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We’re covering the aftermath of the devastating fire at Notre-Dame in Paris, tensions within the Democratic Party, and the expected release of the Mueller report.
France vows to rebuild Notre-Dame
More than $300 million has already been committed to reconstruct the 850-year-old cathedral, which was badly damaged by fire on Monday. No one was killed, officials said, but two police officers and a firefighter were injured.
Bernie Sanders vs. a Clinton loyalist
A blowup over the weekend pitted Mr. Sanders and his presidential campaign team against Neera Tanden, a former aide to Hillary Clinton who is now the president of an influential think tank, the Center for American Progress.
Mr. Sanders’s team remains convinced that the Democratic establishment worked behind the scenes to deprive him of the party’s nomination in 2016. The new dispute reflects an ideological division among Democrats, between a legacy Clinton organization and a liberal wing trying to move the party to the left to harness the energy of younger voters.
Yesterday: Mr. Sanders disclosed 10 years of tax returns, which showed that his earnings shot up after his first presidential bid. He and his wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, reported income that topped $1 million in 2016 and 2017, lifted by proceeds from his books. Here’s how his returns compare with those of other Democratic candidates.
President Trump has fans in China
Mr. Trump has referred to their country as “our enemy” and “a major threat,” but some of China’s intellectual and business elite are semi-seriously cheering on the U.S. president as he confronts a country that they feel is on the wrong track.
True reform would have to come from within China, but if its trade dispute with the U.S. forces the Communist Party to step back from the economy, it might also have to loosen its grip over the rest of society.
Quotable: “The various demands by the U.S. government could force us to carry on with the reforms,” one lawyer in Beijing said. “There’s a Chinese saying that carrying out a reform is equivalent to a man cutting off his own arm, which is very hard. It might help if someone else forces you to do it.”
Related: Mr. Trump has used his unpredictability as a source of leverage in trade discussions with Europe, Canada, Mexico and others. Business groups and foreign officials worry that his negotiating style has a cost.
A small town’s bet on sports gambling
Last year, Mississippi became one of the first states to allow sports betting after the Supreme Court struck down a law that had effectively banned it in most states.
But the disappointing results of sports betting in places like Tunica, a Mississippi Delta town of about 900 residents, has caused other states to rethink a rush to try to tap into the nation’s illegal sports gambling market, estimated to be worth $150 billion.
Quotable: “There were a lot of people who didn’t know what they were talking about,” said Allen Godfrey, the executive director of the agency that oversees the sports betting ventures around Tunica.
If you have 12 minutes, this is worth it
A conversation with Melinda Gates
The philanthropist, with her husband, Bill, heads the charitable foundation that bears their name and is aimed at increasing global health and reducing poverty. Its $50.7 billion endowment is the largest in the world.
She spoke to the Times Magazine about tech innovation, women’s rights and her own privilege.
Here’s what else is happening
Date for Mueller report: Attorney General William Barr will release a redacted version of Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report to Congress and to the public on Thursday, a Justice Department spokeswoman said Monday.
Subpoena for Trump lender: Congressional investigators have subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and other major institutions, seeking information about business dealings with Russia and President Trump’s finances.
Mar-a-Lago arrest: The Chinese woman who was detained at President Trump’s Florida resort knew before traveling to the U.S. that the event she was planning to attend had been canceled, federal prosecutors have said. They also said on Monday that they were no longer certain that a thumb drive she was carrying was infected with malware.
College admissions scandal: Some children of the parents who were charged in the investigation have reportedly been notified that they could be targets of a criminal inquiry.
Snapshot: Above, Lawrence Cherono of Kenya beat Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia by two seconds at the Boston Marathon on Monday, winning in 2:07:57. Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia ran away from the women’s field, finishing in 2:23:31.
Another honor for Tiger Woods: President Trump said on Monday that he would award this year’s Masters champion the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Late-night comedy: Jimmy Fallon impersonated Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old who officially launched his presidential campaign over the weekend: “By age 14, I knew I wanted to be president of the United States. And, boy, the two years since have just flown by.”
What we’re reading: This essay in The Atlantic. Tom Jolly, who oversees production of our daily print edition, writes: “This is a nice distillation of the joys of reading the newspaper, at your own pace, uninterrupted by texts, calls and general attention-deficit issues. And you can even model your robe for your neighbors!”
Now, a break from the news
Go: Use our calendar to plan your culture consumption, including Adam Driver and Keri Russell onstage and the Cranberries’ final album.
Watch: “Teen Spirit,” Max Minghella’s directing debut, is both proudly clichéd and refreshingly different. It’s a Critic’s Pick.
Smarter Living: Simone Davies, an author and Montessori teacher, took our writer through a calming makeover of her children’s playroom. The main idea: Kids play more when there’s less to play with. So toys and books went into a closet, to be rotated out a few at a time. Older children’s crafts went into accessible bins.
And experts at Wirecutter have recommendations to make long flights more enjoyable.
And now for the Back Story on …
The environment vs. population growth
It’s an economic truism: Growing populations drive economies.
But in this era of climate change, is it wiser to have fewer people to house, feed and provide power for?
Globally, a smaller population would “make a difference, certainly,” said Joseph Chamie, a former U.N. population official. “Fewer people means fewer items consumed, and fewer resources used, so your carbon footprint would be less.”
But limiting population growth, he said, can’t solve the environmental problems caused by mass production and consumption.
And companies whose business models rely on constant growth have little incentive to change. More customers and more consumption mean more profits.
“We can try to maintain the quality of the environment,” Mr. Chamie said. “But we have to change our mind-set regarding how the economy moves.”
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
To Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford and James K. Williamson for the break from the news. James also wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at email@example.com.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Today’s episode is about Carlos Ghosn, the former head of Nissan.
• Here’s today’s mini crossword puzzle, and a clue: Exaggerate one’s fall, in soccer (4 letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• The Times won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, one for an investigation of President Trump’s taxes, and one for Brent Staples’s editorial writing, which helped redefine the history of race in America.