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Congress returns to a complete plate.

• After a Thanksgiving break, lawmakers are back in Washington right now and facing expanding pressure to end Capitol Hill’s culture of secrecy over sexual harassment.

Beneath a 1995 law, complaints are handled confidentially. Settlements are also kept secret. Members of both parties are calling for the end to such practices.

On Sunday, Representative John Conyers Jr. announced he was stepping aside as the leading Democrat on the Property Judiciary Committee even though an ethics panel investigates allegations that he sexually harassed aides.

Separately, the Senate will commence voting this week on its tax strategy. We looked at a provision in the House’s version that would repeal a 1954 law banning churches and other nonprofit groups from engaging in political activity.

Leandra English v. Donald Trump.

• The battle over who will lead the federal government’s leading customer financial watchdog is headed to court.

Ms. English, the deputy director of the Customer Financial Protection Bureau, was set to turn out to be its short-term chief right after the abrupt resignation of the director, Richard Cordray, on Friday.

But President Trump wants his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, to lead the agency.

Ms. English filed suit on Sunday to block that appointment, and it’s unclear who will be running the bureau this morning.

Iran’s new patriots.

Our correspondent in Tehran reports: “After years of cynicism, sneering or basically tuning out all factors political, Iran’s urban middle classes have been swept up in a wave of nationalist fervor.”

While years in the producing, the changing attitude has been driven by two factors: President Trump and Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional rival.

A $100 billion U.S. arms deal with the Saudis — and the foreign policy moves of the Saudi crown prince — have led to widespread public help in Iran for the tough-line view that Washington and Riyadh cannot be trusted.

Myanmar’s other leader.

• Gen. Min Aung Hlaing has led the military campaign to drive out Rohingya Muslims, an effort that the U.S. has declared to be ethnic cleansing.

He has successfully sidelined Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto civilian leader. She has been heavily criticized for permitting the Rohingya’s expulsion, but she has no authority over the armed forces.

The common is set to meet Pope Francis, who began a trip to the overwhelmingly Buddhist nation nowadays. Some Roman Catholic officials are worried that the pope’s willingness to call out injustice could endanger Myanmar’s Christian minority.

About that Nazi story …

• More than the weekend, The Times published a profile of a white nationalist and Nazi sympathizer in Ohio that led to a lot of criticism.

A lot of readers accused The Times of normalizing neo-Nazi views and behavior.

Our national editor, Marc Lacey, responded to these issues and explained how the piece came about, why we wrote it and why we consider it was crucial. The reporter, Richard Fausset, also provided his thoughts.

The Daily”: Digital privacy at the Supreme Court.

• A string of armed robberies in the Midwest has led to an critical case on Fourth Amendment rights.

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The Meredith Corporation, owner of magazines like Household Circle and Much better Houses and Gardens, is getting Time Inc. for practically $three billion. Meredith has the support of the billionaires Charles and David Koch.

Amazon, hunting for approaches to reduce prices, has been recruiting vendors from India to sell their goods directly on its American internet site.

A confirmation hearing for Jerome Powell, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Reserve, is among the headlines to watch this week.

U.S. stocks were up on Friday. Here’s a snapshot of international markets.

Smarter Living

Ideas, each new and old, for a a lot more fulfilling life.

Take these modest actions to create a happier life.

• You are obtaining better with age. Your makeup must, too.

• Recipe of the day: Spaghetti with a creamy lemon sauce operates for a meatless Monday.

More than the Weekend

In the N.F.L., the Philadelphia Eagles won their ninth straight game. Right here are Sunday’s scores.

Auburn upset leading-ranked Alabama, complicating college football’s playoff image.

Pixar’s “Coco” made $71 million more than the holiday weekend to earn leading spot at North American box offices.


An artist ahead of his time.

In today’s 360 video, an exhibit in Milan focuses on the futuristic function of Lucio Fontana, who died in 1968.

Creating income on the moon.

An international agreement named the Outer Space Treaty spells out what nations are and are not permitted to do in space.

The 50-year-old agreement might be getting in the way of entrepreneurs with plans to push into space farther and more rapidly than agencies like NASA.

Some thing everyone can agree on.

She has grow to be America’s Large Adult Daughter, its triumphant child queen, its reigning diva with the skin texture of a wet avocado.

Meet Fiona, a infant hippo — and social media star — at Cincinnati Zoo.

Quotation of the day.

“In the start off of the season we have Plan A and in the middle we have Plan Z, and then we go around the alphabet like 3 times.”

Ester Ledecka, on juggling her schedule as she tries to turn out to be the first athlete to compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics.

Back Story

“We’ll often have Paris.”

Seventy-5 years ago today, The Instances published its evaluation of “Casablanca,” the romance filmed and released during Globe War II that became one of the most beloved — and oft-quoted — Hollywood motion pictures of all time.

The film is set in Rick’s Café Américain, a swinging bar “through which swirls a backwash of connivers, crooks and fleeing European refugees,” as the Nazis take more than Europe. Vichy France controls the port city — and the exit visas essential to leave it. The value is higher, and refugees are desperate to snag them on the black marketplace.

The stars have been Hollywood A-listers: Humphrey Bogart as Rick Ingrid Bergman as his extended-lost adore, Ilsa and Paul Henreid as her husband, the heroic resistance leader Victor Laszlo.

Mr. Henreid was, in truth, a staunchly anti-Nazi European. Critics have written that the film was strengthened by the numerous refugees and exiles in the supporting cast, such as Madeleine Lebeau, who belts out “La Marseillaise” via tears in one of the most famous scenes.

Noah Isenberg, the author of a recent book on the film, mentioned it nonetheless retains its magic, in component due to the fact it confronts a deep moral query: “Do you stick your neck out?”

Karen Zraick contributed reporting.


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