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    Op-Ed Contributor: Britain Isn’t Working

    Op-Ed Contributor: Britain Isn’t Working


    Road work in Aberdeen, Scotland. Carillion, Britain’s second-largest construction company and an emblem of public sector reforms, recently went into liquidation. The magnitude of the consequences could be...

    The collapse of Carillion, a company with hundreds of government contracts, may be the canary in the privatization gold mine.
    News Analysis: Democrats Blink in Shutdown Impasse, Hoping for a Bargain

    News Analysis: Democrats Blink in Shutdown Impasse, Hoping for a Bargain


    Democrats had hoped the public would embrace the use of all possible methods, including a government shutdown, to come to the rescue of the young unauthorized immigrants known as the...

    Senate Democrats believe they are limiting damage from a political miscalculation by surrendering, but doing so has drawn a fierce backlash from the left.
    Op-Ed Contributor: Imagining a Post-Merkel Germany

    Op-Ed Contributor: Imagining a Post-Merkel Germany


    As Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and her party prepare to negotiate another coalition government, her silence adds to a sense that she is steadily losing...

    Voters are getting tired of the chancellor’s opaque, uninspiring political style.
    Government Shutdown Ends After 3 Days of Recriminations

    Government Shutdown Ends After 3 Days of Recriminations


    Both houses of Congress easily approved the short-term funding bill to end the government shutdown, though the votes revealed fissures among...

    With a promise that lawmakers would soon take up immigration, Congress approved a short-term spending bill to reopen the government after a brief but heated shutdown.
    Trump Slaps Steep Tariffs on Foreign Washing Machines and Solar Products

    Trump Slaps Steep Tariffs on Foreign Washing Machines and Solar Products


    Workers installing solar panels in New Mexico. President Trump has approved solar tariffs for the next four...

    The Trump administration said it would impose steep tariffs on imports, the first major step by the administration to erect the kind of barriers the president frequently threatened.
    What’s Behind Turkey’s Attack on Syria’s Kurds

    What’s Behind Turkey’s Attack on Syria’s Kurds


    Syrian Kurds carrying portraits of Abdullah Ocalan, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party leader imprisoned since...

    The military offensive puts Turkey on a collision course with the United States, a NATO ally.
    Whiplash for Federal Workers: Go Home! Wait! Come Back!

    Whiplash for Federal Workers: Go Home! Wait! Come Back!


    A hangar at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, in December. During the short-lived shutdown on Monday, civilian employees had to wait around to see if they would be...

    Federal workers across the country fumed at both political parties. And uncertainties remained.
    As Turkey Attacks Kurds in Syria, U.S. Is on the Sideline

    As Turkey Attacks Kurds in Syria, U.S. Is on the Sideline


    Turkish soldiers at the Syrian border on Monday. The United States has not chastised Turkey for attacking its allies, the Syrian...

    Turkish forces continued their attack on the Kurds, America’s closest ally in the war on the Islamic State, with the apparent blessing of Moscow.
    Naomi Parker Fraley, the Real Rosie the Riveter, Dies at 96

    Naomi Parker Fraley, the Real Rosie the Riveter, Dies at 96


    A 1942 photograph of Naomi Parker Fraley that was the likely inspiration for the Rosie the Riveter...

    Mrs. Fraley’s connection to Rosie was made public in 2016, ending years of speculation over who was the model for the fictional 1940s war worker.
    Bonuses Aside, Tax Law’s Trickle-Down Impact Not Yet Clear

    Bonuses Aside, Tax Law’s Trickle-Down Impact Not Yet Clear


    Employees at an Apple retail store in San Francisco in 2016. Apple is among the companies handing out bonuses to workers in the wake of the $1.5 trillion tax...

    Companies are announcing bonuses as a result of the tax cuts but it remains to be seen how much of that money will filter through to workers in the years to come.
    Pennsylvania Congressional District Map Is Ruled Unconstitutional

    Pennsylvania Congressional District Map Is Ruled Unconstitutional


    A voter registration event in Philadelphia last year. Critics say Pennsylvania’s Congressional district map is one of the most gerrymandered in the...

    The State Supreme Court’s order on Monday joins a string of court decisions striking down political maps for unduly favoring one party. The court ordered that a new map be submitted to it by Feb. 15.
    China’s Housing Market Is Like a Casino. Can a Property Tax Tame It?

    China’s Housing Market Is Like a Casino. Can a Property Tax Tame It?


    Potential buyers stand in a line during the first day of sales of a property project in Nanjing, China. Speculators hoping to ride the wave of rising prices often scoop up properties that sit...

    Officials appear to be warming to the idea of imposing the country’s first national tax on homes to cool a market subject to wild booms and busts.
    New Jersey Town Aims to Keep App-Guided Outsiders Off Its Streets

    New Jersey Town Aims to Keep App-Guided Outsiders Off Its Streets


    Waves of motorists seeking to avoid George Washington Bridge traffic descend daily onto Leonia’s main thoroughfares. But a new ban will keep them off its side...

    Leonia, a town at the foot of the George Washington Bridge, has closed 60 streets to out-of-town cars during the morning and afternoon rush hours.
    With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown

    With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown


    Senators Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, and Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, on Monday. They were key members of a bipartisan group of senators that helped find a compromise end to the government...

    Two dozen centrist senators from both parties banded together to push their leaders to a deal to reopen the government. Now comes the hard part.
    Pope Apologizes to Abuse Victims but Again Doubts Them

    Pope Apologizes to Abuse Victims but Again Doubts Them


    Pope Francis arriving to celebrate Mass at the Las Palmas Air Base in Lima, Peru, on...

    The pope’s doubting of sexual abuse victims prompts concerns that he will not hold the church hierarchy fully accountable for its role in the crisis.

    How Big a Deal Is a New Congressional Map for Pennsylvania?


    Although Democrats will probably pick up a few additional seats in this year’s election, the development is less helpful for them than it might at first...

    Although Democrats will probably pick up a few additional seats in this year’s election, the development is less helpful for them than it might at first appear.
    Senate Democrats’ Vote to End Shutdown Infuriates Some on the Left

    Senate Democrats’ Vote to End Shutdown Infuriates Some on the Left


    Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and their supporters protested Monday in Anaheim,...

    Liberal and immigration activists said Democrats betrayed young undocumented immigrants by reopening the government after only three days of a shutdown.
    Wary, Weary or Both, Southern Lawmakers Tone Down Culture Wars

    Wary, Weary or Both, Southern Lawmakers Tone Down Culture Wars


    Some state legislators want to see how the Supreme Court rules in a case involving a baker’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple before pressing ahead with bills on divisive social...

    State bills on lightning-rod social issues are getting noticeably less impetus this year, as elections loom and state leaders try to attract business investment.

    Op-Docs: Baby Brother


    Sometimes coming home is the hardest move of...

    Sometimes coming home is the hardest move of all.
    Heads of State and C.E.O.s in Davos Beware: 6 Feet of Snow in 6 Days

    Heads of State and C.E.O.s in Davos Beware: 6 Feet of Snow in 6 Days


    On the eve of the World Economic Forum, the Alpine town of Davos, Switzerland, is buried in...

    A weekend blizzard was still filling the mountain valley with more snow on Monday night as heads of state and C.E.O.s tried to gather for the World Economic Forum.
    Review: Anna Paquin Takes Her Turn as a Detective in ‘Bellevue’

    Review: Anna Paquin Takes Her Turn as a Detective in ‘Bellevue’


    Anna Paquin is a reckless detective plagued by childhood demons in “Bellevue,” starting Tuesday on WGN...

    Take “Broadchurch” (scenic small-town setting), add “The Killing” (moody missing-child mystery), top off with a troubled single-mom heroine, and voilà.
    The Pour: The History of Wine in 442 Podcasts

    The Pour: The History of Wine in 442 Podcasts


    Levi Dalton hosts the podcast “I’ll Drink to...

    “I’ll Drink to That” has become an invaluable archive for those interested in some of the great characters and personalities in wine.
    To Rid the Taj Mahal of Its Grime, India Prescribes a Mud Bath

    To Rid the Taj Mahal of Its Grime, India Prescribes a Mud Bath


    The Taj Mahal is undergoing its first deep cleaning since it was built in the 17th century. Pollution in India has turned parts of its marble facade yellow and...

    For centuries, monsoon rains were enough to keep the dirt off India’s monument to eternal love. But not anymore.
    Mike Pence Says U.S. Embassy Will Open in Jerusalem Next Year

    Mike Pence Says U.S. Embassy Will Open in Jerusalem Next Year


    Vice President Mike Pence, center, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel during a welcome ceremony in Jerusalem on...

    The vice president promised the quicker-than-expected move during a visit to Israel’s Parliament, where Arab lawmakers staged a protest and were removed.
    No Passport or Ticket: How a Woman Evaded Airport Security and Flew to London

    No Passport or Ticket: How a Woman Evaded Airport Security and Flew to London


    Marilyn Hartman in police custody (clockwise from upper left) in 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014. Ms. Hartman, who has a history of sneaking aboard planes, slipped past security at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Jan. 14 and arrived in London the...

    Marilyn Hartman has successfully sneaked onto three flights since 2014 and attempted to breach airport security at least a dozen times.
    Trilobites: They Hunt. They Gather. They’re Very Good at Talking About Smells.

    Trilobites: They Hunt. They Gather. They’re Very Good at Talking About Smells.


    The Tembeling River in Malaysia’s Taman Negara National Park, near the home areas of hunter-gatherers and other groups that scientists studied to test the relationship between culture and the ability to name...

    A study of hunter-gatherers on the Malay Peninsula suggests that culture plays a role in how we describe the odors all around us.
    Fiction: A Novel That Asks, What if Abortion Were Again Illegal?

    Fiction: A Novel That Asks, What if Abortion Were Again Illegal?


    “Red Clocks,” by Leni Zumas, imagines a dystopian near-future in which women are once again stripped of reproductive...

    “Red Clocks,” by Leni Zumas, imagines a dystopian near-future in which women are once again stripped of reproductive freedoms.
    Jelena Dokic Recounts Her Rise in Tennis With an Abusive Father

    Jelena Dokic Recounts Her Rise in Tennis With an Abusive Father


    While the world marveled at a 16-year-old Jelena Dokic upsetting No. 1-seed Martina Hingis at Wimbledon in 1999, Dokic was being abused by her father, she...

    In recent months, Dokic, a former No. 4-ranked player, has opened up in interviews and a book about the beatings she says her father gave her that left her bruised and suicidal.
    There Is Nothing Virtual About Bitcoin’s Energy Appetite

    There Is Nothing Virtual About Bitcoin’s Energy Appetite


    An employee at a Bitmain facility in Inner Mongolia, one of the biggest Bitcoin farms in the...

    Creating a single token requires as much electricity as two years’ worth of consumption by an average American home. Some enthusiasts believe that’s a problem.
    Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future

    Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future


    A row of gates guards the entrance to Amazon...

    The technology inside Amazon’s new convenience store, opening Monday in downtown Seattle, enables a shopping experience like no other — including no checkout lines.
    Travel Tips: Is Your ID Approved for Travel? These Are the Latest Rules

    Travel Tips: Is Your ID Approved for Travel? These Are the Latest Rules


    A T.S.A. agent checks a passenger's identification at Ronald Reagan Washington National...

    The Real ID Act requires that driver’s licenses meet standards set by the Department of Homeland Security by October 2020. Many states are already compliant and others have been given extensions.
    Is Your Child a Phone ‘Addict’?

    Is Your Child a Phone ‘Addict’?


    Parents can have difficulty distinguishing phone abuse from appropriate...

    Parents can have difficulty distinguishing phone abuse from appropriate use.
    The Parasite on the Playground

    The Parasite on the Playground


    Roundworm eggs, shed by stray dogs, can be ingested by children playing outside. The worm’s larvae have been found in the brain, experts say, perhaps impairing...

    Roundworm eggs, shed by stray dogs, can be ingested by children playing outside. The worm’s larvae have been found in the brain, experts say, perhaps impairing development.
    Feature: Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

    Feature: Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble


    Yes, it’s driven by greed — but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than...

    Yes, it’s driven by greed — but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth.
    Ask Well: Does Magnesium Help You Sleep?

    Ask Well: Does Magnesium Help You Sleep?


    Studies have found a link between low levels of magnesium and sleep disorders. But changing your diet may be a better option than taking...

    Studies have found a link between low levels of magnesium and sleep disorders. But changing your diet may be a better option than taking supplements.