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Your Monday Summary – The New York Times


Boris Johnson pulled out of the race to succeed Liz Truss as UK prime minister on Sunday night, ending a bizarre attempt to win back the job he lost three months ago in a series of scandals.

Johnson’s withdrawal ends three days of fever in which he once again dominated the political conversation. But his campaign has never really gained momentum, underscoring how much has changed since he won a landslide general election in 2019.

Johnson says he believes he has a path to victory, although the BBC estimates that he only enjoys public support of 57 Conservative lawmakers, well below the required 100 threshold. included in the ballot. In a statement, he said he was “sad to come to the conclusion” that a return to 10 Downing Street was “simply not the right thing to do”.

Progress: The 357 Conservative members of Parliament and perhaps around 170,000 dues members will choose their next leader, who will then become prime minister, with plans to result this week. Candidates have until 2pm today to collect nominations.

Rishi Sunak, Britain’s former finance minister, is now head for prime minister after officially announcing yesterday that he would run for office. Sunak’s earlier warnings against Truss’ economic policies have proven correct – and could have given him an easy win this time around. Penny Mordaunt, leader of the House of Representatives, is the only person so far to announce a candidacy.

Sunak’s political rise was unusually rapid. In early 2020, he became prime minister of Boris Johnson’s Exchequer contest, despite holding only one seat in Parliament since 2015. Sunak then became the nation’s most popular politician after spending hundreds of billions. pounds for pandemic emergency measures to support workers and businesses.

But his political stardom began to wane earlier this year, amid a policy of turning away from spending and criticism regarding his extreme wealth. Sunak worked at investment bank Goldman Sachs and two hedge funds before becoming a member of Congress and marrying Akshata Murthy, the daughter of one of India’s richest men.

Policy options: The recession flared as Britain faced long-standing problems, including low productivity growth and trade and labor market disruptions created by Brexit. Financial markets should expect strict discipline in public finances, even as some corners of the Conservative Party unruly call for tax cuts.


As winter approaches, Russia and Ukraine are locked in intense exchanges of fire across the front lines in increasingly pressing efforts to achieve gains, large or small. However, despite attacks from both sides, battlefield positions do not seem to have moved much in recent days.

More than a dozen people died in strikes over the weekend, according to Ukrainian officials. Russia has also launched widespread attacks on power plants and heating stations in what Ukraine says is one of its heaviest attacks in weeks. The government estimates that 1.5 million households are without electricity.

After months of no contact, Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defense, and Sergei Shoigu, his Russian counterpart, held their second discussion in three days, during a call aimed at clarifying red lines that could provoke ag Russia conducts a nuclear attack in Ukraine. Shoigu held other discussions with military officials from Turkey, France and Britain.

In other news from the war:

Some younger workers accept the idea of ​​personal branding as a way to create some power and security in their careers. But for the millions of people who make money from their online presence in some form, the downside of this type of work is becoming more and more obvious.

“There is no clear line between my work life and my personal life,” said one influencer, with about half a million followers. “It can be tiring sometimes.”

Erik Ten Hag is imposing his authority on Manchester United: His discipline towards togetherness and his steadfastness in following a tactical plan shows a manager trying to develop his authority. And the Dutch boss has no regrets about eliminating Cristiano Ronaldo.

60-minute football matches, tee times and timekeeping recommendations: Fans only get an average of 55 minutes of action per Premier League game. Solutions must be found.

USWNT against Vietnam, the Netherlands and the winner of the playoff match at the 2023 World Cup: The four-time world champion will have a rematch in Group E of the 2019 World Cup against the Netherlands before facing Vietnam.

If you order this week at a restaurant that specializes in feverish dishes, here’s what you’ll get: a salad of “Liz Truss lettuce” mixed with an actor-director’s “special sauce” acting Olivia Wilde does; omelette with only egg yolk; and a Negroni Sbagliato to wash it all down.

Let’s break it down, starting with the salad. The Daily Star, a British newspaper, last week tracked whether Truss, the famous British prime minister, could outlast ready-made products. (She can not.)

A former nanny for Wilde and her ex-husband, actor Jason Sudeikis, says a “special suit” played a small role in a major battle between the couple. It may, or may not, be the mustard sauce and red wine outlined in Nora Ephron’s autobiographical novel “Heartburn”.

And the yolk omelette, apparently chosen by James Corden’s wife, television producer Julia Carey, at Balthazar restaurant in New York. It also played a role in a major fight, one the owner says resulted in Corden being banned from the restaurant.

At least the Negroni Sbagliato, for all its bitter notes, has a sweeter origin story. It’s the favorite drink of Emma D’Arcy, who plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in “House of the Dragon” – lazily portrayed, with co-star Olivia Cooke, who plays Queen Alicent Hightower, in a viral clip. Put on!

Pair these corn pakoras with a mango-meat chutney that tastes great. (And don’t miss our other Diwali recipes.)

“Aftersun,” Charlotte Wells’ feature film debut, is shocking and devastating.

In “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” Matthew Perry talks seriously about sobriety, mortality, colostomy bags, and pickles.

Taylor Swift’s new album, “Midnights,” comments on life as a deeply observed character.

Here is today’s Mini Crossword and the clue: From Before Fair or Fan (four letters).

And this is the Wordle and Spelling Bee of today.

You can find all of our quizzes here.


That’s it for today’s press conference, and a happy Diwali for those who are celebrating. See you tomorrow. – Natasha

PS The Concorde made its last commercial flight 19 years ago today.

Start your week off with this long narrated read about Yiyun Li, a novelist beloved for her powerful distillation of pain. And here’s the Friday edition of “The Daily,” about the demise of Liz Truss.

You can contact Natasha and the team at riefing@nytimes.com.

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