Friday Briefing – The New York Times

A New York judge yesterday set March 25 as the trial date for Donald Trump’s hush money case, clearing the way for the first prosecution of a former US president and ensuring that Trump will face at least one jury before the day. of the elections.

The judge rejected Trump’s attempt to dismiss criminal charges brought by the Manhattan district attorney against him, which stem from a hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.

It will be Trump’s first criminal case to go to trial, and it may not be his last: He faces 91 felony counts in four criminal indictments in Washington, D.C., Florida and Georgia, as well as Manhattan.

Unlike the federal cases in Washington and Florida, the Manhattan case is isolated from federal intervention, so Trump could not pardon himself or use the presidency as a legal shield.

Explosions and gunfire rocked the Nasser Medical Complex in the city of Khan Younis before the predawn attack. Several people were killed and injured, according to a local doctor and Doctors Without Borders, which had staff at the hospital. (Specific claims about casualties could not immediately be confirmed.)

Gaza officials said that at the beginning of the week there were 8,000 displaced people sheltering in the hospital and hundreds of patients and medical workers. Many of them fled before the attack and it was not clear how many people remained in the hospital when it occurred.

The Israeli military said it had detained dozens of people, but did not say who or why, nor did it say whether hostages or Hamas fighters had been found.

The Pentagon is experimenting with new approaches to bolster the growing military presence in space, an initiative that feels urgent after intelligence revealed that Russia was making progress on a space nuclear weapon that could potentially attack American satellites.

One such approach aims to cover low-Earth orbit with hundreds of smaller, cheaper satellites, rather than a few very large ones. (The idea is quite similar to the Starlink Internet communications system that Elon Musk’s SpaceX already has in orbit.) Even if an adversary were to shoot down several American satellites, there would still be many more to take their place.

An aerospace engineer and space security scholar at the American Enterprise Institute said that by the end of the decade, the Pentagon will most likely have 1,000 new satellites in low-Earth orbit.

Russian troops with amputated limbs and other serious injuries return home to find a patchy treatment system and often efforts to keep them out of public view.

The Kremlin wants to avoid encouraging an anti-war movement that could undermine the war in Ukraine. As for soldiers, they are often sent back to the front as quickly as possible, or left to navigate what some described as an indifferent treatment system.

Arguing with the referees: Who in the Premier League is the one that penalizes the most for dissent?

A familiar drawback: Money once again delays an offer for reorganize professional tennis.

Formula 1’s 107 percent rule: How does it workand why it is not always applied.

Bouquinistes, booksellers whose wooden stalls have lined the Seine in Paris for centuries, are a beloved symbol of the city’s culture.

So the stall owners, and many intellectual Parisians, were outraged when they learned that nearly 600 stalls would have to be moved away from Paris’s great river during the Olympic Games being held there this summer. The Bouquinists vowed to fight and petitions for their support circulated widely.

Their efforts appear to have been successful. This week, President Emmanuel Macron considered the booksellers “a living heritage of the capital” and said they could stay.