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February 18, 2018

Florida, Mueller, Olympics: Your Weekend Briefing
Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.... More >>

Asia and Australia Edition: Iran, Russia, Olympics: Your Monday Briefing
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.... More >>

What a Soldier Killed in Niger Left Behind
Jenna was relieved when her boyfriend, a U.S. Special Forces soldier, told her he was deploying to Africa, rather than to a war zone like Iraq or Afghanistan. When he was killed in an ambush in Niger, she was left with the fragments of their imagined future.... More >>

News Analysis: Trump’s Conspicuous Silence Leaves a Struggle Against Russia Without a Leader
President Trump depicted indictments charging Russians with interfering in America’s politics as a vindication for himself rather than a threat to the United States.... More >>

Trump Blames Obama and Democrats for Failing to Stop Russian Meddling
The president seemed to embrace the idea that sowing discord in American politics had been Russia’s aim, after previously saying little to acknowledge a threat.... More >>

Fact Check: Trump Falsely Claims, ‘I Never Said Russia Did Not Meddle’
Here are eight times President Trump has rejected or otherwise doubted that Moscow had a role in interfering with the 2016 presidential election.... More >>

For Parents of Shooting Victims, a Support Network That Keeps Growing
Those who have lost children in earlier tragedies will reach out to the newest grieving parents to console, advise and often recruit them to the gun control cause.... More >>

As Victims Are Mourned in Florida, a Search for Solace, and Action
Funerals and worship services after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., saw grief expressed in anguish, fury and a call to faith. “Our world is broken,” one pastor said, “but Jesus is not.”... More >>

Florida Agency Investigated Nikolas Cruz After Violent Social Media Posts
After visiting and questioning Mr. Cruz at his home in 2016, the Department of Children and Families determined he was not a risk to himself or others.... More >>

Trump Should Get Behind Romney’s Candidacy, McConnell Says
In an interview, Senator Mitch McConnell said that Mitt Romney’s Senate run was an illustration of Republicans’ improving fortunes entering a challenging midterm campaign.... More >>

Chief of Staff Orders an Overhaul for Security Clearances
John F. Kelly suggested that there were serious shortcomings with the system for vetting officials with access to the country’s most closely guarded secrets.... More >>

When Calling an Uber Can Pay Off for Cities and States
New taxes and fees on ride-hailing services have raised millions of dollars for transportation, infrastructure, and even public schools.... More >>

Finding a Lock of George Washington’s Hair, and a Link to American History
A librarian going through a book at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., found a thin envelope that may add to the odd history of a founding father’s hair.... More >>

Opinion: A Message From the Club No One Wants to Join
My son was killed in a school shooting. No parent should have to endure this pain.... More >>

Op-Ed Contributor: Don’t Let My Classmates’ Deaths Be in Vain
I am a freshman at the high school where 17 people were killed. If you have a heart, you need to advocate for change so this never happens again.... More >>

News Analysis: Russia Isn’t the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It, Too.
America has long used cash and propaganda to try to steer the outcome of foreign votes.... More >>

Opinion: This Isn’t What the Tea Party Fought For
President Trump and Congress are undoing our hard work.... More >>

Op-Ed Columnist: You’re Wrong! I’m Right!
On both sides we’re too quick to reject the other’s views.... More >>

Sporting: Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women
Whatever happened to sweatpants?... More >>

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Tyranny of Convenience
All the personal tasks in our lives are being made easier. But at what cost?... More >>

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: A University of, by and for the People
Land-grant colleges give all Americans access to an education no matter how much money their parents have.... More >>

Op-Ed Contributor: Russia Wanted Trump to Win. And It Wanted to Get Caught.
Its election interference didn’t aim at just the outcome — it also targeted attitudes toward our democracy.... More >>

On Olympics: Why the Pyeongchang Games Are Different From All the Others
South Korea has imprinted its iridescent style on the Olympics, making it a feast for the senses, with bold food, bright colors and brash graphics.... More >>

Ski Ace Ted Ligety Bows Out of Olympics. Will It Be for Good?
Although he changed the sport, he finished 15th in the giant slalom on Sunday, well behind the gold medal winner, Marcel Hirscher of Austria.... More >>

Russian Athlete May Lose Olympic Medal After Failed Doping Test
A Russian curler who won a bronze medal in Pyeongchang has failed a preliminary doping test, complicating Russia’s efforts to move past a vast, state-backed cheating scheme.... More >>

Far From the Games, a Canadian Skater Says Russia Cost Him a Spot
How doping in Russia and a protracted investigative process helped deny William Dutton a ticket to the Olympics.... 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 >>

News Analysis: U.S. Revives Concerns About European Defense Plans, Rattling NATO Allies
After pressing European nations to spend more on their security, Americans now worry that their projects could weaken the Atlantic alliance and block U.S. defense contractors from deals.... More >>

Brendan Cox, Husband of Murdered U.K. Lawmaker, Resigns Over Abuse Accusations
The husband of Jo Cox stepped down from two charities created in her memory over allegations of inappropriate conduct from 2015.... More >>

E.P.A. Chief Pruitt Postpones Trip to Israel Amid Scrutiny of High-Priced Travel
The trip, which already had been postponed once before, was intended to focus on water issues. The agency declined to give a reason for the delay.... More >>

Second Afghan Governor Defies Kabul Order to Resign, Adding to U.S. Headache
The refusal by Abdul Karim Khadam, who leads Samangan Province, to step down deepened a political schism between President Ashraf Ghani and regional leaders.... More >>

Homelessness, Step by Step
New York City makes it hard to enter shelters, and the housing market makes it hard to leave them. The process has many phases — the stages of homelessness.... More >>

President or Luxury Towers: Either Way, Trump Is the Rage in India
President Trump’s eldest son is headed to India on a sales trip for the family’s real estate business. Indians are star-struck by a family both rich and famous.... More >>

Driven From Island Homes by Storms, Dialysis Patients Can Do Little but Wait
More than 200 patients were evacuated to the mainland United States when hurricanes blasted their islands last fall. Many are still in Atlanta, unable to go home safely.... More >>

Out of Prison, Fiancée in Kayak Case Says, ‘I’m Not Heartless’
Nearly three years after her arrest in the drowning death of her fiancé, Angelika Graswald speaks publicly about the case that drew widespread attention.... More >>

The WeWork Manifesto: First, Office Space. Next, the World.
The brash, ambitious founders of WeWork, a global network of shared office spaces, want nothing less than to transform the way we work, live and play.... More >>

How an Indie-Rock Star Is Made in 2018
The singer and songwriter Lucy Dacus, 22, was deemed “up next.” Then she had to actually make the album.... More >>

4 Free Apps That Can Earn You Extra Cash
A few free apps can earn you a few bucks as long as you know what you’re getting into. They won’t fund your retirement, but they’ll help you pay for that latte.... More >>

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

Self-Helped: How One Book Changed My Relationship With Money
The nine-step money-management system in “Your Money or Your Life” allowed both its writers to retire early.... More >>

Playlist: The Playlist: Frank Ocean Rescues ‘Moon River,’ and 10 More New Songs
Hear the week's most notable tracks from Courtney Barnett, Gregory Porter, Tinashe and more.... More >>

‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Records and Hollywood Myths
“Black Panther” arrived to a record-setting $218 million in Presidents’ Day weekend ticket sales in North America and a global total of $387 million.... More >>

Vows: Headfirst With a Helmet, and Headlong Without
The bride, who is working toward the 2022 Olympics, is used to going full speed into anything she does — including love.... More >>

Art Review: Now at MoMA, a Work That Fidel Castro Banned 18 Years Ago
Tania Bruguera’s “Untitled (Havana, 2000)” is recreated, with a tunnel, nude bodies and videos of Fidel Castro. The work asks questions about history and politics.... More >>

Eat: A Chef’s Dream to Restore an Ancient West African Grain
For the Senegalese-American chef Pierre Thiam, a meal with fonio tastes of both past and future.... More >>

Sunday Routine: How Salt Bae, Restaurateur, Spends His Sundays
Nusret Gokce has moved into the Plaza Hotel in order to be close to his new restaurant, Nusr-Et, where he spends most of the day.... More >>

Big City: Cool-Looking and Sweet, Juul Is a Vice Teens Can’t Resist
The e-cigarettes, in flavors like Mango and Fruit Medley, offer rebellion in a sharply designed package that appeals to a driven generation.... More >>

In Allergy Bullying, Food Can Hurt
An attack with allergens shown in a “Peter Rabbit” scene mirrors real-life threats to kids’ health, parents say.... More >>

Is It ‘Natural’? Consumers, and Lawyers, Want to Know
When products are labeled natural, the court challenges begin, raising questions about whether labeling is really misleading or simply fodder for a lawsuit.... More >>

Adolescence: How to Talk With Teenagers About Vaping
It’s often useful for parents to articulate high expectations in one breath and acknowledge the limits of their power in the next.... More >>


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