Donald Trump has received a letter informing him that he is the target of the special counsel’s investigation into his role in the events surrounding the Capitol riot. The letter is a signal that Trump is likely to be indicted on federal criminal charges related to his attempts to retain power after the 2020 election.

It is not clear what charges prosecutors are considering or when charges may come. But when the special counsel, Jack Smith, sent a similar letter last month regarding Trump’s handling of national defense material, the former president was indicted on 37 criminal counts within days.

If Trump is impeached again, my colleague Glenn Thrush told me, it might be even more significant than the last time: “The documentary case is pretty easy to prove, but in a lot of people’s minds it’s pretty peripheral,” Glenn. said “In the case of January 6, the bar for evidence is much higher, and the stakes for the country and the consequences for the republic are almost incalculably higher.”

When Smith was hired in November to examine Trump’s actions surrounding the election and Jan. 6, among other issues, he promised to move “quickly.” His office focused on a wide array of schemes, including a plan to create fake slates of pro-Trump voters in key swing states that Biden won. Prosecutors also sought information about Trump’s post-election fundraising.

The reaction from Trump’s main rivals, whom he leads by a significant margin, has been notably muted. As my colleague Maggie Haberman reported, Trump’s advisers have said they view winning the election as a defense against possible prison time.

Glenn said we shouldn’t expect an indictment this week, and that it will more likely come in early August. Still, he said, federal prosecutors will likely want a chance to question witnesses before a district attorney in Georgia, who is also weighing charges related to the 2020 election.

In related news, Michigan has announced criminal charges against 16 people in connection with a fraudulent voter scheme to overturn Trump’s 2020 election loss.


Punishing heat waves grip much of the Northern Hemisphere: In the United States, Phoenix broke a 49-year-old record with the city’s 19th consecutive day of temperatures above 110 degrees. In Europe, where the temperatures have made conditions dangerous for poor workers, news reports call the heat “Caronte”, after the ferryman in Dante Alighieri’s poem “Inferno”. And in Iran, the heat index hit a life-threatening 152 degrees.

Thousands of Israelis demonstrated in major train stations, blocked highways and rallied outside the homes of government ministers to loudly oppose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to finalize a law next week that will limit the power of the Supreme Court. They say they fear the proposed law would undermine democracy by reducing judicial oversight over the cabinet.

In the United States, President Biden met with President Isaac Herzog of Israel this afternoon at the White House. The diplomatic overture is intended to signal firm US support for Israel despite tensions between the Biden and Netanyahu administrations.

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Meta, said today that he plans to provide the code behind the company’s latest and most advanced artificial intelligence technology to developers and software enthusiasts around the world, for free.

The move will allow Meta to capitalize on improvements made by developers from outside the company, potentially allowing it to better compete with the likes of Google and Microsoft. But it also flies in the face of warnings from the industry’s biggest names that advanced AI technology may have to be limited to those who will use it responsibly.


Over the last 50 years, hip-hop has grown from a new art form to a culture-defining superpower, influencing and inspiring television, film, fashion, advertising, literature, politics and countless other corners of American life.

No person can tell that story. As our critic writes, hip-hop is broad and fruitful, catchy and polyglot, the source of an endless source of stories. People don’t always agree.

So we turned to 50 titans of the genre – from DJ Hollywood to LL Cool J, Lil Wayne to Ice Spice. Here’s what they said.


The concept of a flying taxi might remind you of a futuristic world like “The Jetsons”. Or maybe you’ve seen companies like Uber elevate their aircraft technology only to push it further into the future.

But today, federal regulators made the prospect seem a little more real. They released a plan and announced a target arrival date: 2028.

The flying taxis look like small planes or helicopters and can take off and land vertically, allowing them to operate from the middle of cities, taking people to airports or resorts like the Hamptons in New York or Cape Cod in Massachusetts.


Paleontologists discovered a fossil in northeastern China that seemed to freeze in time an unexpected skirmish from 125 million years ago. Defying conventional wisdom, the fossil depicts a badger-like mammal biting a dinosaur significantly larger than it.

The researchers, who published their findings today, said it takes a bit of luck (or bad luck, from the animals’ point of view) to preserve their bodies in the midst of battle. It appears that both the mammal and the dinosaur were caught off guard by a mudslide, freezing them in place until they were discovered a decade ago.

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