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New York Today: New York Today: Albany Agenda

Weather.init(); }()); Warm and foggy. What kind of February weather is that? The record for this date is 69 degrees. We will come close, with a high of 65. […]

Winter Olympics, SpaceX, Steve Wynn: Your Wednesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview Focus on the economy, not the markets • What have stocks been telling us lately? In all likelihood, not much, our senior economics correspondent suggests. Continue reading the main story More important are other economic data and the bond markets, which are offering a brighter picture than share indexes. […]

Europe Edition: SpaceX, Wall Street, Poland: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Asia and Australia Edition: Bannon, Weather, Macron: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News • A Japanese comedian is under fire for wearing “blackface” to imitate the African-American actor Eddie Murphy, highlighting the problematic depictions of race that often surface in the country’s mainstream media. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • A Vietnamese tycoon accused of revealing state secrets was arrested in Hanoi after being deported from Singapore. He could face the death penalty. [Reuters] • Architectural evidence of Indonesia’s Soviet-inspired past are sprinkled around Jakarta, a counterpoint to warnings from hard-line Islamists of a Communist resurgence. [The New York Times] • President Emmanuel Macron of France proposed new legislation to combat “fake news,” which would allow the authorities to seek the blocking of websites and require sites to be more transparent on paid content […]

On Washington: Trump Fences Himself In With Border Wall Spending Threat

On Thursday, the president again undercut Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, and Speaker Paul D. […]

Charlottesville Violence Spurs New Resistance to Confederate Symbols

In Charlottesville, the violence left a 32-year-old woman dead after far-right protesters gathered to protest plans to move a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a local park. And on Tuesday, President Trump, in remarks defending some of the far-right protesters, asked aloud whether the removal of Confederate statues would prompt the erasure of monuments to slaveholders like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.Now local and state officials in states like North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee are facing the outrage of liberal and African-American constituencies, who say the statues should have never gone up in the first place, and the fury of some whites who fear their history is being erased.On Wednesday night, Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia said that Confederate monuments in the state should be taken down, and he urged local and state leaders to move them into museums. Two years ago, Mr. McAuliffe argued in support of keeping the statues in public spaces, saying that “these are all parts of our heritage.”In some cases, conservative Southern legislatures have passed laws preventing the statues’ removal or destruction.In Birmingham, officials on Tuesday erected a black plywood barrier to block any view of the base of a Confederate obelisk that has loomed over a city park since 1905. Mayor William A […]

New York Today: New York Today: Your Guide to ‘Cloudgazing’

Weather.init(); }()); In the News • A new audit by the New York City Comptroller’s office found that the city is still losing track of thousands of school computers. [New York Times] • Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would tie future funding for cultural institutions to the diversity of their staff and board members. […]