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• A shake-up at the White House.
John Kelly asserted authority on his first day as President Trump’s chief of staff, firing Anthony Scaramucci, the bombastic communications director, 10 days after he was hired.
Mr. Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, has been tasked with bringing order to the West Wing, although his predecessor, Reince Priebus, had also been given assurances of control before he was fired.
Here are some highlights of Mr. Scaramucci’s brief, volatile tenure.
The White House is now turning its attention to rewriting the tax code, after the failure of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
• Russian drills raise alarm.
Moscow is preparing to send as many as 100,000 troops to the edge of NATO territory at the end of the summer.
The military exercise was planned long before Congress passed new sanctions on Russia last week, but it’s the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union that so much offensive power has been concentrated in a single command.
Moscow’s demand that the U.S. reduce its diplomatic work force in Russia by about 60 percent would be “a huge shock to the system,” a former ambassador told us. But Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that the U.S. wouldn’t be deterred.
• A crushing vote in Venezuela.
With the weekend’s contentious election, President Nicolás Maduro has effectively liquidated any political challenge from the opposition for years to come.
Early today, the families of two prominent opposition figures said the men had been taken from their homes by security forces.
• Ancient vase is seized from the Met.
Evidence indicates the 2,300-year-old vase, which the Metropolitan Museum of Art bought in 1989, was illegally dug up from an Italian grave in the 1970s.
• “The Daily,” your audio news report.
In today’s show, we discuss Anthony Scaramucci’s 10 days in the White House.
• In a blow to nuclear power in the U.S., utilities plan to abandon two unfinished reactors in South Carolina.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• The summer reading that colleges are recommending this year.
• Recipe of the day: Sauté corn with greens, bacon and scallions.
• Dance! Sing! Act! Graduate!
In today’s 360 video, sit in on classes at New World School of the Arts, a magnet school in Miami that draws actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the comings and goings in the West Wing.
• In memoriam.
Sam Shepard, a Pulitzer Prize winner, captured the darker sides of American family life in hallucinatory plays. He was 73. We collected our reviews of Mr. Shepard’s work, and tell you where to stream five of his best movies.
Jeanne Moreau, a sensual, gravel-voiced actress, became the face of New Wave, France’s iconoclastic mid-20th-century film movement, most notably in François Truffaut’s 1962 film “Jules and Jim.” She was 89.
• Who’s a good boy?
Shelters routinely test dogs for aggression to determine if they should be placed with families. For the animals, the results can mean life or death.
But researchers say the tests are unreliable.
• Best of late-night TV.
On “Late Night,” Seth Meyers was aptly succinct: “Scaramucci’s last name is longer than his tenure.”
• Quotation of the day.
“Technology can be a vehicle to help people create and collaborate better, but at the end of the day, people need to learn to work with people.”
— Marina Umaschi Bers, a professor of computer science and child development at Tufts University, on preparing children for an increasingly automated economy.
The Six Flags amusement park chain has about 20 properties across North America, and it all began on this day in 1961 when Six Flags Over Texas opened its doors.
The park, a harbinger of a trend that has swept much of the world, claims a number of milestones: The log flume, a water ride now ubiquitous at theme parks, made its debut there in 1963. The park also unveiled the first mine train roller coaster (complete with underwater tunnel), in 1966.
Theme park innovations have since climbed ever-greater heights.
Steel roller coasters with multiple inversions — in which riders are turned upside down — found favor in the 1970s. The Corkscrew at Cedar Point theme park outside Cleveland was the first to feature three such loops.
The ’90s brought inverted coasters like Batman: the Ride, which seat passengers underneath the track with their feet dangling.
At Universal’s theme parks, 3-D glasses and computer simulations have become a staple, and a motorbike-style vehicle was engineered for a ride at Disney’s park in Shanghai.
What will the next decade of rides bring? We’ll have our hands up in anticipation.
Mekado Murphy contributed reporting.
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