Federal agents scour Trump’s home
News of the search at the former president’s Florida residence rocked American politics, coming against the backdrop of multiple investigations into Donald Trump as he mulls running for president again in 2024.
The search appeared to be focused on Trump’s handling of materials he took from the White House when he left office, which included many pages of classified documents, according to multiple people familiar with the investigation. Such materials must be handed over to the National Archives.
Neither the F.B.I. nor the Justice Department explained the basis for the search, in line with their policies of not discussing ongoing investigations. Aides to President Biden said they were stunned when they learned about the search on Twitter.
If Trump is convicted of breaking a law that prohibits hiding, destroying or tampering with government documents, he could be barred from the presidency, but experts said that outcome was not guaranteed.
Three of the dead were found when emergency workers pumped out their semi-basement home. Officials said that six people were still missing after floodwaters pulled them into manholes, underground passages and streams.
More heavy rain was expected in the capital area and in provinces east and south of it, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.
Context: The low-lying southern districts of Seoul have often been vulnerable to floods. The area is heavily developed with tall buildings, which deflect rainwater into streams that can’t release it into the Han River fast enough.
History: South Korea used to suffer heavy human casualties during the monsoon season of June to early August. But in the past decade it has annually reported a single digit number of casualties, except in 2011 and 2020.
A tense election to lead Kenya
The hotly contested race drew to a close as 22 million registered voters flocked to the polls to choose between William Ruto, the current vice president, and Raila Odinga, who is making his fifth run at the presidency. (A third candidate, George Wajackoyah, is not likely to win but could push the vote to a second round.)
The results are not expected until later this week, along with almost inevitable claims of rigging by the loser.
ARTS AND IDEAS
The enduring appeal of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nearly 40 years ago four wisecracking turtles sprang from the New York City sewers into our hearts.
The pizza-munching terrapins, who first appeared in a comic book by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, became a merchandising juggernaut after an animated series debuted in 1987. Within the first four years of what came to be called Turtlemania, more than $1 billion of Turtles toys were sold worldwide, making them the third-best-selling toy franchise ever at that time.
Ninja Turtles felt extremely of the moment. There was something about the attitude — hip, defiant, a tiny bit subversive — that made kids feel like they were tapped into something more aspirational than the other cartoons on TV at the time. And the moment has yet to come to an end.
Since its inception, the franchise has repeatedly reinvented itself with new iterations: live-action features, after-school cartoons, video games, graphic novels. It’s now back on Netflix with a new feature-length animated film, “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie.”
These reboots have drawn younger viewers, but an essential factor in the ongoing popularity of the Ninja Turtles are the children of the ’80s and ’90s who never outgrew them. Their nostalgia has effectively fueled the continuing relevance of a franchise that might have otherwise faded into quirky obsolescence, becoming another He-Man or Garbage Pail Kids.