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From Norway to Haiti, Trump’s Comments Stir Fresh Outrage

Mr. Ogrim cautioned that journalists should not overreact to Mr. Trump’s remarks. “These are somewhat small matters and the frenzy with which they are reported does not perhaps always help the media in their just fight with a president who is doing his best to undermine them and their importance,” he said.Gudmund Hernes, a former minister of education and minister of health from the Labor Party, wrote sarcastically on Twitter: “Erna worked: Norwegians are welcome.” (Ms. Solberg is from the Conservative Party.)This was not the first time Mr. Trump had rankled Scandinavians with off-the-cuff remarks. In February, he puzzled and alarmed Swedes when, in a speech discussing refugee policies in Europe, he suggested that a terrorist attack had occurred “last night in Sweden.” No such thing had taken place.“Does Trump know that Norway is neighbors with what-happened-last-night-in-Sweden?” a Swedish social worker, Ulf Fogelstrom, quipped on Twitter.Mr. Trump was then rebuked on Friday by the United Nations human rights office, which described his comments as dangerous racism that opened the door to humanity’s worst characteristics.“These are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States,” Rupert Colville, a spokesman for Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters in Geneva. “Sorry, there is no other word one can use but racist.”Norway (population 5.2 million) and Haiti (population 10.9 million) are both relatively small countries, but their situations could hardly be more different. Norway is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, with rich oil reserves, a mighty sovereign wealth fund and a gross domestic product per capita that is about 23 percent higher than that of the United States […]

Alberto Fujimori, Steven Mnuchin, Philadelphia Eagles: Your Tuesday Briefing

• Best of late-night TV With most shows on hiatus, our recaps will return next week. • Quotation of the day Continue reading the main story “It’s like a balloon. We squeeze them in this area, and they’ll try to move out elsewhere.” — Gen […]

Jerusalem, Wildfires, Roy Moore: Your Weekend Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview ____ Photo Credit John Carucci/Associated Press 8. Harvey Weinstein, the entertainment mogul whose methodical abuse of women was exposed in The Times’s October investigation, was able to keep allegations of sexual misconduct buried for decades. Our new, detailed investigation reveals how he did it. Six women have filed a lawsuit against him and his former businesses claiming that the cover-up of his behavior amounts to civil racketeering. ____ Photo Credit NBC 9. “Saturday Night Live” made repeated references in this weekend’s episode to the many sexual harassment and abuse scandals roiling powerful men. Continue reading the main story In the show’s opening sketch, a store Santa played by Kenan Thompson, above, struggled to answer questions from children like “What did Al Franken do?” and “Is President Trump on the naughty list?” ____ Photo Credit Floria Sigismondi for The New York Times 10. Horror films had an unusual hold on the collective imagination in 2017, so to punctuate the end of this hair-raising year, the Magazine asked 10 of the year’s best actors to star in a series of short frightening films. […]

Heading Toward Tax Victory, Republicans Eye Next Step: Cut Spending

And it was passed along sharply partisan lines, offering nothing to Democrats, and leaving them with no obligation or incentive to negotiate cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, the entitlement programs that are driving up spending, but are also the pride of the Democratic Party.For his part, Mr. Trump spent his campaign promising not to cut Medicare and Social Security. And Republicans will probably find, as they did when they failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that the public rises up to defend the programs they are trying to cut. […]

News Analysis: Debt Concerns, Once a Core Republican Tenet, Take a Back Seat to Tax Cuts

All but one Republican senator, Bob Corker of Tennessee, voted for the bill early Saturday.The House and the Senate still have to reach a final agreement on the details, and Mr. Trump has to sign his name, but the Republican Party now stands on the verge of driving up the national debt after spending much of the last decade promising rectitude and criticizing Democrats for profligacy.The legislation reads “as if it were developed for a country whose debt problems have been solved, when in reality debt is the highest it has ever been other than around World War II,” declared the co-chairmen of a bipartisan commission created in 2010 to propose measures for reducing the debt.Alan Simpson, a former Republican senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, formerly President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, said the current crop of Republicans are avoiding “nearly all the hard choices.”Mr. […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Republican Party, Donald Trump, Tax Reform: Your Friday Briefing

SectionsSEARCHSkip to contentSkip to site indexSubscribeLog In SubscribeLog InAdvertisementBriefingAsia and Australia EditionRepublican Party, Donald Trump, Tax Reform: Your Friday BriefingBy Charles McDermid Nov. 2, 2017Good morning. Here’s what you need to know:ImageCreditNyunt Win/European Pressphoto Agency• Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader, visited Rakhine State for the first time since the country’s military unleashed a campaign of violence against Rohingya Muslims two months ago, driving hundreds of thousands into Bangladesh.She showed little sign of acknowledging ethnic cleansing, as critics have urged. “I hope everything will go fine as local villagers handle the rebuilding process,” she said in one village. “We all have to try our best to live peacefully.”_____ImageCreditSaeed Khan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images• Conditions are deteriorating for more than 600 men barricaded inside Australia’s now-closed Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea. The U.N […]

Europe Edition: Catalonia, Syria, Emmanuel Macron: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Siegfried Modola/Reuters • In Kenya, deadly protests and an opposition boycott marred the presidential election rerun. Voting was postponed until Saturday in some protest-hit counties. [The New York Times] • In Britain, a senior Conservative Party lawmaker’s letter to universities asking how they teach “Brexit” has ignited an uproar and accusations of McCarthyism. [The New York Times] • The new Dutch government is seeking to fend off challenges from the right by embracing more conservative policies. [The New York Times] • Australia’s High Court has disqualified the deputy prime minister and four senators from Parliament in a ruling over their dual citizenships that could cost the government its parliamentary majority. [The New York Times] • In an Op-Ed, an Italian columnist writes about the state of feminism in Italy. [The New York Times] • Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s most prominent independent news outlet, intends to arm its journalists with guns that fire rubber bullets amid security fears. [Associated Press] • A tiny Swiss company quietly amassed exclusive broadcast rights to the soccer World Cup in much of the Americas. It is now under scrutiny amid a wide-ranging corruption probe. […]