Your Monday Briefing – The New York Times


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Tehran has surpassed the limits on uranium enrichment set in an international pact intended to keep it from producing a nuclear weapon, the country’s atomic energy agency said today. That inches Iran closer to where it was before the landmark 2015 accord: on the path to being able to produce an atomic bomb.

Despite the move, experts say Iran is still far from developing a bomb’s worth of highly enriched uranium, much less manufacturing a nuclear weapon.

But Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, is betting that the U.S. will back away from crushing sanctions or that he can split European nations from the Trump administration, which withdrew from the nuclear accord last year.

Related: Britain’s ambassador to the U.S. described President Trump as “radiating insecurity” in a series of leaked diplomatic cables that included assessments of Washington’s treatment of Iran.

Another angle: A fifth of the world’s oil supply flows through the Strait of Hormuz, a shipping channel near Iran that is barely two miles wide.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have mined state driver’s license databases using facial recognition technology without motorists’ knowledge.

The use of the technology by law enforcement is not new, but this is the first known instance of ICE’s using the technique. In at least two states, Utah and Vermont, which offer licenses to undocumented immigrants, the agency was permitted to search photographs for matches, newly released documents show.

Related: President Trump contested reports that migrant children were being held in horrific conditions at border centers.

Senators Elizabeth Warren, above left, and Kamala Harris, above right, appear to be benefiting from a deep hunger within the Democratic electorate for big ideas and groundbreaking female leadership as their campaigns for the nomination gather momentum.

Their rise, which has come largely at the expense of the early front-runners, Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, raises a question: Can they avoid dividing two powerful constituencies — women and educated liberals — whose support could make one of the candidates a dominant force in the race?

In case you missed it: Over the weekend, Ms. Harris and Ms. Warren introduced major new proposals to address racial disparities.

Goals by Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle propelled the Americans to a record fourth World Cup championship with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands on Sunday.

The victory cements the U.S. team’s status as the gold standard in women’s soccer, even as European rivals edge closer. The team will be honored on Wednesday with a ticker-tape parade through Manhattan.

Closer look: The American women can expect a payday of about $250,000 for their achievement. By comparison, France’s male players split $38 million for winning the men’s World Cup last summer.

President James Monroe supported abolition but enslaved up to 250 people during his lifetime. Some of their descendants have lived for generations near his former plantation.

The property is now a museum, and some of the descendants are working with curators to document the role that slavery played there — and the effects it had on their family histories.

Snapshot: Above, visitors at an exhibition in Mexico City on Saturday that marked the birth of the artist Frida Kahlo in 1907.

In memoriam: Eva Kor, who survived sadistic experiments on twins at Auschwitz, spent decades telling of the Holocaust’s horrors. She died at 85.

João Gilberto was a primary creator of bossa nova, a musical style that drew from Brazilian samba and American pop and jazz. He died at 88.

The Weekly: In the latest episode of The Times’s TV show, our reporter Sabrina Tavernise explores why competition from Silicon Valley, pressure from Wall Street and fundamental changes in how we get around are forcing transformative changes at General Motors.

What we’re reading: This New Yorker article from 2000. Anna Holland, an editor in our London newsroom, writes: “Twenty years ago this summer, Stephen King was hit by a van near his summer home in Maine. Doctors debated amputating his right leg. He wrote this piece, published a year after the accident, and it is as riveting and spine-tingling as any of his novels.”

Cook: Rice and beans with extras like pickled jalapeños, avocado and warm tortillas makes a simple, tasty meal.

Listen: On her fifth solo album, the singer and songwriter Jesca Hoop teams with the producer John Parish, and strange things still happen in her music.

Watch: As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing approaches, these movies, television shows and podcasts help shine a light on the story.

Go: In the Berkshires, a new work and revivals of a classic play and musical are having a conversation about different kinds of incarceration.

Smarter Living: If you’re heading into the workplace as a working mother, negotiate for maximum flexibility and ditch the guilt. Research has shown that working mothers have higher-achieving daughters and sons more likely to share the chores than mothers who stay home full time. Lauren Smith Brody, the author of “The Fifth Trimester,” has more helpful ideas in our Working Women’s Handbook.

And raise your awareness of how advertisers are digitally “fingerprinting” your devices.

The tournament takes its name for an area less than 10 miles southwest of central London.

The Museum of Wimbledon traces human habitation there to at least 4000 B.C., as hunters ceded territory to those clearing forests to cultivate crops and raise domesticated animals.

The name was first recorded in the Middle Ages as Wunemannedun, or Wynnmann’s Hill. In 1550, when an official serving King Edward VI established a residence there, it became a haunt of high society.

In the 1870s, it was also a center for the genteel game of croquet, soon to be overshadowed by a novel sport that became known as lawn tennis.

The All-England Croquet Club at Wimbledon held its first tennis tournament in 1877.

The niceties carried over from croquet, including a distaste for seeing sweat soaking through clothes.

White makes that far less noticeable, and when the club sitting on land once plowed by man and beast updated its name to include Lawn Tennis, it kept the rule that players must wear white (though a few colored accents are allowed).

That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Mike

Thank you
To Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford for the break from the news. Andrea Kannapell, the Briefings editor, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at

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