Headlines edition

Thursday headlines: So you’re a tough guy.

“Don’t be a tough guy!” The White House leaks a letter that Trump wrote to Erdoğan. It reads like something written by a third-grader. Erdoğan threw the letter in the trash.

Related: The musical anatomy of “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish.

More from our president: “They’ve got a lot of sand over there. So, there’s a lot of sand that they can play with. Let them fight their own wars.”

A new Brexit deal has been agreed between UK and EU negotiators before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.

Nationalists argue that an independent Scotland could become a pioneer of clean energy production.

"Thirty years ago, nobody had ever heard of English sparkling wine." Thanks to the climate crisis, winemaking has changed.

African swine fever recently took out 40% of China's domestic pig stock, spiking prices for a staple food.

The French National Assembly passes a sweeping bioethics bill to provide IVF to lesbians and single women.

France, among other nations, calls for a three percent digital tax—e.g., on any Facebook ad revenue "connected" to France.

As Elizabeth Warren points out, Facebook is being haunted by its decision to profit from lies in political ads.

The United Auto Workers’ month-long strike against General Motors may be nearing an end. Teachers go on strike across Chicago.

"No debt, no debt, no debt." Five people, picked to test out Universal Basic Income, explain where the money goes.

Uber, WeWork, et al., can not make money thanks to “unit economics.” But the urban millennial lifestyle economy—well, the lifestyle of well-off urban millennials—is tanking fast.

Related: Please stop saying “millennial” when you really mean “yuppie.”

A long conversation with a candid, introspective Dave Matthews to figure out why people love his band so hard.

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According to Ronan Farrow's new book, Harvey Weinstein asked Woody Allen—Farrow's dad—for advice on how to deal with his accusers.

Watch: A wordless look at how an edition of The London Review of Books comes together.

A list of 104 Russia-related books published this year "that show exceptional promise."

Alan Moore’s “Watchmen,” back as a prestige TV series, is the reason prestige TV takes superheroes seriously in the first place.

The argument for life on Mars rests partly on the fact that there is no evidence against its possibility.