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Stephen Curry, on a ‘Surreal Day,’ Confronts a Presidential Snub

As a player and as a coach, Kerr has visited the White House on several occasions. And despite his well-publicized criticism of the current administration, Kerr said in June that he was open to the idea of the Warriors’ visiting the White House as something of a unifying gesture.“I think we would, in normal times, easily be able to set aside political views, and go visit and have a great time,” Kerr said Saturday. “But these are not ordinary times. Probably the most divisive times in my life, I guess, since Vietnam, when I was just a kid.”He added, “The president made it really, really difficult for us to honor that institution.”On Friday, at the team’s annual media day ahead of the start of training camp, Curry said that the Warriors had not decided as a team whether they would visit the White House and that they planned to talk about it at a meeting. But Curry said that if it were up to him, he would not go. That seemed to be the consensus among the players.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. […]

The Sun Came Out in Houston. Here’s What Residents Saw.

HOUSTON — The water has receded in some parts of the city, leaving cakes of mud, branches and garbage baking in the heat wherever the current dropped them. Abandoned cars, too, appear every so often, left where they were in the moment the storm overtook them.The downtown streets are dry now, but the gleaming office towers are mostly empty and the wide sidewalks oddly quiet. Some streetlights flash red. Along neighborhood streets, long strips of businesses sit shuttered, darkened and with stools atop tables and handwritten signs promising to reopen soon.On one dry block, a jogger ran by in the steamy Houston heat, as neighbors collected debris that had grown tangled in their lawns. Not far away, barricades marked off a street where darkened houses and cars suddenly vanished into a murky brown soup that showed no sign of retreat. In the silence, a shredded tree bobbed in the water near the tops of submerged cars.Such were the scenes of Houston on Wednesday, as the sun appeared at last — the first sign of blue sky in nearly a week — and as some in the city began to come out of their homes to see what was left. The images were a study in contrast in this vast city: of neighborhoods moving on and of others doing anything but that.PhotoZoe Paddon-Jones, 6, romped at a playground in Houston on Wednesday as people tried to return to some semblance of routine.Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times“It’s a re-emerging city,” said Kim Wisner, 60, who walked two dogs through downtown, where a growing number of delivery trucks and utility workers were making their way through vacant streets. “You can see for the first time today, people getting back to their lives, everything starting up again. […]

Donald and Melania Trump to Skip Kennedy Center Honors

PhotoPresident Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, on the grounds of the White House last month. They will not participate in this year’s Kennedy Center Honors.Credit Justin Gilliland/The New York TimesWASHINGTON — The White House announced early Saturday that President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, would not participate in this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.”Some of those to receive the award, which honors lifetime careers in art, music, dance, film, television and culture, had already said they would not attend a gala event at the White House held in conjunction with the official presentation.The dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, who is among those to be honored by the Kennedy Center in December, announced on Thursday that she would forgo the related reception at the White House.“In light of the socially divisive and morally caustic narrative that our current leadership is choosing to engage in, and in keeping with the principles that I and so many others have fought for, I will be declining the invitation to attend the reception at the White House,” Ms. […]

Build an emergency kit in your cupboard and closet

You probably already have most of the stuff you need. […]

Pence Breaks Tie as Senate Votes to Begin Debating Obamacare Repeal

Before senators cast their votes, protesters in the Senate gallery chanted “Don’t kill us, kill the bill!” And before Mr. McCain showed up on the Senate floor, the majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, engaged in a prolonged and intense conversation with Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, who had opposed earlier versions of repeal legislation, and then on Tuesday held his vote back for an excruciatingly long time.VideoJohn McCain to Senate: ‘We’re Getting Nothing Done’Senator John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, spoke to the Senate after casting his vote to begin debating legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.Photo by Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times.Watch in Times Video »embed As soon as Mr. McCain arrived and voted aye, Mr. Johnson cast a yes vote.Despite his vote to move ahead, Mr. McCain offered harsh words for the secretive process by which Senate Republican leaders came up with their bill to repeal and replace the health law, and he delivered a pessimistic take on its chances.“Asking us to swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition, I don’t think that’s going to work in the end — and probably shouldn’t,” Mr. McCain said, adding that it “seems likely” that the current repeal effort would end in failure.Senate Republican leaders have struggled all year to fulfill their promise of repealing the 2010 health care law, and the procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday came within a vote to being another big setback for the party. The House narrowly approved a repeal bill in early May, but only after Republicans overcame their own difficulties in that chamber.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyGet the Morning Briefing by EmailWhat you need to know to start your day, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.Thank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. […]

Huge Manafort Payment Reflects Murky Ukraine Politics

Mr. Yanukovych was driven from office in the Maidan Revolution of 2014, after having stolen, according to the current Ukrainian government, at least $1 billion. In the years before his fall, Mr. Manafort took lavish payments to burnish the image of Mr. Yanukovych and the Party of Regions in Washington, even as the party acknowledged only very modest spending.Continue reading the main storyIn 2012, for example, the party reported annual expenses of about $11.1 million, based on the exchange rate at the time, excluding overhead. For the same year, Mr. Manafort reported income of $12.1 million from the party, the Justice Department filing shows.In 2013, the Party of Regions reported expenses of $3.7 million, while Mr. Manafort reported receiving payments of $4.5 million.Handwritten ledgers that surfaced last year indicated that the party had actually spent about $2 billion over the past decade or so, much or most of it illegally. […]

Offshore wind turbines need adjustments to survive Category 5 hurricanes

A new study says that the strongest of hurricanes need to be considered as more offshore wind farms get approval. […]