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Trump’s Trial Is Set for the Middle of the 2024 Campaign

Former President Donald Trump wearing a dark suit and a red tie.
Donald Trump in Concord, N.H., in June.Credit...John Tully for The New York Times

The judge overseeing Donald Trump’s trial on charges of illegally retaining classified documents set a trial date of May 20, 2024 — splitting the difference between the government’s request to begin in December and Trump’s desire to postpone until after the 2024 election.

The decision, Judge Aileen Cannon’s first significant call in the proceedings, puts the high-stakes trial after the bulk of the Republican Party’s presidential primaries. Trump is currently the dominant front-runner, and his legal obligations to be in court will overlap with his campaign schedule.

Cannon, who was appointed by Trump in 2020, was randomly assigned to the case from a pool of potential judges. The trial will be held in her home courthouse in Fort Pierce, Fla., which will draw its jury pool from several counties that Trump won handily in his two previous presidential campaigns.

Trump is also facing a flurry of other legal threats, including civil and criminal trials in New York set for early next year. He also recently received a letter indicating that he may be indicted by the special counsel, Jack Smith, in a separate case surrounding his attempts to retain power after the 2020 election.

“It appears he is likely to be indicted in both Georgia state court and D.C. federal court for his actions related to trying to overturn the 2020 election results,” my colleague Charlie Savage said, “which could mean two more trials to fit into this already very crowded court and campaign calendar.”

In a meeting with President Biden at the White House, seven leading artificial intelligence companies — including Google, Meta, OpenAI and Microsoft — agreed to a series of voluntary safeguards that are designed to help manage the societal risks of the emerging technology.

The measures, which include independent security testing and public reporting of capabilities, were prompted by some experts’ recent warnings about A.I. Nevertheless, the U.S. is only at the beginning of what is likely to be a long and difficult path toward the creation of rules to govern an industry that is advancing faster than lawmakers typically operate.

The singer’s melodic clarity, jazz-influenced phrasing, audience-embracing persona and warm, deceptively simple interpretations of musical standards helped spread American pop music around the world and won him generations of fans. Bennett died today at his home in Manhattan, after a 70-year career that was remarkable for its longevity and for his late-stage duets with artists like Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse.

Read his obituary, and take a look at his life in photos.

Heat: In Asia, Europe and the U.S., temperature records have been shattered, and forecasters say there’s no respite in sight.

Tolls: New Jersey is suing the federal government to halt a congestion pricing program that will charge drivers to enter Midtown Manhattan.

Education: The president of Texas A&M University resigned after the appointment of a new director of its journalism school led to a conservative outcry.

Israel: More than a thousand reservists in the Israeli Air Force said they would stop reporting for duty if the government pushes through its judicial overhaul.

Lawsuit: Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former fixer, is expected to settle a suit with the Trump Organization.

Amsterdam: The Dutch capital will stop cruise ships from docking in the city center in an attempt to curb the flow of tourists.

Supreme Court: The court refused to halt the execution of a death row inmate in Alabama, despite a forceful dissent from its three liberal members.

Women’s World Cup: The U.S. team will play its first match tonight. Even if the Americans don’t win the tournament, they will still take home the most prize money.

The biggest movie weekend of the year has finally arrived, with two highly anticipated yet starkly disparate films headlining theaters around the country.

In one corner, we have “Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan’s three-hour biopic of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb.” In the other, we have “Barbie,” Greta Gerwig’s Day-Glo feminist-magical realist take on the famous Mattel doll.

Our critic, Manohla Dargis, reviewed them both. She found Nolan’s complex, vivid portrait of Oppenheimer to be a brilliant achievement in formal and conceptual terms. As for “Barbie,” Manohla writes, it’s a pleasurable spectacle, and Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling are charming in it. But as a brand-extension movie, it can do only so much.

Still unsure which one to see? Take our quiz to see which one better fits your tastes.

Coming out of the pandemic, Cirque du Soleil was in trouble. The extravagant displays of artistic athleticism that it had become famous for were not catching on with a younger generation.

So Cirque decided that it would no longer just be a circus; it would seek to become a ubiquitous brand with cultural cachet. The company is embarking on a makeover that includes a video game, a signature fragrance, a line of home goods and a television documentary series. Ultimately, these efforts will answer an existential question: Is Gen Z down to clown?

From dairy to linen: Architects transformed an ice cream factory into a tranquil estate.

Celebrity breakups: We probably shouldn’t care. But heartbreaks are relatable.

The Swifties are right: The economist and Times columnist Paul Krugman argues that live music is totally worth the money.

Cook: In just 15 minutes, you can make this classic shrimp scampi.

Watch: Our TV critic recommends “Praise Petey,” an animated series with plenty of zingers.

Listen: Can you speak bird? Take our quiz and find out.

Reflect: Now is the time to revisit your New Year’s savings goals.

Relax: Experts offered advice for those of us who can’t stop thinking about work.

Breathe: Starting with meditation can take as little as five minutes when you wake up.

Save: Wirecutter has tested hundreds of cheap laptops. This is the best one under $500.

Compete: Take this week’s news quiz.

Play: Here are today’s Spelling Bee, Wordle and Mini Crossword. For more, find all our games here.

It goes without saying that the Swiss are proud of their cheese. Gruyère and Emmenthal are coveted around the world, and the average Swiss person consumes about 25 percent more cheese per year than the average American. So it caused quite a stir when it was announced that Switzerland is on track this year to bring in more cheese than it sends out.

The leader of the Swiss dairy association called this trade difference “absurd economically, socially and ecologically.” The shift happened in part because the Swiss have developed a taste for foreign cheeses, which are often cheaper, softer and from France.

Have a cheesy weekend.

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back on Monday. — Matthew

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Posted on 22 Jul 2023 00:11 link