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Government Shutdown, Jerusalem, Super Bowl: Your Evening Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview _____ Photo Credit Kyle Johnson for The New York Times 10. Finally, there are no cashiers or registers at Amazon Go, a new mini-market in Seattle that feels like a store of the future. Instead, shoppers — who must have the store’s smartphone app installed — get automatically charged for what they take home, never once needing to pull out a wallet. […]

DACA Participants Can Again Apply for Renewal, Immigration Agency Says

President Barack Obama created the DACA program in 2012 to give young immigrants the ability to work legally in the United States. In attempting to end it in September, President Trump argued that Mr. Obama’s actions were unconstitutional and an overreach of executive power.Critics of the president’s decision to end the policy later sued the administration, saying that shutting down the program was arbitrary and done without following the proper legal procedures.The legal battle is one piece of a fierce debate in Washington. Democrats and Republicans have sparred for months about how to provide relief for about 800,000 immigrants who could face deportation.Mr. Trump met with lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon in an hourlong televised meeting to begin negotiations.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Later that day, Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco handed down his ruling, writing that the administration must “maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis” as the legal challenge to the president’s decision goes forward.In his ruling, Judge Alsup laid out a road map for the government that officials appeared to follow […]

Op-Ed Contributor: William Barber II: Trump’s Terrible Choice for Judge

PhotoCredit Chris KindredGOLDSBORO, N.C. — Among President Trump’s worrisome nominees to the judiciary, perhaps none is as alarming as Thomas Alvin Farr, a protégé of Jesse Helms, the former North Carolina senator, and a product of the modern white supremacist machine that Mr […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Barack Obama, North Korea, Big Tech: Your Thursday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Reuters • A court in Myanmar extended the detention of two Reuters journalists for another 14 days. The two had been reporting on the Rakhine State, the site of a military crackdown on ethnic Rohingya Muslims. [The New York Times] • Japan’s Supreme Court upheld a not-guilty verdict for a woman who eluded the police for 17 years following a cult’s deadly crime spree, including a 1995 nerve gas attack in Tokyo. [The Asahi Shimbun] Continue reading the main story • An Australian grandmother escaped the death penalty in Malaysia after a court accepted her argument that she had been unaware of 2.4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in her luggage. [BBC] • In South Korea, prosecutors asked to extend the prison term of Lee Jae-yong, the heir to the Samsung empire also known as Jay Y. Lee, in an appeal of Mr. Lee’s five-year sentence for bribery. […]

Culling Voter Rolls: Battling Over Who Even Gets to Go to the Polls

Conservative groups and Republican election officials in some states say the poorly maintained rolls invite fraud and meddling by hackers, sap public confidence in elections and make election workers’ jobs harder. Voting rights advocates and most Democratic election officials, in turn, say that the benefits are mostly imaginary, and that the purges are intended to reduce the number of minority, poor and young voters, who are disproportionately Democrats.“The goal here is not election integrity,” Stuart Naifeh, the senior counsel at the voting rights group Demos, said. “It’s intimidation and suppression of voters.”On Wednesday, Demos and two other advocacy groups, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School, offered legal help to any of the 248 county election officials who tried to oppose the notice.The author of the notice to county officials, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, responded quickly. “It seems like we’ve arrived to the point where asking election officials to do what the law requires makes P.I.L.F […]

Franken Case Sets Off Debate Over Line Between Abuse and a Mistake

Ms. Curtin said that in a comedy setting where women were at times not valued or dismissed because of their gender, Mr. Franken was a powerful ally who viewed female writers and comedians as his equal. But she was also among several who said they were disappointed by Mr. […]

Trump Nominee for Federal Judgeship Has Never Tried a Case

Mr. Talley demurred. “It would be inappropriate for me as a nominee to comment on the advisability of any nomination,” he wrote.PhotoSenator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa with Republican colleagues last month.Credit J. Scott Applewhite/Associated PressSenator Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking member of the committee, asked if Mr. Talley had ever argued a motion in Federal District Court, given that he had never tried a case. He had not.Ms. Feinstein also pointed to Mr. Talley’s prolific social media presence before his nomination. He once referred to Hillary Clinton as “Hillary Rotten Clinton” on his public Twitter account, which is now private.In 2013, he wrote on his blog that armed revolution was an important defense against tyrannical government. […]