Health Care, N.F.L., Puerto Rico: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Even top aides to Mr. Trump see a risk in his “Rocket Man” rhetoric, our correspondent writes.

N.F.L. protest.

We profiled Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who was the only member of the Pittsburgh Steelers to stand outside the tunnel during the national anthem on Sunday.

Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, knelt with his players before the anthem at Monday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Our columnist asks whether the demonstrations are likely to continue.

trouble@personalemail.com.

At least six current and former White House advisers, including Jared Kushner, Stephen Bannon and Reince Priebus, have occasionally used private addresses for official business.

President Trump made Hillary Clinton’s use of private email a centerpiece of his campaign.

• Pleas for help.

The governor of Puerto Rico warned of a “humanitarian crisis” after Hurricane Maria, adding that the territory deserved the same treatment as Texas and Florida.

We answer your questions about the territory.

• A long and tortuous downfall.

Anthony Weiner, the former New York congressman, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting a 15-year-old.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

Today’s episode looks at why Chad was included in the new travel ban, and how revisions to the order could affect a politically charged legal case.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.

Business

Uber’s chief executive, reacting to London’s decision not to renew the ride-hailing service’s license, apologized for the company’s “mistakes,” without specifying what they might have been.

• A 21-foot cactus, video letters from the mayor, studying hours of footage of Jeff Bezos: Cities are going to extremes to entice Amazon, which is looking for a site for its second headquarters.

Reddit has limited noxious content like hate speech by giving trolls fewer places to gather.

• U.S. stocks were down on Monday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

• How to find a qualified dog trainer.

• Are your retirement savings on course? Read our tips, and more, in this week’s newsletter.

• Recipe of the day: Try shaved brussels sprout salad with pecorino and walnuts.

Noteworthy

• Brick by brick.

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Where It’s Made: Visit a Lego Factory

Step inside a factory that makes the bricks for your favorite Lego toys in this 360° tour.

By TIM CHAFFEE, NATHAN GRIFFITHS and JOSHUA THOMAS on Publish Date September 26, 2017. Photo by Tim Chaffee/The New York Times. Technology by Samsung.. Watch in Times Video »

In today’s 360 video, tour a Lego factory.

• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.

Writers from across the political spectrum respond to the N.F.L. protests and to President Trump’s statements on free speech.

• Attack in the West Bank.

A Palestinian man opened fire at Israeli security personnel at a checkpoint northwest of Jerusalem this morning, killing three and wounding a fourth.

The nationalist tide.

The rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany party shows that disaffection with mainstream politics has hardly gone away.

We explain the origins of the populist party, and what it wants.

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Dismantling campaign posters of Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday. Political fragmentation and populism will make it harder for the German leader to pair with President Emmanuel Macron of France to revitalize Europe. Credit Gregor Fischer/DPA, via Associated Press

• “We are sick of the war.”

After six years of conflict in Syria, one thing seems clear: President Bashar al-Assad is probably here to stay.

• A gamble in Japan.

An upstart political party could complicate the early election Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for next month.

Lace ruffs and fairy wings: Sold!

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Some of the 15,000 costumes and other items on sale by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, on Saturday. Buyers emerged clutching treasures including period ball gowns, gold lamé lion tails and grotesque pig suits. Credit Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

The Royal Shakespeare Company sold a third of its costumes over the weekend, giving buyers a chance to claim a piece of theater history.

Best of late-night TV.

Trevor Noah defended N.F.L. players against President Trump.

• Quotation of the day.

“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers.”

Ri Yong-ho, the foreign minister of North Korea.

Back Story

Thirty-four years ago today, a faulty missile warning took the world close to its first nuclear exchange. But life as we know it continued thanks to one Soviet officer’s cool head.

In the early hours of Sept. 26, 1983, a Soviet computer system reported the launch of five Minuteman missiles. There were only minutes to counterattack before they could strike Soviet cities.

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Stanislav Petrov may well have saved your life. Credit via Statement Film

Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov was in charge of the system that day. He was skeptical, partly because the attack seemed too small. After tense analysis, and a report by satellite radar operators registering no missiles, he alerted his superiors to a false alarm. He later recalled it as a 50-50 decision.

He was right. A Soviet satellite had misinterpreted the sun’s reflection off clouds.

Colonel Petrov faded into obscurity until a memoir in the late 1990s highlighted his role. His death in May was widely reported only last week.

In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel in 2010, he expounded on his decision: “We are wiser than the computers,” he said. “We created them.”

“Believe me,” he added, “I’m not a hero. I just did my job.”

Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.

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