FROM Oliver Roeder
Is the World Chess Championship a metaphor for the Cold War? Last night, reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen held onto his crown when he beat challenger Sergey Karjakin. The Norwegian and Russian were the youngest pair to face off. We hear about the intense final rounds, and learn about the president of the game’s governing body, who was banned from watching his own championship.
Crossword Plagiarism? What’s a ten letter word for an accusation one writer might level against another? You guessed it: plagiarism. There’s a plagiarism scandal blowing up the intense crossword puzzle world right now. Timothy Parker edits the USA Today crossword puzzle and the syndicated Universal Crossword, and curious crossword enthusiasts recently discovered some unsettling similarities between Parker-edited puzzles and puzzles that have appeared in the New York Times and other papers. What gives?
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?