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New York Today: New York Today: A Q. & A. With the New L.I.R.R. President

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News Analysis: ‘Mission Accomplished!’ But What Is the Mission in Syria?

Veterans of Washington policymaking in the Middle East offered conditional praise for Mr. Trump’s restrained approach to the strike, if not necessarily his more bellicose rhetoric. In hitting three sites associated with Mr. Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities, limiting it to a single night and conducting it in conjunction with Britain and France, they said it sent a message while avoiding a deeper involvement and minimizing the risk of provoking Syria’s patrons, Russia and Iran, into retaliating themselves.“However, I don’t think the strike clarifies U.S. policy,” said Meghan O’Sullivan, who oversaw the Iraq war as Mr. Bush’s deputy national security adviser. “In theory, there is not necessarily an inconsistency between a targeted, multilateral strike against chemical weapons sites and the withdrawal of troops that have been fighting ISIS. But the strike does really call into question the wisdom of pulling back American forces now in highlighting the question of what our objective really is in Syria.”PhotoDebris at the Syrian Scientific Research Center, near Damascus, which was targeted by American, British and French military strikes. The airstrikes against research and military targets were part of what officials said was an effort to deter future chemical attacks.Credit Hassan Ammar/Associated PressOthers argued that the strike was a waste that accomplished little and, in the process, exceeded the president’s authority as commander in chief since he did not obtain authorization from Congress first. Critics said that if Mr […]

More Jobs, Faster Growth and Now, the Threat of a Trade War

NYT

Excerpt from: More Jobs, Faster Growth and Now, the Threat of a Trade War

This Glow-in-the-Dark Charger Makes It Super Easy to Find Your Phone

The baseline requirement for any good charger is that it can power your devices without frying any batteries. But a great charger is one that can do a little more than that — like give you some extra room to walk around via a long cord, or help you find your phone in the dark. That’s where the Electron Flow MFi-Certified Charging Cable comes in. Reminiscent of something from the movie TRON, this cable is MFi-certified, meaning it’s been rated to power your Apple devices without harming their batteries […]

Hey, Alexa, What Can You Hear? And What Will You Do With It?

NYT

Here is the original: Hey, Alexa, What Can You Hear? And What Will You Do With It?

Bridge Collapse Saps Spirits and Research Efforts at Florida International University

“We are the pride and joy of the Cuban community,” said Modesto A. Maidique, a former university president.But the student body has also diversified, and enrollment has grown to more than 50,000 from 15,000 three decades ago. Despite opposition from competing schools, the university used its tight relationships with politicians to elevate its athletic program to Division 1, add doctoral programs and open schools of architecture, law, medicine and engineering.PhotoRescue workers at the bridge after the collapse on Thursday.Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images“We as an institution see ourselves as an anchor in the community,” Dr. Rosenberg said, with a responsibility to address major issues, including sea level rise, disparity in health outcomes, hurricanes, AIDS prevention and transportation. “We are leaning in […]

White House Memo: Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility

The lack of fidelity to facts has real-world consequences in both foreign affairs and domestic policymaking. Foreign diplomats and lawmakers of both parties say they do not assume anything he says is necessarily true. In a White House where one aide described the existence of “alternative facts” and another acknowledged telling “white lies,” staff members scramble to defend his claims without putting their own credibility on the line. News organizations debate when to use the word “lie” because it implies intent.Since Mr. Trump became a presidential candidate, PolitiFact has evaluated more than 500 assertions and found 69 percent of them mostly false, false or “pants on fire” false. By comparison, it judged 26 percent of the statements by Mr. Obama that it evaluated as false and the same percentage for those by Hillary Clinton.These are not scientific measurements, of course, because the selection of statements for examination is inherently subjective and focused on those that seem questionable, rather than a gauge of all public comments. Mr […]