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News Analysis: Trump Can Sell an Improved Economy, but Not Himself

“Every major address like this is an opportunity for reset, but that is unlikely in this case and even more unlikely still given that it’s an election year,” said Lanhee J. Chen, a scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford who advised Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012. “The current narrative, both for those who oppose the president and those who support him, has been established over the better part of two years — during a campaign and one year in office. It’s hard to see that changing dramatically.”Matt Latimer, a former speechwriter for President George W […]

Live Briefing: Trump to Deliver First State of the Union Address Amid Remarkable Turmoil and Concern

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Europe Edition: Ireland, Catalonia, F.B.I.: Your Tuesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Strava • Security analysts say the Strava fitness app, which shares maps of users’ exercise activities, has unwittingly revealed the locations of U.S. and European military bases. Above, user data in Berlin. [The New York Times] • In Britain, Conservative critics of Prime Minister Theresa May are increasingly voicing concerns that she is pursuing what they call “Brino,” or Brexit in Name Only. [The New York Times] • Romania’s Parliament confirmed Viorica Dancila as the country’s first female prime minister. Critics fear that efforts to curb anticorruption legislation will continue. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • The Trump administration declined to apply new sanctions on Russia under a law that is meant to punish Moscow for election-meddling. [The New York Times] • In our Op-Ed pages, a Kurdish commander in Afrin, Syria, asks the U.S. […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Strava, North Korea, Malaysia: Your Tuesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images • The Vatican, seeking to end a schism with China, asked two “underground” bishops to surrender their positions to individuals approved by the country’s authoritarian government. Above, a sanctioned ceremony in Beijing. [The New York Times] • Why do heart attacks and strokes hit people with no known risk factors? Scientists have identified a strange accumulation of mutated stem cells in bone marrow as a possible cause — and it grows more common with age. [The New York Times] • The F.B.I.’s deputy director stepped down, under fire from Republicans in Congress and President Trump, and the deputy attorney general appears to be their new target. [The New York Times] • Rescuers were searching for more survivors after seven people were found alive in a dinghy more than a week after their ferry sank near the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. […]

Europe Edition: Kabul, Russia, Grammy Awards: Your Monday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Vahid Salemi/Associated Press • Heavy snow brought relief and joy to many in drought-struck Iran. [The New York Times] • Legislation in Poland that would outlaw blaming Poles for the crimes of the Holocaust has prompted furious condemnation from Israelis across the political spectrum. [The New York Times] • Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled that Carlos Puigdemont, the Catalan separatist leader who remains wanted on possible sedition charges, would have to return to Barcelona to be chosen as Catalonia’s new leader. […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Russia, Kabul, Roger Federer: Your Monday Briefing

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Asia and Australia Edition: Russia, Kabul, Roger Federer: Your Monday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Olga Maltseva/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images • Demonstrators turned out across Russia for protests against what they called a lack of choice in the March vote that will almost certainly extend Vladimir Putin’s presidency. The protests’ orchestrator, Aleksei Navalny, was detained by force. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • Saudi Arabia’s most prominent investor, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has been freed after being locked up for more than 80 days in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. It is widely presumed that he purchased his freedom by handing over a chunk of his immense fortune to the government. [The New York Times] • A French mountain climber who had been stranded on a treacherous peak in Pakistan was rescued, but her Polish climbing partner remained in peril […]