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Washington holds its breath
• President Trump is anticipated to inform Congress nowadays that he has no objections to creating public a extensively discussed secret memo about the F.B.I.’s Russia inquiry, ignoring the guidance of best law enforcement officials.
Soon after that, it is up to the Residence Intelligence Committee to release it.
Written by Republican aides, the memo is said to accuse the Justice Division and F.B.I. of abusing their authority. Here’s our overview of the document, which Democrats say is actually an try to undermine the special counsel, Robert Mueller.
• The man behind the memo, Representative Devin Nunes of California, once referred to as his fellow Republicans “lemmings in suicide vests.” He has become a hero to Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters.
Push and pull on North Korea
• The White Residence wants more options for a military strike against the nuclear-armed regime of Kim Jong-un, officials say.
But the Pentagon has been reluctant to supply them. Giving President Trump also numerous alternatives, the officials stated, could enhance the odds that he will act.
• Tensions bubbled to the surface this week with the disclosure that the White Home had abandoned plans to nominate a prominent Korea specialist, Victor Cha, as ambassador to South Korea. Mr. Cha had warned administration officials against a “preventive” military strike.
When a refugee tale isn’t accurate
• At a camp in Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, one of our correspondents met youngsters who have been mentioned to have arrived without their families.
“Within an hour, I had a notebook filled with the type of quotes that pull at heartstrings,” she writes. “Little of it was true.”
To compete for relief supplies, refugees have learned to make their stories far more dramatic. Crying babies get pushed to the front of the line.
• But false narratives devalue the really genuine horrors that have been inflicted upon the Rohingya by Myanmar’s security forces. They also buttress the Myanmar government’s contention that what is happening is not ethnic cleansing, as the international community suggests, but foreign trickery.
A new way to get the news
• Soon, you can expertise Instances journalism in 3 dimensions, just by picking up your smartphone.
Augmented reality technologies will bring our report to you in a way that makes it more instant than ever. Next week, for instance, you’ll be capable to see Winter Olympics athletes in 3-D, and from distinct angles.
• You can start experimenting now. Here’s a lot more about what you will need to use AR.
• The financial recovery is in its ninth year, but average hourly earnings are barely outpacing inflation, even in a tight job marketplace. A number of elements may possibly be involved.
President Trump is claiming lots of credit for good financial indicators. How a lot does he deserve? Our business columnist weighs in.
• Amazon has won two patents for a wristband that can nudge a human hand in the proper path — toward a warehouse bin, say.
• “My infant virtually died.” A French dairy giant had to recall more than 7,000 tons of goods, which includes child formula, that were contaminated with salmonella.
Ideas, each new and old, for a far more fulfilling life.
• Waiting months for a replacement iPhone battery? We have tips.
• These six measures can turn a setbackinto an advantage.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the secret Republican memo.
• The week in good news
• Quiz time!
Did you preserve up with this week’s news? Test your self.
• Ready for the weekend
In honor of Black History Month, our film critics suggest 28 important films that convey the bigger history of black Americans in cinema.
• Greatest of late-evening Television
Devin Nunes is not a lap dog, Jimmy Kimmel said. “He’s a lot more of a retriever.”
• Quotation of the day
“There’s so much pressure to be a ideal immigrant. They essentially want us to save babies from burning buildings, have a five. GPA and become medical doctors. But I’m just teaching these tiny humans to be wonderful Americans.”
— Karen Reyes, a unique-education teacher who recently lost the legal protections for young immigrants recognized as Dreamers.
• The Times, in other words
Today is Groundhog Day, the annual occasion that celebrates weather-predicting rodents.
The Feb. 2 tradition predicting the arrival of spring really predates any groundhog link, stretching back to the ancient Christian vacation of Candlemas. According to an old English rhyme:
“If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,
Winter will have an additional flight
But if it be dark with clouds and rain,
Winter is gone, and will not come once again.”
The notion arrived in the U.S. with European immigrants. Although there are a lot of events, the most celebrated is in Punxsutawney, Pa.
Each year, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his winter’s nap at a location named Gobbler’s Knob. (In fact, he’s looking for a mate.)
Tradition holds that if Phil sees his shadow, it signifies six much more weeks of winter. No shadow, and an early spring is on the way.
(It’s more complicated: According to a local club, Phil speaks in “Groundhogese,” a language understood only by the club president, who translates Phil’s prediction.)
It’s all in enjoyable, of course. That’s a excellent thing for the groundhog: Since 1887, according to one particular tally, he’s been right only 39 percent of the time.
Charles McDermid contributed reporting.
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Published at Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:03:05 +0000