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Alert About Missile Bound for Hawaii Was Sent in Error, Officials Say

PhotoA view of Honolulu. Hawaii has taken steps to prepare residents for the possibility of a missile strike by North Korea.Credit Kent Nishimura for The New York TimesThe authorities confirmed on Saturday that there was no ballistic missile headed toward Hawaii minutes after an emergency alert was sent to cellphones there urging people to seek immediate shelter, leading to chaos and confusion.“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” the alert said. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”A corrected alert was sent out 38 minutes later.“There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii,” it read. “Repeat. False Alarm.”The episode came at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea, which has said that it has successfully tested ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.Continue reading the main storyRepresentative Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat of Hawaii, tweeted shortly after the first alert was sent that she had confirmed that there was no missile.Cmdr […]

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 […]

New Year’s Eve, Iran, Donald Trump: Your Weekend Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview ____ Photo Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times 8. Two hundred people being paid for no reason. That’s only one of the factors at play in explaining why, mile for mile, new transit infrastructure in New York can cost seven times the global average […]

Our Reporter Mike Schmidt on His Golf Club Interview With President Trump

The president believes he is his best spokesman, and he immediately began touting the landmark tax legislation he signed into law last week. I was convinced that the longer I talked with him, the more comfortable he would be with me and the more likely he would be to allow me to interview him. So I got into a catcher’s squat next to his chair, conveying to him that I was listening intently but also forcing him to look down at me while he talked, which kept him from being distracted by the others at the table.It’s been 20 years since I was a catcher in Little League, and a few minutes into our conversation my legs began to ache. But I knew I couldn’t stand up while I had the president one-on-one.I began to think about what had happened a day earlier. On Wednesday, the president invited the press to a local fire department, where he shook hands with emergency medical workers […]

Trump’s Way: Trump, the Insurgent, Breaks With 70 Years of American Foreign Policy

Globalist vs. NationalistFor some of Mr. Trump’s advisers, the key to understanding his statecraft is not how he deals with Mr. Xi or Ms. Merkel, but the ideological contest over America’s role that plays out daily between the West Wing and agencies like the State Department and the Pentagon.“There’s a chasm that can’t be bridged between the globalists and the nationalists,” said Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s former chief strategist and the leader of the nationalist wing, who has kept Mr. Trump’s ear since leaving the White House last summer.Continue reading the main storyOn the globalist side of the debate stand General McMaster; Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis; Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson; and Mr. Trump’s chief economic adviser, Gary D. Cohn […]

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 […]

U.S. Tax Bill May Inspire Cuts Globally, While Fueling Trade Tensions

“It’s a huge incentive to governments around the world who want to see more investment to be part of that,” said Andrew Mackenzie, the chief executive of the mining giant B.H.P. Billiton, which has its headquarters in Australia and major operations in North and South America. “They will have to follow suit.”Corporate rates were already on a downward trajectory. Many countries have used low taxes as an advantage over the United States, which offers a huge domestic market, plentiful venture capital and relatively light workplace regulation.“There will be pressure for a new round of lowering corporate taxes,” said Stefano Micossi, the director general of Assonime, an Italian association of publicly listed companies.China, a frequent target of Mr. […]