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A Reader: If You’ve Never Read Russell Baker’s Books, Here’s Where to Start

23 Jan 2019 18:42

The columnist and humorist died on Tuesday. Here’s a look back at six of his most acclaimed — and beloved — books.

‘It’s Not a Wall,’ but Steel Slats and Barbed Wire Roil a Border Town

23 Jan 2019 18:37

Many in Calexico, Calif., were offended when President Trump called improvements to the border fence there “the start of our Southern Border WALL!”

Trump Tells Pelosi He Will Deliver State of the Union, on Capitol Hill

23 Jan 2019 18:34

The president’s letter is the latest move in a game of brinkmanship between the two over the address amid the partial government shutdown.

Opposition Leader Declares Himself Venezuela’s President in Direct Challenge to Maduro

23 Jan 2019 18:23

Demonstrators calling for the ouster of President Nicolás Maduro — who has crushed past uprisings — have new leaders and U.S. support.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reacts to Oscar Nomination for ‘RBG’

23 Jan 2019 18:17

The documentary filmmakers called the Supreme Court justice at home to tell her the news.

Sheila Jackson Lee Leaves 2 Posts After Aide Says She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Assault

23 Jan 2019 18:10

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee will resign as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation after a former aide said she was fired for pursuing a sexual assault case against a supervisor.

Alec Baldwin Pleads Guilty in Fight Over Parking Spot

23 Jan 2019 18:01

The actor, known for his work on “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” pleaded guilty to harassment and agreed to take anger management classes.

Nurse Charged With Sexual Assault of Woman in Vegetative State Who Gave Birth, Police Say

23 Jan 2019 17:51

The Phoenix Police Department said that DNA taken from Nathan Sutherland, 36, a nurse at Hacienda HealthCare, matched that of a boy who was born in December.

During the Lunar Eclipse, Something Slammed Into the Moon

23 Jan 2019 17:49

A flash spotted on livestreams was likely caused by the crash of a tiny, fast-moving meteoroid left behind by a comet.

Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Ind., Joins Democratic 2020 Race

23 Jan 2019 17:13

Mr. Buttigieg has formed an exploratory committee for a run for the White House in 2020, joining an expanding Democratic field.

Fyre Festival’s Organizers Didn’t Pay a Restaurant Owner, So GoFundMe Donors Stepped In

23 Jan 2019 16:51

With two documentaries bringing new attention to the 2017 music festival disaster, people raised more than $177,000 for a Bahamian restaurant owner who was exploited.

On Tennis: Serena Williams’s Absence Gave Her Foes the Chance to Improve

23 Jan 2019 16:46

Karolina Pliskova’s advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open reflected how she had grown in confidence during Williams’s absence.

The Supreme Court Just Ended My Military Career

23 Jan 2019 16:16

The justices chose not to protect the rights of transgender patriots like me.

Watching Brexit Fall Apart

23 Jan 2019 16:11

The referendum to leave the European Union was won on a promise to “take back control.” On the Continent, we wonder whether the British have lost not only control but their minds.

Divisions Over Trump Complicate Unions’ Response to Government Shutdown

23 Jan 2019 16:04

Unions representing civil servants might be expected to speak in unison on getting their members back to work, but differences in tactics and philosophy are emerging.

3 Newborn Endangered Right Whales Seen After Year With No Births

23 Jan 2019 16:01

The sighting this winter of newborn whales off the coasts of Florida and Georgia is being greeted with mild optimism, as the North Atlantic population has dwindled.

The Sounds of Winter

23 Jan 2019 16:00

In Maine, the ice groans and the axes clunk, noises both terrifying and comforting.

Biden’s Paid Speech Buoyed the G.O.P. in Midwest Battleground

23 Jan 2019 15:58

A paid speech by Joe Biden in October helped Fred Upton, a vulnerable Republican, win re-election in Michigan. Biden earned $200,000 for the address.

Russell Baker, Pulitzer-Winning Times Columnist and Humorist, Dies at 93

23 Jan 2019 15:40

Mr. Baker, a backwoods-born Virginian who became one of America’s most celebrated writers, spent decades at The New York Times and hosted “Masterpiece Theater” for years.

4 Arrested and 23 Guns Seized in Plot Against Muslim Enclave in Upstate N.Y.

23 Jan 2019 15:39

Three men and a 16-year-old planned to attack Islamberg, N.Y., using 23 firearms and three improvised explosive devices, police said.

Covington and the Pundit Apocalypse

23 Jan 2019 15:00

Our hasty condemnation of these teenagers reveals the cold truth about hot takes.

Will a New Play Restart a Fire?

23 Jan 2019 15:00

Years after the Supreme Court ruled that New Haven unfairly treated white firefighters who were seeking promotion, “Good Faith” checks in on a wounded city.

Cuomo’s Blunt Subway Strategy: Humiliate the M.T.A. to Force Change

23 Jan 2019 14:32

The mass transit system needs higher fares to shore up its finances. But Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo opposes the increase.

In Poland, the Limits of Solidarity

23 Jan 2019 13:41

The murder of Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk, revealed “absolutely horrifying” political polarization.

El Chapo Trial: The Kingpin’s Mistress Tells All

23 Jan 2019 11:29

Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López met El Chapo when she was 21 years old. Her affair with the kingpin ended in heartbreak.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Leading and Following at the Same Time

23 Jan 2019 11:00

The Democratic electorate has shifted sharply to the left, taking many politicians along with it — willingly and unwillingly.

Feature: A Private Investigator Wanted to Prove His Clients Innocent. Will His Methods Be His Own Undoing?

23 Jan 2019 10:00

In the poorest congressional district in the country, where thousands of people are arrested each year, one former cop with a complicated past made high-profile cases fall apart by insisting that the ends justified his means.

Phys Ed: Even a 20-Second Exercise ‘Snack’ Can Improve Fitness

23 Jan 2019 10:00

As little as 20 seconds of brisk stair climbing, done several times a day, might be enough to increase aerobic fitness.

‘Green Book’ and ‘Miss Daisy’ Fuel a Racial Fantasy. Mookie Knew Better.

23 Jan 2019 09:00

In many Oscar bait movies, interracial friendships come with a paycheck, and follow the white character’s journey to enlightenment.

The Carpetbagger: Oscar Snubs and Surprises: Bradley Cooper, Netflix and ‘Black Panther’

23 Jan 2019 05:21

The director of “A Star Is Born” was left off the ballot and faces stiff competition as an actor. “Roma” helped the streaming service make history.

Report Says Shutdown Is Impeding F.B.I.’s Law Enforcement Efforts

23 Jan 2019 04:01

The group representing the bureau’s special agents pressed for the government to reopen, citing limits on their ability to pursue crime and terrorism.

Why People Ghost — and How to Get Over It

23 Jan 2019 03:00

Time to go ghostbusting.

White House Memo: At the One-Issue White House, the Standoff Over a Border Wall Displaces Other Priorities

23 Jan 2019 02:57

President Trump’s monthlong impasse with Congress over his proposed border wall has all but frozen the rest of his policy agenda.

A Video of Teenagers and a Native American Man Went Viral. Here’s What Happened.

23 Jan 2019 02:40

A close look at the videos that have emerged paints a more complete picture of what happened on Jan. 18 — and how an unlikely convergence of Americans became such a firestorm.

A Second North Korea Summit

23 Jan 2019 01:41

The Trump administration was quick to tout a deal with North Korea. But facts are stubborn things.

As Venezuela Crumbles, Opposition Led by Juan Guaidó Sees an Opportunity

23 Jan 2019 00:45

A new leader, Juan Guaidó, is reviving Venezuela’s discredited opposition, seizing on deteriorating conditions and the growing lack of recognition for Mr. Maduro abroad.

The Interpreter: A Second Brexit Vote Could Worsen the Chaos Created by the First

23 Jan 2019 00:39

The first vote on whether Britain should leave the European Union created more problems than it solved. A second could do much the same — or even worse.

More Schools and Fewer Tanks for the Mideast

22 Jan 2019 23:35

The U.S. should send more soft power and less hard power to the region.

The Covington Scissor

22 Jan 2019 22:06

Welcome to another controversy algorithmically designed to tear America apart.

Scientists Are Teaching the Body to Accept New Organs

22 Jan 2019 22:06

Patients receiving new kidneys and livers must take damaging anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. Now researchers hope to train the immune system instead of just tamping it down.

The U.S. Should Return to Unesco

22 Jan 2019 21:52

Just as the United Nations cultural organization reforms, America and Israel quit. That makes no sense.

Putin’s Dream of Godliness: Holy Russia

22 Jan 2019 21:09

When the Ukrainian Orthodox Church broke from Russia’s, it dealt a blow to President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to portray his country as one people with a single identity.

TRENDING: Take a DNA Test, Then Buy an Airplane Ticket

22 Jan 2019 15:56

For more and more people, learning about their genetic makeup is just the first step. The second is heading to the airport so they can explore their roots in person.

Want to Close the Pay Gap? Pay Transparency Will Help

22 Jan 2019 14:40

It may not be the cure-all to inequity, but we need a starting point.

Personal Health: When Cancer Meets the Internet

21 Jan 2019 10:00

Dr. Google doesn’t always know what’s best.

How Do You Govern Machines That Can Learn? Policymakers Are Trying to Figure That Out

21 Jan 2019 04:28

Dozens of senior policymakers who are trying to agree on rules for artificial intelligence gathered at M.I.T. There was even some consensus.

Nonfiction: A New History of Native Americans Responds to ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’

20 Jan 2019 13:00

David Treuer’s “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee” shows the history of American Indians as more than victimhood.

Encounters: Carmen Ejogo of ‘True Detective’ Dangles in a Circus

18 Jan 2019 15:55

The actress takes a break at the Muse, a circus training center in Brooklyn.

What Professional Organizers Really Do, and How They Can Help You

17 Jan 2019 20:52

When you hear “professional organizer” you may think “reality TV,” but you shouldn’t. Professional organizers can help with projects large and small, and with the psychology of clutter, to boot.

‘Green Book’ Review: A Road Trip Through a Land of Racial Clichés

15 Nov 2018 18:19

A real-life story starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen becomes a feel-good fable buoyed by its lead performances.

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