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Liberal Outsiders Pour Into Alabama Senate Race, Treading Lightly

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:36:05 GMT

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey taking a photo with Doug Jones, center, the Democratic Senate candidate, in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday.With only hours until the polls open in the unlikeliest of battleground states, Democrats are deploying a multimillion-dollar get-out-the-vote operation in an effort to steal away a Senate seat.

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With Alabama Senate Race Defined by Scandal, Policy Issues Are Overlooked

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:59:36 GMT

Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville, Ala. As of now, the facility is slated to close on Dec. 31, leaving the county without a hospital.Alabama struggles with health care, education and infrastructure. But such issues have often been forgotten during the race between Doug Jones and Roy S. Moore.

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Nikki Haley Says Women Who Accuse Trump of Misconduct ‘Should Be Heard’

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:32:50 GMT

Nikki R. Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, last week. “I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up,” Ms. Haley said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”The comments by Ms. Haley, the United Nations ambassador, broke from the administration’s assertion that the allegations are false and voters rightly dismissed them.

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Trump’s Way: Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:05:09 GMT

President Trump during a news conference in the Rose Garden last month.With Twitter as his Excalibur, the president takes on his doubters, powered by long spells of cable news and a dozen Diet Cokes. But if Mr. Trump has yet to bend the presidency to his will, he is at least wrestling it to a draw.

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Trump Wants Washington Post Reporter Fired Over Misleading Tweet

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:02:22 GMT

President Trump at a rally in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday. A Washington Post reporter apologized for a misleading tweet that suggested the event was sparsely attended.The president said the reporter, Dave Weigel, should be fired for a photo he posted on Twitter of a sparsely filled arena before a rally for the president in Florida.

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Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:43:04 GMT

The smokestacks from Heritage Thermal Services in East Liverpool, Ohio. Heritage incinerates hazardous waste at this facility.An analysis of enforcement data at the E.P.A. shows a substantial drop in activity against polluters when compared with the Obama and Bush administrations.

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How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:57:19 GMT

Decimated cars and houses in a neighborhood in western Mosul, Iraq, recently recaptured from the Islamic State. Its militants built an advanced system of weapons production without recent precedent among insurgent groups.When the Islamic State seized territory in Iraq and Syria, it had the time and space to industrialize advanced weapons manufacturing. The results included explosive space heaters and chemical rockets.

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Mosul Journal: After Fall of ISIS, Iraq’s Second-Largest City Picks Up the Pieces

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:17:50 GMT

Students outside the burned-out library of Mosul University.The battle to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul left much of the city in ruins. Now, residents are pulling together to rebuild.

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Iraq Prime Minister Declares Victory Over ISIS

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:00:54 GMT

Iraqis clearing rubble from their house in Mosul, Iraq, last month. The reconstruction plans for cities like Mosul are among the urgent challenges for the government to ensure stability and security.Haider al-Abadi said, “Our forces fully control the Iraqi-Syrian border,” but analysts warned that it did not mean the end of the Islamic State threat.

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In San Diego, Lessons on Rebuilding From a Neighborhood Once Ravaged by Fire

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:22:06 GMT

A home under construction in the Scripps Ranch neighborhood, which suffered heavy damage from a wildfire in 2003.Residents of Scripps Ranch never thought their suburban neighborhood could be destroyed by a wildfire, until it was.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Mohammad Javad Zarif: Europe Must Work With Iran

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:54:09 GMT

The United States seems committed to belligerence in the Middle East. Europe can help de-escalate.

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Editorial: Hate Smears India’s Symbol of Love, the Taj Mahal

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:20:43 GMT

Powerful Hindu extremists are so obsessed with demonizing Muslims that they are deprecating the nation’s unifying cultural treasure.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Stop the Manipulation of Democracy Online

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:52 GMT

The opposition leader Raila Odinga during Kenyan elections last month. Political camps set up teams of paid bloggers, social media influencers and bots to shape public opinion online.There’s no panacea for the harm that propaganda, trolls and false news sites do to democracy, but education and public vigilance are essential.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Leave the Johnson Amendment Alone

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:55:16 GMT

Charities and churches shouldn’t be involved in political campaigns.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Roy Moore’s Alabama

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:47:37 GMT

City employees decorating a Christmas tree in Winston County, Ala. The monument represents both the Union and Confederate sides of the Civil War.Winston County once opposed secession but now enthusiastically supports Donald Trump. What does that tell us about Roy Moore’s chances?

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Op-Ed Columnist: Rise of the Roypublicans

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:45:57 GMT

Roy Moore at a rally in Fairhope, Ala., last week.The Republican Party won’t be able to shake Roy Moore’s values if he wins.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Susan Collins and the Duping of Centrists

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:28:41 GMT

Senator Susan Collins of Maine on Capitol Hill last month.And your health care may suffer for it.

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Man Who Danced on the Heads of Snakes

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:52:48 GMT

Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011, when he was president of Yemen. He was killed on Monday by Houthi rebels, his ex-allies.For decades, Ali Abdullah Saleh seemed welded to Yemen’s landscape. Now he’s gone.

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Loose Ends: Office Secret Santa Guidelines for 2017

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:46:02 GMT

Remember, this is voluntary! No forcing colleagues to participate — in gift giving, or anything.

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In a Blow to Hamas, Israel Destroys Tunnel From Gaza

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:58:36 GMT

Israeli police officers holding a suspect at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Sunday.The military action came amid simmering tensions over President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, injecting another layer of uncertainty in the area.

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North Korean Submarine Missile Threat Prompts U.S.-Led Military Drills

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:23 GMT

A photo released by North Korea’s state news agency in April 2016 purported to show a submarine-launched ballistic missile test.The joint exercises are in response to growing concerns that North Korea is making progress developing hard-to-detect submarine-launched missiles.

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As Venezuela Opposition Shuns Vote, Leader’s Party Tightens Grip on Power

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:35:16 GMT

A polling station for mayoral elections in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sunday. In past elections, lines of people voting numbered in the hundreds and wait times stretched for hours.President Nicolás Maduro hailed victories in municipal elections that many voters deemed a foregone conclusion.

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Passengers Face Hourslong Delays as Snowstorm Snarls Heathrow Airport

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:15:53 GMT

The M1 motorway in London, which recorded up to 10 inches of snow in some parts on Sunday. The storm also grounded many flights at Heathrow Airport.Passengers described scenes of confusion and frustration at Heathrow, one of the busiest airports in the world.

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Volkswagen Chief Suggests Ending Subsidies for Diesel Cars

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:18:41 GMT

New cars stored near the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany.In a major turnaround, Matthias Müller said that Germany should consider phasing out tax breaks that have encouraged diesel’s popularity in Europe.

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Ahead of Brexit, Paris Tries a Business Makeover

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:32:51 GMT

Paris is vying against Dublin, Frankfurt and Luxembourg in a high-stakes competition to lure workers from financial companies in London.Hoping to woo companies that will move employees from London, leaders in Paris are trying to replace red tape with a red carpet.

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Can Marriott Keep Starwood’s Culture of Cool, and Its Customers?

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:00:17 GMT

For the Marriott-Starwood combination to succeed, top-tier loyalty program members like our writer must not flee. Here’s what would keep him in the fold.

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Harassment All Around, Afghan Women Weigh Risks of Speaking Out

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:32:50 GMT

Maryam Mehtar in the office where she works in Kabul, Afghanistan. She said on a recent morning that she had already been harassed or assaulted at least five times that day.Watching the “Me, Too” campaign, some Afghan women are more willing to talk about assaults. But the danger to their lives if they do has not diminished.

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Big City: We Need to Talk About Balthus

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:57:51 GMT

Anna Zuccaro, left, 26, and her sister, Mia Merrill, 30, petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to rethink its display of the painting “Thérèse Dreaming” by the painter known as Balthus.Amid a national reckoning with the miseries inflicted on women by celebrated men, the Metropolitan Museum declined to rethink its display of the artist’s painting of a girl in a sexualized pose.

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Five Travel Stories From 2017 to Help You Escape Into the World

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:24:52 GMT

From the coastlines of Europe to remote Kodiak Island, Alaska, here are five of our favorite stories to help you explore the world from your comfort of your screen.

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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Nureyev’ Opens at Bolshoi After Delay and Much Speculation

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:24:58 GMT

A scene from “Nureyev” at the Bolshoi, with Vladislav Lantratov (in tuxedo) in the title role.The ballet had its premiere on Saturday in front of a starry crowd that didn’t include its director, who’s under house arrest.

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Porgs, Ewoks and Rathtars: A Field Guide to ‘Star Wars’ Creatures

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:29:42 GMT

Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and a porg in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”A quick look at new animals from "The Last Jedi" as well as some old favorites.

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How to Clean Up Your Holiday Messes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:45:01 GMT

Welcome to the latest edition of the Smarter Living newsletter.

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Why Experts Don’t Believe This Is a Rare First Map of America

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:14:52 GMT

This newly discovered print of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 map was to be sold at auction this month until experts raised concerns about its authenticity.Christie’s had planned to sell the map this week, for possibly $1.2 million, but withdrew it from an auction when questions arose about its authenticity.

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Profile: Eluding Censors, a Magazine Covers Southeast Asia’s Literary Scene

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 04:08:16 GMT

Minh Bui Jones looking at a previous issue of his magazine on the terrace of his house in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.Mekong Review’s contributors include some of the best-known authors, journalists and academics who follow the region.

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Golden State Warriors’ Go-to Guy Doesn’t Play a Minute

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:02:22 GMT

Eric Housen, the Golden State Warriors’ director of team operations, made sure the players’ luggage was loaded and accounted for before a recent game against the Heat in Miami.Laundry, luggage, logistics ... there are 48 minutes in an N.B.A. game and about 20 hours in Eric Housen’s workday as he guides the team from one city to the next.

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Review: Philip Glass, Easy to Mimic but Hard to Match

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:25:50 GMT

The composer Pauchi Sasaki, in a “speaker dress” of her own design, with members of the American Composers Orchestra on Friday.Two composers took on Mr. Glass’s work in “response” pieces with the American Composers Orchestra, and two pianists played his music in Brooklyn.

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The Look: After-School Special

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:22:54 GMT

Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.Andre Wagner captured the brief window when kids run New York.

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The Power of Touch, Especially for Men

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:59:50 GMT

Even in our touch-averse culture, men need platonic physical contact.

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Trilobites: Why We ‘Hear’ Some Silent GIFs

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:05:13 GMT

There are no audio tracks with these looping images, but some people really do “hear” them, neuroscientists say.

Voices: Things I’ll Do Differently When I’m Old

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:43:07 GMT

Soon after my 50th birthday, I started keeping a list of “Things I will do/things I won’t do when I get old.” Ten years on, I’m still adding to it.

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Matter: Scientists ‘Inject’ Information Into Monkeys’ Brains

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:32:36 GMT

In an experiment with science fiction implications, neurologists say they taught monkeys to play a game by stimulating their brains with electrodes.

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The Adopted Black Baby, and the White One Who Replaced Her

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:57:30 GMT

Amy Roost, left, and Angelle Smith as children. Ms. Roost’s parents brought home Angelle as a baby, but decided not to keep her.Amid the simmering racial tensions of the time, a family in Illinois made a wrenching decision that sent a black girl and a white girl on diverging paths.

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He’s 22. She’s 81. Their Friendship Is Melting Hearts.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:37:17 GMT

Spencer Sleyon meeting his online friend Rosalind Guttman in Florida last weekend.The two met on the Words With Friends app, and photos of their in-person meeting delighted thousands of people on social media.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Trump, Israel and the Art of the Giveaway

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:41:49 GMT

I’ve never seen a president give up so much to so many for so little.

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Where Silicon Valley Is Going to Get in Touch With Its Soul

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:27:21 GMT

The Esalen Institute reopened in October with a mission of helping technologists reckon with what they have built. Here guests practiced walking meditation on the lawn.The Esalen Institute, a storied hippie hotel in Big Sur, Calif., has reopened with a mission to help technologists who discover that “inside they’re hurting.”

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