Donald Trump, Whitey Bulger, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: Your Wednesday Briefing

Donald Trump, Whitey Bulger, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: Your Wednesday Briefing

A spacecraft, retired

After two and a half years in orbit, more than 530,000 stars and more than 2,600 planets found, the Kepler space telescope wants to be left to drift around the sun, NASA announced.

Evolution of a restaurant dish

Adding a menu item requires trial, error and time. Jeremy Fox was created and recreated at elaborate chicken dish.

Here's more from this week's Food section.

Best of late-night TV

Rhetoric surrounding the migrant caravan: "It's a little like Halloween, but a racist Halloween. Or as Megyn Kelly calls it, Halloween. "

Quotation of the day

People do not come here to have a baby. People tend to come here, all the studies indicate, for a better life and economic progress. Babies are more or less a byproduct. "

Michael Fix, a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group. President Trump's plan to abolish birthright citizenship targets babies born to undocumented parents.

The Times, in other words

Here's an image of today's front page, and links to our Opinion content and crossword puzzles.

What we're listening to

Jennifer Jett, an editor in Hong Kong, recommends this recording from Scientific American: "A Facebook friend shared the poem 'Human Family' by Maya Angelou, who died four years ago. It reminds us – again – that 'We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.' Listen to the poet herself say it. "

India unveiled the world's tallest statue today, a bronze figure of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who played an important role in the country's independence from Britain in 1947. It's also Patel's birthday.

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