Eric Schneiderman, Iran, Met Gala: Your Tuesday Briefing
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Here’s what you need to know: A politician’s stunning fall • Eric Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, resigned on Monday, hours after a report in which four women accused him of physical assault. Mr. Schneiderman contested the allegations.
All of the women had been romantically involved with Mr. Schneiderman and said the violence was not consensual. (Read the article from The New Yorker here.)
Throughout his career, Mr. Schneiderman cultivated a reputation as an advocate for women, including a lawsuit against the company once run by Harvey Weinstein. Here are some of Mr. Schneiderman’s comments on women’s rights.
• The former attorney general had raised his profile nationally by taking on President Trump’s agenda in the courts. New York State lawmakers are to begin discussing his replacement today.
Trump is expected to leave Iran deal • If European diplomats are correct, President Trump will announce today that he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, after allies failed to convince him that doing so would result in a new confrontation with Tehran.
Mr. Trump has called the signature foreign policy achievement of the Obama administration a “disaster” and “insane.” In exchange for the end of crippling sanctions, Tehran agreed in 2015 to give up the overwhelming majority of its nuclear fuel, and to forgo producing more. Here’s more on how the agreement restricted Iran, and what could happen now.
• Separately, evidence has surfaced that opponents of the deal engaged in a sophisticated effort to dig up dirt on one of its staunchest backers, a top national security aide to former President Barack Obama. A heroin crisis in California • The state has one of the lowest overall opioid-related death rates in the country, but there has been a sharp rise in heroin use across the rural north.
Our correspondent traveled to Humboldt County, where the opioid death rate is five times higher than the state average, to find out what’s driving the epidemic.
• Part of the problem is homelessness. California has the world’s fifth-largest economy, but its growth has also brought eye-popping housing costs and endless traffic. It’s voting day for Republicans • Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia — three states that broadly supported President Trump in 2016 — are holding important Senate primaries today.
The winners will all face Democratic incumbents in November, and those races could determine the balance of the Senate. Here’s a closer look at what’s at stake.