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Monday, January 22, 2018

    Harvey Weinstein, Bob Corker, N.F.L.: Your Monday Briefing


    Harvey Weinstein, Bob Corker, N.F.L.: Your Monday Briefing

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    Good morning.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    • Terms of a “Dreamers” deal.

    A border wall with Mexico is on the long list of hard-line measures that the White House wants in exchange for protecting 800,000 young undocumented immigrants.

    The demands, delivered to Congress on Sunday, could imperil a fledgling bipartisan effort to address the future of so-called Dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

    Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Trump, has been a driving force of the White House’s tough stance on immigration. We visited his hometown, Santa Monica, Calif., to learn more about him.

    The (quiet) talk of the town.

    Hollywood is talking about nothing but Harvey Weinstein. It’s just not doing so publicly.

    Our reporter called more than 40 entertainment industry players, and almost all refused to speak on the record about Mr. Weinstein, who was fired by his movie studio’s board on Sunday. Last week, The Times uncovered accusations that he had engaged in rampant sexual harassment.

    The silence has been particularly noticeable to conservatives, who point out that celebrities haven’t been shy about criticizing the way that President Trump, or Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, treated women.

    • Trump risks “World War III,” senator says.

    Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show” and was recklessly threatening other countries.

    The comments capped a remarkable day of insults between the president and the Tennessee senator, who recently announced that he would not seek re-election.

    “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” Mr. Corker told our reporter. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

    Surrendering en masse.

    The Islamic State has cultivated a reputation for ferocity, with fighters pledging to fight or die.

    But more than 1,000 militants in Iraq have turned themselves in over the past week, after a string of defeats. Our reporter describes the scene at a detention center.

    • Nobel in economics.

    Richard Thaler, a professor at the University of Chicago, was awarded the prize today for his work on behavioral economics.

    The prize committee praised him for shedding light on how people make economic decisions, sometimes rejecting rationality.

    • “The Daily,” your audio news report.

    A decision to defend the organizer of a white supremacist rally has provoked soul-searching at the A.C.L.U.

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    After reports of election interference, talented Russians are prized, yet under suspicion, in Silicon Valley.

    • Don’t get too comfortable at that desk. New office designs are here.

    • U.S. stocks were mixed on Friday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

    Smarter Living

    Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

    • A trip to the sauna may be good for high blood pressure.

    • Hitting the bar tonight? Here are dos and don’ts from bartenders.

    • Recipe of the day: The beauty of linguine with lemon sauce is its simplicity.

    Over the Weekend

    • A huge rally in Barcelonacalled for a united Spain, opposing a separatist push. Catalan leaders could declare independence on Tuesday.

    Vice President Mike Pencewalked out of an N.F.L. game after players knelt during the national anthem. Here’s a look at the rest of Sunday’s football results.

    • “Blade Runner 2049” was No. 1 at the North American box office but earned only $31.5 million, well below expectations.


    • Which classroom setting suits you?

    In today’s 360 video, visit three third-grade math classes to see different educational environments at work.

    • Tracking Penn Station’s troubles.

    “If we don’t start getting work done in the station, we’re going to wreck.” An Amtrak manager expressed frustration more than a year before three derailments at the New York City transit hub forced disruptive emergency repairs.

    An investigation by The Times shows how Amtrak’s engineering supervisors had to compete for work time with contractors for projects backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    • In memoriam.

    Connie Hawkins was a basketball sensation, but his career was unjustly derailed when the N.B.A. barred him until his prime years had passed over suspicions of involvement in a college point-shaving scandal. He was 75.

    Vladimir Voevodsky, a college dropout and Fields Medal winner, upended mathematical thinking to such a degree that he changed the meaning of the equals sign. He was 51.

    • Quotation of the day.

    “Everyone’s safe. Just a few pumpkin casualties.”

    — Jeanne Tagge, organizer of a pumpkin patch in Pass Christian, Miss. A storm surge from Hurricane Nate scattered thousands of the pumpkins up and down the beach. The Category 1 storm made landfall Saturday.

    Back Story

    This was a big weekend for Kesen, one of the many communities in Japan devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

    Kesen reopened its Buddhist temple on Sunday. Hiroko Masuike, a Times photo editor who often chooses the images for our briefings, was there to capture the moment.

    Ms. Masuike has been making twice-yearly visits to document residents’ struggles since the disaster, which killed almost 16,000 people and caused nuclear plant meltdowns.

    In one village, the tsunami killed more than 200 people and reduced most buildings to rubble.

    The disaster’s scars are still visible, Ms. Masuike said. Most residents have moved away, and only about 10 buildings have been rebuilt.

    But Kesen’s story is one of resilience, she said. A monk named Nobuo Kobayashi stayed and, by selling land and accepting donations, rebuilt the 1,100 year-old Buddhist Kongoji Temple on higher ground. Its statues were painstakingly restored.

    On Sunday, about 300 people gathered for the reopening. Monks from all over Japan chanted sutras for those who perished, Ms. Masuike said. “They prayed for the temple to stay here forever.”

    Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.


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    Published at Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:33:38 +0000