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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. The Tea Celebration is over for Republicans.
That is the word from our correspondent on Capitol Hill, who writes that the celebration of fiscal restraint showed little of it as it embraced a expensive new bipartisan price range bill. Above center, Senator Rand Paul, who tried to block it.
President Trump signed the bill into law early Friday, right after overnight votes in the Residence and Senate — and a short government shutdown.
two. John Kelly, the White Home chief of employees, told officials he’s prepared to resign over the handling of abuse accusations against Rob Porter, the employees secretary who resigned on Wednesday. Above, the two males together.
Mr. Porter has been accused of domestic violence by two of his ex-wives. He had most recently been dating Hope Hicks, the White Property communications director, who solicited defenses of him when the accusations became public.
For all the turmoil, President Trump warmly praised Mr. Porter on Friday, saying that it was a “tough time” and noting that Mr. Porter had denied the accusations.
3. The opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics took location early Friday — but in the U.S., it won’t be broadcast till eight p.m. Eastern, on NBC. And for the subsequent two and a half weeks, the company’s platforms will air more than two,400 hours of competitors. Here’s how to watch on a selection of platforms and devices.
We spoke with Song Seung-whan, the South Korean actor and theatrical creator who directed the ceremony. He sought to project a vision of unity and peace on the extended-divided peninsula.
The political drama was challenging to beat, as Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea’s leader, sat behind Vice President Mike Pence to watch. (She is fourth from left in the photo above.)
And we’ve designed an totally new way to follow the Olympics: direct messages from Sam Manchester, a single of our editors in Pyeongchang, sent through The New York Occasions app. Sam will take you behind the scenes — and he’s taking concerns and ideas. Here’s the sign-up.
4. “Almost every little thing we’re searching at is bad news.”
That was the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announcing that the quantity of young children who have died from the flu this season has risen to 63. Overall health officials from all states except Oregon and Hawaii are reporting “widespread” flu activity. Above, a hospital area employed for flu patients in Cumming, Ga.
It’s not also late to get your flu shot — the virus persists into the spring. If your medical professional or pharmacy is out of vaccine, the C.D.C. suggests consulting vaccinefinder.org.
five. Waymo and Uber settled a court fight in which the ride-hailing company was accused of stealing trade secrets for self-driving vehicles. Waymo — which is the self-driving vehicle unit under Google’s parent business, Alphabet — will get .34 percent of Uber’s stock, worth about $240 million.
The trial had gripped Silicon Valley, with prominent tech executives and investors testifying in the packed courtroom. The former head of Uber, Travis Kalanick, above, described how his connection with Alphabet’s chief executive had deteriorated amid paranoia about their competing auto projects.
six. We delved into the small-recognized history of a folk song you almost certainly know: “Kumbaya.”
For years, folks believed a white evangelist had composed the song in 1936. Turns out, there’s a recording of a Gullah Geechee man singing it in 1926. The chorus was in fact “Come by Right here,” which in the Gullah accent sounds like cum-by-yah.
The ancestors of the Gullah Geechee had been brought to the southeastern U.S. from West Africa as slaves, and the hymn was a call to God to support people facing oppression. Above, a ceremony honoring these lost to the slave trade in South Carolina final year.
7. Our tech columnist, Farhad Manjoo, reviewed the week in tech news.
Among the most significant stories: Apple’s new smart speaker, the HomePod, has a extended way to go to beat the competitors. And Elon Musk’s rocket launch into space was pretty remarkable. Above, a mannequin in a spacesuit, inside a cherry-red Tesla, cruising by means of space.
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eight. Carrie Mathison is back. We talked to Claire Danes about her famously unstable character ahead of the Season 7 premiere of “Homeland” on Sunday evening.
Our critic applauded Carrie’s return to spycraft in the new season, writing that it’s a pleasure “to watch her pulling her gear out of hiding, or duck into a hotel area and place on a disguise — it is like she’s receiving back into her own skin.”
9. Meet the Dogs of New York. We analyzed each canine registration in the city and discovered some insights about the always-evolving real estate marketplace.
Among the highlights: The poodles of the Upper East Side are moving to the West Village. Yorkies are the most well-liked breed citywide. And there is a pooch named Biggie in each and every borough.
10. Ultimately, an engineering marvel at the Olympics, a new push to market social media literacy and a “jolt of a movie” that creates wonder via myth. (That would be “Black Panther,” above.) It is not all negative news out there.
Here are seven excellent factors we wrote about this week. It is our try to aid you close out the week with a smile, or at least a lighter heart.
Have a fantastic weekend.
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