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William Barr Is Going After Trump’s Enemies One by One

William Barr Is Going After Trump’s Enemies One by One

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images In May of 2016, shortly after Donald Trump had wrapped up his party’s nomination, but when the notion he might win the presidency seemed remote at best, Benjamin Wittes wrote one of the very early essays attempting to analyze how an obviously authoritarian president might abuse his powers. “The soft spot,…
On Day One of the Senate Impeachment Trial, Everyone Was Nervous — and a Little Awkward

On Day One of the Senate Impeachment Trial, Everyone Was Nervous — and a...

Chief Justice John Roberts heading into the Senate Chamber. Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images The first day of the impeachment trial was solemn, it was serious — and it felt at times like watching a grade-school fire drill. The Senate is set up not only as a legislative chamber but a performance space as…
Bernie Sanders’s Foreign Policy Is Too Evidence-Based for the Beltway’s Taste

Bernie Sanders’s Foreign Policy Is Too Evidence-Based for the Beltway’s Taste

A reasonable man. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images A few weeks ago, the Washington Post published a trove of confidential documents detailing “explicit and sustained efforts by the U.S. government to deliberately mislead the public” about the prospects for victory in Afghanistan. These papers revealed that America’s military commanders distorted “statistics to make it appear the…
40 Gifts for Every Type of Sister (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

40 Gifts for Every Type of Sister (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

Photo: Courtesy of retailer Sisters, just like wives and girlfriends, run the gamut. Your kid sister probably isn’t going to like the same thing as your sister with a newborn or your sister who’s a cat lady. Add in the fact that, unlike shopping for your wife or girlfriend, you may have more than one…
Let’s Hear More About What 2020 Democrats Can Actually Do

Let’s Hear More About What 2020 Democrats Can Actually Do

Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren at the September Democratic primary debate in Houston, Texas. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images An awful lot of the time spent in seven Democratic presidential debates, including the one this week in Des Moines, revolved around questions aimed at determining these candidates’ backgrounds and…
When Buying in Bulk Is a Mistake

When Buying in Bulk Is a Mistake

You might not need all that. Photo: DOMINIC BRACCO II / PRIME/The Washington Post via Getty Im I like the way Andrew Tobias talks about bulk buying in The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need: You can think of each bulk purchase as an investment, with a return equal to the savings you accrue by…
Why Don’t Black Voters Support Pete Buttigieg? That Might Be the Wrong Question.

Why Don’t Black Voters Support Pete Buttigieg? That Might Be the Wrong Question.

Presidential candidate and former-South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images During Tuesday’s primary debate in Iowa, CNN moderator Abby Phillip asked Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, if he’d considered that his failure to gain traction among black voters was more than a matter of them simply not knowing him…
13 Things That’ll Almost Definitely Sell Out: From Balenciaga to Reese’s Pieces

13 Things That’ll Almost Definitely Sell Out: From Balenciaga to Reese’s Pieces

As usual, you’ll find a motley assortment of items in this, our latest edition of Don’t Dilly, our look at the recent launches worth pouncing on. Among them: the “Big Puffs” that have sent the cereal world into a tizzy, West Elm’s first foray into hemp bedding, and a really wonderful (more “directional” than usual)…
Seven Days in January: How the U.S. and Iran Approached the Brink of War

Seven Days in January: How the U.S. and Iran Approached the Brink of War

Still, watching television in Florida, Mr. Trump grew agitated by the chaos and ready to authorize a more robust response. And on Dec. 31, even as the protests were beginning, a top secret memo began circulating, signed by Robert C. O’Brien, his national security adviser and, listing potential targets, including an Iranian energy facility and…
At 16, She’s a Pioneer in the Fight to Cure Sickle Cell Disease

At 16, She’s a Pioneer in the Fight to Cure Sickle Cell Disease

BOSTON — Helen Obando, a shy slip of a girl, lay curled in a hospital bed in June waiting for a bag of stem cells from her bone marrow, modified by gene therapy, to start dripping into her chest. The hope was that the treatment would cure her of sickle cell disease, an inherited blood…
In Blow to Beijing, Taiwan Re-elects Tsai Ing-wen as President

In Blow to Beijing, Taiwan Re-elects Tsai Ing-wen as President

The victory was a remarkable comeback for Ms. Tsai and suggested that Beijing’s pressure campaign had backfired. China’s efforts to isolate President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration and to punish Taiwan economically failed to deliver the desired outcome.Credit...Carl Court/Getty ImagesJan. 11, 2020Updated 12:14 p.m. ETTAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s voters delivered a stinging rebuke of China’s rising authoritarianism…
Sanders and Biden Look for Dominance in Early States

Sanders and Biden Look for Dominance in Early States

Bernie Sanders and Joseph R. Biden Jr. have been seeking to take control of the race in its early stages, trying to deny momentum to their top two rivals, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg.Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign believes he is in position to win three of the first four nominating contests in February.Credit...Ruth Fremson/The New…
11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

AdvertisementContinue reading the main storySupported byContinue reading the main storyFifty-two places to go in 2020. Carlos Ghosn defends his legacy. The sudden departure of the Sussexes. The dimming of a major star, and more. By Remy TuminJan. 11, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ETWelcome to the weekend. It was another roller coaster week of news out of…
Why Home Field Advantage Is Not What It Used to Be

Why Home Field Advantage Is Not What It Used to Be

An unsettling new reality is creeping across the landscape of professional sports: Anyplace may be as good as home.Ask the spectators in New Orleans, Philadelphia and Foxborough, Mass., following the first round of the N.F.L. playoffs. Or the baseball fans in Houston and Washington during the World Series last October.The home-field advantage was once so…
Pelosi Alerts House to Be Ready to Send Impeachment Articles Next Week

Pelosi Alerts House to Be Ready to Send Impeachment Articles Next Week

Politics|Pelosi Alerts House to Be Ready to Send Impeachment Articles Next WeekIn a letter to lawmakers, Ms. Pelosi appeared to be moving to end an impasse, but she did not offer a more specific timeline.Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday on Capitol Hill.Credit...Anna Moneymaker/The New York TimesJan. 10, 2020Updated 12:47 p.m. ETWASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi alerted…
U.S. Says It Won’t Discuss Withdrawing Troops From Iraq, as Iraq’s Leader Requested

U.S. Says It Won’t Discuss Withdrawing Troops From Iraq, as Iraq’s Leader Requested

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to send a delegation to Baghdad to prepare for the withdrawal of American troops.There are currently around 5,200 United States troops in Iraq.Credit...Jonathan Ernst/ReutersJan. 10, 2020Updated 1:15 p.m. ETWASHINGTON — The State Department on Friday rebuffed the Iraqi government’s request to…
They Were Victorian Dandies Who Made Art. Now One Is Broke.

They Were Victorian Dandies Who Made Art. Now One Is Broke.

Peter McGough, of the art duo McDermott & McGough, wrote a memoir on his adventures as a queer artist who drove a Model T. The artist Peter McGough in his Greenwich Village apartment stuffed with art and antiques.Credit...Vincent Tullo for The New York TimesJan. 10, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ETOnce in the late 1970s, somebody insulted…
A Teenager’s Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease

A Teenager’s Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease

The Weekly|A Teenager’s Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell DiseasetranscripttranscriptA Teenager’s Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell DiseaseDoctors reset Helen Obando’s DNA in an effort to cure her of a painful genetic blood disorder. She’s the youngest person to receive the treatment.[MUSIC PLAYING] Sometimes it just comes out of nowhere. Pain will start in my…
She Was a Star of New York Real Estate, but Her Life Story Was a Lie

She Was a Star of New York Real Estate, but Her Life Story Was...

Wrapped in furs, dripping with diamonds and with her blond hair perfectly coifed, Faith Hope Consolo cut a glamorous figure in the flashy, late 20th-century world of New York City real estate.Ms. Consolo was born into the business, benefiting from her father’s legacy as a real estate executive. Emboldened professionally by her mother, a child…
U.S. Added 145,000 Jobs in December; Unemployment at 3.5%

U.S. Added 145,000 Jobs in December; Unemployment at 3.5%

The Labor Department report suggests that the economy ended 2019 on a steady footing.Jan. 10, 2020Updated 9:43 a.m. ET■ 145,000 jobs were added in December. Analysts had expected a gain of about 160,000.■ The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.5 percent.■ Average hourly earnings rose by 0.1 percent. The year-over-year gain is now 2.9 percent.The…
Live Updates: Ukraine Presses Allies for Evidence on Iran Plane Crash

Live Updates: Ukraine Presses Allies for Evidence on Iran Plane Crash

President Volodymyr Zelensky initially said the possibility that the flight had been shot down, killing all 176 onboard, “cannot be ruled out but is not currently confirmed.”Right NowThe president of Ukraine spoke with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the plane crash. ImageA vigil in Toronto on Friday for the victims of the Ukrainian plane…
‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020

‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020

While American election defenses have improved since 2016, many of the vulnerabilities exploited four years ago remain.Credit...Victor J. Blue for The New York TimesJan. 10, 2020, 3:00 a.m. ETThe National Security Agency and its British counterpart issued an unusual warning in October: The Russians were back and growing stealthier.Groups linked to Russia’s intelligence agencies, they…
Boeing Employees Mocked F.A.A. in Internal Messages

Boeing Employees Mocked F.A.A. in Internal Messages

The company expressed regret at the embarrassing communications it sent to investigators on Thursday, which included a comment that “this airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys.”A Boeing 737 Max parked at the company’s facilities in Washington. The planes remain grounded after two deadly crashes.Credit...Lindsey Wasson for The New York…
Pete Carroll Wants to Change Your Life

Pete Carroll Wants to Change Your Life

The Seattle Seahawks’ coach is shaping his locker room talks about self-discovery and finding meaning in life for corporate America.Pete Carroll, 68, has been a tireless advocate for culture-building in Seattle.Credit...Matt Rourke/Associated PressPublished Jan. 9, 2020Updated Jan. 10, 2020, 12:25 a.m. ETPete Carroll has heard the haters telling him what he can do with all…
In Iran Plane Crash, Ukraine Will Investigate Possible Missile Strike

In Iran Plane Crash, Ukraine Will Investigate Possible Missile Strike

The airliner had turned back toward the airport before it crashed, minutes after takeoff, Iranian officials reported. The flight data recorders were recovered but said to be damaged.Rescue workers collected victims’ remains on Wednesday at the site of the crash.Credit...Arash Khamooshi for The New York TimesJan. 9, 2020, 7:33 a.m. ETKYIV, Ukraine — Investigators will…
Facebook Says It Won’t Back Down From Allowing Lies in Political Ads

Facebook Says It Won’t Back Down From Allowing Lies in Political Ads

The company was under intense pressure to adjust its policies. But in this presidential election year, no big changes are planned.Facebook had been under pressure to change its hands-off rules for political ads.Credit...Jason Henry for The New York TimesJan. 9, 2020, 6:00 a.m. ETSAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday that it would not make…
I’ll Share My Salary if You Share Yours

I’ll Share My Salary if You Share Yours

Forget talking about our sex lives. The m›odern woman is talking about money.Credit...Ellen WeinsteinJan. 9, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ETIt was a few years into my career that I first talked to anyone about my salary, and then I couldn’t shut up about it.I negotiated my first raise after I learned that a male colleague with…
Trump’s Iran Strategy: A Cease-Fire Wrapped in a Strategic Muddle

Trump’s Iran Strategy: A Cease-Fire Wrapped in a Strategic Muddle

News AnalysisMr. Trump has yet to resolve the two conflicting instincts on national security that emerge from his speeches and his Twitter feed: bellicosity and disengagement. President Trump preparing to address the nation Wednesday at the White House.Credit...Doug Mills/The New York TimesJan. 8, 2020President Trump opened a small window for diplomacy with Iran on Wednesday,…
Pelosi Announces Vote to Limit Trump’s War-Making Power Against Iran

Pelosi Announces Vote to Limit Trump’s War-Making Power Against Iran

The House is expected to vote on Thursday on a resolution to force the president to halt any military action against Iran unless Congress authorizes it. Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday leaving a closed-door briefing on Iran. Democrats continued to debate how quickly to move on limiting Mr. Trump’s war powers.Credit...Erin Schaff/The New York TimesWASHINGTON…
52 Places to Go in 2020

52 Places to Go in 2020

By The New York TimesUpdated January 10, 2020We picked destinations to inspire you, delight you and motivate you to explore the world.
Prince Harry and Meghan to ‘Step Back’ From Royal Family

Prince Harry and Meghan to ‘Step Back’ From Royal Family

The couple said they plan to split time between Britain and North America, with Canada seen as a likely landing spot.Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry in London on Tuesday.Credit...Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesPublished Jan. 8, 2020Updated Jan. 9, 2020, 8:19 a.m. ETLONDON — In a year of gut punches to Britain’s royal family, Prince…
Robert Caro’s Papers Headed to New-York Historical Society

Robert Caro’s Papers Headed to New-York Historical Society

After decades of dogged (and still unfinished) efforts to chronicle every detail about Lyndon B. Johnson, the master biographer’s vast paper trail has found a permanent home. Robert Caro in his office in Manhattan this month.Credit...Landon Speers for The New York TimesJan. 8, 2020Updated 9:15 a.m. ETRobert Caro is famous for colossal biographies of colossal…
Live Updates: Ayatollah Calls Iran Missile Strikes a ‘Slap in the Face’ to the U.S.

Live Updates: Ayatollah Calls Iran Missile Strikes a ‘Slap in the Face’ to the...

U.S. and Iraqi officials said there were no deaths from the attacks on bases housing American troops. But Iranian news outlets claimed differently, with some reporting dozens killed.Right NowPresident Hassan Rouhani of Iran says Tehran’s final answer to the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani will be to kick all U.S. forces out of the…
What to Expect as Carlos Ghosn Speaks

What to Expect as Carlos Ghosn Speaks

Right NowAfter speaking for more than an hour, Mr. Ghosn is taking questions from reporters.For the first time since he fled Japan more than a week ago, Carlos Ghosn is telling his story to the public.Mr. Ghosn, the former head of an auto empire that spanned continents, was facing charges of financial wrongdoing and had…
Boeing 737 Crashes in Iran Shortly After Takeoff

Boeing 737 Crashes in Iran Shortly After Takeoff

The jet, a Boeing 737-800, went down near Tehran, killing at least 176 people. The disaster came just after Iran fired missiles at American bases, retaliating for the killing of a top Iranian general.Debris from the crash on the outskirts of Tehran on Wednesday.Credit...Rohhollah Vadati/ISNA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesPublished Jan. 7, 2020Updated Jan.…
Democrats Press for Details on Suleimani Strike, but Trump Administration Gives Few

Democrats Press for Details on Suleimani Strike, but Trump Administration Gives Few

Administration officials argue that the general was plotting imminent attacks, but Democrats said that the intelligence they have seen was too vague.The funeral procession for Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani drew large crowds in Tehran and elsewhere in Iran.Credit...Arash Khamooshi for The New York TimesPublished Jan. 7, 2020Updated Jan. 8, 2020, 9:36 a.m. ETWASHINGTON — Under…
McConnell Says He Will Proceed on Impeachment Trial Without Witness Deal

McConnell Says He Will Proceed on Impeachment Trial Without Witness Deal

The intention, with no commitment to calling witnesses or admitting new evidence, foreshadows a partisan vote to kick off a divisive proceeding. Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, told reporters on Tuesday that he modeled his plan on the procedures used during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999.Credit...Erin Schaff/The New York TimesPublished…
Marine Labs on the Water’s Edge Are Threatened by Climate Change

Marine Labs on the Water’s Edge Are Threatened by Climate Change

The W.J. DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, La., is suffering the effects of climate change.COCODRIE, La. — A marine laboratory 85 miles southwest of New Orleans was designed to be a fortress against extreme weather. But it might be defeated by climate change.Sitting at the end of Louisiana State Highway 56, where dirt dissolves into wetlands…

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