Google, Trump, Tiger Woods: Your Monday Briefing Express News

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We start today with Google data used by law enforcement, the Trump administration’s plan for when the Mueller report drops and an elite runner for whom running is not everything.

The technology giant tracks the locations of hundreds of millions of phones worldwide, The Times found.

The president has tested bounds, poking fun at Joe Biden regarding accusations that the former vice president touched women inappropriately and floating the idea of pardoning the acting homeland security secretary if he were to get in legal trouble by shutting down the border.

Plan of attack: As Mr. Barr prepares to submit a redacted version of the report, Mr. Trump, aides said, will act as if the report itself is extraneous to Mr. Barr’s brief letter.

When the report comes out, aides will focus on two outstanding questions that Mr. Trump wants to ignore: why the special counsel was not able to conclude whether the president obstructed justice, and what the attorney general meant when he wrote in his letter that “much” of the president’s conduct was public — meaning some of it was not.

Timing: The report is expected sometime this week.


Response: Dr. Quake denied the allegations. In his email exchanges with Dr. He, which he showed to The Times, there are no signs that he was involved with the work itself, but the messages do contain polite encouragement.

Bigger picture: Scrutiny of Dr. Quake reflects the issues that the global scientific community is now grappling with: When and where should scientists report their colleagues’ controversial research ideas?


In 1962, less than half of India’s women voted. By 2014, that figure had shot up to 66 percent. This year, many expect women’s votes to outnumber men’s.

That could be a political game changer.

“Women are getting more educated, they’re more emancipated, they’re more independent,” said Prannoy Roy, a co-founder of India’s NDTV news channel and a veteran poll analyst.

Women have generally shown less support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2014, if only women had voted, the B.J.P wouldn’t have won the historic majority it did in the lower house of Parliament, according to Mr. Roy, who analyzed the data for his new book, “The Verdict: Decoding India’s Elections.”

What do women care about in this election? Jobs, Mr. Roy said.

Record unemployment has hit women particularly hard. According to the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy, an independent think tank, of the 11 million jobs India lost in 2018, 8.8 million had been held by women.

It’s little surprise, then, that several political parties, including the B.J.P. and the Congress Party, have proposed policies specifically intended to improve the job picture for women.

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Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro’s first 100 days in office have been turbulent. He has the lowest popularity rating of any first-term president at this point in a tenure since democracy was restored in the mid-1980s. Many in Brazil believe Mr. Bolsonaro has been his own worst enemy.

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