Supreme Court, Republican Party, Poland: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

1. President Trump invited Republican senators to the White House for lunch, above, to discuss health care legislation. He pressed the lawmakers to improve their proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. Here’s a look at how the Senate bill failed.

The president’s Twitter habit is part of the intrigue for Washington’s storytellers, who are struggling to follow the administration.

“It’s like a soap opera without the sex and fun,” an author grumbled.

In an interview on “The Daily,” our podcast, a Republican congressman spoke frankly about governing in the Trump era: “We desperately need adults in the room.”


2. The Supreme Court has temporarily allowed the Trump administration to enforce travel restrictions on the nation’s refugee program, but it let stand a court order from Hawaii exempting grandparents and other relatives from the ban.

A handful of left-leaning states have pursued bans on government travel in response to legislation in states that they contend open the door to discrimination.

California banned taxpayer-funded travel to Texas, for example, after the state passed a law seen as hostile to gay and transgender people.

Above, downtown Dallas.


3. When Myanmar began to adopt democratic reforms in 2011, Washington quickly rewarded it by lifting sanctions and scheduling visits by President Barack Obama.

But the U.S. did little to build on the new relationship, our correspondent writes, and now the tables have turned.

Myanmar is now depending on China to help solve its problems — especially as a mediator in Myanmar’s ethnic civil wars, the mission Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, says is dearest to her heart.

Above, members of Myanmar’s United Wa State Army in June.


4. In October, Iraqi forces set out to recapture Mosul, one the country’s largest cities and a major stronghold of the Islamic State.

Nine months and the cost of thousands of lives later, our writer reflects on what he witnessed while he was embedded with the Iraqi Special Operations Forces.

One father said of his children: “They’ve only known war and destruction.”


5. Poland’s populist government is pushing to control the nation’s judiciary, prompting street protests, threats of E.U. sanctions and widespread condemnation as an assault on democracy.

The new measures would allow the government to choose judges for all the nation’s courts.

Three former Polish presidents, including Lech Walesa, released a manifesto saying “we do not consent to taking away our basic civic freedoms.”


6. Activists and volunteers in Seoul, South Korea, have been doing something never tried before: creating interactive maps of places where North Korea is thought to have executed and buried prisoners. They have identified hundreds of sites.

A human rights group has interviewed 375 defectors from the North and used Google Earth images to help locate these sites, aiming to secure forensic evidence and bring charges against perpetrators.


7. “I wanted to be so thin I would disappear.”

Prompted by the new Netflix film “To the Bone,” above, more than 1,200 readers shared with us their experiences of eating disorders. We collected some of the comments, and invite you to submit questions for a Facebook Live Q. and A. today at 7 p.m. Eastern.


8. New York is living up to its reputation as the city that never sleeps: Noise complaints have doubled in the past five years, as its population has reached a record 8.5 million residents.

“I think it’s against the Geneva Conventions to have this much noise,” said a longtime resident of the Upper East Side, where new construction has transformed relatively tranquil pockets of the city.


9. Most of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic that have been produced since the 1950s ends up in landfills or the ocean; about half of that has been made since 2004. The primary explanation for its rocketing rise is its use in packaging.

Because plastic does not degrade, the staggering amounts of near-eternal litter present in the environment is likely to increase to 12 billion metric tons by 2050, a new study suggests.


10. At 47, Jay-Z might seem old by hip-hop standards.

But the rapper’s new album, “4:44,” is a “gorgeously produced stab at self-examination” that shows where he’s been, where he’s going and what he’s leaving behind, our critic writes.


11. Finally, in Switzerland, a 75-year-old mystery may have been solved. A shoemaker and his wife disappeared in 1942 after setting out across a glacier to milk their cows.

They were identified last week after a worker at a ski resort stumbled upon their mummified remains near the Alpine village of Les Diablerets.

Have a great night.

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