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Your Tuesday Briefing


Hong Kong’s extradition plan.
After one of the largest protests in the territory’s history, its chief executive, Carrie Lam, said Monday that she didn’t intend to withdraw legislation that would allow extraditions to mainland China.
“We were doing it, and we are still doing it, out of our clear conscience, and our commitment to Hong Kong,” Ms. Lam said after hundreds of thousands of people marched through Hong Kong over the weekend. “I have not received any instruction or mandate from Beijing to do this bill,” she added.
The government’s plan, which is heading for a vote this month, set off widespread fears that it would accelerate Beijing’s growing influence over Hong Kong and leave residents subject to the whims of the Chinese authorities.
Explainer: The relationship between Hong Kong and the central government in Beijing is complicated and evolving. Here’s some background.
Perspective: In an Op-Ed, a former editor of The Hong Kong Economic Journal writes that the legislation also threatens the territory’s business community.
Congress will gain access to information collected by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, that could shed light on possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Trump.
Because the Trump administration blocked other relevant witnesses from appearing before Congress, John Dean, a former White House counsel who turned against President Richard M. Nixon during the Watergate affair, testified on Monday.
Go deeper: Attorney General William Barr has become an influential figure in the Trump administration. A Times examination of Mr. Barr’s record found that he is neither as apolitical as his defenders claim, nor as partisan as his detractors fear.
President Trump defended his administration’s decision to use the threat of tariffs against a number of trading partners, calling the levies a “beautiful thing.” He also asserted that the U. S. was close to a trade deal with China because of his aggressive policies.
The Mexican foreign minister said no secret immigration deal existed with the U. S., directly contradicting Mr. Trump’s claim on Twitter that a “fully signed and documented” agreement would be revealed soon.
Separately: The U. S. president also renewed his criticism of the Federal Reserve, saying the central bank had erred in lifting interest rates last year and had put the United States at a disadvantage to China.
More than 300 people, most of them high school students, died in 2014 when an overloaded South Korean ferry capsized. Officials vowed to change a culture that put profits over people, but five years later The Times has found that the country’s ferries are still vulnerable to cheating and corruption.
The article is the latest in a Times series in which we return to the scene of major news events to see if those in power kept their promises.

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