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CliffsNotes From the Procrastination Research Conference

It is a conference built on the idea that precisely because procrastination is problematic for so many people, it is worthy of serious investigation. Throughout the morning, Dr. Ferrari’s wife, Sharon, stood by the registration table, prepared to morph from greeter to guard if anyone tried to violate one of the meeting’s core rules: “There’s no day-of registration,” she said. Here is what we learned about who procrastinates, where they procrastinate and how to halt the loop of perpetual delay. Photo The 60 or so attendees at this year’s conference…

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Republican Party, Wimbledon, ‘Game of Thrones’: Your Monday Briefing

We profiled two others at that meeting: Rinat Akhmetshin, who has shown himself to be skilled in opposition research, and Aras Agalarov, a Russian property developer known as a fixer for the Kremlin’s toughest jobs. Continue reading the main story Our reporters also investigated a $17 million payment to Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, from a Kremlin-linked political party in Ukraine. • Skidding off the rails. Before Cosmo DiNardo confessed to killing four young men in Bucks County, Pa., there were signs of a volatile, bullying personality getting…

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Donald Trump Jr., Russia, Mississippi: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Our investigative team collaborated with the nonprofit news site ProPublica to analyze the appointees working on deregulation, using records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. We found 28 appointees with potential conflicts. Continue reading the main story Separately, we learned that Trump aides asked businessmen who profited from military contracts to devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plans for a troop surge in Afghanistan. The Defense Department is not considering their idea of using contractors instead of soldiers, an official said. _____ Photo Credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 3. Senate leaders…

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IOC to pick Los Angeles and Paris to host Summer Games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee has decided it can pick both Los Angeles and Paris as Olympic host cities in September when the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games rights should be awarded at the same time. IOC members voted unanimously Tuesday to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities and the IOC executive board. Talks will open with Paris widely seen as favorite for 2024. If a deal falls through, only the 2024 hosting rights will be voted on when the IOC next meets Sept….

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US prosecutors: illegal gold used in money-laundering scheme

MIAMI –  Three men working for a Miami-area refinery are accused of importing more than $1 billion in illegally mined gold from South America in a vast money-laundering scheme from 2013 to 2016. U.S. prosecutors say in a criminal complaint that the three employees of NTR Metals Miami and accomplices from several South American countries coordinated the purchase of illegally mined gold originating from Peruvian mines controlled by drug traffickers. The Dallas-based parent company of NTR has not been charged. The company declined requests for comment. Prosecutor Francisco Maderal says…

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