Space, Julian Assange, the Masters: Your Weekend Briefing

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Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.

3. A more complete picture of the events leading up to Julian Assange’s arrest is beginning to emerge.

The Ecuadorean Embassy in London protected the WikiLeaks founder from prosecution for years, but its tolerance wore thin. There were disputes over his behavior, his cat and his personal hygiene.

When embarrassing photos of Ecuador’s president were published last month, he blamed WikiLeaks. After his vice president vowed to take action against Mr. Assange, the country made good on its threat on Thursday, when it opened the door to London police officers who carted Mr. Assange away, above. “Saturday Night Live” drew on the arrest for its opening sketch.

The U.S. requested the extradition of Mr. Assange, who is charged with conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer in 2010. But the extradition process promises to be long, and complicated.


4. President Trump urged an official to close the border. He said his administration was “strongly” considering releasing migrants into mostly Democratic “sanctuary cities.” And now part of Mr. Trump’s immigration strategy has the backing of the courts.

A federal appeals court said on Friday that the Trump administration could temporarily continue to force migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to wait in Mexico while their cases are decided. The dispute will roll into next week with new arguments scheduled. One new reason for a surge in migration: climate change. Above, the border in El Paso.

5. There are (currently) 18 presidential hopefuls in the Democratic field. Only one can be the nominee. What do the others stand to gain?

A lot, it turns out. There are book deals and TV contracts and maybe even a cabinet position if your side wins. Recent history suggests there is almost no downside to giving it a shot. Above, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey officially kicked off his campaign in Newark on Saturday.

And there’s a new way Democrats will be selecting their nominee: Fewer states will have caucuses in 2020.

Meanwhile, Republicans are poll-testing ways to portray Democrats as too extreme on issues like health care, abortion and the environment. Democrats worry that the messaging is working.

6. From the U.S. election to international elections:

The biggest election in history is underway in India. The country has 900 million voters (over 10 percent of the world’s population) and is committed to polling every one of them, no matter how isolated. Voting began on Thursday and lasts for several weeks. Here’s a short guide. Above, a woman voting in Muzaffarnagar, India.

Separately, Israelis re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a fourth term, cementing a conservative bend toward power. Mr. Netanyahu may benefit from an effort by his right-wing coalition to protect him from prosecution on possible corruption charges.


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