Houston, North Korea, India: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Congress was already bracing for a busy September, and now passing an emergency relief bill — likely in the billions — will be added to their top priorities.

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3. The president turns his attention to taxes tomorrow, with a speech scheduled in Missouri to call for large tax cuts and a long-anticipated revamping of the code.

His plan’s architects are Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, above from left. Our Washington reporters offer a detailed portrait of this somewhat odd couple, who’ve been rivals since their days as new partners at Goldman Sachs.

They’re trying to overcome their lack of experience in political negotiations, and hoping not to repeat the mistakes of the White House’s push on health care.

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4. President Trump warned North Korea that “all options are on the table” after Pyongyang hurled a ballistic missile directly over Japan, a move Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called “an unprecedented, serious and grave threat.”

The U.N. Security Council went into emergency session, and South Korea pledged to defend itself. Japanese citizens told us what it was like to be told to seek cover in a text alert. Their pacifist Constitution may be ripe for revision. Above, a news broadcast about the missile in Tokyo.

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5. In Afghanistan, airstrikes in Herat Province killed more than a dozen civilians, adding to the record number of civilians who have died this year.

A spokesman for the American military in Afghanistan, which carries out airstrikes to support local forces fighting a resurgent Taliban, said that the strikes were by the Afghan Air Force, but a senior Afghan official denied that.

Foreign powers have tried to control Afghanistan for 300 years, our Kabul bureau chief writes, and it has not gone well for them. Above, anti-Soviet fighters in 1980.

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6. Our international desk is stressing that Texas isn’t the only place suffering catastrophic flooding.

Monsoon rains across South Asia in recent weeks have caused flooding and landslides that, by the U.N.’s count, have left more than 1,000 people dead. At least 41 million people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have been affected.

Mumbai, India’s sprawling financial capital, above, has been especially hard hit.

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7. The demise of one Broadway show tells a much larger story about the theater.

The actors and musicians who brought “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” to Broadway enjoyed giddy highs, including 12 Tony nominations.

Now it’s collapsing in a racially charged social media controversy. Above, a cast member, Courtney Bassett, posed with fans.

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8. Paleontologists are trying to make up for state budget cuts by looking for corporate sponsors and crowdfunding to complete their study of raptor fossils found in Utah.

The Utahraptor Project,” on GoFundMe has a $100,000 goal. It offers backers access to a field worker’s blog, a live “Raptor Cam” and digital models put together through the process of photogrammetry.

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9. At the U.S. Open, Naomi Osaka pummeled the defending champion, Angelique Kerber, in a match that lasted only 1 hour and 5 minutes. Osaka, 19, and ranked No. 45, is surging. Our full rundown of the day is here.

Rafael Nadal, above, defeated Dusan Lajovic. Roger Federer plays his first-round match against Frances Tiafoe tonight. A potential meeting between the two tennis greats, who have never faced off in New York, could take place in the semifinals.

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10. Finally, while most of the late-night comedy shows remain on break, we have a rundown of shows and movies now available to stream, including “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot, on iTunes and Amazon.

“Make no mistake: This is a star vehicle all the way,” our critic wrote of the director Patty Jenkins’s blockbuster.

Have a great night.

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