After the assaults of Sept. 11, 2001, federal officers got broad powers to disrupt international terrorist plots, however the mass capturing in El Paso over the weekend underscores how few choices the authorities have at house.

The bloodbath in Texas was the biggest home terrorist assault in opposition to Hispanics in fashionable historical past, and President Trump promised on Monday to offer the authorities “no matter they want.” The motive for the weekend’s second assault, in Dayton, Ohio, stays unknown.

The challenges embrace a federal statute that defines home terrorism however carries no penalties, and that the First Modification makes stopping terrorist acts earlier than they occur harder. Specializing in white-supremacist violence would additionally check whether or not People are as accepting of aggressive legislation enforcement techniques when the suspects aren’t Muslims.

Yesterday: Mr. Trump known as on the nation to “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy” however didn’t endorse gun management measures. He related the assaults, which killed a complete of 31 individuals, to psychological sickness, video video games and “the perils of the web and social media.”

Associated: Chris Ferguson, a psychology professor at Stetson College, mentioned the proof was clear that violent video video games usually are not a danger issue for severe acts of aggression. “The info on bananas inflicting suicide is about as conclusive,” he mentioned.

Information evaluation: Mr. Trump and his allies are adamant that he bears no blame for extremist violence, however the echoes of his rhetoric within the El Paso gunman’s anti-immigrant manifesto are clear, our correspondent writes.


The loss of life toll within the capturing at an El Paso Walmart rose to 22 on Monday, after two victims died at a hospital. Amongst these killed had been Jordan and Andre Anchondo, who had been buying with their 2-month-old. The newborn was grazed by a bullet.

In Dayton, the police had been making an attempt to find out a motive after 9 individuals had been killed. Those that knew the 24-year-old gunman mentioned that as a highschool scholar he had compiled an inventory of names annotated with threats of violence, principally in opposition to women.

Nearer look: Right here’s what we all know concerning the victims in Ohio, who included the gunman’s sister.


World shares had been largely calm right this moment after indicators that Beijing wouldn’t instantly use the worth of its foreign money as a weapon in its commerce conflict with the U.S.

Futures markets indicated that Wall Avenue would open modestly decrease, a day after China let its foreign money weaken and the S&P 500 fell almost three %.

The Treasury Division responded to that fall by labeling China a foreign money manipulator. It’s principally a symbolic motion, however the Trump administration will work with the Worldwide Financial Fund to neutralize the results of the foreign money drop.

Explainer: A weaker Chinese language foreign money might blunt the results of President Trump’s tariffs. However it could damage China in different methods.

Seventeen nations, house to one-fourth of the world’s inhabitants, use nearly all of the water they’ve, in line with a report revealed right this moment.

Many are arid, whereas some squander provides. Local weather change makes the dangers more and more pressing. Though a drought in Southern California ended this yr, the water provide in Los Angeles isn’t holding tempo with demand.

What’s subsequent: The report by the World Sources Institute famous that quite a bit may be accomplished to enhance water administration, together with plugging leaks in distribution methods. Wastewater may be recycled, and farmers can change to much less thirsty crops — from rice to millet, as an illustration.

One other angle: European researchers mentioned on Monday that July was the most popular month ever recorded. The worldwide common temperature was about zero.07 levels Fahrenheit (zero.04 Celsius) hotter than the earlier record-holder, July 2016.

The music pageant in 1969 was an epiphany and an indulgence, and, with 5 many years of hindsight, it nonetheless poses questions on utopian beliefs and our relationship to them right this moment.

A Occasions music critic, Jon Pareles, was there and writes, “I’ve been to dozens of festivals since then, and none have been so makeshift, so precarious or so revelatory.”

China warns protesters: An official in Beijing mentioned right this moment that protesters in Hong Kong had “exceeded the scope of free meeting” and warned them to not “take restraint as weak point.”

Clampdown in Kashmir: India’s Hindu-led authorities revoked the autonomy of the predominantly Muslim area. We defined the 70-year historical past of battle there.

New Venezuela sanctions: President Trump escalated the marketing campaign to take away President Nicolás Maduro from workplace, signing an order that freezes his authorities’s property and property.

Sentence in pipe bomb case: Cesar Sayoc Jr., who pleaded responsible to mailing 16 bombs final fall to individuals he thought-about enemies of President Trump, was sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Extra expenses for R. Kelly: The singer, who has already been charged with sexual assault, little one pornography and obstruction of justice, was charged in Minneapolis with two counts of participating in prostitution with a minor.

Newspaper merger: GateHouse Media agreed to purchase Gannett, which owns USA Immediately, for about $1.four billion. The brand new firm would management greater than 260 day by day newspapers within the U.S.

Snapshot: Above, Tzuchi Lin and Yingtung Huang throughout their pre-wedding picture shoot. Such footage have develop into a multi-billion-dollar enterprise within the Instagram age — significantly for Asian — and the Greek island of Santorini is a popular setting.

Late-night comedy: The hosts all addressed the weekend’s shootings and criticized the shortage of motion in Washington. “We’re not going to resolve America’s gun issues in half an hour, however we’ll most likely do greater than Congress,” Trevor Noah mentioned.

What we’re studying: This text in The Christian Science Monitor. “This colourful story challenges the stereotype of rural America as a spot of exodus,” says our Colorado-based nationwide correspondent, Jack Healy, “by portraying younger farmers shifting again to start out small farms and small companies.”

Pay attention: Haim’s new observe, “Summer time Lady,” has a cascading saxophone line and mild vocal strains that linger like an ocean breeze, our critic writes.

Learn: Sarah Elaine Smith’s debut novel, “Marilou Is In every single place,” is a coming-of-age thriller about what it’s prefer to be an outsider.


Smarter Dwelling: Folks have plenty of questions on Social Safety, which is predicted to pay $1.1 trillion to 69 million recipients of retirement and incapacity advantages this yr. The Occasions answered a few of these questions, together with the large one: Can it final? (Sure, however …)

And in the event you’re investing within the inventory market, watch out for self-serving bias.

Twenty years after the California Gold Rush of the 1850s, Finland had its personal gold-inspired migration. Solely becoming, then, that the Finnish village of Tankavaara is internet hosting this yr’s World Gold Panning Championships, which run by means of Saturday.

Utilizing a pan to hunt for nuggets isn’t particularly environment friendly, and it’s not often accomplished commercially. However it has develop into an affordable out of doors pastime around the globe.

The motivation? Gold costs are surging. On Monday, trade-war fears pushed the per-ounce worth to as a lot as $1,468.31, not terribly removed from the all-time excessive of $1,917.90.

Panning works identical to it does in previous Westerns: You scoop alluvial deposits into an angled pan and gently agitate it within the water. The gold sinks.

Professionals say that due to its density, gold is often discovered behind a rock the place water eddies in a stream.

Earlier than you soar in, discover out the place panning is authorized or get the landowner’s permission. And remember that you’re more than likely to show up flakes, not nuggets.


That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.

— Chris


Thanks
Melina Delkic helped compile this briefing. Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford supplied the break from the information. Victoria Shannon, on the briefings crew, wrote right this moment’s Again Story. You’ll be able to attain us at briefing@nytimes.com.

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• We’re listening to “The Day by day.” Immediately’s episode is about 8chan, the web message board linked to a number of mass shootings.
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