🌞 Good Sunday morning!
⚡State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert withdrew as nominee for ambassador to the UN, after the White House learned she had in the past employed an immigrant nanny who was in the U.S. legally but wasn’t authorized to work. (Bloomberg)
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Resigning in shame isn't really a thing anymore. Hanging on for dear life, and hoping everyone will forget about your scandal, is the new thing, Axios managing editor David Nather and tech editor Scott Rosenberg write:
You see it with Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax insisting he won't resign after sexual assault allegations by two women.
It's not just an American phenomenon, either. As Axios' Dave Lawler points out, British Prime Minister Theresa May didn't step down after her Brexit plan went down in flames.
The bottom line: They're betting that the public will move on — and they're usually right.
The moon is at "the center of a reinvigorated space race that, like any good Hollywood reboot, features a new cast of characters and novel story lines," the WashPost's Christian Davenport writes:
Why it matters ... If these landings are successful, they'll "set a record: the most soft lunar landings in a single year, surpassing 1966 and 1972, which each saw three vehicles touch down."
"[G]ay men likely make up at least 30 to 40 percent of the American Catholic clergy, according to dozens of estimates from gay priests themselves and researchers," the N.Y. Times Elizabeth Dias writes:
What's next: Beginning Thursday at the Vatican, "Pope Francis will host a much-anticipated summit on sex abuse with bishops from around the world."
A flock of birds flies over the Rio Grande, a natural border between Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico.
Above, a boy works amid destroyed buildings yesterday in Hajin, Syria, as civilians begin returning to small towns recently liberated from ISIS militants by the U.S.-led coalition and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
Below, a policeman stands watch at a checkpoint in Hajin, Syria.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said former President Obama has told him he wants to "be directly involved" in plans for a new a pro league in Africa, AP's Tim Reynolds writes from Charlotte (the All-Star Game is at 8 ET tonight on TNT):
Silver said talks with Obama are ongoing.
🏀uch ... "There are four [NBA] teams — Chicago, Cleveland, Phoenix and New York — who are on pace to win less than 25 percent of their games this season."
Ditch the recipe and wing it ... Sam Sifton, food editor of the N.Y. Times and the founding editor of NYT Cooking, loves what he calls "no-recipe recipes" — hints, options and inspirations, rather than strict instructions or ingredient lists:
Today's print N.Y. Times ($6) includes a 44-page tabloid cookbook by Sifton, "You Don't Need a Recipe," with 38 no-recipe recipes, from baked salmon with BBQ sauce and hot peppers, to ham and radicchio toast, to steak tacos, to kale salad.
Treat yourself to the no-recipe recipes.
How the section came about, by deputy food editor Emily Weinstein: "[W]e asked one of our editors, Mark Josephson, to grab the no-recipe recipes from each Wednesday newsletter and save them in one spot, just in case. ... Years passed. ... Mark was still saving them every week, in a giant running file."