The judge overseeing Donald Trump’s trial on charges of illegally keeping classified documents has set a trial date of May 20, 2024 — splitting the difference between the government’s request to begin in December and Trump’s desire to delay until after the 2024 election.

The decision, the first significant call by judge Aileen Cannon in the process, puts the high-stakes trial after most of the presidential primaries of the Republican Party. Trump is currently the reigning front-runner, and his legal duties to be in court will overlap with his campaign schedule.

Cannon, who was nominated by Trump in 2020, was randomly assigned to the case from a pool of potential judges. The trial will take place in her home courthouse in Fort Pierce, Fla., which will draw its jury pool from several counties that Trump easily won in his two previous presidential campaigns.

Trump also faces a raft of other legal threats, including civil and criminal trials in New York, set for early next year. He also recently received a letter indicating that he may be indicted by the special counsel, Jack Smith, in a separate case surrounding his attempts to retain power after the 2020 election.

“It appears that he will likely be charged in both Georgia state court and DC federal court for his actions related to trying to overturn the 2020 election results,” my colleague Charlie Savage said, “which could mean two more trials to fit into this already very crowded court and campaign calendar.”


In a meeting with President Biden at the White House, seven major artificial intelligence firms — including Google, Meta, OpenAI and Microsoft — agreed to a series of voluntary safeguards that are designed to help manage the social risks of the emerging technology.

The measures, which include independent security tests and public reports on capabilities, were prompted by the recent warnings of some AI experts. However, the United States is only at the beginning of what is likely to be a long and difficult road to creating rules to govern an industry that is advancing faster than lawmakers usually operate.

The singer’s melodic clarity, jazz-influenced phrasing, audience-hugging persona and warm, deceptively simple renditions of musical standards helped spread American pop music around the world and earned him generations of fans. Bennett died today at his home in Manhattan, after a 70-year career that was notable for its longevity and for his late-stage duets with artists such as Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse.

Read his obituary, and see his life in photos.


The biggest movie weekend of the year has finally arrived, with two highly anticipated but completely different films headlining theaters across the country.

In one corner, we have “Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan’s three-hour biopic about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb.” In the other, we have “Barbie”, Greta Gerwig’s feminist-magic realist takes on the famous Mattel doll.

Coming out of the pandemic, Cirque du Soleil had problems. The extravagant displays of artistic athletics for which it became famous did not reach a younger generation.

So Cirque decided it wasn’t going to be just a circus anymore; it would seek to become a ubiquitous brand with cultural cachet. The company is embarking on a makeover that includes a video game, a signature perfume, a line of home goods and a television documentary series. Ultimately, these efforts will answer an existential question: Is Gen Z a clown?

It goes without saying that the Swiss are proud of their cheese. Gruyère and Emmenthal are coveted around the world, and the average Swiss person consumes about 25 percent more cheese per year than the average American. So it caused quite a stir when it was announced that Switzerland is on track this year to bring in more cheese than it sends.

The leader of the Swiss dairy association called that commercial difference “absurd economically, socially and ecologically”. The change happened in part because the Swiss developed a taste for foreign cheeses, which are often cheaper, softer and from France.

Have a cheesy weekend.


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