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Your Friday Evening News Briefing: Rod Rosenstein, Brett Kavanaugh, Trump
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:15:05 GMT)

Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment
In the turbulent days after the firing of James B. Comey, the deputy attorney general appeared conflicted about his role and wanted to expose administration dysfunction, people around him said.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:54:26 GMT)

The 25th Amendment: The Difficult Process to Remove a President
The author of an anonymous essay in The New York Times writes that some advisers around President Trump discussed invoking the amendment, but the talk did not move forward because “no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.”
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:37:18 GMT)

In Reversal, Trump No Longer Demands Declassification of Russia Documents
In a tweet on Friday morning, Mr. Trump said that instead of an immediate release, Justice Department officials would review the documents.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:41:08 GMT)

Trump Says if Attack on Kavanaugh Accuser Was ‘as Bad as She Says,’ Charges Would Have Been Filed
President Trump said in a Twitter post that if the alleged attack “was as bad as she says,” charges would have been filed.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:30:11 GMT)

Many Voters Tend to Believe Christine Blasey Ford, Even if They Question Her Motive
In a Pennsylvania swing district, voters are gripped by the allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, and divided over them.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:49:00 GMT)

Conservative Pundit Points Finger at Another Man to Deflect from Kavanaugh
Conservative lawyer Edward Whelan’s theory that Christine Blasey Ford was attacked by a classmate of Brett M. Kavanaugh’s has heads shaking — and Mr. Whelan apologizing.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:20:39 GMT)

Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Duke Energy Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River
Duke Energy shut down a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., after a dam at the site breached and allowed coal ash to enter the nearby Cape Fear River.
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 01:23:36 GMT)

What Is Coal Ash and Why Is It Dangerous?
Coal ash refers to what’s left after coal is burned. Those remnants pose environmental and health risks, especially when storage ponds are breached.
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:50:27 GMT)

Billionaire Backer of Maria Butina Had Russian Security Ties
Konstantin Nikolaev, the oligarch who helped finance Ms. Butina, has been an investor in projects linked to the Russian government.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:34:54 GMT)

The Brothel Empire and the Ex-Detective, Always One Step Ahead of the Law
A former vice detective is at the center of one of the New York Police Department’s worst scandals in recent years. Here is his story, as uncovered by a team of Times reporters.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:00:16 GMT)

David Boies Pleads Not Guilty
The superlawyer in such cases as Bush v. Gore and the fight for gay marriage rights makes no apologies for representing Harvey Weinstein and Theranos with zeal.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:46:55 GMT)

G.O.P. Leaders Can’t Even Fake Respect for Christine Blasey Ford
They are struggling to pretend they will fairly weigh her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:58:42 GMT)

Op-Ed Columnist: Beto and Ted — Who’s Ahead?
The clash of the Texas titans.
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 01:27:41 GMT)

This I Believe About Blasey v. Kavanaugh
I believe Blasey deserves to be fairly heard, not automatically believed.
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:57:26 GMT)

We Need More Enemies of the People
A forgotten slice of history about courageous African-American high school students and the journalists who covered them.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:36:02 GMT)

We Need to Hear From Christine Blasey Ford
Republicans are being unfair. I hope she testifies anyway.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:57:54 GMT)

Democracy Will Still Surprise Us
Of late, Western democracy has concentrated rather than spread wealth, suggesting it serves injustice. But it is stubborn and adaptable.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:20:27 GMT)

We Are Not the Resistance
Donald Trump is the one who is pushing back against the new nation that’s struggling to be born.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:51:33 GMT)

The Dangers of DNA Testing
In a new study, 74 out of 108 crime laboratories implicated an innocent person in a hypothetical bank robbery.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:00:04 GMT)

Making Tariffs Corrupt Again
Trump has perverted the process and undermined U.S. credibility.
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:49:19 GMT)

Kim Jong-un Has a Dream. The U.S. Should Help Him Realize It.
North Korea’s leader wants to be a great economic reformer. Encouraging him is the best way forward on denuclearization.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:47:04 GMT)

Explorer: Singapore, for Those Who Aren’t Crazy Rich
In the hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” the country looks luxe. But it’s easy to have a great time (and eat memorably well) without spending much.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 04:01:06 GMT)

The Artist’s Life: What Happens When a Single Art Project Becomes a Decades-Long Obsession?
Rodin and Duchamp toiled away on pieces for spectacular lengths of time. But in an era of digital hyperdrive, fidelity to one work seems even more heroic.
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:11:59 GMT)

Nonfiction: The American Past: A History of Contradictions
Jill Lepore’s “These Truths” shows both the successes and failures that have made the country what it is today.
(Sun, 16 Sep 2018 20:04:48 GMT)

Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz Clash Over Immigration and Law Enforcement in Debate
The Texas political rivals spent weeks preparing for the debate, the first of three in their Senate race, which is one of the tightest and most heated this year.
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:49:46 GMT)

Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino Resigns Over Racist Remarks
Under pressure from public officials, Saudino and his four deputies stepped down a day after a recording of the sheriff’s comments was published.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:46:18 GMT)

As Economy Roars, Army Falls Thousands Short of Recruiting Goals
The Army had hoped to bring in about 76,500 new soldiers this year. It is 6,500 troops short.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:41:56 GMT)

Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s Daughter, Tells Her Story of Sexual Assault
In an opinion piece defending Christine Blasey Ford, the former first daughter wrote: “Your memory snaps photos of the details that will haunt you forever.”
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:48:48 GMT)

Black Candidate Wants to Know Who Called 911 as She Talked to Voters
Shelia Stubbs is headed for the Wisconsin legislature. The caller thought her car was part of a drug deal. Her mother, 71, and child, 8, were inside.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:01:07 GMT)

The Death Toll for Afghan Forces Is Secret. Here’s Why.
The Taliban is killing Afghan soldiers and police officers in record numbers. Last week, 400 were killed, officials say.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:59:51 GMT)

Brexit Talks at ‘Impasse,’ Theresa May Says, After a Rancorous Summit
The bloc’s leaders rejected her proposals at an unexpectedly bitter meeting that cast doubt over the prospects of reaching an agreement.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:03:21 GMT)

It Was a Suspected ‘Birth Tourism’ Site. Then Came Late-Night Screams.
When officers arrived at the house in Queens, they found three infants and two adults had been stabbed by a worker who then cut her own wrist, according to the police.
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 01:26:58 GMT)

Michelle Obama’s Big Book Rollout: ‘It’s Like You’re Looking at a Madonna Tour’
In advance of the publication of Mrs. Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” Live Nation, Ticketmaster and Hearst are helping with the former first lady’s rock-star-style return to the public sphere.
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:47:34 GMT)

Sketch Guy: Your Future Should Be Bigger Than Your Past. Here’s How to Do It.
If your past feels bigger than whatever you can imagine in your future, it’s not a healthy sign. A single, focused question can help reframe things.
(Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:36:24 GMT)

Editors’ Choice: 7 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:24:02 GMT)

So Now You Own a Home. Do You Know How to Maintain it?
Home maintenance classes can help you save money and be smarter about what needs to be done to keep your new home in shape.
(Fri, 07 Sep 2018 09:00:08 GMT)

The Most Fun (and Useful) Things You Can Do With an Amazon Echo or Google Home
Smart home devices will tell you the weather and answer trivia questions, sure, but they can do so much more. Try these tips to streamline your day, relax a little or just have some fun.
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:17:26 GMT)

‘A Little Life’ Comes to the Stage. The Audience Can’t Look Away.
Hanya Yanagihara’s best-selling novel includes many disturbing scenes. In a new production in Amsterdam, the director Ivo van Hove puts that cruelty center stage.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:00:09 GMT)

Encounters: Noah Centineo Is Hot. If Only He Could Cool Off.
The star of Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” bounced around SoHo and NoLIta.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:37:32 GMT)

A Word With: Jane Fonda Isn’t Letting the Curtain Come Down Any Time Soon
Ms. Fonda speaks about her new documentary, “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” and about what lies ahead.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:00:04 GMT)

Was This Homage to Bratwurst Really Designed by Robert Indiana?
The sausage company that commissioned it believes it was, despite a disputed image of the artist that may have been altered.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:00:04 GMT)

Life Is a Cabaret (and Alan Cumming Is Tending Bar)
The actor’s East Village bar, Club Cumming, is a place he can spontaneously perform, do some bartending or simply socialize.
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:01:05 GMT)

Saving Hummingbirds Is One Small Step in Saving the Planet
High in the Andes Mountains in Colombia, a reforestation project led by SavingSpecies works to protect one of the world’s most renowned bio hot spots.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:30:11 GMT)

Trilobites: Decoding Pandas’ Come-Hither Calls
During mating season, the solitary mammals bleat important information to each other through their dense bamboo habitat.
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:00:04 GMT)

Tech We’re Using: Windows on How Cities Change Can Be All Too Captivating
Technology is crowding curbs with ride hailers and keeping homeowners fixated on housing values. Here are the tools that Emily Badger, a writer for The Upshot, uses to analyze the ripple effects.
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:25:13 GMT)

When Family Members Care for Aging Parents
My siblings and I joined the ranks of the 15 million or so unpaid and untrained family caregivers for older adults in the United States.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:39:39 GMT)

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