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New targets for Russian hackers
• The Russian military intelligence unit that sought to influence the 2016 election has recently focused on conservative American think tanks that have been critical of Moscow, according to a report to be released today by Microsoft.
The company said it had seized websites in recent weeks that sought to trick people into thinking they were clicking on links managed by the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. The sites redirected to web pages to steal passwords and other data.
Microsoft also found websites imitating the U.S. Senate, but it was able to catch the spoofed sites as they were set up. The goal of the hacking attempts was unclear.
• Separately, today is Primary Day in Alaska and Wyoming. There are no clearly competitive races in either one, but here’s what to watch for.
How do you get better schools?
• The answer is to take states to court, education activists increasingly say.
One lawsuit in Minnesota accuses the state of knowingly allowing towns and cities to set policies that led to segregated schools, lowering test scores and graduation rates for low-income and nonwhite children. The state’s Supreme Court ruled last month that the suit could move forward.
• The case is part of a wave of lawsuits over the quality of schools in more than a half-dozen states, coming at the same time as a push in some state legislatures for more school funding.
Court pick took a hard line on Bill Clinton
• Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, called for Mr. Clinton to be questioned in graphic detail about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, according to a memo released on Monday by the National Archives.
Judge Kavanaugh spent more than three years working for Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated a series of scandals during Mr. Clinton’s presidency, and who worked on the report that led to the president’s impeachment.
• Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings are set to begin next month. He seems certain to be questioned about the memo, and what it suggests about Robert Mueller’s current investigation of Mr. Trump. Read the memo here.
Pope condemns “atrocities” of abuse
• Pope Francis released a letter to the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics on Monday, after a grand jury report in Pennsylvania revealed a cover-up of widespread sexual abuse of children by hundreds of priests over 70 years.
“We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them,” Francis wrote.
• But the pope, whose slow response to clerical sexual abuse has threatened to damage his papacy, offered no specific remedies.
A challenge to #MeToo
• Reports that Asia Argento, an actress who has been a public face of the campaign against sexual violence, made a deal with her own accuser show that #MeToo is working as it should, the movement’s founder said on Monday.
Tarana Burke, who started the movement over a decade ago, said on Twitter, “I’ve said repeatedly that the #metooMVMT is for all of us, including these brave young men who are now coming forward.”
• Ms. Argento arranged to pay $380,000 to Jimmy Bennett, a young actor who said she had sexually assaulted him when he was 17. The police in California are investigating.
• The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to discuss the details of its plan to weaken regulation of coal-fired power plants today. The acting leader of the agency signed the proposal on Monday.
• Small investors who flocked to digital currencies when Bitcoin was flying high last winter have learned hard lessons about irrational exuberance.
• Malaysia once courted Chinese investment, but it now fears becoming overly indebted for big projects that are neither viable nor necessary — except to China.
• Netflix calls them promotional videos. Subscribers call them ads.
• A Minneapolis marketing company recently changed its employee benefits to include “fur-ternity leave,” or working from home for a week to welcome new dogs or cats.
Tips for a more fulfilling life.
• Scared to talk about failure? Don’t be.
• We want to answer your questions about fitness.
• Recipe of the day: Use leftover chicken for enchiladas with salsa verde on a weeknight.
• A Parkland survivor gives back
Maddy Wilford wanted to be a doctor before a gunman’s rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., left her badly wounded.
After shadowing doctors as an intern at the hospital that saved her, she still does.
• Lessons from the Prague Spring
In 1968, the leader of Czechoslovakia’s Communist Party initiated a project that he said would offer “socialism with a human face.” What followed was a rebirth of political and cultural freedom that defied those loyal to Moscow.
But 50 years ago today, the Soviets invaded, killing the dreams of the reformers and laying bare the totalitarian nature of the Communist regime. Our correspondent revisits the history from the city where it happened.
• When a doctor’s race matters
Black men were far more likely to agree to tests when they were advised by black male doctors, a study found.
• A cancer patient’s painful choice
A pharmacist in China who discovered he had stomach cancer disappeared, apparently not wanting to burden his parents with the expense of his treatment.
• No late-night TV this week
Most of the comedy hosts are taking a break, so our roundup is, too.
• Quotation of the day
“My dear, thank you for just being alive.”
— Hwang Woo-seok, 89, who fled to South Korea during the Korean War and was briefly reunited this week with his 71-year-old daughter in the North.
• The Times, in other words
• What we’re reading
Jodi Kantor, an investigative reporter, recommends this article in The Atlantic: “We hear the title ICE all the time in the headlines — the agency with the chilling-sounding name, the detentions, the calls by politicians to abolish it altogether. But in ‘How Trump Radicalized ICE’ and a companion interview on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air,’ Franklin Foer (full disclosure, a friend) explains what this vast, relatively new agency really is, what its agents want, and why its work is unprecedented in American life.”
Since the Louvre was closed on Mondays, the painting was missing for more than a day before anyone noticed.
But when they did, visitors arrived in hordes to see the spot where “La Joconde,” better known as the Mona Lisa, once hung. Franz Kafka even made the trip to contemplate the space up close.
The theft, on this day in 1911, “caused such a sensation that Parisians for the time being have forgotten the rumors of war,” The Times reported at the top of its front page.
Sixty detectives were assigned to the case, and conspiracy theories abounded. “Possibly,” a police officer told The Times, “the theft was committed by a maniac.”
The authorities didn’t pay enough attention to Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian laborer who had created the protective glass around Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. He was questioned twice and let go.
Two years passed.
Mr. Peruggia then tried to sell the painting to Giovanni Poggi, the director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Mr. Poggi immediately called the police.
The painting is now protected by bulletproof glass at the Louvre, and an alarm goes off if anyone tries to touch the frame.
Kathleen Massara wrote today’s Back Story.
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