Jared Kushner Gets Security Clearance, Ending Swirl of Questions Over Delay

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, has been granted his permanent security clearance, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday, ending a period of uncertainty that had fueled questions about whether Mr. Kushner was in peril in the special counsel investigation. Mr. Kushner’s F.B.I. background checks had dragged on for…

I.R.S. Warns States Not to Circumvent State and Local Tax Cap

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is preparing to crack down on states that try to circumvent a new limit on the state and local tax deduction, saying it will not allow workarounds aimed at helping individuals fully deduct those taxes. The $10,000 cap, which was included in last year’s $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul,…

Milwaukee Braces for Video of Bucks Player Sterling Brown’s Arrest

Kent Lovern, the chief deputy district attorney in Milwaukee County, said in an email Wednesday morning that “no charges against anyone in this incident have ever been referred to this office.” Mr. Lovern said he had not seen the video. Milwaukee, which has overhauled leadership of its police department in the months since Mr. Brown’s…

N.F.L. Teams Will Be Fined for Players’ Anthem Kneeling

The owners of N.F.L. teams agreed on Wednesday to a new policy for player conduct during the playing of the national anthem, an issue that escalated last season into a national debate that involved President Trump. Commissioner Roger Goodell said that owners voted to fine teams if their players are on the field or sidelines…

Oxford Lifts the Veil on Race, Wealth and Privilege

Oxford’s intake displayed a geographic imbalance between the north of Britain and the more affluent south, where the bulk of national wealth is concentrated. “Oxford reflects the inequalities — socio-economic, ethnic and regional — that exist in British society,” Louise Richardson, the university’s vice chancellor, said in a foreword to the report. “The picture that…

Q&A: Stacey Abrams Says She’s ‘Ready to Get to Work’

Advertisement Ms. Abrams secured the Democratic nomination for governor of Georgia on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning, she spoke to The New York Times about what’s next. By Astead W. Herndon May 23, 2018 ImageStacey Abrams spoke after winning the Democratic primary at her primary election night watch party in Atlanta on Tuesday.CreditMelissa Golden for…

North Korea, Stacey Abrams, Philip Roth: Your Wednesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Here’s what you need to know: Trump hints at flexibility • President Trump has opened the door to a phased dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, backing away from his demand that Pyongyang abandon it completely. The change appeared to be less of…

New York Today: New York Today: The Scourge of Plastic Straws

Good morning on this warming Wednesday. As you sip your iced coffee this morning, imagine doing it without a straw. A bill being introduced in the City Council today would outlaw plastic straws at eateries across the boroughs. “It’s important for New Yorkers to understand that the plastic straw is not a necessity; it’s more…

As America Looks Inward, China Looks Up. Way Up.

The far side of the moon does not face the Earth, hindering communications with earthbound scientists, and making its previous exploration virtually impossible. A successful mission would be a significant scientific achievement as well as useful propaganda tool for President Xi Jinping, who sees China’s largely military-run space program as a vehicle for enhancing national…

The Pope Opens His Eyes to Abuse

The abuse of minors by pedophile priests has been among the most painful sagas of our time, the horror compounded by the knowledge that hierarchs could have stopped the predators if only they had not chosen, for so long, to cover up their actions. Now, at long last, Pope Francis seems to have glimpsed the…

Op-Ed Columnist: The Democrats’ Midterm Dilemma

One of the few people to really see Donald Trump coming was the University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales, who warned way back in 2011 that American politics was going the way of his native Italy, that we could easily produce our own version of Silvio Berlusconi, and that Trump was an obvious candidate to…

Pursuits: Searching for Dinosaurs in a Seaside English Town

Advertisement A novice fossil hunter immerses himself in the local pastime in the town of Lyme Regis in southwest England, an area that sits on a 95-mile stretch of shoreline known as the Jurassic Coast, a Unesco World Heritage site. A view of the town of Lyme Regis from a rocky beach in southwest England.CreditAndy…

5 Key Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primaries

From viral video to victory in Kentucky Amy McGrath channeled several powerful forces in Democratic politics to seize the party’s nomination for Congress in Kentucky’s Sixth District, leaning hard into her profile as a military veteran, a political newcomer and a woman. She toppled a popular local official in the primary, and Republicans expect her…

They’ve Been to All 417 National Park Sites. How About You?

When Dan Elias got married in 2005, he had one request of his bride for their honeymoon. “I said, ‘We are going to visit seven national park sites on four islands in Hawaii,’” he recently recalled, describing their romantic getaway. And so they observed the contemplative silence of Pearl Harbor and roamed the pitted landscape…

Will Foreign Activists Sway Ireland’s Abortion Vote?

This Friday, Irish voters will decide whether to change their constitution to legalize abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The debate itself contains few new arguments; instead it circles around a question most other European countries have asked themselves over the past 40 years: What is the proper balance between the mother’s right…

Trump Rule Would Bar Some Abortion Advice at Federally Funded Clinics

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s proposal to impose new abortion restrictions on federally funded family planning programs would bar doctors from advising a woman weighing an abortion about where she could receive one. The proposed rule submitted last week, a copy of which was posted on the Department of Health and Human Services website, would bar…

Think You Always Say Thank You? Oh, Please

It’s a staple of language classes and parental lectures: Say thank you. It’s one of the first phrases you learn in a new language, and one whose importance is drummed into children through repeat readings of books like “The Berenstain Bears Say Please and Thank You,” “Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book” and “Thank…

Transgender Student in Bathroom Dispute Wins Court Ruling

A federal judge in Virginia has found in favor of a transgender student whose efforts to use the boys’ bathrooms at his high school reached the Supreme Court and thrust him into the middle of a national debate about the rights of transgender students. In an order handed down on Tuesday, Judge Arenda L. Wright…

Sinkhole Forms on White House Lawn. Blame the Swamp. Really.

A sinkhole has formed on the North Lawn of the White House, and predictably, the temptation was too great for many on social media, who filled the void with all the “drain the swamp” jokes and metaphors one could imagine. But forget the obvious political jabs and the fact that President Trump uses that phrase…

We Are the Original Southerners

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The people clamoring over whether to keep or remove Confederate monuments agree on one thing: This is a black-white issue. Last month, a graduate student doused the University of North Carolina’s Confederate monument in a mixture of her own blood and red ink. The monument, she said, “is the genocide of…

Ebola, Amnesia and Donald Trump

On Monday, a team led by the World Health Organization began inoculating people in the Democratic Republic of Congo against the Ebola virus with an experimental vaccine in an attempt to quell an outbreak of the disease that began in early May. If the effort succeeds, and maybe even if it doesn’t, it will go…

Predatory Colleges, Freed to Fleece Students

Try as they might, the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress cannot disguise that they continue to do the bidding of the for-profit college industry, which has saddled working-class students — including veterans — with crushing debt while providing useless degrees, or no degrees at all. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos claimed ignorance when she was…

Op-Ed Columnist: Hamas, Netanyahu and Mother Nature

The Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, narrowly won his last election in 2013 with a total of about 111,000 votes. Most Palestinian residents of Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem boycott the city’s elections, but some 180,000 of these East Jerusalem Palestinians have been granted Israeli residency, pay taxes and are entitled to vote in municipal elections,…

Op-Ed Columnist: Robert Mueller, You’re Starting to Scare Me

Imagine for a moment that Robert Mueller was never pressed into service as a special counsel and wasn’t a household name. Imagine that there had never been any prompt for his investigation — that Donald Trump hadn’t blown all those kisses at Vladimir Putin, that the stooges and grifters around Trump hadn’t swooned at the…

Three Reporters Are Turned Away From an E.P.A. Event

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday barred reporters from three news organizations from an event on the impact of toxic chemicals on drinking water at the agency’s headquarters. The summit, during which the E.P.A. administrator Scott Pruitt declared that addressing the impact of a class of man-made chemicals was a “national priority,” came…

White House, Facebook, Georgia: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. 1. “There’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out.” President Trump cast doubt on his planned meeting next month with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore. His comments came as he met with President Moon Jae-in of…

Congress Approves First Big Dodd-Frank Rollback

For years, House Republicans have been pushing for a more sweeping unwind and passed its own version of a Dodd-Frank rollback last year known as the Financial Choice Act, which would have crippled the consumer bureau and revoked the Volcker Rule. However, that bill stood no chance of gaining Democratic support in the Senate and…

Michael Cohen’s Business Partner Agrees to Cooperate as Part of Plea Deal

A significant business partner of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, has quietly agreed to cooperate with the government as a potential witness, a development that could be used as leverage to pressure Mr. Cohen to work with the special counsel examining Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Under the agreement, the partner,…

Olga Tokarczuk of Poland Wins Man Booker International Prize

LONDON — “Flights,” a philosophical rumination on modern-day travel by the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, won the Man Booker International Prize for works of translated fiction on Tuesday night. Ms. Tokarczuk shared the prize of 50,000 British pounds, around $67,000, with the book’s English-language translator, Jennifer Croft. The Man Booker International Prize is awarded by…

How the Royal Wedding Might Influence Weddings to Come

Simplicity and informality joined hands with pomp and circumstance when Meghan Markle, 36, married Prince Harry, 33, on May 19 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. She looked a bit Audrey Hepburn-ish, (or was it more Jennifer Lopez in “The Wedding Planner”) and he as uniformed as a man could look. The world witnessed…

Op-Docs: How Addiction Keeps Pulling Him Back

The main character of “The Pull” is John Bixby, a 29-year-old New Hampshire native whose exposure to prescribed painkillers at the age of 16 put him on the well-beaten path to opioid addiction. Husband, father of two, and occasional poet, John has been caught in a cycle of rehab and relapse ever since. As I…

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The Tastes of Summer

Advertisement Peach or watermelon? Kielbasa or hot dog? Fudgsicle or Chipwich? Our opinionated writers rank the season’s peak pleasures. CreditKelsey McClellan for The New York Times By The New York Times May 22, 2018 Plans for the summer — a picnic, a road trip, a trek to the beach — should always take food into consideration….

What Islamophobic Politicians Can Learn From Mormons

Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on President Trump’s travel ban, popularly known as the “Muslim ban” because of his statements, like one in 2015 calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” But Mr. Trump is far from the only Republican willing to discriminate against Muslims. BuzzFeed…

A County Where the Sewer Is Your Lawn

Ms. Rush doesn’t know what impact her living conditions are having on her daughter. But on a monthly income of $958, there’s no way she can afford to leave, or fix the waste disposal problems. She feels trapped. These issues are so egregious that the United Nations is taking notice. Philip Alston, the United Nations…

FIFA Clears Russian Team of Doping but Dashes Hopes of Peru’s Guerrero

FIFA has closed a doping investigation into all of the Russian soccer players expected to compete in the World Cup next month after finding “insufficient evidence” of wrongdoing. FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, had opened its investigation after the publication in December of an exhaustive report on doping in Russian sports. The report, the result…

Nonfiction: The ‘Insane’ Way Our Prison System Handles the Mentally Ill

INSANE America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness By Alisa Roth 320 pp. Basic Books. $28. In 1946, Life magazine published an exposé that declared most American mental hospitals “a shame and a disgrace.” The report, by Albert Q. Maisel, featured scathing anecdotes of routine abuse, starvation diets, overcrowded bathrooms and cynical charades of treatment that…

Instagram (Finally) Adds a Mute Feature

Instagram announced Tuesday that it would add a mute feature to its service, allowing users to ignore certain accounts without unfollowing (and potentially alienating) friends who take the same picture of their breakfast every day. (We like avocado toast too, but enough is enough!) The platform had previously allowed users to mute stories, the photos…

Nicolás Maduro Expels Top U.S. Diplomats from Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — Fresh off his re-election in what critics called a rigged vote, President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela on Tuesday ordered the top American diplomat and his deputy expelled, describing them as conspirators against his government. In a televised address, Mr. Maduro gave the diplomats, Todd D. Robinson, who is the American Embassy’s chargé…

The Football Hit Felt All Over Japan

Miyagawa, a junior, was penalized for unnecessary roughness, but stayed in the game. Later, he was seen on video being congratulated by coaches and teammates when he went to the bench. He was eventually thrown out of the game after he received a third penalty. The recriminations began soon after the final whistle. Several Japanese…

Trump Denies Reaching Deal With China on ZTE

President Trump declared on Tuesday that he was not happy with how recent trade talks with China had gone, and said the United States had not reached a deal to suspend penalties on the Chinese telecom firm ZTE, disputing reports that the administration had decided to go easy on the company in return for trade…

Want to See Your Baby? In China, It Can Cost You

While medical reform was supposed to make health care more accessible, industry analysts say the problem persists. In 2015, for example, national health officials recommended that for critically ill patients, hospitals had to “first save them and then demand payment later.” New parents are vulnerable, according to Chinese state media reports. In 2012, a couple…

Review: From Tap to Sci-Fi Rites at Ballet Theater Gala

It’s a rare soul who feels that a ballet gala should include the world premiere of a drama in which a mother sees her child exterminated in a gas chamber as part of a futuristic ritual. After all, most people think ballet galas are events for pretty dances in which a male star spins on…

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Barraged With Questions by Europe Lawmakers

European lawmakers barraged Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, with a litany of questions on Tuesday over his company’s vast power, with one even raising the prospect of breaking up the social media giant. Accompanied by an entourage of aides, Mr. Zuckerberg’s visit to the European Union’s typically sleepy Parliament amounted to an olive branch of…

Denmark Minister Calls Fasting Muslims ‘a Danger’ in Ramadan

COPENHAGEN — Denmark’s immigration minister, who last year celebrated the country’s increasingly strict entry laws by posting a Facebook picture of herself with a cake, has suggested that Muslims fasting for Ramadan should stay home from work “to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish society.” The minister, Inger Stojberg, made the remarks in…

Is This the World’s Most Diverse National Park?

Madidi National Park in Bolivia goes from lowland to mountaintop, from 600 feet to almost 20,000 feet above sea level. It covers more than 7,000 square miles of wildly different habitats. It is, says Rob Wallace, an ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Bolivia, “a place where the Amazon meets the Andes.” ImageKeara valleyCreditOmar…

Congress Is Poised to Pass Dodd-Frank Rollback for Smaller Banks

The House is preparing to vote Tuesday on a bill that would free thousands of small and medium-sized banks from strict rules intended to prevent another financial meltdown, one of the biggest steps to unwind the 2010 Dodd-Frank banking regulation law. The Senate approved the legislation earlier this year, so the House vote could result…

That Summer Food-Stand Job Is No Longer Just for Teenagers

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Desirae Long, an eighth-grade teacher in San Diego, got her first job when she was 16, spinning cotton candy and tossing churros in sugar at Sea World. To this day, she won’t eat either of them. Kate Medley, a visual journalist, took a summer job shaving ice for sno-balls inside a…

As Population Growth Slows, Populism Surges

Election data from the past two years plainly describe the consequences of these demographic dynamics: Most advanced industrialized countries are dominated by two competing political movements that either awkwardly inhabit the bodies of existing political parties or create new ones more to their liking. One movement extols the values that are a practical necessity in…

The Red Phone Box, a British Icon, Stages a Comeback

Charles Wasserman, second from right, is a regular in housing court, mainly representing landlords. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times Settlements are pushed in chaotic hallways, emergency loans are held up as cure-alls and delays are seemingly endless. Welcome to housing court. Take a number. By N. R. KLEINFIELD By CHRIS STANFORD 8:14 AM ET…

Sketch Guy: A 4-Step Guide to Ranting Productively

There’s nothing wrong with ranting. Most people do it. I would argue that everybody needs to do it. In fact, I’d even suggest that ranting is a good thing. But only if you do it right. If you do it wrong, the consequences can cost you your job, your friendships or even your marriage. So…

New York Today: New York Today: Barbecue Dos and Don’ts

One hundred and fifty years ago, the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company was tugged through New York’s waterways to Corning, N.Y., transforming an upstate town 215 miles northwest of Manhattan into an artistic hub for glassmaking. (The company became Corning Glass Works.) To celebrate the anniversary, the Corning Museum of Glass has set up a floating…

Donald Trump, Primary Elections, Santa Fe: Your Tuesday Briefing

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know: U.S. divisions muddle trade talks • Hours after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the U.S. was putting its trade war with China “on hold,” the U.S. trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, warned Beijing that the Trump administration might still impose tariffs. That type of mixed message has…

How ISIS Has Changed Terrorism in Indonesia

Nearly every day this month there has been a new attack, an attempted attack or an operation to prevent an attack. On May 15, a counterterrorism squad in Medan, in the northern part of Sumatra, shot two suspected terrorists, killing one. The next day, four men rammed a car into the gate of the police’s…

The Chutzpah of These Men

A new phase of the #MeToo movement may be upon us. Call it the “not so fast” era: Powerful men who plotted career comebacks mere months after being taken down by accusations of sexual misconduct now face even more alarming claims. Mario Batali, the celebrity chef and restaurateur, is the latest case. Mr. Batali has…

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Men Who Terrorize Rio

They are suspected of killing all kinds of people who happened to cross their path: the administrative director of a newspaper, a van driver who refused to pay a toll, two men who deliver gas cylinders, many random witnesses of their crimes, a man who complained that militiamen were recklessly shooting in the air, several…

Low-Paid Women Get Hollywood Money to File Harassment Suits

Gina Pitre had come to dread working at Walmart. A manager, she said, used to touch her inappropriately and make suggestive comments. A 56-year-old grandmother, Ms. Pitre, who earned $11.50 an hour fulfilling online orders in D’Iberville, Miss., said she felt degraded and angry. Ms. Pitre saw a television news segment this winter about how…

Trump-Kim Meeting Is Yet to Come, but U.S. Has Minted the Coins

Amid growing doubts about whether President Trump will really meet with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, the Trump administration came under criticism Tuesday over commemorative coins that were created to honor the planned meeting. The coins, issued by the White House Communications Agency, a military unit assigned to the president, feature likenesses of the two…

Georgia, Arkansas and Kentucky Primaries: Top Races to Watch

The race for the open governor’s seat in Georgia, a battle with implications for health care, gun control and other contentious issues, leads a slate of three primaries on Tuesday. Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, has reached his term limit, and Georgia Democrats are hoping the same political climate that has buoyed them in special…

Democrats’ Next Big Thing: Government-Guaranteed Jobs

WASHINGTON — Prominent Democrats — stung by their eroding support from working-class voters but buoyed by the deficit-be-damned approach of ruling Republicans — are embracing a big idea from a bygone era: guaranteed employment. The “job guarantee” plans, many of them pressed by Democratic White House hopefuls, vary in scope and cost, but they all…

Can Ron Howard Save ‘Solo’?

Where the character (played in “Solo” by Alden Ehrenreich) is reckless and headstrong, Mr. Howard is careful and methodical. He has transcended early directorial efforts like “Splash” and “Night Shift” — not to mention the stigma of being a child actor — to become a respectable Academy Award winner. He is a co-founder of Imagine…

Feature: How Boots Riley Infiltrated Hollywood

I asked Riley if, when shopping the film, he ever deployed his own version of a white voice. He said no, then elaborated. “Everybody feels like they’re the exception,” he went on. “There’s a story I tell, which was told to me by Tom Morello,” who was the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, with…

Chasing the Deal: Four Father’s Day Getaways Worth Taking

Advertisement Chasing the Deal Give dad an experience this Father’s Day with one of these four budget-friendly vacation packages, designed to please the fathers on our gift lists. Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island in Michigan is one of the hotels and resorts offering special deals for Father’s Day weekend.CreditMission Point Resort By Jessica Colley…

Fiction: Stephen King’s Reign of Terror Continues in a New Novel

King’s new novel, “The Outsider,” starts out as a crime story. Ralph Anderson, a detective in Flint City, Okla., orders the arrest of a popular local English teacher and Little League coach, Terry Maitland, at a baseball game packed with cheering families. Anderson directs the officers to handcuff Maitland in front, instead of behind his…

Talk: Hiro Murai Doesn’t Want to Get on a Soapbox

Photo Hiro Murai. Credit Jessica Chou for The New York Times The music video you directed for Donald Glover/Childish Gambino’s song “This Is America” was so popular it helped propel the track to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Were you surprised by the reaction to it? I didn’t expect it to click with…

New Cancer Treatments Lie Hidden Under Mountains of Paperwork

Dr. Nikhil Wagle thought he had a brilliant idea to advance research and patient care. Dr. Wagle, an oncologist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and his colleagues would build a huge database that linked cancer patients’ medical records, treatments and outcomes with their genetic backgrounds and the genetics of their tumors. The…

Trump-Kim Summit Meeting Is a ‘99.9% Done Deal,’ South Korea Says

SEOUL, South Korea — Confronting growing doubts about whether a planned meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, would take place, a South Korean official said Monday that there was a “99.9 percent” chance of it happening. Speaking to reporters aboard South Korea’s Air Force One, Chung Eui-yong, a national security adviser…

Tibetan Activist Who Promoted His Native Language Is Sentenced to Prison

The Chinese Communist Party for decades maintained policies intended to keep ethnic minorities, especially Tibetans and Uighurs, under political control while giving them some space to preserve their own languages and cultures. But under Xi Jinping, the staunch Communist Party leader who came to power in 2012, China has adopted more assimilationist policies, designed to…

Why You Should Stop Being So Hard on Yourself

“We’re all our own worst critics.” Ever heard that one before? Yes, it’s an obnoxious cliché, but it’s not just self-help fluff. Evolutionary psychologists have studied our natural “negativity bias,” which is that instinct in us all that makes negative experiences seem more significant than they really are. In other words: We’ve evolved to give…

Germany’s New Face in Foreign Affairs

But by all accounts, the meeting went well. Despite years of acrimony between Russia and Germany — and especially between Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Maas’s predecessors — the Germans came away promising to support a veterans’ hospital, and the Russians committed to the so-called Normandy Format, an effort to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine…

Europe Edition: Grenfell, China, Genome: Your Tuesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. China calls President Trump’s bluff, Grenfell survivors testify and a genome discovery has major implications. Here’s the latest: • President Trump is moving toward breaching an established constraint on executive power: that the White House does not make decisions about individual law enforcement…

Mark Zuckerberg to Apologize Again, This Time to European Parliament

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, plans to strike a conciliatory note when he speaks to members of the European Parliament on Tuesday, in the latest stop on his apology tour for the social network’s mishandling of user information. Mr. Zuckerberg is expected to stick to what has become a well-used script when…

Australian Archbishop Found Guilty of Sexual Abuse Cover-Up

MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian archbishop was convicted on Tuesday of covering up a claim of sexual abuse dating back decades, and now faces a prison sentence of up to two years. Philip Wilson, the archbishop of Adelaide, is the highest-ranking Catholic official in the world to be convicted of concealing such crimes. The decision…

Sony to Buy Additional 60% Stake in EMI Music Publishing

Seven years ago, Sony entered a complex deal with Abu Dhabi for control of the EMI Music Publishing catalog, a trove of more than two million songs that ranges from “Over the Rainbow” to hits from Beyoncé. Now, Sony is buying out its partner in one of the biggest music deals in years. Sony announced…

Tesla Model 3 Goes Upscale, and Base-Price Buyers Must Wait

Even as Tesla scrambles to master the production challenges of making its first mass-market electric car, the Model 3, the company is moving to add two high-end versions of the vehicle — versions that its chief, Elon Musk, said may be crucial to its profitability. In fact, delivering the base-price model at this point would…

News Analysis: By Demanding an Investigation, Trump Challenged a Constraint on His Power

WASHINGTON — When President Trump publicly demanded that the Justice Department open an investigation into the F.B.I.’s scrutiny of his campaign contacts with Russia, he inched further toward breaching an established constraint on executive power: The White House does not make decisions about individual law enforcement investigations. “It’s an incredible historical moment,” said Rebecca Roiphe,…

Girlhood Across America, Captured by One Photographer

The photographer Justine Kurland didn’t learn how to drive until she was 27, a year before she set off on a two-decade-long road trip. At the time, she was an M.F.A. candidate at Yale working on her now-iconic series “Girl Pictures” (1997-2002), staged portraits of adolescent girls cast as runaways wandering beneath highway overpasses and…

Op-Ed Columnist: What Moral Heroes Are Made Of

Recently, I’ve been lucky enough to be around a lot of people who I would regard as moral heroes. They spend their lives fighting poverty, caring for the young or the sick, or single-mindedly dedicated to some cause. I’ve been wondering what traits such people tend to have in common. The first is that they…

Divisions Within Trump Team Undercut Quick Trade Victory With China

WASHINGTON — By the time American negotiators wrapped up high-level talks with a visiting Chinese delegation last week, President Trump’s ambitions for a multibillion dollar trade agreement had, for the time being, shriveled into a blandly worded communiqué without any dollar figures. It was not clear that the talks set a path to success. Ceaseless…

Editorial Observer: Pompeo’s Iran Plan: Tell Them to Give Up

Justifiably angered, the Europeans are discussing ways around the American sanctions, further eroding the trans-Atlantic alliance and perhaps hastening the day when they have a financial system far less entwined with the United States’. Mr. Pompeo’s speech did not demonstrate how walking away from the nuclear deal “has made or will make the region safer…

Op-Ed Columnist: Stop Giving Trump the Benefit of the Doubt

After Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December, a number of companies gave their employees one-time bonuses, ostensibly sharing their new corporate windfall. As a PR stunt, these checks were a savvy investment; they allowed the companies to pander to the administration and made themselves look beneficent without incurring any long-term…

Bankers Hate the Volcker Rule. Now, It Could Be Watered Down.

It was one of the most significant actions by the federal government to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis. The Volcker Rule, named for the former chairman of the Federal Reserve and signed into law, prohibited banks from making their own risky bets with their customers’ deposits. Banks loathed the rule and Republicans vowed…

Trump v. the Department of Justice

As the old saying goes, if the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If both the facts and the law are against you, pound the table and yell. Welcome to the central organizing principle of the Trump White House. As the Russia investigation burrows closer…

5 Women Sue U.S.C., Alleging Sexual Abuse by Campus Doctor

Throughout, the complaints allege a broad effort by the university to cover up the allegations and make sure they never seeped into the public eye. Although accusations of improper conduct against Dr. Tyndall dated back to the 1990s, he was allowed to continue working at the student health center until 2016. Then, after a complaint…

In Jersey City, It’s Kushner vs. Kushner in a Race to Develop

JERSEY CITY — The decade-long blood feud between the Kushner brothers, Charles and Murray, has already put one brother in jail. Now, the men, who haven’t spoken in 15 years, are rivals in the development of Journal Square in Jersey City, the site of one failed project after another for the past three decades. Their…

Obama, Gina Haspel, Texas: Your Monday Evening Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. 1. President Trump praised the “patriots of the C.I.A.” as he swore in Gina Haspel, above left, as the agency’s next director. It was a departure from his accusations that intelligence agencies had orchestrated a conspiracy against his presidential campaign….

Hundreds in Oakland Turn Out to BBQ While Black

They arrived with chicken, sausages and bowls of macaroni salad. D.J.s played hip-hop and 80s hits. Even the fire marshal showed up, as well as police officers who waved hello to passers-by and guided traffic. What once was a grand tradition in Oakland — a party at Lake Merritt along a placid stretch of the…

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