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We’re covering the 75th anniversary of D-Day, fading chances for a Mexico deal, and the N.B.A. finals.
Pausing to remember D-Day
World leaders, including President Trump, are in France today for ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy, the start of the 1944 campaign to wrest Europe from Nazi control.
Mr. Trump is also meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France. The two leaders once had a warm relationship, but it has chilled in recent months because of disagreements over issues like climate change and Iran. Here are the latest updates.
Catch up: D-Day events began in Britain on Wednesday with an emotional ceremony that included firsthand accounts of the invasion.
Another angle: During his trip, Mr. Trump has embraced regal respectability on one side, and settling scores on the other. That shifting persona was also reflected in policy issues, like a meeting with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland on Wednesday in which Mr. Trump said the country would benefit from Brexit “with your wall, your border,” but reversed course when Mr. Varadkar said a hard border is “one thing we want to avoid.”
Yellowed records reveal what veterans could not tell
Where did they serve? What did they do and see? The families of World War II veterans often learned not to ask.
Less than 3 percent of the 16 million American veterans of the war are still alive, and all are in their 90s or beyond. Now their relatives are often turning to experts to help them decipher billions of pages of military records to piece those stories together.
“Sometimes they start to cry on the phone about how much they loved their dad, and how he had horrible nightmares, but would never talk about it,” one researcher said.
Looking back: The journalist Ernie Pyle offered comfort to American readers with his optimistic tales of soldiers’ endurance. But the losses suffered in Normandy changed his perspective on the war.
Photographs: Images from the day show soldiers waiting with clenched jaws and flinty eyes, offering a definition of valor.
Fading chances for a Mexico deal
The U.S. took another step toward imposing tariffs on all Mexican imports after high-stakes negotiations on Wednesday failed to address President Trump’s demands that the country prevent the surge in illegal border crossings.
Figures showed that crossings had reached a seven-year high, with 144,200 border arrests in May — a 32 percent increase from April. Mr. Trump, facing political resistance from his own party, warned on Twitter that “if no agreement is reached, Tariffs at the 5% level will begin on Monday, with monthly increases as per schedule.”
See for yourself: California and Texas are among the states whose economies would be hit hardest by tariffs.
Related: The Trump administration said that it would begin restricting or canceling education, legal aid and playground recreation for migrant children in government shelters.
A potential auto merger crumbles
Fiat Chrysler abruptly withdrew its offer to merge with Renault, abandoning a deal that would have created the third-largest automaker and fundamentally reshaped the industry.
The collapse occurred after the French government — Renault’s largest shareholder — asked to delay a final vote to consult with Nissan, according to two people close to the talks. Nissan and Renault are partners in the world’s biggest auto alliance.
Closer look: The bid underscored the urgency that automakers face as the industry transitions to electric vehicles and self-driving cars.
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Who can adopt a Native American child?
A white family that wants to adopt a second Native American child is challenging a federal law that grants priority to Native families to reinforce tribal identity.
The case is before a federal appeals court, and the potential ramifications could reach far beyond a single case or family, threatening affirmative action laws and tribal rights.
Here’s what else is happening
German serial killer: A former nurse was convicted today of murdering 85 patients and sentenced to life in prison.
Niger ambush investigation: The Pentagon ended its lengthy inquiry into a 2017 attack that killed four soldiers, approving a review that mostly blamed junior officers.
Curtailed medical research: The Trump administration said it would sharply cut federal spending on studies that use tissue from aborted fetuses.
Late-night comedy: The hosts skewered President Trump for saying he did not regret deferring his Vietnam War service because it was “far away.” “Yes, that is what is horrible about war — the commute,” Stephen Colbert said.
What we’re reading: This article in The Hollywood Reporter. Brooks Barnes, who covers the movie industry for The Times, calls it “a master class in navigating very tricky Hollywood terrain with balance and integrity.”
Now, a break from the news
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Read: Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark share practical wisdom in “Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered,” which is a No. 1 debut on our advice, how-to and miscellaneous best-seller list.
Smarter Living: Confidence is like running water at home: most notable when it’s excessive or missing. Psychologists identify three overlapping components to confidence, each of which can be strengthened by reflecting honestly on what you’ve done well. And remember: Feeling good about yourself is not the same thing as arrogance.
And our new Parenting site has a guide on how to introduce pets to babies.
And now for the Back Story on …
“Back to the Moon to Stay” is the theme of this year’s International Space Development Conference, running today through Sunday in Washington. NASA’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, will be the keynote speaker.
Planning for the 50th anniversary of the first human lunar landing on July 20 is well underway.
The idea of travel to the moon appeared centuries earlier in literature.
In the 1600s, the astronomer Johannes Kepler described an Icelandic man’s voyage to the moon in “Somnium,” while Jules Verne wrote in 1865 about a launch from Florida in “From the Earth to the Moon.”
Cyrano de Bergerac, Daniel Defoe, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe and Hans Christian Andersen also wrote early lunar tales. But in the 1960s, when space travel was suddenly no longer fictional, such stories were especially rife.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
Chris Stanford helped compile today’s briefing. Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford, Chris Harcum and Kenneth R. Rosen provided the break from the news. Victoria Shannon, on the briefings team, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at email@example.com.
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