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Rand Paul, Stock Market, Winter Olympics: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview The Olympics are here • The opening ceremony of the Winter Games is underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Follow our live briefing for the latest. Dozens of Russian athletes won’t be there, after losing an appeal today to be reinstated after a doping ban. But the sister of North Korea’s leader is. Persuading the North to attend the Olympics — rather than threaten them with nuclear tests — took months of behind-the-scenes diplomacy. • You can find all our Olympics coverage here. Just want results? We’ve got those, too. In a storm he was hired to calm • John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has had a tough week. President Trump is even said to have complained to Reince Priebus, the man he pushed out to hire Mr […]

Head-Spinning Days for Young Immigrants as Lawmakers and Judges Debate Their Fate

Hafsa Mamun, 18, spends about 30 minutes a night scrolling through news stories about the negotiations after she gets home from classes at Hunter College in Manhattan, where she is a freshman. Born in Malawi to Indian parents and brought to the United States as a 5-year-old, Ms. Mamun’s protected status expires in 2019. She said she had not made any plans about the future because things were so uncertain.“It’s like you’re on edge constantly,” she said. “One day you have hope that it might go through, and then something else comes up.”PhotoKevin Vazquez, center, was one of a group of young immigrants visiting Congress this week to urge them to reach a deal.Credit Tom Brenner/The New York TimesAn agreement did seem to be staggering closer on Tuesday, though how much closer seemed impossible for even the negotiators to predict amid the welter of bewildering signals from Mr. Trump. After a year of holding a hard line on immigration, the president suggested in a meeting with congressional leaders that he supported not only a deal to protect the Dreamers but also a comprehensive immigration reform package, raising the possibility that the DACA recipients’ security could hinge on a much messier set of compromises.Republicans, meanwhile, were still pushing to tie any benefits for the young immigrants to curbs on family-based legal immigration, border security and other conservative priorities that Democrats and immigration advocates have frowned upon.“We’re being held hostage as a bargaining chip,” said Rafael Robles, 26, a DACA recipient in Chicago who owns an architecture, design and real estate development firm. […]

New York Today: New York Today: Getting Fit for Free

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The World Celebrates New Year’s Eve

Supported byWorldThe World Celebrates New Year’s EvePhotoCredit David Moir/European Pressphoto AgencyIn Sydney, rainbow fireworks sparkled off the Harbour Bridge in celebration of Australia’s recent legalization of gay marriage. (Sydney was among the first major cities to celebrate with fireworks at the stroke of midnight.)Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Kim Kyung-Hoon/ReutersIn Japan, people paraded in fox masks to attend the first prayer of the year at a Shinto shrine in Tokyo.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit KCNA, via ReutersFireworks over Pyongyang, North Korea.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Erik De Castro/ReutersIn the Philippines, revelers gathered — phones in hand — at the Eastwood Mall in Manila to watch balloons and confetti rain down at midnight.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Ng Han Guan/Associated PressBig pots of tea were prepared for New Year’s Eve celebrations in Beijing. The country will also celebrate the Lunar New Year, in February.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Edgar Su/ReutersIt was raining in Singapore, but New Year’s Eve celebrants sheltered under umbrellas and raincoats as fireworks sparkled overhead.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Sadiq Asyraf/Associated PressContinue reading the main storyTourists donned party hats to watch fireworks in front of the famous Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Darren Whiteside/ReutersHundreds of couples got married at a mass wedding in Jakarta on New Year’s Eve.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Louisa Gouliamaki/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesFireworks light up the Acropolis in Athens during the New Year’s Eve celebration.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Jeenah Moon for The New York TimesRevelers in Times Square vie for scarfs from volunteers as they await the ball drop.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Mahmoud Khaled/European Pressphoto AgencyThe Burj Khalifa was lit in anticipation of the New Year’s celebration in Dubai.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Denis Tyrin/Associated PressPeople captured the moment as fireworks exploded over the Kremlin in Moscow.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Gulshan Khan/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesMembers of the Maasai tribe performed their traditional dance on Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Leon Neal/Getty ImagesFireworks exploded over Big Ben and the London Eye Ferris wheel.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Thibault Camus/Associated PressPeople celebrated in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Nigel Roddis/European Pressphoto AgencyIn Allendale, England, residents carried barrels of burning tar on their heads as part of a traditional New Year’s Eve parade dating back to 1858.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Johnny Milano for The New York TimesThousands braved single-digit temperatures in New York ahead of the traditional ball drop.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Leo Correa/Associated PressCopacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro was bathed in fireworks.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Jeenah Moon for The New York TimesRevelers wearing 2018 glasses gathered in Times Square.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Rodrigo Garrido/ReutersA pyrotechnic show illuminated the skies above Valparaíso, Chile.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Johnny Milano for The New York TimesPeople celebrated the new year in Times Square early Monday.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Jeenah Moon for The New York TimesA couple kissed in Time Square as 2017 turned into 2018.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau, via Associated PressKey West, Fla., was jammed as the drag entertainer known as Sushi descended on Duval Street.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Johnny Milano for The New York TimesRevelers rolled around in the confetti in Times Square.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Jeenah Moon for The New York TimesThe aftermath in Times Square.Continue reading the main storyWe’re interested in your feedback on this page. Tell us what you think.Related Coverage How to Be Happier, Safer, Healthier and Smarter in 2018 DEC. 25, 2017 Opinion Gray Matter The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions DEC. […]

Trump Rules: When Picking Apples on a Farm With 5,000 Rules, Watch Out for the Ladders

“So many of the farmers I’ve spoken with tell me that stricter and stricter regulations have put many of their neighbors and friends out of business, and in doing so cost them their homes, land and livelihoods,” said Baylen Linnekin, a libertarian-leaning expert in food law and policy, in an email. “For many farmers, rolling back regulations is the only way they can survive.”“The Number of Rules on Ladders Alone!”After a lifetime of navigating his family’s agricultural business, Mr. Ten Eyck has a firm appreciation for the rules and regulations that are good and helpful, as well as those that are excessive and ill-advised.He fluently speaks the language of government compliance, rattling off acronyms that consume his time and resources, including E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency), O.S.H.A. (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), U.S.D.A. (United States Department of Agriculture) and state and local offices, too, like A.C.D.O.H. (Albany County Department of Health).During the Obama administration, food and worker safety were particular priorities among regulators, Mr. Ten Eyck said […]

In Tangled Afghan War, a Thin Line of Defense Against ISIS

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New York Today: New York Today: An Explosion in Times Square

Weather.init(); }()); Don’t expect much charity from Mother Nature this week. Today is mostly sunny and crisp with a high near 41. Savor it. Rain and snow enter the forecast tomorrow, and frigid temperatures are on tap for the next few days. In the News • Experts say a shortage of Christmas trees and higher prices are thanks to a ghost from Christmases past: the Great Recession. [New York Times] Photo George Nash and his wife, Jane Waterman, run a Christmas tree enterprise in Manhattan. Credit James Estrin/The New York Times • Melissa Mark-Viverito must leave her post as City Council speaker because of term limits at the end of the month. What’s next […]