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Paris Agreement, Vladimir Putin, LeBron James: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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Good evening. Here’s the latest.


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1. “We are getting out.”

The United States, the largest carbon polluter in history, will withdraw from the Paris climate deal, President Trump announced at the White House.

Ignoring the pleas of business leaders, climate activists and members of his own staff, Mr. Trump argued that the goal of reducing carbon emissions would cost the economy too much.

Withdrawing from the accord could take up to four years, meaning a final decision could be left to voters in the next presidential election.

Here’s a look at what this means for the U.S. and how other countries will respond to the U.S. withdrawal.

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2. For the first time, President Vladimir Putin hinted at Russian involvement in last year’s cyberattacks to help the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. While he denied any state role, he said that “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers may have participated.

And in Washington, the former F.B.I. director, James Comey, will testify in Congress on June 8 about his interactions with President Trump, setting up a new test for the White House.



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3. This got less attention, but it could affect many Americans: The White House is set to enact a new rule that could deny birth control benefits to hundreds of thousands of women who now receive them at no cost under the Affordable Care Act.

The rule expands the number of employers and insurers that could qualify for exemptions from the contraception coverage mandate by claiming a moral or religious objection, including for-profit and publicly traded corporations. Above, birth control pills on display during a sex-ed class in New York City.



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4. Democrats need to flip 24 seats to win the House, and they’re laying the groundwork for a big target: California’s 14 Republicans, all of whom voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Anti-Trump fervor is providing a boon for Democrats. Money is pouring in from around the country to help them. Above, a protest outside the office of Representative Darrell Issa in Vista, Calif., in April.



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5. An aged gangster was living in obscurity in Massachusetts. Then a 25-year-old murder came back to haunt him.

Our writer Dan Barry tells the story of Ralph DeMasi, above. He is awaiting trial on charges of murdering Ed Morlock, an armored truck driver whose family still grieves his loss. Mr. Barry called it “the flip side of every colorful mob tale you’ve ever read.”



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6. For the third time in three years, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will go at it in the N.B.A. finals, which begin tonight.

We polled more than a dozen of our journalists for their takes. Among the highlights: A prediction of “an epic series, with future Hall of Famers battling it out in ways that will have hacks scrambling for metaphors from classical myth.”

We’ll have live coverage of the game later tonight. (9 p.m. Eastern, ABC.) Above, Stephen Curry of the Warriors and LeBron James of the Cavaliers in Game 6 of last year’s series.



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7. And on the eve of the series, a troubling development: A racial slur was spray-painted on a Los Angeles home owned by the Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.

“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is — it’s tough,” Mr. James said at a news conference on Wednesday. Above, the vandalized gate after it was painted over.

On the same day, tourists visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington found a noose hanging in an exhibition on segregation. It was the second noose found at a Smithsonian museum in the past week.



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8. Astronomers felt space-time vibrations known as gravitational waves from the merger of a pair of mammoth black holes resulting in a pit of infinitely deep darkness weighing as much as 49 suns.

As if that sentence couldn’t get any trippier, it was also 3 billion light-years away. Above, an artist’s rendering of what it might look like. Physicists say it is a major development that moves them closer to developing black-hole astronomy.



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9. This week the American Museum of Natural History’s blue whale — a life-size model 94 feet long and 21,000 pounds — had its annual bath.

The job takes two days, a cherry picker and a vacuum, and the results resemble before-and-after images from an infomercial.

Our photographer tagged along as the cleaner made his way around the model, which has been on view since 1969. For now, at least, the whale is blue again.



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10. Finally, there wasn’t much doubt what the late-night comics would latch on to yesterday.

One word: covfefe, the newest addition to English, tweeted by the president at 12:06 a.m.

“The Twitterverse greeted ‘covfefe’s’ arrival with unfettered rapture,” Samantha Bee recounted on “Full Frontal.”

“For that glorious interlude between midnight and 5 a.m., we were like passengers on the Titanic who decided to say, ‘[expletive] it. Rock out to the band!’”

Have a great night.


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