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Trump Rules: F.D.A. Chief Goes Against the Administration Stereotype

“He doesn’t want to blow up the agency,” said Mark I. Schwartz, a Washington lawyer who worked at the F.D.A. in Republican and Democratic administrations.Dr. Gottlieb has briefed Mr […]

News Analysis: Trump Can Sell an Improved Economy, but Not Himself

“Every major address like this is an opportunity for reset, but that is unlikely in this case and even more unlikely still given that it’s an election year,” said Lanhee J. Chen, a scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford who advised Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012. “The current narrative, both for those who oppose the president and those who support him, has been established over the better part of two years — during a campaign and one year in office. It’s hard to see that changing dramatically.”Matt Latimer, a former speechwriter for President George W […]

Trump Issues Appeal for Unity in First State of the Union

But he stepped behind the lectern still popular with his most ardent supporters, who see him as an unpredictable and entertaining commander in chief who posts vitriol on Twitter against the advice of the White House staff, the Republican leadership and those closest to him.Transcript: Trump’s First State of the Union Speech, AnnotatedNew York Times reporters analyze the 45th president’s prepared remarks.Most presidents have made sure that there is a choreographed rollout of political messages and policy prescriptions before a State of the Union address. But Mr. Trump’s past week has been consumed by the revelation that he sought last year to fire Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel leading a Russia investigation, and by the abrupt departure of the F.B.I. deputy director, Andrew G […]

Counsel Quietly Trying to Corral Trump While Pushing G.O.P.’s Agenda

Mr. McGahn’s threat to resign is an example of how he has tried to both help and constrain an idiosyncratic client who hates to be managed and defies the norms of the presidency. Not everyone believes he has been successful.Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law School professor and a former top Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, wrote last year on the Lawfare blog that Mr […]

Trump Arrived in Davos as a Party Wrecker. He Leaves Praised as a Pragmatist.

“Over the past year, we have made extraordinary strides in the United States,” Mr. Trump said. “After years of stagnation, the United States is once again experiencing strong economic growth.”Economists note that the American economy is into its ninth year of expansion, a trend that speaks to how the aftermath from the 2008 financial crisis has finally run its course. A surge of cash delivered by the Federal Reserve has stimulated commercial activity.The International Monetary Fund this week lifted its forecasts for American growth in large part because of Mr. Trump’s tax cuts. Economists note that the benefits fall overwhelmingly on corporations and wealthy American households, exacerbating economic inequality.VideoTrump: ‘America Is Open for Business’Speaking for the first time at the World Economic Forum, President Trump said that the world was witnessing the resurgence of a strong, prosperous United States that is competitive once again.By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.Photo by Tom Brenner/The New York Times.Watch in Times Video »embed But Mr. Trump framed the tax cuts as a broad source of what will be better days for all Americans. And he gained the unbridled endorsement from the man who heads the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, whose eagerness to flatter his interlocutors is legendary.“On behalf of the business leaders here in this room let me particularly congratulate you for the historic tax reform,” Mr. Schwab said, adding that the tax cuts were “fostering job creation while providing a tremendous boost to the world economy.”Whatever the optics of the head of an institution dedicated to reducing economic inequality offering his unqualified support for Mr. […]

Europe Edition: Davos, Donald Trump, Syria: Your Thursday Briefing

Separately, new campaign filings and news reports suggest that two pro-Trump groups are raising millions, then channeling the money into the Trump Organization and to Trump loyalists._____PhotoCredit Ludovic Marin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images• The terrorist cell behind the Barcelona attack that killed 16 people and wounded 140 others in August had an even more deadly plan, according to new research. The group may have targeted the Eiffel Tower in Paris.In Syria, there are concerns that camps holding people suspected of supporting the Islamic State could help extremists spread their ideology.As many as 1,500 of the more than 5,000 Europeans amid its ranks have returned home. Most of the rest are believed to be dead or still fighting._____PhotoCredit Carlos Osorio/Associated Press• “I just signed your death warrant.”That was a judge noting that her sentencing of Larry Nassar, the former doctor for the American gymnastics team, would far exceed his life span.She added 40 to 175 years for various sex crimes against athletes, on top of 60 years on child pornography charges.We collected some of the powerful statements from the more than 150 victims._____PhotoCredit Giulia Marchi for The New York Times• In Britain, an all-male charity event is shutting down after an undercover investigation by The Financial Times revealed that participants harassed female servers. The ensuing uproar reflected intensifying public anger over issues of harassment.Continue reading the main storyMeanwhile in the U.S., our cultural critic writes about how Hollywood, ever nimble, has absorbed critiques of sexual exploitation and begun converting them into inspirational messaging.And we talked to some women in China, including the student above, who are trying to forge a #MeToo movement. They are grappling with a male-dominated culture, censors and officials who accuse them of colluding with foreigners._____VideoZhong Zhong and Hua Hua, the Cloned MonkeysThe two monkeys were cloned using the same technique as Dolly the sheep.By CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES on Publish Date January 24, 2018.Photo by Sun Qiang and Poo Muming/Chinese Academy of Sciences, via Associated Press.• Researchers in Shanghai have successfully created two cloned monkeys.It is the first time that primates have been cloned with the technique that produced Dolly the sheep in 1996 in Scotland.The technique is still a long way from producing human babies, even if that were ethically permissible.BusinessPhotoCredit Doug Chayka• U.S. start-ups are trying to rebrand marijuana as a “wellness” drug to be vaped, eaten, dipped or dabbed. They see great promise in turning it into the drug of the future, our columnist writes.• The E.U.’s steep fine against Qualcomm, the chip maker, reflects how Margrethe Vestager, the bloc’s antitrust chief, has become the world’s most aggressive technology regulator.• Strong economic growth is adding to pressure on the European Central Bank to end its stimulus program sooner than it planned.• England’s loneliest railway station, where a train arrives just once a week, symbolizes the dysfunctions of Britain’s transportation network.Continue reading the main story• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.In the NewsPhotoCredit Osman Orsal/Reuters• Simmering tensions between Turkey and the United States over a Turkish offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria spilled into the open in a phone call between the two countries’ presidents. [The New York Times]• Save the Children, the aid agency, suspended all of its operations in Afghanistan after Islamic State militants stormed its office in Jalalabad, killing five people. [The New York Times]• At least two people were killed when a commuter train derailed near Milan […]

Government Shutdown, Amazon, ‘12 Strong’: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview Smarter Living Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life. • It’s still worth getting a flu shot. • Is there a downside to going gluten-free? • Recipe of the day: Satisfying Canadian butter tarts […]