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White Home, Winter Olympics, New York Fashion Week: Your Monday Briefing

White Home, Winter Olympics, New York Fashion Week: Your Monday Briefing

White Home, Winter Olympics, New York Fashion Week: Your Monday Briefing


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Here’s what you need to know:

Roads and rails (and climate change)

• President Trump is to announce a blueprint right now for $1.5 trillion in spending for transportation and other projects more than the next decade, of which the federal government would be accountable for $100 billion.

“We will construct gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways all across our land,” Mr. Trump mentioned in his State of the Union address. But the program fails to account for expenses from climate adjust, critics say.

The White Home will also announce its budget request these days, including cash for a return to the moon.

Who knew what, when?

• The White Home struggled more than the weekend to give a consistent account of when leading advisers became aware of abuse allegations against Rob Porter, the staff secretary who stepped down last week.

President Trump sought to tamp down speak that he would push out his chief of staff, John Kelly, who mentioned he was prepared to resign more than his handling of the circumstance.

The president, who has a history of defending guys accused of hurting females, expressed sympathy for those accused, lamenting on Saturday that “a mere allegation” could ruin a reputation.

President Trump with Rob Porter final year. On Friday, the president said of Mr. Porter, “He did a quite great job when he was in the White Home, and we wish him properly.”CreditJonathan Ernst/Reuters

Kim’s sister requires Olympic spotlight

• Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, was the talk of the Winter Games over the weekend, without having ever speaking publicly throughout her pay a visit to to South Korea.

Her quietly friendly strategy endeared her to some observers (though not to Vice President Mike Pence). Other folks feared she lulled individuals into forgetting the North’s rights abuses.

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea throughout the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

Separately, NBC apologized following one of its analysts made remarks about South Korea’s painful history with Japan that ignited outrage.

Here aretoday’s results. You can uncover all of our Olympics coverage right here.

Fears of a Mideast “explosion”

• “Across Gaza,” our correspondent writes, “daily life, lengthy a struggle, is unraveling just before people’s eyes.”

A standoff in between Hamas, the militant Islamist group that guidelines the territory, and Fatah, the secular party in the West Bank, has pushed the territory to the brink of collapse.

• The danger of a confrontation with Israel, which has maintained a blockade on Gaza for a lot more than a decade, has also escalated.

Listen to ‘The Daily’: Russia at the Olympics

The nation was banned from the Winter Olympics because of a doping scandal, but 169 men and women are nevertheless competing as “Olympic athletes from Russia.”


The sale of the Weinstein Firm has hit a snag. New York’s lawyer general filed a lawsuit Sunday to block the deal unless it justly compensated Harvey Weinstein’s victims.

Bonuses now represent a larger portion of payroll budgets than salary increases.

Waymo, Google’s self-driving auto unit, settled a lawsuit it had filed against Uber.

Now Waymo faces an even larger fight: competitors from its former engineers.

A report on customer prices could shed light on the inflation fears that helped fuel recent market turmoil. It’s one particular of the headlines to watch this week.

U.S. stocks were up on Friday. Here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets right now.

Smarter Living

Suggestions, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. Celebrate it at home with these recipes.

Here’s what to doif your iPhone battery goes bad.

Go meatless with creamy polenta and mushrooms cooked in soy sauce and butter.

Over the Weekend

A Russian jet crashed shortly right after takeoff close to Moscow, killing all 71 individuals on board.

Democrats plan to redact a memo defending the F.B.I.’s conduct in the Russia investigation, right after President Trump said he wouldn’t declassify it as written.

Two police officers have been shot and killed near Columbus, Ohio, even though responding to a call involving prospective domestic abuse. A suspect is in custody.

Israel clashed with Syrian and Iranian military forces in cross-border strikes that could mark a hazardous new phase in Syria’s civil war.

“Fifty Shades Freed” earned $38.8 million and the prime spot at the North American box workplace. The significantly much more family members-friendly “Peter Rabbit” was second.

Performers at the Sambódromo in Rio de Janeiro early these days. The city’s annual Carnival festivities officially run via Wednesday.CreditLeo Correa/Related Press


A defining moment for black America

A 1st-particular person essay in The Instances Magazine discusses this week’s release of “Black Panther,” and what the film implies for African-Americans.

“We have, for centuries, sought to either find or produce a promised land where we would be untroubled by the criminal horrors of our American existence,” Carvell Wallace writes.

We also spoke withthedirector, Ryan Coogler, and some of the film’s stars.

In memoriam

Asma Jahangir, a Pakistani activist, gained international acclaim by defending the rule of law in a nation exactly where it has faced close to-constant threats. She was 66.

Off the runway

New York Style Week is in complete swing, and a photographer captured the look of the crowd.

Our chief style critic, Vanessa Friedman, reviewed theAlexander Wang and Victoria Beckham shows.

Quotation of the day

“We are dead, but we have breath.”

Zakia Abu Ajwa, 57, who cooks greens normally fed to donkeys for her grandchildren in Gaza, which the U.N. says is near collapse.

The Occasions, in other words

Here’s an image of today’s front web page, and links to our Opinion content material and crossword puzzles.

Back Story

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens in New York these days, an event that bills itself as the world’s greatest dog show. The competition has cultivated a strong following considering that it opened in 1877 at the venue that later became known as Madison Square Garden.

So exactly where did the “Westminster” come from?

The dogs had their day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2016.CreditPhilip Montgomery for The New York Instances

In the 1870s, a group of men met often at the Westminster Hotel close to Union Square. They had an extraordinary affinity for the bar, as well as for dogs, and they decided to put on a dog show.

The Dog Show, 125 Years of Westminster,” by William Stifel, information what occurred next.

They couldn’t agree on the name for their new club. But finally someone suggested that they name it following their preferred bar. The notion was unanimously chosen, we think about, with the hoisting of a dozen drinking arms.

The show is the second-oldest constantly run sporting event in America, following the Kentucky Derby.

The 1st show had more than 1,200 entries, and the judging took many days. (Here’s our 1877 report on the preparations.)

Final year, the show had close to three,000 dogs from all 50 states. Judges hold themselves to two days.

Here’s our collection of stories on the show. We’ll have live coverage on Tuesday.

Claudio E. Cabrera contributed reporting.


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