries
new aircraft in the United States persuade Boeing to drop the case. aircraft at “absurdly low prices” Fgn. currency Dollars in
in Dollars fgn.currency
at unfairly low prices because of Trump has not publicly in the United States.
subsidies it received from the Ca- weighed in on the dispute. Bombardier has argued that Australia (Dollar) .7934 1.2604
nadian government. If the Com- The dispute highlights an era Boeing is also a recipient of sub- Bahrain (Dinar) 2.6534 3.1593
Brazil (Real)
merce Department rules in Boe- of increased trade tensions and stantial government funding Britain (Pound) 1.3465 .7427
ing’s favor, it could impose duties political intervention in markets. and that pricing new models Canada (Dollar) .8085 1.2369
on Bombardier, making imports Todd Tucker, a fellow at the Roos- more cheaply is a standard. In a China (Yuan) .1511 6.6189
of the Canadian aircraft more ex- evelt Institute, a left-leaning eco- statement last week, Bombardier Denmark (Krone) .1593 6.2789
pensive. nomic research organization, said called Boeing’s complaints “pure Dom. Rep. (Peso) .0210 47.5500
Egypt (Pound)
Trade fights between multi- what would once have been a dry hypocrisy.” ANA SWANSON Europe (Euro) 1.1847 .8441
Hong Kong (Dollar) .1280 7.8138
Target Raises Base Pay to $11 an Hour Before Holidays Japan (Yen) .0090 17.9270
Mexico (Peso)
Norway (Krone) .1279 7.8163
Singapore (Dollar) .7404 1.3506
Target fired the first salvo of employment rate that dropped to In recent years, Walmart has So. Africa (Rand) .0751 13.3211
this year’s holiday hiring wars 4.3 percent in May and July — the gotten the jump on Target by be- So. Korea (Won) .0009 1133.7
on Monday, saying that it would lowest level in 16 years — before ing the first to announce a series Sweden (Krona) .1243 8.0421
raise its minimum hourly wage to ticking up slightly in August. With of base pay hikes. In February Switzerland (Franc) 1.0349 .9663
$11 next month and then to $15 an a shallow pool of job seekers, they 2015, Walmart said it would raise Source: Thomson Reuters
hour by the end of 2020. must compete harder for workers base wages for 500,000 workers
Target said the increase from to handle the holiday shopping to at least $9 an hour, with an in-
the current base of $10 an hour crush. crease to $10 an hour in 2016. ONLINE: MORE PRICES
would apply to the 100,000 sea- Retailers are closing thousands Target followed suit with its AND ANALYSIS
sonal workers it plans to hire for of stores this year as they try to own wage increases in 2015 and Information on all United
the fall and winter. The bump will cut costs and compete with on- 2016, promising a $10-an-hour Æ
also affect thousands of Target’s line retailers, most notably Am- base last year. States stocks, plus bonds, mu-
323,000 regular employees, the azon. But come the Christmas On Monday, a Walmart spokes- tual funds, commodities and foreign
company said. season, malls are still swamped man said the company is always stocks along with analysis of indus-
Target and its competitors are and stores need all the help they reviewing where its stands in try sectors and stock indexes:
contending with a nationwide un- can get. terms of pay. TIFFANY HSU


To Woo Amazon, No Tactic Is Too Strange

SAN FRANCISCO — Business tual assistant, GAINERS AND LOSERS
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development deals of the century. of Danbury, Conn., posted a vid- ticed it,” he said. “And when they
That sometimes means going eo on Sept. 14 calling himself a choose Tucson, they can come out Stocks on the Move
to extreme lengths to draw Bezos’ “proud Amazon customer” and and experience a million sagua-
eye. Is Bezos impressed? asking Alexa, the Amazon vir- ros.” NELLIE BOWLES Stocks that moved substantially or traded
heavily Monday:
Post-Presidency, Obama Looks to Make Money Genuine Parts Co., up $5.24 to $93.22.
The company said it would buy Alliance
Automotive Group, a European distributor
An hour inside Barack Obama’s would make Kevin Lewis, Obama’s spokes- of auto parts, tools and workshop equip-
post-presidential life included it better is ac- man, wrote in an e-mail that the ment.
boxed sandwiches, scores of tually not that paid speeches had helped make Target Corp., down 44 cents to $58.55.
money managers, and a treatise mysterious,” it possible for the former presi- The retailer said it will raise the minimum
on health-care reform. Obama told dent to contribute $2 million to hourly wage for its workers to $11 starting
Those were the main ingredi- an audience employment and job-training next month and then to $15 by the end of
ents on Monday when Obama of about 500 programs for low-income young 2020.
spoke at a Manhattan health care people. “But it people in Chicago. Outfront Media Inc., up $3.22 to $24.26.
conference sponsored by the bro- Barack does require On Monday, Obama called the The company announced it has been rec-
kerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald Obama putting ideolo- various attempts to undermine ommended to be awarded concessions for
— at least his ninth paid speech gy aside.” the Affordable Care Act a cynical advertising on New York City’s mass transit
since leaving office. Since leav- political exercise. platforms.
The former president was re- ing the White House in January, He acknowledged that the cur- AZZ Inc., down $3.70 to $47.25. The
served in describing Washing- the former president and his wife rent system has problems, includ- welding and engineering company lowered
ton’s current health care dogfight, have reportedly signed a $60 mil- ing that some insurers were not its full-year earnings estimates because
which threatens to derail his sig- lion joint book deal, and his speak- providing health care coverage to of the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and
nature legislative accomplish- ing fees — including to Cantor — parts of rural states. The solution Irma.
ment, the Affordable Care Act. have hit the $400,000 mark. to that, he said, was a public fall- Sprint Corp., down 70 cents to $7.82.
During his prepared remarks, That is in addition to a spate of back plan. Bloomberg News reported that Sprint’s
Obama undertook a professo- unpaid speeches he has made, Obama was not without mirth. largest shareholder, Japan’s Softbank, did
rial review of what the law had including one to at-risk youths Toward the end of his speech he not expect much of a premium in selling
accomplished, considered the in Chicago earlier this year, and referred to President Trump’s re- the company.
remaining problems, and swept another on Monday for the Beau cent tweets aimed at N.F.L. play- General Electric Co., up 24 cents to
through some potential solutions. Biden Foundation, named for the ers. “Our big problem right now is $25.11. The company sold its electrifica-
“This is a big system, and it’s late son of Vice President Joseph politics,” Obama said. “Can’t even tion services unit to ABB, a Swiss robotics
complicated, but what to do that R. Biden. get it out of football!” KATE KELLY and industrial machinery maker. (AP)


The Praying Mantis Study Says Dogs

Is Preying on Birds Recognize Selves
In a Smell Test
Tom Vaughan, a photographer then living in Col-
orado’s Mancos Valley, kept a hummingbird feeder Imagine a species that lived in
outside his house. One morning, he noticed a black- a world of smells and didn’t pay a
chinned hummingbird dangling from the side of the lot of attention to what things look
red plastic feeder like a stray Christmas ornament. like. What would members of that
At first, Vaughan thought he knew what was going species use for a mirror?
on. “I’d previously seen a hummingbird in a state of Would they even want a mirror?
torpor,” he said, “when it was hanging straight down Yes, of course, we are talking
by its feet, regenerating its batteries, before drop- about dogs, who usually don’t
ping down and flying off.” seem to understand the mirrors
On closer inspection, Vaughan saw that the hum- humans use. Sometimes they
mingbird was hanging not by its feet but by its head. ignore them. Often they bark as
And forget about jumping its batteries: the bird was if the dog in the mirror were a
in the grip of a three-inch-long green praying mantis. stranger. Scientists use mirrors
The mantis was clinging with its back legs to the to find out if animals recognize
rim of the feeder, holding its feathered catch in its themselves, to see if they have
powerful, seemingly reverent front legs, and me- some sense of self.
thodically chewing through the hummingbird’s skull Chimpanzees do very well on
to get at the nutritious brain tissue within. what is called the mirror test.
“It was staring at me as it fed,” Vaughan said. “Of A chimp will notice a mark on
course, I took a picture of it.” Startled by the clicking his face and perhaps even use the
shutter, the mantis dropped its partially decapitated NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY mirror to aid in removing it. Re-
meal, crawled under the feeder — and began menac- Newcastle University researched the 3-D searchers have reported that dol-
ing two hummingbirds on the other side. vision of praying mantises. phins, one elephant and a magpie
“Talk about cognitive dissonance,” Vaughan said. have also passed this test.
“I always thought of mantises as wonderful things to Dogs have not, and that has
have in your garden to get rid of bugs, but it turns out Researchers emphasize that bird predation by raised questions about whether
they sometimes go for larger prey, too.” mantises remains rare and is insignificant compared dogs might recognize themselves
“It gave me new respect for mantises,” he added. to the carnage linked to, say, free-roaming cats. Nev- if another sense were tested.
Vaughan’s sentiment is echoed by a cadre of re- ertheless, that the insects have learned to seek out Alexandra Horowitz, a psy-
searchers who place mantises in a class of their own bird feeders for a meal signifies “another step in cog- chologist at Barnard College
among the swarming Class Insecta, and who are dis- nition,” Remsen said. “We’re lucky praying mantises who studies the behavior of dogs,
covering a range of skills and predilections that make aren’t our size.” decided to give dogs a chance at
mantises act like aspiring vertebrates. A ‘CERTAIN PERSONALITY’ showing self-recognition on their
Praying mantises are the only insects able to swiv- Praying mantises “are unusually charismatic,” own, smelly terms. In a study, she
el their heads and stare at you. Those piercing eyes said William D. Brown, who studies them at the State concludes that they do recognize
are much like yours, equipped with 3-D vision and a University of New York at Fredonia. the smell of their own urine.
fovea — a centralized concentration of light recep- Those large eyes, the way they turn to look at you, While some researchers find
tors — the better to focus and track. gives them a “certain personality” that most insects the study intriguing, the scientist
A mantis can jump as unerringly as a cat, con- lack, he added. who first developed that mirror
trolling its trajectory through an intricate series of Mantises find their prey visually, and their excep- mark test doesn’t think the evi-
twists and turns distributed across its legs and body, tionally sophisticated eyesight has lately caught the dence supports her conclusion.
all to ensure a flawless landing on a ridiculously iffy attention of researchers. Jenny Read of the Institute Still, even the idea of a smell mir-
target nearly every time. The mantis appetite like- of Neuroscience at Newcastle University in Britain ror is mind (nose?) boggling.
wise turns out to leap and bound, and with scant re- and her colleagues recently demonstrated that pray- Horowitz set up dishes with dif-
gard for food-chain decorum. ing mantises have stereoptic, or 3-D, vision. ferent smells. A dog’s own urine.
By the standard alimentary sequence, insects feed By seeing in stereo — that is, mentally triangulat- An unfamiliar dog’s urine. A dog’s
on plants or one another, and then birds hunt down ing the slightly different images received from two own urine along with another
insects. But just as there are carnivorous plants like eyes into a single line of sight — an animal can get a scent. And, in some control tests,
the Venus flytrap, mantises prey on hummingbirds sense of depth and distance. no urine and just the unfamiliar
and other small-to-middling birds more often than In experiments, the researchers outfitted praying added scent.
most people realize. mantises with tiny homemade 3-D glasses: filters She tested 36 pet dogs to see
James V. Remsen of the Museum of Natural Sci- that effectively separated the two images a mantis how long they spent with the dif-
ence at Louisiana State University and his colleagues would see when it looked at a screen. ferent scents.
documented 147 cases of mantis-on-bird predation in A mantis will ignore a glowing box on a flat screen As she reported in Behavioral
13 countries. Hummingbirds were the most common when viewing it without the benefit of 3-D glasses, Processes, the dogs were least in-
target, but mantises also went after warblers, sun- the researchers found. But once the filters were in terested in their own urine, some-
birds, honeyeaters, flycatchers, vireos and European place, the mantis’s brain was fooled into the illu- what interested in another dog’s
robins. Large species like the Chinese mantis, which sion of a 3-D object hovering at just the right “catch urine, and most interested in their
grows to four inches in length, were the most avid range,” an inch away, and began striking out into own altered urine.
avivores, and females were responsible for virtually empty space as though at potential prey. What that means, of course, is
all the bird-killing observed worldwide. “Our brain is five orders of magnitude bigger than a matter for discussion. She says
In two reported cases, females feasted on birds theirs,” Read said. “So either our visual cortex is do- it shows that the dogs recognize
while copulating with males. Sometimes the mantis- ing incredibly impressive things I don’t know about their own scent, finding it less
es would tuck in through the bird’s breastbone, but yet, or we could get rid of most of it and replace it with interesting unless it has been
more often they went for the head, Remsen said. a praying mantis brain.” NATALIE ANGIER messed with. JAMES GORMAN


Kurds of County Leitrim: Refugees Call an Irish Town Home

CARRICK-ON-SHANNON, Ireland — A United Nations-supervised refugee resettle- a Kurdish man, and Nowruz celebrations are
bold black-and-red sign announces Jamshid ment program brought them here more than held to mark the Kurdish new year. The num-
Ghafur’s business — “Kurdish Barber” — up a a decade ago. ber of Kurds has grown as members of the
narrow flight of stairs just off the main street Kajal Allakarami, 29, was 17 when she ar- first wave married and had children.
of Carrick-on-Shannon in western Ireland. rived. “We said it was like heaven when we The families who settled here originally fled
Here, patrons have their hair trimmed un- came,” she said as the smell of a spiced beef the Kurdish region of Iran in 1979 because of
der the watchful eyes of the famed Irish fight- and chickpea stew cooking from her mother’s political persecution, and found relative safe-
er Conor McGregor, whose poster hangs high kitchen filled the room.“Maybe it wasn’t our ty across the border in Iraq, where some lived
on a wall. On the opposite wall hangs a Kurd- ways, maybe it wasn’t our traditions,” she said, for nearly 25 years in Al Tash, a refugee camp.
ish flag, the décor a nod to Ghafur’s homeland “but the way they respected us was huge.” They fled in 2003, when the Iraq War forced
and the town where he lives. In 2005 and 2006, around 100 Kurdish them into a no man’s land at the border with
“I am happy with this small business,” he refugees, most Muslim, arrived in Car- Jordan. They were stuck there for three years
said as he gestured around the shop with rick-on-Shannon, population 5,000. before the United Nations resettled them.
pride. “I feel like home here.” Now, Kurdish-owned businesses have Allakarami arrived in Carrick-on-Shannon
Ghafur, 37, is part of a thriving group of opened in town, one of the county’s top play- with her parents, Fawzieh Amiri and Aziz
Kurds who adopted this small town after a ers in the traditional Irish sport of hurling is Allakarami, and her six siblings — all thrust
abruptly into the parochial life of a small Irish
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A Travel Ban We’ve Seen Before Tyranny of Minority

Since Donald Trump’s cataclysmic election,
The central question to ask about President have been hawking was already the law of the the unthinkable has become ordinary. We’ve
Trump’s latest travel ban, which he issued on land. The United States subjects visa appli- grown used to naked profiteering off the pres-
Sunday, is: Will it make Americans safer? cants to some of the most thorough and rigor- idency, an administration that calls for the
The answer, as best as anyone can tell based ous scrutiny in the world. The risk of a terrorist firing of private citizens for political dissent
on publicly available information, is no. attack by a foreign-born visitor who could be and nuclear diplomacy conducted via Twitter
Starting Oct. 18, the United States will per- stopped by these procedures is minuscule. taunts. Here, in my debut as a New York Times
manently bar entry to most citizens of seven As one federal appeals court said in block- columnist, I want to discuss a structural prob-
countries — Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Soma- ing the earlier ban, the administration has lem that both underlies and transcends our
lia, Chad and North Korea. Certain citizens presented no evidence that “present vetting current political nightmare: We have entered
from Iraq and Venezuela will face restrictions standards are inadequate, and no finding that a period of minority rule.
and heightened scrutiny. absent the improved vetting procedures there The majority of voters who disapprove of
Trump justified these restrictions — which likely will be harm to our national interests.” Trump have little power to force Congress to
target countries that either failed or refused The new restrictions have, we’re told, been curb him.
to meet new vetting standards — by saying informed by rational, evidence-based con- A combination of gerrymandering and the
he was acting “to protect the security and in- cerns about countries whose vetting proce- tight clustering of Democrats in urban areas
terests of the United States and its people.” dures pose a true security threat to the United means that even if Democrats get significant-
Americans should be skeptical. While it may States. That might be enough for the ban to ly more overall votes than Republicans in the
appear more modulated, Sunday’s proclama- be upheld by the federal courts, which are as midterms — which polls show is probable —
tion is a direct descendant of a central plank a rule very deferential to presidential actions they may not take back the House of Represen-
of Trump’s campaign — his call for a “total on immigration and national security. But con- tatives.
and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering sidered in the broader context of Trump’s own And because of the quirks of the 2018 Sen-
the United States, which he made in 2015, and remarks, it’s hard to see how this latest version ate map, Democrats are extremely unlikely
which remained on his campaign website as breaks much new ground. to reclaim that chamber, even if most voters
late as May. This shows why it is so damaging to have a would prefer Democratic control. Some ana-
The list is almost identical to the ban issued fundamentally untrustworthy commander in lysts have even suggested that Republicans
in January — all are Muslim-majority coun- chief. All presidents must make hard choices could emerge from 2018 with a filibuster-proof
tries with the exception of two additions, North about security, and all administrations have 60-seat majority.
Korea and Venezuela, both of which look a lot faced the intransigence or incompetence of Our Constitution has always had a small-
like window dressing. Annual visa grants to foreign governments when it comes to fighting state bias, but the effects have become more
North Koreans number in the dozens, while the terrorism. But when the president has freely pronounced as the population discrepancy
ban in Venezuela applies only to officials from spouted his longstanding animus toward ad- between the smallest states and the largest
the government of the Trump nemesis Nicolás herents of the world’s major religions, his ac- states has grown. “Given contemporary de-
Maduro, along with their family members. tions must be evaluated against that backdrop. mography, a little bit less than 50 percent of
Meanwhile, no citizen from the barred coun- In the end, the political function of Sunday’s the country lives in 40 of the 50 states,” San-
tries has carried out a fatal terrorist attack travel ban is the same — the latest gambit in ford Levinson, a constitutional law scholar at
in the United States in the past two decades. a cynical, unceasing effort by an embattled the University of Texas, told me. “Roughly half
That’s in part because the “extreme vetting” president to inflame public fears and woo the the country gets 80 percent of the votes in the
that Trump and his anti-immigration cabal xenophobes in his base. Senate, and the other half of the country gets
20 percent.”
The Wreckage of Anthony Weiner College, where each state’s number of electors
The distortion carries over to the Electoral
is determined by the size of its congressional
Anthony Weiner arrived at the federal court- often witty, politically deft — proved to be a pa- delegation. This would matter less if the Unit-
house in Lower Manhattan nearly an hour ear- thetic jerk. But few jerks do as much damage ed States weren’t so geographically polarized.
ly on Monday to receive his final humiliation. as he did in his recklessness. He may even be But America is now two countries, eyeing each
When he got it — a sentence of 21 months in responsible for Donald Trump being president. other across a chasm of distrust and contempt.
prison and an order to register as a sex offend- Days before the Nov. 7 voting, the F.B.I. di- One is urban, diverse and outward-looking.
er — he stayed late, frozen at the defense table rector, James Comey, announced he was re- This is the America that’s growing. The other
as the courtroom emptied. He was a broken opening his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s is white, provincial and culturally revanchist.
man, sobbing with his face buried in his hands. use of a private server for her emails as secre- This is the America that’s in charge.
As painful as it is to watch a life in ruins, Wein- tary of state. Weiner was the reason. During Before Trump, there was enough overlap
er brought degradation upon himself. No public their investigation of his sexting, federal in- between popular will and electoral outcome
penance on his part, no acknowledgment of a vestigators had found a trove of emails on his to make the issue largely semantic. Now it’s
sexual addiction, no level of commitment to home computer that was also used by his wife, existential. Certainly, we need checks on the
rehabilitation, no expressed regrets for having Huma Abedin, one of the Democratic presiden- tyranny of the majority. But what we have now
turned lives upside down, could absolve him of tial nominee’s closest aides. is the tyranny of the minority.
grave sin. This former New York congressman In the end, the Feds found nothing. But dam- Absent reform, our system could eventual-
had repeatedly exchanged lewd texts with a age had been done. Clinton has said the Com- ly face a legitimacy crisis. Levinson, perhaps
15-year-old girl. That made him not just a moral ey announcement, coming so late in the cam- the most prominent among progressive critics
transgressor. It made him a criminal. paign, was a big reason she lost the election. of the Constitution, argues that the crisis is al-
He could have been sent to prison for 10 That is debatable. ready here: “At some point we need to discuss
years. The year and nine months given him by Weiner certainly was the ruination of him- the extent to which the entire constitutional sys-
Judge Denise Cote qualified as an act of grace, self. “I was a very sick man for a very long tem is full of these anti-majoritarian aspects.”
as did her hope that, once freed, he would find time,” he told the judge before she sentenced Trump’s election has revealed many dark
a way to be “engaged productively.” him. Not many would have disagreed when he truths about this country. One of them is: We’re
To put it bluntly, Anthony Weiner — smart, then said, “I have no excuse.” a lot less democratic than we might think.


N.B.A. Players and Coaches Take Aim at Trump In Brief

It was media day around the Popovich, an outspoken critic of kneeling during the national an-
N.B.A. on Monday, and not sur- Trump, said, “Our country is an them? Memphis Grizzlies Coach Colts Say Luck Could
prisingly one of the hottest top- embarrassment to the world.” David Fizdale said: “If my guys Return to Practice Soon
ics was President Trump, whose He added that he thought the take a knee, I’ll take a knee. I’m Indianapolis Colts Coach
caustic comments about football withdrawal of Warriors’ White 100 percent with them.” Chuck Pagano said Monday that
players who kneel during the House invitation was comical “be- Before Game 1 of the W.N.B.A. there is a chance Andrew Luck
national anthem and basketball cause they weren’t going anyway.” finals on Sunday, the Los Angeles could return to practice Wednes-
players who may not want to visit Around the N.B.A., players and Sparks stayed in their locker room day. Pagano already has ruled
the White House created a nation- coaches addressed the Warriors’ during the national anthem, while Luck out of Sunday’s game at
al uproar over the weekend. controversy and the actions of hun- the Minnesota Lynx stood with Seattle. Still, it would be a major
The reaction to Trump at N.B.A. dreds of N.F.L. players on Sunday, their arms linked together. milestone in Luck’s recovery
gatherings was notably negative. when some knelt during the na- Bradley Beal of the Wizards from shoulder surgery. Luck
LeBron James, who caused a tional anthem, others locked arms took no prisoners with his re- missed all of the team’s offseason
stir by tweeting “U Bum” at Trump and teams stayed in their locker marks on Trump: workouts, all of training camp
after he disinvited the Golden rooms in a gesture of solidarity. “Your job is to bring people to- and the entire preseason before
State Warriors from the White Erik Spoelstra, the coach of the gether. Everyone in the world he was activated from the phys-
House, did not back down Monday. Miami Heat, said: “I commend the feels like since you’ve got in office ically unable to perform list on
“I’m not going to let — while I Golden State Warriors for the deci- that hasn’t been the case. There’s Sept. 2. (AP)
have this platform — to let one in- sion they made. I commend N.F.L. a lot of issues going around in the
dividual, no matter the power, no players and organizations for tak- world — like Puerto Rico doesn’t
matter the impact that he should ing a stand right now for equality, have water or power, like they are Trump Lauds Nascar
have or she should have, ever use for inclusion, for taking a stand still a part of the U.S. — but you’re President Trump lauded
sports as a platform to divide us,” against racism, bigotry, prejudice.” worried about guys kneeling Nascar on Monday because no
James said. Could N.B.A. players emulate during the national anthem.” drivers, crew or team members
San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg N.F.L. players this season by VICTOR MATHER protested during the national an-
them before a race at New Hamp-
Judge Breaks McGwire’s Rookie Home Run Record shire Motorspeedway. “So proud
of NASCAR and its supporters
and fans. They won’t put up with
The Yankees’ Aaron Judge Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, who land in 1987, breaking the previ- disrespecting our Country or our
broke Mark McGwire’s major has 57. Judge has four multihomer ous mark of 38 set by the Boston Flag - they said it loud and clear!”
league record for home runs by a games this month and seven this Braves’ Wally Berger in 1930 and Trump tweeted. (AP)
rookie, hitting a pair for the sec- season. matched by Cincinnati’s Frank
ond straight day to raise his total Judge was hitting .329 with 30 Robinson in 1956. A.L. SCORES
to 50 and lead the Yankees over homers and 66 R.B.I. when he Greg Bird added a two-run ho- MONDAY
Kansas City, 11-3, Monday. won the All-Star Home Run Der- mer into the right field second Yankees 11, Kansas City 3
The 6-foot-7, 25-year-old slug- by, then slumped to a .179 average deck in the sixth, his seventh Toronto 6, Boston 4
ger tied the mark with a two-run with seven homers and 16 R.B.I. home run this season and fourth Houston 11, Texas 2
drive to right-center off Jakob from the start of the second half in nine games. Gary Sanchez fol- Chicago White Sox4, L.A. Angels 2
Junis (8-3) in the third inning that through Aug. 31, striking out 67 lowed Judge in the seventh with N.L. SCORES
put the Yankees ahead 3-0. His so- times in 44 games. His September back-to-back homers for the third MONDAY
lo shot over the visitors’ bullpen rebound boosted his average to time this year, raising his total to Atlanta 9, Mets 2, 1st game
in left against Trevor Cahill in the .283 with 108 R.B.I. and an Ameri- 33. Washington 3, Philadelphia 1
seventh made it 7-3 and earned can League leading 120 walks and C C Sabathia (13-5) took a 6-0 Mets 3, Atlanta 2, 2nd game
him a rare curtain call. a big league-high 203 strikeouts, lead into the seventh, when Salva- Chicago Cubs 10, St. Louis 2
Judge has 13 home runs in Sep- putting himself back into most dor Perez hit a two-run homer and N.F.L. SCORE
tember and six in five games, and valuable player consideration. Mike Moustakas chased him by MONDAY
he is second in the majors behind McGwire hit 49 homers for Oak- going deep four pitches later. (AP) Dallas 28, Arizona 17

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N.F.L. Players Knelt for Justice, but They Need Lasting Stand

LANDOVER, Md. — It was un- and its players for “disrespect of want to do it this week. This all succeeded in steering attention
deniably a monumental Sunday our country.” It was his 15th tweet had to do with President Trump’s away from the original issues —
for the National Football League. in three days about athletes re- comments. That’s the only reason racism and police brutality.
There were teams that were no- specting the flag or the anthem. that we did that.” Richard Lapchick, the direc-
shows for the national anthem, Many players who might want Kenneth Shropshire, who runs tor of the Institute for Diversity
SportS and others that linked to speak out further are in a vul- the Global Sport Institute at and Ethics in Sport, said that if a
of the arms with owners. nerable position now. Their N.F.L. Arizona State University, is the strong core of players would be
Players knelt and sat
willing to start the conversation
author of the book “In Black and
fate is in the hands of the same
timeS during the anthem, and owners and general managers White: Race and Sports in Amer- about racial equality and justice
Juliet some raised their fists. who have deemed Kaepernick ica.” He has some interesting in their communities, the move-
Macur But something was unfit to play in the league. Some thoughts on the effectiveness of ment could grow quickly.
missing from Sunday’s Miami Dolphins players wore protest movements, and he wor- “Sunday was the most import-
stage: a real discussion about the #IMWITHKAP T-shirts on Sun- ries that the N.F.L. movement ant sports day since Ali decided
issues Colin Kaepernick wanted day, but they surely weren’t hop- might be fleeting. not to fight in Vietnam,” Lapchick
to highlight when he started the ing to join him as an N.F.L. castoff. To effect real change, Shrop- said. “Yes, I think it was that big.
movement. He knelt during the Consider Oakland Raiders shire told me, the demonstrations What we don’t do in America is
anthem last season to protest so- tackle Donald Penn’s plans for can’t disappear in a flash. But talk about these issues openly,
cial injustice and police brutality, moving forward. their staying power depends on but now we could easily create
and since then he has been a pari- Penn said he didn’t really want the reason the players and own- a forum where athletes and city
ah no team wants to sign. to protest on Sunday, because he ers were spurred to action. leaders and front offices and po-
President Trump, reframed the loves the American flag and he “At the player level, it really lice can discuss racial justice.”
issue as a lack of respect for the appreciates the military. But he was someone saying on the Redskins cornerback Josh Nor-
country and the flag, which may said he felt Trump had forced him street, ‘Yo mama,’ ” he said. “And man said he would be up for that
make it even harder for athletes to react when the president called at the basest level, nobody can kind of outreach. After Sunday’s
to extend their one-day revolt into any player who chose to protest talk about your mother without game, he said he was so sickened
a political dialogue. On Monday, a “son of a bitch.” And now Penn some retribution.” and disturbed by Trump’s insults
Trump again addressed the N.F.L. has had his say. The real problem with players that he couldn’t stop thinking
on Twitter, asserting a “tremen- “I’m not going to do it again who focus solely on Trump’s about his place in the world, and
dous backlash” against the league next week,” he said. “I didn’t comments is that he will have that “the game came secondary.”

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