Republican Party, Puerto Rico, North Korea: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

That was Gov. Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico, pleading with federal officials for aid to avert a humanitarian crisis. He said a mass exodus of Puerto Ricans to the mainland was imminent. The entire island is still without power; much of it is without water or fuel.

But a new poll found that only slightly more than half of Americans know that Puerto Ricans are, in fact, also Americans. Here are the basics on the island’s peculiar political status.

President Trump defended the federal response and said he would visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday. He may stop in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which also sustained terrible damage.

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3. Saudi Arabia announced that it would finally allow women to take the wheel.

The decision was announced on state TV and in a simultaneous media event in Washington, highlighting the damage that the policy has done to the kingdom’s international reputation.

Activists like Aziza Yousef, above, have long fought for the change. Their campaign was buoyed by the rise of the young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has pushed to overhaul the economy and loosen social restrictions.

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4. Republican voters are going to the polls in Alabama in the primary for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

We’ll have live coverage here as the results come in. Senator Luther Strange, the interim incumbent, is backed by the White House and Senator Mitch McConnell. Mr. Strange’s challenger, the conservative judge Roy Moore, above, has Stephen Bannon in his corner.

Mr. Bannon spoke at a rally for Mr. Moore in Fairhope last night, in his first public appearance since leaving the White House. Vice President Mike Pence joined Mr. Strange at a rally in Birmingham.

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5. We visited the river between North Korea and China to see how tensions are affecting life there. Sanctions have hobbled trade, and people on the Chinese side were divided over whether to blame North Korea or the U.S.

“I hate America,” one trader said. “Why don’t they let me do any business?”

Despite North Korea’s tough talk, some analysts see a leadership anxious to avoid a war it can’t win. Above, a rally in Pyongyang this week.

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6. The head of Equifax, Richard Smith, above, stepped down in the wake of its enormous data breach, which exposed the personal information of millions of Americans.

Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., recently the head of the company’s Asia-Pacific operations, is the interim chief executive.

The company had faced a blistering outcry from lawmakers and the public for failing to protect the sensitive data and for a response that many considered utterly inadequate.

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7. One of our best-read articles today is from this week’s Times Magazine: “How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down.”

It tells the story of how, at the height of the 2016 election, exaggerated reports of a juvenile sex crime brought a media maelstrom to Twin Falls, Idaho — one the city still hasn’t recovered from. Above, the mayor, Shawn Barigar.

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8. Ten people involved at the highest levels of college basketball, including a senior executive at Adidas, are facing federal corruption charges.

Prosecutors said they uncovered a scheme to bribe star players to work with specific agents and companies when they turned pro, or to convince promising high schoolers to attend specific universities. Above, a scene from last year’s N.C.A.A. men’s tournament.

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Credit Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Habana

9. The Guggenheim agreed to remove three major works by Chinese conceptual artists from a new exhibition after protests from animal-rights groups.

The works were intended to symbolically depict oppression in China. One video shows four pairs of pit bulls on treadmills, trying to fight as they struggle to touch. Another shows two pigs mating in front of an audience. The third work features hundreds of live reptiles and insects.

Artists are blasting the museum over the decision.

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10. Finally, our food writer has become an Instant Pot fanatic.

She acquired one for an article a year ago, and liked it so much that she never unplugged it. Now she’s written an entire cookbook of recipes for it, as well as an in-depth guide at NYT Cooking.

“There’s no other single gadget that can make weeknight cooking easier,” she gushes. Above, making baby back ribs.

Have a great night.

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