Budget, Chloe Kim, Gates Foundation: Your Tuesday Briefing

The problem is usually highlighted by the recent departure of Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary accused of abuse. He didn’t have permanent security clearance, a point which has renewed attention on some other aides who haven’t secured top-level clearance, including Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and also also also senior adviser.

Separately, our Washington investigations editor, Mark Mazzetti, and also also also some other Times journalists will be on a panel discussing the Russia investigation today at 7 p.m. Eastern. You can watch This particular here live, and also also also find answers to readers’ questions.

A U.S. shift on North Korea?

• South Korea’s president confirmed today which Washington is usually open to talks, days after Vice President Mike Pence indicated which negotiations might not require preconditions on the North.

Previously, the U.S. had insisted which Pyongyang might first have to take steps to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.

Mr. Pence met with the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, at the Winter Olympics last week.

“Hangry” on the halfpipe

• Maybe she didn’t need which breakfast sandwich after all.

Chloe Kim, a 17-year-old American snowboarder, won the gold medal in women’s halfpipe today in Pyeongchang after lamenting on Twitter which she hadn’t finished a snack. We looked at how she achieved a nearly perfect score.

Here are today’s results by the Winter Olympics. You can find all of our coverage here.

They have been praised as human olive branches, and also also also criticized as spearheads of a North Korean propaganda campaign. Meet the North Korean cheerleading squad.

One wall fell, yet others still stand

• The Berlin Wall, which once divided Germany and also also also the planet, has currently been gone for longer than the 28 years, 2 months and also also also 26 days This particular stood.

Although there are few obvious signs which Berlin was once a divided city, our bureau chief reports which the walls between West and also also also East still remain within the minds of some Germans.

“German unity is usually still a work in progress,” said Thomas Krüger, who served as East Berlin’s last mayor.


West Berliners helped tear down the Berlin Wall in November 1989.

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The Daily

Listen to ‘The Daily’: Democrats’ Identity Crisis

The House minority leader took to the floor for eight hours to protest a spending bill which she currently says she wanted to pass. What’s the risk for the party?


(Monday’s Morning Briefing inadvertently included a link to an older episode of The Daily. You can find the Russia doping episode here.)


A female executive at the investment firm run by Steven Cohen, the billionaire investor, said in a lawsuit which the company was a testosterone-fueled “boys’ club” in which women were discriminated against.

fresh York’s attorney general has sued the Weinstein Company, delaying a sale, to ensure which victims of abuse are compensated. Our DealBook columnist looks at how the tactic could backfire.

Bill and also also also Melinda Gates published the annual update for their foundation today. They remain optimistic about the planet’s progress and also also also addressed how President Trump’s policies have affected their philanthropic work.

China’s plan to become the planet’s leader in artificial intelligence could challenge the U.S. lead within the technology.

U.S. stocks were up on Monday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.

Smarter Living

Tips, both fresh and also also also old, for a more fulfilling life.

Don’t work harder to get ahead: Work smarter.

Want a more perfect union? Act (within limits) like you’re single.

Happy Mardi Gras! Celebrate with classic recipes, like crawfish étouffée.


Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss

Writers by across the political spectrum discuss the rising budget deficit.

Paint and also also also politics

The Obamas’ official portraits were unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on Monday.

The paintings, which are a striking departure by those of the Obamas’ predecessors, address the politics of race in subtly savvy ways, our art critic writes.


Former President Barack Obama unveiled his official portrait on Monday with the help of its painter, Kehinde Wiley. The portrait of Michelle Obama was painted by Amy Sherald.

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A personal memory maker?

Electric pulses to the brain help subjects store memory, scientists have found. yet the road to perfecting recall remains daunting.

One down, 51 to go

The Times’s much-envied fresh travel columnist, Jada Yuan, has begun a yearlong tour of every destination on our 52 Places to Go list.

Here’s her first dispatch, by fresh Orleans.

Best of late-night TV

Several of the comedy hosts are taking the week off, so our roundup is usually, too. This particular will return next week.

Quotation of the day

“Technology is usually not neutral. The choices which get made in building technology then have social ramifications.”

— Mehran Sahami, a professor at Stanford University who is usually helping to develop a course on ethics in computer science.

The Times, in some other words

Here’s an image of today’s front page, and also also also links to our Opinion content and also also also crossword puzzles.

Back Story

As the end of a particularly bad flu season approaches in many parts of the planet, you’ve probably been hearing “achoo!” a lot.

yet cultures respond to sneezes differently, and also also also there’s little consensus on how some of those norms developed.


“Cok yasa,” as they say in Turkey.

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While This particular’s generally unnecessary in Japan and also also also parts of China to comment, many countries use a type of “God bless you.”

The sneezer’s welfare is usually the main concern. Germans say “gesundheit” (health), while Turks say “cok yasa” (may you live long).

Sometimes the response is usually dictated by the number of sneezes. In parts of Latin America, the first sneeze is usually met with “health,” the second with “money” and also also also the third with “love.” The Dutch wish you “health” for your first two sneezes before the third brings a “not bad weather tomorrow.”

Health-based wishes seem self-explanatory, yet the origin of “God bless you” is usually uncertain.

The most well-known theory is usually which Pope Gregory I started off This particular by blessing a person with the plague. yet This particular’s probably not true.

Academics believe saying “bless you” to a sneezer can be traced back even earlier — some say to 77 A.D., others to Greek mythology.

Anna Schaverien contributed reporting.


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