Amazon Rain Forest, Overstock, Taylor Swift: Your Friday Briefing


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Good morning.

We’re covering fires in the Amazon, the battle to oust the leader of the National Rifle Association and a court ruling about the Electoral College. It’s also Friday, so there’s a new news quiz.

With dozens of fires in the world’s largest rain forest, the government of President Jair Bolsonaro was struggling on Thursday to contain growing global outrage over its environmental policies, which have paved the way for runaway deforestation.

Jimmy Lai, a media tycoon, is the one prominent businessman in Hong Kong who has openly supported the antigovernment demonstrations there.

For that, China’s state-controlled news media has denounced him as a C.I.A. agent and a “black hand.” Last week, his name was purged from his family’s genealogical records across the border in southern China.