Donald McGahn, Huawei, Golden State Warriors: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Good morning,

We’re covering the continuing battle between the White House and Congress, the growing U.S. pressure on Huawei, and the fifth straight trip to the N.B.A. finals for the Golden State Warriors.


The lawyer for Donald McGahn, the former White House counsel, said that his client would not appear today at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, defying a subpoena by Democrats seeking information on the special counsel’s Russia investigation.

Separately on Monday, a judge ruled that President Trump’s accounting firm must turn over his financial records to Congress, in the first court test of his vow to resist “all” subpoenas.

Why it matters: The disputes raise several issues, including how far Congress’s subpoena power extends, what Mr. Trump can keep secret under executive privilege, and whether a president’s aides are “absolutely immune” from orders to appear before lawmakers.

Related: Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer, told congressional investigators that his discussions with the president’s legal team about a potential pardon continued longer than previously known, newly released transcripts show.


Google, whose Android software powers Huawei’s smartphones, said on Monday that it would limit the services it provides the telecommunications giant, after a White House order last week restricted the Chinese company’s access to American technology.

The Commerce Department later announced that it would grant a 90-day reprieve for transactions necessary to maintain and support existing networks and cellphones.

The U.S. has tried to persuade other countries to stop buying Huawei’s equipment, citing potential espionage concerns. In China, many see the American moves as a ploy to stop a rising competitor.

Go deeper: The U.S. stance could speed the development of dual technology worlds, including one in which people in China can use only Chinese equipment powered by homegrown chips and software.


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A polling station in Prayagraj, India, on Sunday, the final day of more than five weeks of voting.CreditRajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press

Official results in the country’s parliamentary elections are set to be announced on Thursday. Exit polls suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is poised for another term.

A victory for Mr. Modi’s party would confirm that the world’s largest democracy favors a strong leader, a contrast to the messy coalitions that have governed in the past, our South Asia bureau chief writes.

Closer look: Mr. Modi fits the mold of the political strongman, stirring huge crowds, setting wildly ambitious goals and putting India in position to play a larger role on the world stage. He is also widely criticized for pitting religious and social communities against each other and for cutting out layers of government to consolidate power.

The Daily: In today’s episode, we discuss what Mr. Modi’s likely re-election could mean for India’s future.

Perspective: In an Op-Ed, an investor who grew up in India says government programs, not economic freedom, are what win elections there: “India’s political DNA is fundamentally socialist.”


A rally last year in support of McDonald’s workers who walked off the job in Kansas City, Mo., to protest sexual harassment.CreditChristopher Smith for The New York Times

With 1.9 million workers in more than 100 countries, McDonald’s is one of the world’s largest companies and most recognizable brands. A legal-defense fund formed last year to extend the #MeToo movement beyond Hollywood is now taking aim at sexual harassment in the fast food industry.

The fund is part of a group that is set to announce today the filing of 23 complaints against McDonald’s. In the filings, workers accuse the company of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment in the workplace and retaliation for speaking up.

Response: Steve Easterbrook, the McDonald’s C.E.O., said on Monday that the company had improved and clarified its policies on harassment and put most franchise owners through training. He said the company planned to roll out training for front-line employees and a complaint hotline.

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Snapshot: Above, a photograph of a malnourished 2-year-old Venezuelan girl, Anailin Nava, published in The Times over the weekend, prompted an outpouring of concern. A nurse in Venezuela packed some food and hitchhiked to where Anailin lives, an area that has been hit particularly hard by the country’s economic collapse.

N.B.A. playoffs: By eliminating the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals, the Golden State Warriors preserved their hopes of a third consecutive league title and their fourth in five seasons.

The science of yarn: A physicist is embarking on a five-year project to investigate the mathematics of knitting.

Late-night comedy: The hosts all addressed “Game of Thrones,” whose final episode disappointed some fans. “People, if you need therapy because a TV show ended, your life is too good, O.K.?” Trevor Noah said.

What we’re reading: This BuzzFeed News investigation into the self-help guru Tony Robbins. “Jane Bradley and Katie J.M. Baker totally blew me away with their yearlong investigation,” says our magazine writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. “This is so rigorous. I hope they feel like it’s worth it from beneath the mound of lawyer letters it probably launched.”

CreditDavid Malosh for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Simon Andrews.

Cook: Try cauliflower instead of chicken in a sweet-and-sour Filipino adobo. (Our Five Weeknight Dishes newsletter has more recommendations.)

Watch: Love it or loathe it, the “Game of Thrones” finale delivered reminders of the spectacular ride it has been, our chief TV critic writes.

Go: The choreographer Alexei Ratmansky calls his new production for American Ballet Theater “more than pretty dances.”

Listen: Doin’ Time,” Lana Del Rey’s version of a 1990s song by Sublime, has an echoey, nostalgic undertow and a crisply unhurried hip-hop beat.


Smarter Living: Research proves that people want more of what they think is scarce — and you can use that to increase your professional appeal. Avoid conveying that you’re in low demand — don’t be too readily available for projects or offers. Holding your eagerness in check can show confidence. And try an “abundance” mind-set, meaning that if one offer doesn’t work out, something better will happen.

Also, we have pointers if you’re shopping for outdoor accent tables.

Tonight in London, the winner of this year’s Man Booker International Prize, the most significant award for translated fiction, will be announced.

It is worth about $64,000, split equally between author and translator, making it one of the few prizes that puts the art of translating on the same level as writing itself.

This year’s shortlist is dominated by women, who are five of the six authors and all of the translators.

The Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, left, and the translator Jennifer Croft won the Man Booker International Prize last year.CreditMatt Crossick/Press Association, via Associated Press

Jen Calleja, whose translation of Marion Poschmann’s “The Pine Islands” from German is shortlisted, said translating was historically seen as an administrative task — as women’s work. But she said that awards like the Man Booker International Prize had helped change that, bringing awareness to the skill involved.

“There are hundreds of considerations that go into each page,” she said, noting that each word choice affects the emotion of a novel. “I write, too,” she said, “but translating is my big passion. It’s a real puzzle.”


That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Chris


Thank you
To Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford and Kenneth R. Rosen for the break from the news. Alex Marshall, our culture reporter in Europe, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

P.S.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Today’s episode is about Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India.
• Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Having 3.25 percent fat, as milk (5 letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
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