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23:40, 12 February 2018

The Obamas, Olympic Games, Republican Party: Your Evening Briefing

The Obamas, Olympic Games, Republican Party: Your Evening Briefing

The Obamas, Olympic Games, Republican Party: Your Evening Briefing


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Good evening. Here’s the most current.

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1. President Trump sent Congress his vision for a federal budget, calling for large increases in military spending and cuts to Medicaid and other entitlements, although discarding longtime Republican orthodoxy about cutting deficits.

But it has almost zero opportunity of getting enacted as written, our correspondent writes. Congress controls the federal purse strings and has its personal plan.

Mr. Trump also desires to offer you $100 billion in federal incentives to spur $1.five trillion in infrastructure spending over the subsequent decade. Lawmakers appear doubtful on that a single, also.


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two. The Senate desires to construct an immigration bill from scratch.

It started an open-ended debate that could decide the fate of the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as Dreamers. With the clock ticking after months of congressional inaction, no one knows how this effort will turn out.

“This is going to be an uncertain, wild week,” mentioned 1 immigrants’ rights advocate. Above, activists this month.


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three. Republicans have structural advantages in the race for handle of the Residence this fall. But they’re eroding.

These factors — like incumbency, geography and gerrymandering — have been offset by the retirements of Republican representatives and court rulings that have altered or torn up Republican-drawn congressional maps.

They nonetheless have sufficient going for them to win the Property even if they lose the well-liked vote by a wide margin. But their edge has shrunk significantly.


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four. At the Winter Olympics, the Dutch team swept the first women’s speed skating event and Mikael Kingsbury of Canada won gold in moguls skiing. Here’s our complete coverage from Pyeongchang, South Korea. Above, the U.S. skaters Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani winning bronze.

Fascination has surrounded North Korea’s cheerleaders, praised as human olive branches and criticized as singing, dancing spearheads of a propaganda campaign. Here’s what we’ve discovered about them.

And a single of our most well-known stories today is a throwback: In 1982, the Norwegian cross-nation skier Oddvar Bra collided with a skier from the Soviet Union. Somehow, a national myth was born. (So far, Norway is leading the medal count.)


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five. A large oil spill — one particular unlike any prior to — is beginning to contaminate some of the most critical fishing grounds in Asia.

Up to 111,000 metric tons of nearly invisible condensate, a toxic, liquid byproduct of natural gas production, have flowed into the East China Sea following a fiery collision sank an Iranian tanker a month ago. Above, a purchaser checking fish on an island near Shanghai.


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6. 5 months right after Hurricane Maria, numerous Puerto Ricans are nonetheless in limbo.

Thousands of households have been staying in hotel rooms offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as they make a decision whether or not to go back or forge ahead elsewhere. Above, a father and son at a Red Roof Inn in Hartford, Conn.

Several have described confusion and anxiety about regardless of whether they will be capable to keep as deadlines rapidly method — for some, as quickly as this week.

“Time is against us,” one particular woman stated.


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7.You may possibly believe that the country’s tap water is normally safe, apart from outlier areas like Flint, Mich. Not necessarily.

A new study found that, because 1982, in between three and ten % of the United States’ water systems have violated federal overall health standards every single year.

Here’s what we know about the areas that struggle to meet the federal rules.


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8.How ought to allergies be portrayed in children’s motion pictures? Not the way Sony’s newly released “Peter Rabbit” did, numerous parents agreed, drawing an apology from the filmmakers.

Slingshot-wielding rabbits exploit Mr. MacGregor’s allergy to blackberries by launching one into his mouth. He injects himself with an EpiPen but experiences anaphylaxis and collapses.

“I’m quite positive Beatrix Potter will be turning in her grave about now,” one woman in Britain mentioned.


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9. The unveiling of presidential portraits often draws tiny notice.

Not so as Barack and Michelle Obama became the 1st African-American presidential couple to have their likenesses enshrined at the National Portrait Gallery. They chose African-American artists to render them — Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.

“Mr. Wiley depicts Mr. Obama not as a self-assured, standard-problem bureaucrat, but as an alert and troubled thinker,” our critic Holland Cotter writes. “Ms. Sherald’s image of Mrs. Obama overemphasizes an element of couturial spectacle, but also projects a rock-solid cool.”


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10. A single down, 51 to go.

Jada Yuan, The Times’s significantly-envied new travel columnist, began her yearlong tour of our 52 Locations to Go list with a trip to New Orleans.

On her very first go to to the city, eight years ago, she writes, she danced in the streets so a lot that she wore holes via the bottoms of her brand-new sneakers. It was “the only location in the globe where I’ve had such a good time that the footwear melted proper off my feet.”

On this visit, she identified a city in the midst of an upswing, with a fierce pride and a spirit of forgiveness. Here’s her complete dispatch.

Have a excellent evening.


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Published at Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:02:51 +0000

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