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February 20, 2018

Europe Edition: Syria, Latvia, Oxfam: Your Tuesday Briefing
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.... More >>

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced
Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia were focused on Robert Mueller. But after news broke about the shooting, they quickly changed their focus.... More >>

School Shootings Put Teachers in New Role as Human Shields
Around the country, teachers are reflecting on whether they are prepared to take a bullet for their students. “I think about it all the time,” one said.... More >>

Trump Adds Cautious Support to Changes to Background Checks for Gun Buyers
The White House press secretary said that Mr. Trump had spoken to Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, about legislation to revamp background checks.... More >>

How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online
With imperfect English and tireless posting on Facebook and Twitter, Russian trolls summoned Americans to rallies, praised Donald J. Trump and played on political divisions.... More >>

Indictment Leaves No Doubt: Russia Backed Trump. But Was It the Difference?
The charges against 13 Russians have injected a new twist into a debate that has consumed the political universe since the final hours of election night: How did Trump do it?... More >>

The Shift: On Russia, Facebook Sends a Message It Wishes It Hadn’t
Some Facebook executives still seem more interested in defending themselves from criticism than owning their mistakes related to the 2016 election.... More >>

In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military
A surge in spending on the armed forces has opened new avenues for the graft and cronyism that many see as Ukraine’s most dangerous enemy.... More >>

The Arrest Was a Bust. The Officers Got Overtime Anyway.
A federal trial in Brooklyn is set to explore the issue of so-called collars for dollars. The implications could be far-reaching.... More >>

Rob Porter’s Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger
The White House aide who resigned in a domestic abuse scandal that engulfed the White House was known for his ambition at Harvard and on Capitol Hill.... More >>

White House Memo: White House Seeks to Move On From Abuse Scandal. But What Did It Learn?
A better-not-to-know approach in the White House allowed the Rob Porter problem to fester and raises questions about whether officials are capable of creating a better system.... More >>

Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids
Beyond facilitating a $130,000 payment to silence a pornographic film actress, Donald Trump’s lawyer spent years making aggressive behind-the-scenes efforts to protect him.... More >>

Iran, Deeply Embedded in Syria, Expands ‘Axis of Resistance’
Iran is training thousands of militiamen in Syria and deploying drones and precision weapons. Its goal, say analysts: a united front in any war with Israel.... More >>

Netanyahu to Iran: ‘Do Not Test Israel’s Resolve’
Brandishing what he said was part of an Iranian drone shot down by the Israeli military, the prime minister warned in a speech in Munich against crossing Israel’s “red lines.”... More >>

Op-Ed Contributor: Tara Lipinski: It’s Time to Take Risks in the Rink Again
America’s female figure skaters came up under a system that rewarded clean skating over innovation. But that doesn’t produce champions.... More >>

Op-Ed Columnist: Respect First, Then Gun Control
One reaction to the Florida school shooting is the shaming of supporters of gun rights. But there’s a more productive approach.... More >>

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Nashville’s Mayor Has Stumbled. Who Will Cast the First Stone?
Megan Barry’s affair with a subordinate has her opponents outraged. The rest of us aren’t sure what to think.... More >>

Op-Ed Columnist: The Content of the G.O.P.’s Character
The personal is political: A bad-faith party attracts bad people.... More >>

Op-Ed Contributors: Did George Washington Predict Donald Trump?
In an era of disunity, partisanship and allegations of Russian election meddling, the first president’s farewell address seems prescient.... More >>

Op-Ed Contributor: Coal’s Continuing Decline
New signs that, despite President Trump’s campaign promise, this fossil fuel won’t be back.... More >>

Op-Ed Contributors: A Better Way to Protect Mueller
Robert Bork, criticized for his role in the Saturday Night Massacre, also made sure the president couldn’t easily fire another special prosecutor.... More >>

Op-Ed Contributors: A Placeholder Prime Minister Departs. What Comes Next?
In Ethiopia, continued authoritarianism in the face of fierce and determined protests will be futile.... More >>

On Olympics: In Ice Dancing, the Electric Tops the Ethereal
Behind an athletic and expressive performance, Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir edged the seamless movements of France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron to earn gold.... More >>

N.B.A. Owner Backs Lawsuit Against Russian Doping Whistle-Blower
Mikhail D. Prokhorov, a Russian oligarch and owner of the Nets, is financing a defamation suit that attacks the credibility of Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov.... More >>

Bobsled Team Represents Nigeria Loosely, but Women Truly
The team’s three women were born in the United States, but they have attracted a following for their aim to inspire a generation of women to follow in their footsteps.... More >>

Shiffrin Pulls Out of Downhill, Leaving Only One Chance to Face Vonn
A rare showdown between the stars of the U.S. ski team will have to wait for the Alpine combined after Mikaela Shiffrin changed her mind about entering the downhill.... More >>

German Olympians Drink a Lot of (Nonalcoholic) Beer, and Win a Lot of Gold Medals
The brewery Krombacher has supplied about 1,000 gallons of nonalcoholic beer to the athletes’ village. It’s commonly consumed as a sports drink in Germany.... More >>

Trump Endorses Mitt Romney’s Run for Utah Senate Seat
Mr. Romney, who has publicly clashed with Mr. Trump in the past, has signaled he plans to serve as a check on the president if he is elected.... More >>

Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans
The upturn follows an aggressive advertising campaign by the party and coincides with an eroding Democratic lead in polls gauging midterm election prospects.... More >>

GŁnter Blobel, Nobel Laureate Who Found Cell ‘ZIP Codes,’ Dies at 81
Dr. Blobel, at Rockefeller University, discovered that proteins in any given cell carry signals that guide them to where they can do their beneficial job.... More >>

‘Black Panther’ Is No. 1 on the Album Charts, Too
The superhero film has broken box office records, and now its soundtrack, featuring Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and SZA, has opened in the top spot.... More >>

Rhodes Scholarships Go Global as Students From Anywhere Now Qualify
The program to study at Oxford, created in 1902 for students from English-speaking countries, has been expanding and opening to more of the world.... More >>

As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma
President Trump’s efforts to undermine the health law have widened the gap between those who get government aid and those who don’t, deepening resentments.... More >>

Wealth Matters: 5 Tips to Weather a Turbulent Stock Market
Market volatility is normal. Don’t fret. This advice from professionals could help prevent a volatile ride from derailing your financial planning.... More >>

Little Italy Is Very Little, and Not Very Italian
A fire at the oldest Italian restaurant in the neighborhood further erodes the authenticity of an area that’s now better known for its souvenir shops.... More >>

Watch Ping-Pong Make Its New York Philharmonic Debut
Table-tennis-playing soloists swing paddles, hand drums, small gongs and even a wine glass in Andy Akiho’s unconventional concerto, “Ricochet.”... More >>

Why A.I. Researchers at Google Got Desks Next to the Boss
At Google, Facebook and other tech companies, executives are making statements about priorities with their seating charts.... More >>

A Good Appetite: A Complex Red Bean Stew From Georgia
With its mix of raw and browned onions, fresh herbs and a pungent hit of garlic, lobio is a far-from-ordinary bean dish.... More >>

What to Do With a Day Off
Step one: Give yourself permission to actually take the day off.... More >>

Standing for 6 Hours Burns an Extra 54 Calories
You could lose over five pounds in a year by choosing to stand rather than sit — if you didn’t find other ways to make up for the calorie deficit.... More >>

Phys Ed: Lift Weights, Eat More Protein, Especially if You’re Over 40
Eating more protein can significantly augment the effects of lifting weights, a review of research found.... More >>

The Checkup: Taking Playtime Seriously
Experts say it’s essential to give kids time and space to play.... More >>

An Unlikely Youth Revolution at the Paris Opera
Nearly 100,000 people younger than age 28 came to see the centuries-old company last season, contradicting a worldwide trend of aging opera audiences.... More >>

Still Making Art, and Sly Jokes, at Age 91
Geta Bratescu spent most of her career in obscurity in Communist Romania. Late in life she came to international recognition, and now has a major show in Los Angeles.... More >>

The Secret of Success in a Chilly Classic Car Market
Auction prices for high-end collectible automobiles have dropped as specialists have replaced speculators. Cars that do sell have one thing in common: They still work.... More >>

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Inside the Fevered Minds of Sports Fans
To write “Superfans,” George Dohrmann spoke to everyday fans, academics and scientists about what it is that drives our vicarious competitive mania.... More >>

The Power of Wearing Flowers
The impulse to adorn ourselves with flora is as old as civilization itself. Here, three floral artists offer new takes on the most atavistic — and enduring — of traditions.... More >>

Bitcoin Thieves Threaten Real Violence for Virtual Currencies
Criminals have been going after big holders of Bitcoin and Ether, taking advantage of the ease with which vast virtual currency riches can be transferred.... More >>

Want Cleaner Air? Try Using Less Deodorant
Consumer products like perfume, pesticides and paint can contribute as much to city air pollution as cars.... More >>

The New Health Care: How Dental Inequality Hurts Americans
Lack of dental care through Medicaid not only harms people’s health, but has negative economic implications as well.... More >>

Vocations: At Chobani, Adding Flavor to Yogurt While Watching Calories
A food scientist tries to convert ideas for enticing flavors into products that don’t contain too many calories and grams of sugar. That balance can be tricky.... More >>


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