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Brexit, Russian Hacking, Coronavirus: Your Friday Briefing

2020-09-11 05:04:26
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Good morning.

We’re covering the ongoing dispute between the U.K. and the E.U., reports of Russian and Chinese interference in the U.S. election and the rising death toll from the coronavirus.

Brussels has demanded the speedy withdrawal of proposed Brexit legislation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has admitted would breach international law. Mr. Johnson and his government have swiftly rejected this ultimatum.

Russian spies have been hacking U.S. campaign officials working for both Republicans and the Democrats, while China has focused on penetrating the campaign of Joe Biden, according to an assessment by Microsoft.

The new hacks are more stealthy and aggressive than those of four years ago and are aimed at campaign staff members, consultants and think tanks associated with the two parties — at least 200 organizations.

A U.S. assessment last month said China was supporting Mr. Biden in the race, but Microsoft found that Chinese hackers had been attacking the private email accounts of Mr. Biden’s campaign staff members.

Context: The assessment is far more detailed than any yet made public by American intelligence agencies, and comes a day after a government whistle-blower claimed that administration officials suppressed intelligence concerning Russian interference.


Cook: A vegetarian spin on kofta curry, a saucy dish of gently spiced meatballs. It’s based on a recipe from the food writer Tejal Rao’s grandfather, though her take swaps out the meat for mashed black beans bound with bread crumbs and seasoned with ginger and herbs.

Read: “The Discomfort of Evening,” winner of this year’s International Booker Prize and written by the Dutch novelist Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, is about dairy farmers who are members of a strict Protestant sect and are mourning a son’s death.

College students are also being shamed on social media for their behavior.

Yes, some kids are partying or going to bars in large numbers without masks. But epidemiologists said some schools also made the risks worse by failing to make systematic changes to help curtail the virus. Some schools reduced capacity in dorms, and that helps.

Sending infected students home is dangerous because it risks spreading the coronavirus to their families and communities. What should colleges do?

The best practice would be caring for the mental health and physical safety of students who are quarantined, and not leaving them to fend for themselves. Schools have to plan in advance for what should happen in isolation dorms, and what it’s going to be like for an 18-year-old who gets sick and feels cut off.


Thanks for joining me for today’s briefing. See you next week.

— Natasha


Thank you
To Melissa Clark for the recipe, and to Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the rest of the break from the news. You can reach the team at
[email protected].

P.S.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Our latest episode is the second of a two-part series on Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman in Kentucky killed by police officers who entered her home while she was sleeping.
• Here’s our Mini Crossword, and a clue: “See ya” (three letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• The word “raspas” — a Mexican shaved ice treat — first appeared in The Times yesterday, according to the Twitter account @NYT_first_said.
• Kara Swisher’s forthcoming Opinion podcast, “Sway,” was featured in Vulture’s fall podcast preview.


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