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The long reach of the Turkey crisis
• The country is experiencing its worst economic unraveling since 2001, and its currency, the lira, hit another record low on Monday. Investors are concerned that the financial problems could spread to other emerging markets, such as Argentina and South Africa.
Although these countries’ economies aren’t all that large, history shows that chain reactions in financial markets can have global repercussions. Read more about why Turkey’s financial crisis matters far beyond its borders.
• The country’s problems have less to do with its dispute with the U.S. over sanctions, analysts say, than with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to bend the logic of monetary policy to suit his political purposes.
The latest from Washington
• Peter Strzok, the 20-year F.B.I. veteran who disparaged President Trump in text messages, has been fired, Mr. Strzok’s lawyer said on Monday.
Mr. Strzok helped oversee the Hillary Clinton email and Russia investigations, and Mr. Trump has frequently cited the agent’s texts when calling the Russia investigation a “witch hunt.”
Separately on Monday, the president appeared to acknowledge that the White House required aides to sign nondisclosure agreements, a point officials in the West Wing have declined to confirm for months. Legal experts say the agreements are essentially unenforceable.
• And Stephen Miller, an architect of the administration’s hard-line immigration agenda, is a descendant of immigrants. Mr. Miller’s uncle rebuked his nephew in an online essay, arguing that the family would have been turned away from the U.S. if the immigration policies Mr. Miller is advocating had been in place at the time.
What to watch in today’s voting
• Much of the attention will be on Minnesota and Wisconsin, where there are competitive races for the governor’s office and a number of House seats. Connecticut and Vermont are also voting.
Here are some of the key races. We’ll have live results beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern, when the first polls close.
• We also looked at the challenges facing female Republican candidates when much of the energy for women running in the midterm elections is going to Democrats. “We’ve told a lot of women, ‘Don’t run this year,’ ” said the co-founder of a group that helps to promote moderate female Republicans. “We’ve told them, ‘You’re a great candidate, if it were any other year you would win.’ ”
When a woman is accused in the #MeToo era
• Avital Ronell, a professor at New York University, has been suspended for the coming academic year after being found to have sexually harassed a male former graduate student.
With the #MeToo movement’s reckoning over sexual misconduct, the case has raised a challenge for feminists: How to respond when one of their own behaved badly?
• Some prominent feminist scholars have supported Professor Ronell in ways that echo the defenses of male harassers.
Charge in Florida parking lot killing
• A white man who shot and killed an unarmed black man in a dispute over a parking space was charged with manslaughter on Monday, three weeks after the local sheriff refused to arrest him.
The Pinellas County sheriff had cited the state’s Stand Your Ground law, which says that people who believe they are in grave danger do not have a duty to retreat from confrontation and can use deadly force.
• The Florida Legislature passed the law in 2005 over the objections of many law enforcement officials. About two dozen states now have such laws on the books.
West Virginia’s top court is impeached
• The House of Delegates voted on Monday to impeach all four of the justices on the state’s Supreme Court, a decision prompted initially by reports of extravagant spending on office renovations. The process now goes to the State Senate.
Breaking: Terrorism is feared in London
• A car struck and injured several pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into a security barrier outside Parliament in London this morning, in what the police said they were treating as a terrorist attack.
The driver, a man in his 20s, was arrested. He was the only person in the car.
• None of those injured were believed to be in life-threatening condition, the police said.
“The Daily”: Unearthing the truth in Myanmar
• The country is accused of waging a state-sponsored campaign of massacre, rape and arson against Rohingya Muslims. During a trip there, our reporter found cracks in the government’s denials.
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• Elon Musk’s tweet last week about the prospect of taking Tesla private came as a surprise to many people, including the automaker’s board.
The episode shows that it’s time for regulators to reconsider the policy that allows executives to disclose market-moving information on social media, our columnist writes.
• To fight fraud, banks and other companies are quietly watching how you type, swipe and tap on your mobile device, building profiles that can help weed out impostors.
• Leonard Pozner, whose 6-year-old son was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has tried to get websites to delete posts alleging that the massacre was a hoax. His efforts have been stopped short by Automattic, the operator of WordPress.com, which says “untrue content is not banned.”
• U.S. stocks were down on Monday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.
• Mail from Mount Fuji
A post office atop Japan’s famous volcano can offer something more coveted than a “like” on social media: a postmark.
• How wildfires become infernos
A division of the U.S. Forest Service is studying the physics of fire as blazes in the West become hotter and spread faster than ever.
• What we’re reading
Michael Roston, an editor on Science, recommends this article from Motherboard: “Imitation may be flattering, but this makes clear that you should think twice before you buy a $100 counterfeit iPhone X — not least because it’s ‘loaded with back doors and malicious apps.’ Nevertheless, you’ll be impressed by the amount of effort someone, apparently in China, went to in order to clone one of the top smartphones on the market.”
It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right. With your hands on your hips, bring your knees in tight.
But as fans of the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” know, it’s the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane. The cult classic film opened in London on this day in 1975.
Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”CreditTwentieth Century Fox
Often described as a campy take on horror and science fiction films, it originally premiered on the London stage in 1973, and was summed up in one breathless sentence in a Times review: “Two young innocents are entrapped by Frank-N-Furter, a mad, transvestite inventor from outer space, who has created a beefcake monster, Rocky Horror, who looks as though he has just stepped from the centerfold of Playgirl.”
Shortly after its premiere, the film was briefly shelved before being resurrected at a midnight screening in New York. A group of fans made weekly pilgrimages to the small theater, sat in the front row and screamed for their favorite characters. A social phenomenon was born, and the film has remained in theaters ever since.
Audience participation, props and costumes are widely encouraged at regularly scheduled screenings around the world.
We’ll end with the words of Frank-N-Furter: “Don’t dream it. Be it.”
Remy Tumin wrote today’s Back Story.
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