By CHRIS STANFORD
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We’re covering the roots of the recent national security shake-up, a new angle to China’s surveillance state, and a comeback for Tiger Woods.
Top aide pushed for Homeland Security purge
President Trump insisted over the weekend that he was “not frustrated” by the situation at the southwestern border, but as his administration seeks sweeping changes, he has targeted his highest-ranking immigration officials.
The removal of top officials at the Department of Homeland Security came after months of clashes involving Stephen Miller, the White House adviser and architect of Mr. Trump’s immigration agenda. Mr. Miller and others have pressed for implementing policies that current and former officials have called legally questionable, impractical, unethical or unreasonable.
Another angle: In addition to what he has said are the dangers of immigration, Mr. Trump has played on fears of Muslims. He is likely to resurrect that theme during his re-election campaign and has apparently picked a specific target: Representative Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat who is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
Looking ahead: A redacted version of the special counsel’s report is expected to be released this week. Mr. Trump’s plan, aides say, is to act as if the report itself is extraneous to the attorney general’s summary, which the president has said exonerated him.
China already maintains a surveillance net, including tracking people’s DNA, in the western region of Xinjiang, home to many of the country’s 11 million Uighurs. But the new systems, previously unreported, extend that monitoring to the rest of the country.
How we know: Five people with direct knowledge of the systems, who requested anonymity because they feared retribution, described them to The Times. We also reviewed databases used by the police, government procurement documents and advertising materials distributed by the companies that make the systems.
Seeking refuge from climate change
Nowhere is immune from global warming, but projections suggest that the Great Lakes area will be one of the few places in the U.S. where the effects may be more easily managed.
Consider Duluth, Minn., which is relatively cool, is mostly protected from the effects of sea level rise and has an abundance of fresh water. A climate adaptation expert at Harvard thinks the city and others like it might be ideal for climate migrants.