Anthony Scaramucci, Venezuela, Sam Shepard: Your Tuesday Briefing

The military exercise was planned long before Congress passed new sanctions on Russia last week, but it’s the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union that so much offensive power has been concentrated in a single command.

Moscow’s demand that the U.S. reduce its diplomatic work force in Russia by about 60 percent would be “a huge shock to the system,” a former ambassador told us. But Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that the U.S. wouldn’t be deterred.

• A crushing vote in Venezuela.

With the weekend’s contentious election, President Nicolás Maduro has effectively liquidated any political challenge from the opposition for years to come.

Early today, the families of two prominent opposition figures said the men had been taken from their homes by security forces.

• Ancient vase is seized from the Met.

Evidence indicates the 2,300-year-old vase, which the Metropolitan Museum of Art bought in 1989, was illegally dug up from an Italian grave in the 1970s.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

In today’s show, we discuss Anthony Scaramucci’s 10 days in the White House.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.

Business

• Our columnists looked at two approaches to China: Apple gave in to Beijing’s demands to pull apps that let users bypass censorship, while Starbucks is opening more than 500 stores a year in the country.

• In a blow to nuclear power in the U.S., utilities plan to abandon two unfinished reactors in South Carolina.

Discovery Communications announced an $11.9 billion deal to buy Scripps Networks Interactive, the owner of Food Network and HGTV.

• U.S. stocks were mixed on Monday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

• The summer reading that colleges are recommending this year.

• Want to drink well while traveling? Apps can help — as can servers, bartenders and retailers.

• Recipe of the day: Sauté corn with greens, bacon and scallions.

Noteworthy

• Dance! Sing! Act! Graduate!

In today’s 360 video, sit in on classes at New World School of the Arts, a magnet school in Miami that draws actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists.

• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the comings and goings in the West Wing.

• In memoriam.

Sam Shepard, a Pulitzer Prize…

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