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April 22, 2018

Earth Day, North Korea, Michael Cohen: Your Weekend Briefing
Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.... More >>

Scott Pruitt Before the E.P.A.: Fancy Homes, a Shell Company and Friends With Money
The E.P.A. chief is under scrutiny for high spending and interactions with lobbyists. Many of the pitfalls he has encountered in Washington have echoes in his past.... More >>

Scott Pruitt Met With Lobbyist Whose Wife Rented Him a $50-a-Night Condo
The disclosure contradicts earlier statements that lobbying by J. Steven Hart before the E.P.A. hadn’t occurred.... More >>

China, Feeling Left Out, Has Plenty to Worry About in North Korea-U.S. Talks
Beijing fears that a grand deal with the North’s longtime enemies could diminish its influence over Pyongyang, experts said.... More >>

Trump Rejects Notion He Has Made Too Many Concessions to North Korea
President Trump, in defending his actions before a planned summit meeting, incorrectly claimed that North Korea had “agreed to denuclearization.”... More >>

Macron Takes a Risk in Courting Trump, but Has Little to Show for It
The French president leaves on Monday for a state visit to Washington, where he will try, once again, to close the gap with President Trump on climate change, Iran and trade.... More >>

As Another Pence Runs for Congress, His Business Record Raises Questions
Greg Pence, the vice president’s brother, is mounting something of a stealth campaign, years after leading a chain that went bankrupt and being sued over personal debts.... More >>

America Before Earth Day: Smog and Disasters Spurred the Laws Trump Wants to Undo
Nearly 50 years ago, environmental disasters in the United States spurred a popular movement that culminated in new protections and helped to inspire the first Earth Day. Now, many of those protections are under threat.... More >>

Zar Mountain Journal: Smothered by Smog, Polish Cities Rank Among Europe’s Dirtiest
Burning coal is a part of daily life in Poland. As a result the country has some the most polluted air in the European Union, and 33 of its 50 dirtiest cities.... More >>

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads
Antonio Banderas, enough said. Meet Cuba’s new president. Say hello again to Janelle MonŠe. And give a listen to our new podcast, “Caliphate.”... More >>

The Week in Good News: The Boston Marathon, Kendrick Lamar, a Honeybee Delivery
Sometimes it seems as if we’re living under a constant barrage of heavy news. But it isn’t all bad out there.... More >>

We Are Conservatives and We Believe Climate Change Is Real
The fight against climate change is a nonpartisan issue across the globe except, of course, in the United States.... More >>

Opinion: States Are Doing What Scott Pruitt Won’t
The federal government may ignore the environment, but we can’t afford to.... More >>

Opinion: Adapting to American Decline
The United States is losing its influence as its relative power erodes. How should it manage the transition without destabilizing everyone else?... More >>

An American Woman Quits Smiling
Appearing happy is a cultural expectation. And I was tired of it.... More >>

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Despairing on Earth Day? Read This
Over time, mass migration to cities could be a driver of environmental progress.... More >>

On Campus: The Soul-Crushing Student Essay
A freshman finally asks the clarifying question: “Do you mean we can write with the word ‘I’?”... More >>

Sporting: Why Men Quit and Women Don’t
Despite awful weather at the Boston Marathon, women seemed to hold up better than men.... More >>

Op-Ed Columnist: The Republicans’ Big Senate Mess
A convict in West Virginia, bondage in Missouri and a wacky contest for control of the chamber.... More >>

Exposures: The Real Cost of Cheap Shirts
Factory workers in Bangladesh toil for low wages and under precarious conditions to make clothing worn worldwide.... More >>

Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 57 Afghans in Kabul
The bomber struck at a government office where Afghans were registering to vote, raising concerns that violence will tarnish long-delayed elections.... More >>

Naked Gunman Kills 4 at Waffle House in Nashville, Police Say
The police said four others were wounded in the shooting, during which a patron wrestled away the gunman’s rifle. The suspect remained at large.... More >>

Texas Boy Killed by Truck as His School Held a Walkout on Guns
The boy had been trying to cross a busy highway in El Paso. He was not participating in the protest and was part of a group of students headed to a park, officials said.... More >>

Korean Air Heiresses, One Known for ‘Nut Rage,’ Lose Their Jobs
The conglomerate removed the two sisters after they were accused of abusing employees, and the family is vilified in South Korea.... More >>

Overseer Faults Volkswagen’s Reform Efforts Since Emissions Scandal
Larry Thompson, a former U.S. deputy attorney general, said the carmaker had not held wrongdoers accountable or been serious enough about change.... More >>

A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust
Air Force personnel are working to complete a $110 million airfield that will be used to strike extremists in West and North Africa, a region where most Americans have no idea the country is fighting.... More >>

As Rod Rosenstein Battles to Protect Mueller, His Tactics Could Cost the Justice Dept.
Under siege by the president’s allies in the House, Mr. Rosenstein has acceded to some demands. But his allies worry that may expose the Justice Department to political meddling.... More >>

Cannabis Flowers Are Legal in Italy. You Just Can’t Eat or Smoke Them.
The new cannabis product has created a booming but unregulated economy in Italy. Is it a bubble waiting to be burst?... More >>

Works in Progress: Dance Like the Principal Is Watching
At Ballet Tech, a Manhattan public school, students spend most of the year getting ready for the big show at the Joyce Theater in June.... More >>

Watch How a Pop Hit Is Made
Using voice memos, demos, texts and interviews, we reconstruct the wild ride of how Zedd, Maren Morris and a 23-year-old songwriter turned a few chords into an enormous hit, “The Middle.”... More >>

Vows: 36 Years Later, He’s Out of the Friend Zone
The high school crush that Joe Pantaleo had on Diana Ellis Jewell has lasted decades, but it wasn’t until recently that they reconnected and dated.... More >>

Explorer: At Basin and Range National Monument, Landscapes, Art and Aliens
The sprawling Nevada wilderness spared by the Trump administration offers desert vistas, petroglyphs and the celebrated “City” sculpture. Getting there really is part of the fun.... More >>

Tech Tip: Reclaim Your Screen From Scammers
Internet con artists hope their crafty coding will fool you into asking for their fraudulent tech-support services, but you can often escape with a few keystrokes.... More >>

Want to Help Schools and Students? Here’s How to Start
After hearing from teachers with difficult conditions and inadequate supplies, many Times readers said they wanted to help, even if they had only a few dollars to spare.... More >>

Skin Deep: What Black Women Need to Know About Hair Loss
For many women who are now letting go of their wigs and weaves, hair loss is no small problem. There are ways to conceal it.... More >>

Playlist: The Playlist: Prince’s Own ‘Nothing Compares 2 U,’ and 12 More New Songs
Ariana Grande’s first new music since the Manchester attack, Taylor Swift on a Sugarland tune and the other tracks that caught our critics’ attention this week.... More >>

Sunday Routine: How Doris Day, Dermatologist, Spends Her Sundays
Dr. Day has lived in the same postwar building in Murray Hill for most of her life. On the weekends, she and her husband like to walk to Chinatown with their dog, Baby.... More >>

Nonfiction: How Picasso Became Picasso
In “Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World,” Miles J. Unger follows the painter’s early career, culminating in “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.”... More >>

On Photography: The Magic of Books Where Photography Meets Essays
On facing pages, text and image can be brought into intimate conversation.... More >>

Album Review: John Prine Returns to Songwriting, Jaunty and Dark, on ‘The Tree of Forgiveness’
The singer and songwriter’s first album of his own new music since 2005 confronts loneliness and mortality.... More >>

Nonfiction: A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story
The Harvard geneticist David Reich details his groundbreaking research into ancient DNA in “Who We Are and How We Got Here.”... More >>

Venture Capitalists Seek ‘Safe Harbor’ for Virtual Currencies
A group led by the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is proposing that some virtual currencies not be regulated as securities.... More >>

A Surprising Way to Eat Vegetables: For Dessert
Many vegetables have more sugar than people realize, making them suitable for dessert, whether it’s at a top restaurant or on your home table.... More >>

What #MeToo Means to Teenagers
While the “Me Too” movement has largely focused on adults, sexual harassment can leave deep and lasting scars on children and teens too.... More >>

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