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Irma, Facebook, U.S. Open: Your Thursday Briefing


President Trump bypassed members of his party on Wednesday, reaching an agreement with congressional Democrats to increase the debt limit and to finance the government until mid-December.

Conservatives were irate. Republican leaders were shellshocked. One of them, Speaker Paul Ryan, will be participating in a conversation today with The Times. Watch live, starting at 8:40 a.m. Eastern.

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President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, spoke during a meeting with the congressional leadership in the Oval Office on Wednesday.

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• A war’s toll on the C.I.A.

The agency has lost a similar number of personnel in Afghanistan as it did in conflicts in Southeast Asia half a century ago.

• Wildfires in the American West.

Dozens of blazes that have been raging across the region for months flared up this week.

The fires have blackened hundreds of thousands of acres from California to Montana. Here’s the latest.

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A wildfire near Cascade Locks, Ore., near the Columbia River, on Tuesday.


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• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

In today’s show, we discuss the timeline of the Dream Act since its introduction in 2001.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.

Want your phone to tell you when the briefing is ready? iOS users can now sign up for a daily notification. In The Times’s app, tap the bell on the upper right and turn on “Morning Briefing.” On Android, tap the three dots.

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Business

• Facebook has identified more than $100,000 worth of ads on hot-button issues bought by a shadowy Russian company linked to the Kremlin.

The ads, which ran from June 2015 to May 2017, provide new evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

• Silicon Valley elites are often liberal in their politics, with one big exception: regulation. Our tech columnist explains.

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• U.S. stocks were up on Wednesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

• Want to feel the back-to-school spirit? Read these books.

• Recipe of the day: Our guide to making ice cream.

Noteworthy

• Inside a Crayola factory.

In today’s 360 video, watch as crayons are shaped, sorted, labeled and packaged.

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Where It’s Made: Crayola Crayons

Kick off the school year by taking a colorful 360 tour of the Crayola factory in Pennsylvania. See how crayons are shaped, sorted, labeled and packaged.


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• There is such a thing as a free lunch.

School starts today in New York City, which will provide lunches to its 1.1 million public school students without charge.

• What it’s like to be a model.

Also beginning today: New York Fashion Week. We talked to 12 models about racism, body shaming and financial problems.

“Every day that you’re working as a model, you’re objectified somehow,” one said.

The week risks irrelevance, our chief fashion critic warns, but covering it and the shows in London, Milan and Paris still requires months of planning by Times journalists. Here’s an inside look.

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Backstage at the Pamella Roland Spring 2018 Collection show on Wednesday, the day before the official start of New York Fashion Week.

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• In sports.

At the U.S. Open, hopes for a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal matchup were dashed after Juan Martín del Potro upset the third-seeded Federer on Wednesday night.

The tennis tournament is also guaranteed to have an American champion: For the first time in more than 30 years, all four women’s semifinalists at a Grand Slam event are from the same country. Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams, Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe play today.

And the N.F.L. season begins tonight as the New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs. For fantasy football players, here’s who to start and who to sit.

Best of late-night TV.

On “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah had an idea for those who deny the human contribution to climate change.

• Quotation of the day.

“I was 13 and I obviously remember Hurricane Hugo, but this is something incomparable. This is something terrible, an experience out of this world.”

— José Pérez, director of emergency management on the Puerto Rican island of Culebra, who took shelter with 65 others in a high school during Hurricane Irma.

Back Story

It’s an important day in the origin of Uncle Sam, that red-white-and-blue personification of the U.S.

Today in 1813, a newspaper in Troy, N.Y., made an early reference to the name and to the “U.S.” stamp on government supplies that supposedly gave rise to it.

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A military recruitment poster from World War I by the artist James Montgomery Flagg.

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Some of those supplies included beef from Samuel Wilson, a butcher in Troy who has been widely credited as the source of the name. American soldiers in the War of 1812 referred to the food as being from “Uncle Sam.”

(The city of Troy still proudly refers to itself as the “Home of Uncle Sam,” although some historians have traced the name’s origins back even earlier.)

In the 1860s, the political cartoonist Thomas Nast gave form to the name, drawing a tall, bearded man in a top hat.

The character’s appearance was cemented in the American mind during World War I, when a version by the artist James Montgomery Flagg pointed from a military recruitment poster with the words “I want you for U.S. Army.”

It was an indelible image with a slogan that was unforgettable (at least by headline writers at The Times.)

Sandra E. Garcia contributed reporting.

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