The Obamas, Olympic Games, Republican Party: Your Evening Briefing

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3. Republicans have structural advantages within the race for control of the House This kind of fall. although they’re eroding.

Those factors — like incumbency, geography as well as also gerrymandering — have been offset by the retirements of Republican representatives as well as also court rulings of which have altered or torn up Republican-drawn congressional maps.

They still have enough going for them to win the House even if they lose the well-liked vote by a wide margin. although their edge has shrunk considerably.

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4. At the Winter Olympics, the Dutch team swept the first women’s speed skating event as well as also Mikael Kingsbury of Canada won gold in moguls skiing. Here’s our full coverage by Pyeongchang, South Korea. Above, the U.S. skaters Maia Shibutani as well as also Alex Shibutani winning bronze.

Fascination has surrounded North Korea’s cheerleaders, praised as human olive branches as well as also criticized as singing, dancing spearheads of a propaganda campaign. Here’s what we’ve learned about them.

as well as also one of our most well-liked stories today can be a throwback: In 1982, the Norwegian cross-country skier Oddvar Bra collided that has a skier by the Soviet Union. Somehow, a national myth was born. (So far, Norway can be leading the medal count.)

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5. A huge oil spill — one unlike any before — can be beginning to contaminate some of the most crucial fishing grounds in Asia.

Up to 111,000 metric tons of nearly invisible condensate, a toxic, liquid byproduct of natural gas production, have flowed into the East China Sea after a fiery collision sank an Iranian tanker a month ago. Above, a buyer checking fish on an island near Shanghai.

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6. 5 months after Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans are still in limbo.

Thousands of families have been staying in hotel rooms provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as they decide whether to go back or forge ahead elsewhere. Above, a father as well as also son at a Red Roof Inn in Hartford, Conn.

Many have described confusion as well as also anxiety about whether they will be able to stay as deadlines rapidly approach — for some, as soon as This kind of week.

“Time can be against us,” one woman said.

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7. You might think of which the country’s tap water can be generally safe, besides outlier places like Flint, Mich. Not necessarily.

A fresh study found of which, since 1982, between 3 as well as also 10 percent of the United States’ water systems have violated federal health standards each year.

Here’s what we know about the places of which struggle to meet the federal rules.

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8. How should allergies be portrayed in children’s movies? Not the way Sony’s newly released “Peter Rabbit” did, many parents agreed, drawing an apology by the filmmakers.

Slingshot-wielding rabbits exploit Tom MacGregor’s allergy to blackberries by launching one into his mouth. He injects himself with an EpiPen although experiences anaphylaxis as well as also collapses.

“I’m pretty sure Beatrix Potter will be turning in her grave about at This kind of point,” one woman in Britain said.

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Left, Kehinde Wiley; right, Amy Sherald

9. The unveiling of presidential portraits often draws little notice.

Not so as Barack as well as also Michelle Obama became the first African-American presidential couple to have their likenesses enshrined at the National Portrait Gallery. They chose African-American artists to render them — Kehinde Wiley as well as also Amy Sherald.

“Mr. Wiley depicts Mr. Obama not as a self-assured, standard-issue bureaucrat, although as an alert as well as also troubled thinker,” our critic Holland Cotter writes. “Ms. Sherald’s image of Mrs. Obama overemphasizes an element of couturial spectacle, although also projects a rock-solid cool.”

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10. One down, 51 to go.

Jada Yuan, The Times’s much-envied fresh travel columnist, began her yearlong tour of our 52 Places to Go list that has a trip to fresh Orleans.

On her first visit to the city, eight years ago, she writes, she danced within the streets so much of which she wore holes through the bottoms of her brand-fresh sneakers. of which was “the only place within the planet where I’ve had such a Great time of which the shoes melted right off my feet.”

On This kind of visit, she found a city within the midst of an upswing, that has a fierce pride as well as also a spirit of forgiveness. Here’s her full dispatch.

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