Cambridge Analytica, McCabe, F.I.U.: Your Weekend Briefing

There were rumors that the president would fire other members of his cabinet, but they didn’t materialize. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, made it known that he’d be ready to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions should the position open.

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3. President Trump boasted that he insisted to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, above, that the U.S. runs a trade deficit with his country — without knowing whether that was true.

Our White House correspondent says the episode goes to the heart of a fundamental debate about Mr. Trump: When does he know the things he says are false and when is he simply misinformed?

And Mr. Trump’s lawyers filed court papers claiming that Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film actress who alleges she had an affair with him, could be liable for $20 million in damages for violating a nondisclosure pact.

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4. Just hours before a pedestrian bridge collapsed in Miami on Thursday, the company that engineered it told university officials a crack had not compromised its structural integrity.

At least six people were killed when the newly installed bridge, intended to connect Florida International University and the city of Sweetwater, collapsed onto the roadway below. It had not yet opened to the public.

We talked to people who saw the bridge come down and looked at how it was built, using a method called accelerated construction.

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5. Russia goes to the polls on Sunday, and Vladimir Putin is expected to win a fourth presidential term by a wide margin. The question is how high turnout will be. Above, a campaign billboard.

Meanwhile, the diplomatic crisis over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain intensified.

Britain’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson, said it was “overwhelmingly likely” that Mr. Putin had personally ordered the attack, which was carried out using a military-grade nerve agent. After Britain ordered 23 Russian diplomats to leave, Moscow responded in kind.

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6. A $100 million federal study is now underway that could provide medical evidence needed to recommend a daily alcoholic drink as part of a healthy lifestyle. (Above, a happy drinker in Philadelphia in 1907.)

And alcohol companies are paying for most of it, through donations to a private foundation that raises money for the National Institutes of Health.

Using a Freedom of Information Act request, we obtained documents showing that the institute waged a vigorous campaign to court the alcohol industry. It even paid for scientists to travel to meetings with executives, where they gave talks strongly suggesting that the study’s results would endorse moderate drinking as healthy.

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7. March Madness saw the ultimate upset.

A No. 16 seed — the Retrievers of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County — beat the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers, 74-54, on Friday.

Our college sports reporter said the defeat was a long time coming. “The Retrievers played on the vulnerabilities Virginia had all along, and that had made many doubt whether the Cavaliers could truly make a deep tournament run,” he wrote.

U.M.B.C. is better known for academics than for team sports. “The symbolism of last night is that my young men went out there to be the best that they can be, and believed in themselves, against all odds,” its president said.

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Credit Geoffrey Williams/University of Bern, via Associated Press

8. Tuesday is the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, otherwise known as the first day of spring.

In this season, our minds turn to preparations for summer. And while some of us might grimace thinking of that lapsed gym membership, imagine what hibernating animals go through.

Here’s a look at what black bears, bees and other creatures do when they wake from winter’s long slumber.

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9. “Saturday Night Live” addressed the spate of departures in the Trump administration as well as a poorly received “60 Minutes” interview given by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Kate McKinnon, above, appeared as Ms. DeVos, saying, “Look, I may not be very good on camera, but behind the scenes, my ideas are much worse.”

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10. Finally, in memoriam: Stephen Hawking, the physicist and author whose mind soared past physical paralysis and changed our understanding of the universe. He was 76. Above, a beach in India.

Looking for something else to read? Check out this week’s list of New York Times best sellers.

New on the hardcover fiction list are adaptations of “The Shape of Water” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The directors Guillermo del Toro and Rian Johnson were involved with the writing of their respective films’ books.

Have a great week.

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