Boris Johnson, Scotland, Fb: Your Friday Briefing

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Good morning.

We are reporting on the great victory of the Conservative Party in the British elections, a possible breakthrough in the US-China Trade War and the Cartel Campaign against Facebook

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's relentless election pledge to finally remove Britain from the European Union has works: His Conservative party won a large parliamentary majority on Thursday in a hugely popular parliamentary election. Mr Johnson said early this morning that it looked like his government was now "having a powerful new mandate to complete Brexit."

We report in a live briefing on the election results and the political conflicts.

Based on official results, the BBC predicted that the Conservatives would gain about 365 seats in the lower house, which equates to a majority of 74 seats. That should enable Mr. Johnson to lead Britain through Brexit in January, probably with an orderly deal, unlike the crash-out that many had feared.

In a country that has "swayed from crisis to crisis" since voters narrowly opted for Brexit in a 2016 referendum, Thursday's result provides "a rare moment of resounding clarity." Strong justification for a prime minister whose term of office has so far been characterized by unrelenting upheavals.

  • Conservatives: The party was projected on Win Dozens of Labor seats in the industrial North and Midlands and batter the so-called red wall of support that has underpinned the political fate of the Labor Party for generations.

  • The currency: In a sign of relief that British politics would likely stabilize, the British rose Pounds up to 2 percent when the results began to come in, its strongest since June 2018

  • Labor : Analysts say the party's apparent collapse – possibly the weakest election campaign since World War II – could have ended an decade or more. Its chairman, Jeremy Corbyn, is likely to be facing resignations.

    Mr Corbyn told reporters earlier today that he will not lead the party in the "future general election campaign". But he promised to continue as a temporary leader to ensure a process of "reflection on this outcome and the future policy of the party."

  • Jo Swinson : The centrist Liberal Democrat leader, once considered a potential kingmaker in Britain's political scene, narrowly lost her seat to a rival in the Scottish National Party ,

It was predicted that the independent Scottish National Party surpassed expectations by winning 55 of Scottland's 59 seats in Westminster, a gain of 20 seats who puts the party in a position of almost complete dominance in Scottish politics.

Further calls for a renewed vote on Scottish independence – and increasing tensions between London and Edinburgh.

President Trump is expected to announce that he will postpone or cancel planned tariffs of $ 160 billion – due to come into force on Sunday – that would cause the United States to close Tax all Chinese ships into the country.

When Mr. Trump hinted At his agreement on Twitter on Thursday, he sent US stocks to record highs. However, the agreement is not yet finalized and it is unclear whether Beijing has agreed to the details.

Details: Mr. Trump, who has long argued that China's trade practices are unfair to American companies, has agreed to pay the US $ 360 billion in Chinese customs duties Dollars, significantly lower, some people familiar with the negotiations said. In return, China agreed to buy American agricultural products and make other concessions.

Background: Beijing and Washington had previously hinted that they were about to collapse on a trade deal.

Among other things, a team of agency – the direct precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency – the concept of a "situation space" further refined above, in which important decisions are made in the White House on war and peace. The team was led by Eero Saarinen, a prolific Finnish-American architect.

USA. Implosion: House Democrats are expected to endorse two impeachment articles against President Trump today, one day after a bitter debate with Republican critics. The articles allege that Mr Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals and later obstructing Congress by opposing related subpoenas. The presidential election has not yet completed the electoral process. and a US-mediated compromise – like the one that settled a similar dispute in 2014 – seems unlikely. Our correspondent interviewed the political veteran Abdullah Abdullah, a presidential candidate who has come into bitter opposition to election officials.

E.U. Agricultural subsidies: As the European Parliament prepares to renew the bloc's seven-year agricultural legislation next year, our reporters examined the links between the continent's powerful agrarian lobby and the European Union. Lawmakers who have links to the industries they are supposed to regulate.

Facebook: The US Federal Trade Commission, which has investigated the social network for antitrust concerns, may take the rare step of obtaining a restraining order to enforce a plan to prevent the company from integrating WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

Genocide of the Armenians: The US Congress passed a law that officially sets the mass murders of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire – the predecessor of the Republic of Turkey – from 1915 a genocide. The White House had objected to the symbolic move, claiming it was damaging relations with Turkey.

Algeria: Police beat protesters back at polling stations as the authorities continued with a vote that was largely rejected by much of the population.

Croatia: Two Nigerian students, who had traveled to Zagreb for a table tennis tournament, were arrested, driven into a forest near the Bosnian border and forced to run over it at gunpoint. The episode highlights how European governments have been trying to avoid repeating the 2015 migration crisis on the continent.

The Holocaust: Since they are dealing with their own history of Nazi support, the German family behind Krispy Kreme Donuts and other franchise companies has pledged to commit 5 million euros to donate a relief fund for Holocaust survivors.

What We Read: The Space Explorer Mike Twitter feed. "We can not all be astronauts, but there are no limits to our thoughts," writes Andrea Kannapell, editor-in-chief of Briefings. "And this account always has a launch pad."

Cook: This weekend a batch Slow Cooker Salsa Verde set up chicken and let it simmer all day.

Read: Emmanuel Carrère, author of the non-fiction classic "The Adversary," has a new collection of essays.

Smarter Living: Eyebrow and eyelash serums promise a lot, but many do little – and those that actually stimulate growth have significant potential side effects.

The horror novelist Stephen King is a Triskie. He is also a Friggatriskaidekaphobe. Or, if you prefer, a paraskavedekatriaphobe.

While a Triskie – a Triskaidekaphobe – is fished out of the number 13, the two others are afraid of Friday, the 13th. Like today.

"It's neurotic, sure, but it's also … safer," Mr. King wrote in an article for The Times in 1984, listing an unlucky Friday, the 13th in history. ( When he reads a book, he does not hear on page 94, page 193 – or on a page whose numbers add up to 13.)

Other Friggatriskies:

  • Franklin Roosevelt (He was terrified of the number 13 and would avoid traveling on Fridays.)

  • Sholom Aleichem, the Yiddish author and playwright who made the character Tevye from "Fiddler on the roof. "(His manuscripts never had a page 13, he numbered them 12a.)

  • And the Austrian-American composer Arnold Schoenberg, who was so panicked by his superstition that he died on it a Friday, the 13th in 1951.

[1 9459003] That's it for this briefing. Have a nice Weekend.

– Mike

Thank you
to Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford for interrupting the news. Victoria Shannon of the briefing team wrote today's backstory. You can reach the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

PS
• We hear "The Daily". Our latest episode is about Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the fate of Brexit.
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