Sri Lanka, Impeachment, Earth Day: Your Monday Evening Briefing


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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

1. The news from Sri Lanka got worse.

The death toll in Sunday’s coordinated suicide attacks at Christian churches and hotels rose to nearly 300 and the number of injured to 500. “Why kill the innocents?” the grandmother of an 11-year-old victim said, weeping.

A colossal security failure emerged. A foreign intelligence agency recently gave Sri Lankan security officials detailed information about a possible threat to churches by National Thowheeth Jama’ath, the group suspected in Sunday’s attacks. Bitter political infighting may have kept the warning from being shared, and acted upon.

Sri Lankan officials said the group had to have had help from “an international network,” and some suspicion fell on the Islamic State.

2. The White House Easter Egg Roll had an unfestive side. President Trump fielded reporters’ questions about possible impeachment and possible unruly advisers (“Nobody disobeys my orders”) before briefing a child about the construction of a wall at the southwestern border.

The crush of asylum seekers has overwhelmed detention centers, so immigration authorities are renting space inside existing jails, fast-tracking the deportations and releasing as many migrants as possible to make room.

If there were to be a crisis of some kind in the Caribbean, the authorities have even considered housing migrant children at the American detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, which has a dormitory facility that has been used in the past to hold asylum seekers.

3. House Democrats convened today by conference call, for their first meeting since the release of the special counsel’s report last Thursday.

The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, pictured above last month, remained dubious of initiating impeachment proceedings. But others — particularly younger lawmakers — may be more insistent.

Jerrold Nadler of New York, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, walked through a string of public hearings in the coming weeks, including with Attorney General William Barr next week, and the request for Robert Mueller, the special counsel, to testify.


Tonight, five Democratic presidential candidates are answering questions from students and other young voters in CNN town-hall-style events tonight from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Above, Pete Buttigieg spoke to high school students in New Hampshire last week.

And the Democratic field rose to 19, with today’s announcement by Seth Moulton, a third-term Massachusetts congressman.


5. “We’re going to zero across the board.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would no longer exempt China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey from major sanctions against Iranian oil exports, in an attempt to broaden Iran’s economic isolation. Above, Iranian production platforms in the Persian Gulf.

Oil prices surged even before the announcement.

6. Every province of China has been hit with a disease that rips through pig stocks, which the government is trying to control and, at the same time, keep quiet.

It’s African swine fever. Harmless to humans, it’s catastrophic for China’s pork production — the world’s largest.

Already, more than a million pigs have been culled, according to the Chinese government, including thousands at the facility above. And some estimates put the number culled or killed by the infection by the end of the year at more than 100 million.


7. Disturbing new information emerged in the case of the paramilitary leader in New Mexico whose group had been detaining migrant families at gunpoint. One of its members is pictured above, on patrol in March.

According to documents unsealed Monday in federal court, the F.B.I. had received reports in 2017 that the group was “training” to assassinate Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Soros.


8. Kanye West gave quite a show at Coachella.

Our pop-music critic said the rapper’s performance at the California music festival was “an Easter morning concert. Or convocation. Or ablution. For more than two hours, West was the captain but not the performer, the architect of a formidable and lustrous presentation, but also in many ways, just a humble congregant.”

And he debuted a song, “Water,” joined by dozens of people dancing. We have video.


9. Catch up on your TV.

All over Winterfell, people gathered for a final bit of human tenderness before next week’s big White Walker clash.

That’s all we’ll say. The spoilers will emerge only if you click here for our television editor’s recap of Episode 2, Season 8 of “Game of Thrones.”

If you’re all caught up there, “Gentleman Jack,” about a 19th century lesbian English landowner, premieres on HBO tonight. And we collected a few more options.


Have a beautiful evening.

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Source : Nytimes