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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 […]

New York Today: New York Today: The Latest on the Snowstorm

• Bridges and tunnels: Motorists are encouraged to drive at reduced speeds on bridges and tunnels across the city, so expect a slower-than-usual commute. A speed restriction of 35 m.p.h. is in place on the George Washington Bridge and there are residual delays at the Lincoln Tunnel.• Ferries: All Seastreak service is suspended. NYC Ferry’s East River and Astoria routes are running on normal schedules, but there are suspensions and service changes on the Rockaway and South Brooklyn routes.• Newark, La Guardia and Kennedy airports: Airlines have already canceled many flights to and from East Coast destinations.PhotoCommuters begin to make their way through Lower Manhattan this morning.Credit Stephanie Keith for The New York TimesAlternate-side parking is suspended for snow removal today and Friday.The flurries should dwindle by this evening, but it may feel as icy as zero degrees or lower. What might be more concerning, according to Tim Morrin of the National Weather Service, are the days to follow.“After the snow is over, we’re expecting a very frigid period of weather on Friday and Saturday,” Mr. Morrin told us. “Wind chill factors can be even worse than we had during the New Year’s period, so everything’s going to be really frozen in. For citizens who need to be outdoors, it’s really going to be a tough go.”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.Friday and Saturday are showing highs near 12 and lows around 4, but with the wind chill, it may feel as biting at 20 below zero.Plan accordingly and stay warm (think: hearty dishes like soups and stews, or hot chocolate and cold-weather cocktails).We will continue updating the column regularly throughout the morning, and you can read more in our live briefing about how the ‘bomb cyclone’ is affecting New York and other parts of the country.Continue reading the main story […]

Trump’s Way: Stoking Fears, Trump Defied Bureaucracy to Advance Immigration Agenda

More Disciplined ApproachCecilia Muñoz, who served as Mr. Obama’s chief domestic policy adviser, said she was alarmed by the speed with which Mr. Trump and his team have learned to put their immigration agenda into effect.“The travel ban was a case of bureaucratic incompetence,” she said. “They made rookie mistakes. But they clearly learned from that experience. For the moment, all of the momentum is in the direction of very ugly, very extreme, very harmful policies.”By year’s end, the chaos and disorganization that marked Mr. Trump’s earliest actions on immigration had given way to a more disciplined approach that yielded concrete results, steered in large part by Mr. […]

Europe Edition: Yemen, Germany, Ireland: Your Monday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Egyptian Defense Ministry, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images • Friday’s terrorist attack on a packed Sufi mosque, the deadliest in Egypt’s modern history, exposed a failing strategy in combating extremism on the Sinai Peninsula. Above, images showing retaliatory airstrikes. [The New York Times] • Anxiety is building in Italy that its elections next year will be the next target of a destabilizing campaign of fake news on social media. [The New York Times] • Our article on an American Nazi sympathizer has drawn much feedback, most of it sharply critical. [The New York Times] • A trial that is about to start in a Lower Manhattan courtroom is the talk of Turkish television and cafes. Some expect revelations of illegal dealings in high places. [The New York Times] • President Trump and Saudi Arabia have helped Iran’s hard-line leaders achieve what years of repression couldn’t: middle-class support. [The New York Times] • Ramzan Kadyrov, the autocratic leader of Chechnya, said he was ready to step down, leaving the Kremlin to choose his successor. […]

New York Today: New York Today: Finding the Perfect Tree

Weather.init(); }()); With a high near 50, it’s like the weather knows it’s time for sidewalk shopping. Now all you need is some hot cider. Be sure to look up from your phone or shopping bags this Black Friday and appreciate the clear skies and crisp fall temperature. Saturday is looking to be even nicer, with a high in the mid-50s. […]

New York Today: New York Today: Parking Your Pooch

Weather.init(); }()); Crawling into a warm doghouse sounds pretty good right about now. We’re expecting another chilly November morning in New York, with temperatures that will feel near freezing with the wind. Continue reading the main story The high today is 47. Rain should roll in late tonight and could hang around through tomorrow morning. In the News • Beneath the arches of the monument in Washington Square Park, a man uses his unusually small stature to perform as a “living statue” for all onlookers to see. [New York Times] Photo Johan Figueroa-González has appeared as a living statue in Washington Square Park since the spring. Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times • Relatives of victims in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School argued in court that the companies that made and sold the military-style weapon used by the gunman should bear responsibility for the attack. [New York Times] • A day after they told the judge they were deadlocked, jurors in the federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez once again failed to produce a verdict. [New York Times] • City investigators found that the head of the New York City Housing Authority falsely signed off on federal paperwork about lead paint inspections, knowing the required checks had not been made […]

New York Today: New York Today: A Terror Attack in Manhattan

Weather.init(); }()); Welcome to November: It’s cool and gray. Temperatures this morning may dip into the low 40s, but the sun will accompany you on your commute. The rest of the day is a trade off: More clouds will roll in this afternoon, but temperatures should rise to 57. In the News • At the Village Halloween parade, which kicked off hours after the truck attack, the crowd was thinner and more muted, attendees said. [New York Times] Continue reading the main story • Universal prekindergarten stands out as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s most salient achievement, but it also came with lasting consequences. [New York Times] Photo Mayor Bill de Blasio at the School of Journeys, a prekindergarten program in Brooklyn. Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times • The battle over the sale of Starrett City, the largest federally subsidized housing complex in the country, is a messy family drama. [New York Times] • A 96-year-old retired priest who was once a high-ranking official of the Archdiocese of New York was arraigned on charges of possessing child pornography. [New York Times] • For Philip D. […]