Roy Moore, Lebanon, Louis C.K.: Your Friday Evening Briefing


He remains there, and the Saudis say there was a plot to assassinate him. The head of Hezbollah countered that Saudi Arabia had essentially kidnapped Mr. Hariri — and asked Israel to attack Lebanon. Above, a poster in Beirut that reads “We are all Saad.”

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3. President Trump pitched an “America First” trade policy to business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Danang, Vietnam.

The remarks were strikingly hostile for the pro-trade audience, and contrasted sharply with a speech by President Xi Jinping of China that championed more robust engagement with the world.

In between events, President Trump met with American veterans of the Vietnam War, above, and signed a proclamation commemorating the conflict’s 50th anniversary. He was exempted from military service during the war because of a bone spur diagnosis.

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4. We published the video of our interview with Stephen Bannon, the Breitbart News chief and former strategist for President Trump, at our New York headquarters this week. Watch it here.

Mr. Bannon said that Senator Mitch McConnell “has to go” and lashed out at the media’s coverage of the president. Here are the key takeaways.

Jeremy Peters, the reporter who conducted the interview, will discuss it on another episode of our new podcast, “The New Washington,” out tomorrow. Click here to subscribe and hear past episodes.

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5. “These stories are true.”

The comedian Louis C.K. admitted that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with five women, as we reported yesterday. He expressed remorse, but did not apologize. Here’s his full statement.

The release of his forthcoming comedy, “I Love You, Daddy,” was canceled by the distributor, and Netflix canceled a special with him.

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6. Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands plans to go to Washington next week to request $7 billion in aid.

More than two months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck, many residents there are still grappling with daily survival. We checked in with people we interviewed in the intermediate aftermath of the storms.

“It feels like we’re actually making a bit of progress,” said Kimmeiqua Mahoney, seated above. “But it’s still such a long, long way to go.”

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7. Dozens of young immigrants mailed in their DACA renewal forms weeks before they were due. But their paperwork was delayed in the mail — and then denied for being late.

Though the Postal Service took responsibility, immigration authorities were unsympathetic: “USCIS is not responsible for the mail service an individual chooses, or for delays on the part of mail service providers” an official said.

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8. The terrible air quality in Delhi has been making headlines. Now Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city, is giving the Indian capital a run for its money. For nearly two weeks, Lahore has been like one huge airport smokers’ lounge.

The air quality is usually bad in November, from crop burning, cold weather and higher emissions. This year it reached a crisis point, and critics say the government isn’t doing enough to address it.

“Lahore looks like a dystopian wasteland right now, kind of like a scene from ‘Blade Runner,’” one local business owner said.

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9. Among the panic-inducing headlines we published this week, this one stood out: “Cancer Doctors Cite Risks of Drinking Alcohol.” The American Society of Clinical Oncology had warned that even modest drinking could increase the risk of cancer. Nearly 500 readers commented on the story.

“I’m waiting for the headline that reads, ‘Living Longer Causes Cancer,’” one wrote. “Because that statement would also, technically, be true.”

Our colleagues at The Upshot argue it should be taken with a grain of salt, perhaps on the rim of a margarita glass.

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10. Finally, Louis C.K. was supposed to be on “The Late Show” on Thursday, after the New York premiere of his new movie, “I Love You, Daddy.” But both events were canceled after we reported on his sexual misconduct.

Stephen Colbert only briefly discussed the cancellation. Seth Meyers may have captured the reaction among comics best, starting his bit with a mention of the accusations against Roy Moore.

“Politics is so full of perverts and deviants, I’m just so glad I work in comedy,” he said. “Aw, damn it!”

Have a great weekend.

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