And that money, they think, could address the deficit and/or increase benefits for the middle class. Above, Senator Orrin Hatch, the chairman of the Finance Committee.

_____

Photo


Credit
Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

3. A House committee held a hearing on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, while questions continued to swirl about Roy Moore’s Senate bid in Alabama.

National Democratic groups are starting to deploy resources to shore up Mr. Moore’s challenger, Doug Jones, above center. But they’re doing so very quietly, aware of the political risks if they’re seen as meddling.

Can the election be postponed? Can Mr. Moore be removed from the ballot? We have answers to the big questions about Mr. Moore’s bid. And we discussed it on our podcast “The Daily.”

_____

Photo


Credit
Doug Mills/The New York Times

4. “It’s been very epic.”

That was President Trump assessing his 12-day tour of Asia. He’ll be back in Washington on Wednesday. As one of our reporters put it, Mr. Trump treated the trip as a test of his own charisma and stamina, but it’s unclear what he actually achieved on major issues like trade and North Korea.

One success: Three U.C.L.A. basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting left for the U.S. after Mr. Trump appealed to President Xi Jinping.

_____

Photo


Credit
Arash Khamooshi for The New York Times

5. Sunday’s earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border has become the deadliest of 2017.

The toll has risen to at least 530 dead and 7,460 injured in Iran. On the Iraqi side of the border, at least eight people were killed and hundreds hurt. Our Tehran bureau chief is on the scene.

President Hassan Rouhani visited the hardest-hit area and promised aid and low-interest loans to developers to rebuild. He called the disaster “painful for all Iranians.”

_____

Photo


Credit
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

6. Have you taken your medicine? In the future, your doctor may already know. The first digital pill has won approval from the F.D.A.

Medication embedded with a sensor “has the potential to improve public health,” a Harvard medical instructor said, but another called it “a biomedical Big Brother.”

In other big medical news, the nation’s leading heart experts have redefined high blood pressure by measures that apply to nearly half of all Americans. Above, a free clinic in Olean, N.Y., in June.

_____

Photo


Credit
Juan Arredondo for The New York Times

7. We also looked at the global debate over taxing sugary drinks.

The idea is gaining momentum; such levies have been enacted in 30 countries, including India, Britain and Thailand. But in Colombia, proponents have been threatened.

The stakes are high: Latin America has surpassed the U.S. as the world’s biggest soft-drink market.

_____

Photo


Credit
Marco Bertorello/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

8. Italy is in the midst of an existential crisis. Commentators are blaming everything from cultural stagnation to corruption to immigration for what some say is its lowest point in 60 years — a humiliation, wrapped in a tragedy, enveloped in an apocalypse.

That’s Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

The legendary goalie Gianluigi Buffon, above as the final whistle blew, retired from the national team after the match.

_____

Photo


Credit
Benjamin Norman for The New York Times

9. Spoiler alert: The statue above, seen in Washington Square Park in New York City, is not what it seems.

Johan Figueroa-González, an artist from Puerto Rico, began installing himself on the Washington Arch in the spring. He makes the transformation from mere mortal to living statue over two hours — a process he carries out in plain sight.

Now that temperatures have dipped, he’s planning a new act: The Living Snow Globe.

_____

Photo


Credit
CBS

10. Finally, Joe Biden went on “The Late Show” to promote his new memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” which tells of how he dealt with the death of his son Beau in 2015.

Our critic says it’s a raw and moving account of his grief, but also a political book. There are rumors that Mr. Biden will run for president in 2020, and he didn’t dispel them in his appearance.

The other late-night hosts riffed on the accusations involving teenage girls lodged against the Alabama senate candidate. “Roy Moore defines himself completely by the Bible,” Trevor Noah said. “Except for the parts about ‘Thou shalt not be gross.’”

Have a great night.

_____

Your Evening Briefing is posted at 6 p.m. Eastern.

And don’t miss Your Morning Briefing, posted weekdays at 6 a.m. Eastern, and Your Weekend Briefing, posted at 6 a.m. Sundays.

Want to catch up on past briefings? You can browse them here.

If photographs appear out of order, please download the updated New York Times app from iTunes or Google Play.

What did you like? What do you want to see here? Let us know at briefing@nytimes.com.

Continue reading the main story



Source link