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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

1. “They’re free to leave if they want.”

President Trump escalated his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen, saying they hated America, used “foul language & racist hatred” and should apologize.

They did not. Instead, the four representatives — llhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib — fought back in a news conference, above. “This is the agenda of white nationalists,” Ms. Omar said, calling Mr. Trump’s words a “blatantly racist attack.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would move to officially reject the president’s “xenophobic” tweets — and the president then accused Ms. Pelosi of making racist statements.

Over the course of the day, a handful of Republican lawmakers publicly criticized Mr. Trump.

2. The White House readied a big change on asylum.

The administration announced a new rule today, to go into effect on Tuesday, that would deny asylum protections to most migrants trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico. Above a border check in May.

The rule would apply to those who failed to apply for asylum in the first country they passed through on their way to the border, including Central Americans fleeing persecution and poverty in record numbers this year.

Separately, President Trump said today that raids over the weekend aimed at immigrants who had been slated to be deported were “very successful,” even though much of the activity was not visible to the public.

3. The Epstein bail decision is due Thursday.

In arguing against bail for the accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, prosecutors told a court today that a safe in his Manhattan mansion held “piles of cash,” diamonds and an expired foreign passport registered under a fake name that listed his residence as Saudi Arabia. Above, Mr. Epstein’s lawyers outside court today.

Two women who say they were sexually abused by Mr. Epstein also urged the judge to keep him in jail while he awaits trial.


4. Money gaps are sorting the field of Democratic presidential candidates.

The deadline to report fund-raising hauls for the second quarter is midnight, and even before all the campaigns submit figures, it’s clear that only a few are in the top echelon: Pete Buttigieg ($24.8 million), Joe Biden ($21.5 million), Elizabeth Warren, pictured above in Philadelphia over the weekend ($19.1 million), Bernie Sanders ($18 million) and Kamala Harris (nearly $12 million).

Mr. Biden, the candidate leading in the polls, announced a plan to improve the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Many of his rivals favor replacing it with a single-payer system, which has come to be known as “Medicare for all.”


5. Extreme weather, fires and floods have hidden dangers.

Disasters of recent years — often intensified by climate change — seem to be knocking chemicals loose from soil, homes, industrial-waste sites and other sources, exposing people to an array of ailments, including respiratory diseases and cancer.

Over the weekend, Tropical Storm Barry sparked concern in Louisiana, above, about a repeat of the “toxic gumbo” of sewage, chemical waste and other contaminants that was released when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans over a decade ago.

In Nepal, authorities raised the death toll to 67 as a result of monsoonal rains that triggered widespread flooding there and in India.


6. Antipathy for Big Tech is uniting the far right and far left.

The bipartisan loathing is making for some strange new bedfellows. Conservatives are showing up at largely liberal conferences, while liberals, like Nick Wu, above, are going on conservative TV shows, to call for breaking up Facebook and Google.

Lawmakers will hear the companies’ side at an antitrust hearing on Tuesday from Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple executives.


7. Sudan has another chance for democracy.

After months of civilian protests against military rule and a deadly military crackdown, the protesters and military agreed to share power until elections in three years.

Declan Walsh, The Times’s Cairo bureau chief, has visited Sudan many times over the past 20 years, and has a multimedia report from the streets of Khartoum, the capital.

“We’ve been ruled by dictatorships for over 50 years,” Mohamed al-Asam, a 28-year-old doctor-turned-revolutionary, told Mr. Walsh. “We can’t accept another one.”


8. Two mystery deaths.

Authorities ruled the death of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, founder of the black history museum in Baton Rouge, La., a homicide. She’s pictured above in 2017.

Her body was found on Friday in the trunk of her car, with no visible signs of trauma. The authorities believe she was likely suffocated.

In Oregon, officials said they had located the remains of the actor Charles Levin, 70, best known for his one-time portrayal of a mohel in “Seinfeld” and a recurring role in the 1980s series “Alice.”

His body was found on Saturday several hundred feet from his car, which contained the remains of his pug, in a remote area of southwestern Oregon. His son said he was told the death was likely an accident.


9. No word from Iran on soccer.

Women’s rights activists are campaigning to bar Iran — the highest-ranked soccer team in Asia — from qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, which begin in September, because Iranian women are prohibited by law from attending soccer matches.

The Iranian president had nothing to say to soccer’s governing body by today’s deadline about how he would ensure women could attend the games. Above, a group of women were allowed to watch a men’s match in Tehran last year.

The activists — one of whom is the sister of the team captain — believe only a serious threat of exclusion from the World Cup will lead to the end of a prohibition that has lasted for four decades.

10. And finally, a new face for money.

The Bank of England chose Alan Turing, the computing pioneer who became one of the most influential code breakers of World War II, to grace the next 50-pound note.

During his lifetime, his reputation was overshadowed by a conviction for homosexuality, and his war work remained largely a secret until long after his death, which was ruled a suicide.

He was chosen from more than 200,000 nominees in the science field, including Charles Babbage, Stephen Hawking, Ada Lovelace and Margaret Thatcher (who was a chemical researcher before entering politics).

Have an enriching evening.

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