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Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence

When the floodwaters from Hurricane Florence recede and rebuilding kicks into high gear, homeowners and businesses will face an additional burden as tariffs imposed by the Trump administration drive up the cost of construction materials.<p>Homebuilders and contractors say the administration’s trade …

Tariffs

Could Our Sibling Bond Survive This U-Haul?

When I was 16, my two sisters, my mother and I took a road trip from our home in Massachusetts to Iowa. My sister Kirsten had gotten into graduate school at the University of Iowa and we all piled into a U-Haul to help her move. This was the first mistake — the U-Haul. The clerk had assured my …

New York State

Congressman Is Criticized for Joking That Justice Ginsburg Was ‘Groped’ by Lincoln

A Republican congressman from South Carolina has been criticized for making a sexual assault joke about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying the 85-year-old was “groped” by Abraham Lincoln.<p>The congressman, Ralph Norman, was making reference to recent allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Conservative Pundit Points Finger at Another Man to Deflect from Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — The head of a prominent conservative research organization apologized on Friday for a bizarre string of tweets in which he suggested that the woman accusing Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault might be confusing the judge for one of his high school classmates, whom he posted …

The White House

Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

WASHINGTON — The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for …

U.S. Department of Justice

Cody Wilson, 3-D Printed Gun Proponent, Is Arrested in Taiwan on Sex Assault Charge

Cody Wilson, a leading proponent of 3-D printed guns, has been arrested in Taiwan after being charged in Texas with sexually assaulting a 16-year old girl there, Taiwanese officials said on Friday.<p>The police arrested Mr. Wilson in the Wanhua district of Taipei and delivered him to the National …

3D

Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Power Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River

<i>Want climate news in your inbox?</i> <i>Sign up here for</i> <b>Climate Fwd:</b><i>, our email newsletter.</i><p>Duke Energy shut down a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday after a dam on a lake at the site breached, allowing hazardous coal ash into the nearby Cape Fear River, the company said.<p>The Cape Fear River …

Floods

In Reversal, Trump No Longer Demands Declassification of Russia Documents

WASHINGTON — In a rare retreat, President Trump on Friday reversed himself and said he was no longer demanding that documents related to the Russia investigation be immediately declassified and released to the public.<p>Taking to Twitter on Friday morning, Mr. Trump said that instead of an immediate …

U.S. Department of Justice

The Frick Likely to Take Over the Met Breuer

In a striking development likely to surprise the art world, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is in discussions to turn over the Met Breuer to the Frick Collection. By off loading the last three years of its eight-year lease in the Madison Avenue building, the Met could free itself of an $18 million …

Art Galleries

The Dangers of DNA Testing

Before you give the police a DNA sample, read an alarming new study of crime laboratories published this summer, the largest study of its kind.<p>Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology gave the same DNA mixture to about 105 American crime laboratories and three Canadian …

Las Vegas

Many Voters Tend to Believe Christine Blasey Ford, Even if They Question Her Motive

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — With its colonial-era storefronts, ice cream parlor and bustling outdoor cafes, this Philadelphia suburb could be the quintessential American downtown.<p>Though it’s mid-September, the historic homes that line its narrow streets are still dressed in bunting and American flags from …

Vinyl Records

We Are Not the Resistance

<i>This is Michelle Alexander’s debut column.</i><p>The resistance has once again sprung to action, this time around Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Even before we learned of the allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl during high school, progressive and liberal forces …

Civil Rights

David Boies Pleads Not Guilty

When I arrived on a late July afternoon for an interview with David Boies at his mansion in Westchester County, displaced furniture filled the foyer and workmen occupied much of the famed litigator’s home. Water from an unchecked bathtub had cascaded through the house, reaching all the way to his …

Theranos

Kim Jong-un Has a Dream. The U.S. Should Help Him Realize It.

SEOUL, South Korea — President Moon Jae-in of South Korea returned from Pyongyang this week bearing fresh messages of good will from Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader: promises to permanently dismantle a test site and a missile-launch pad and to shutter a major nuclear facility. The pledges — …

North Korea

Day Care Worker Stabs 3 Infants and 2 Adults in Queens, Police Say

Kayla Cho woke up shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Friday to the sound of screaming coming from a home on the block where she lives. Another neighbor, Mike Hsu, heard loud thuds. Soon the frightening noises turned into a cry for help from what neighbors described as a day care in a red brick townhouse in …

Day Care

Harvard Club Considers a Change, and Some Think It’s the ‘Worst Thing Ever’

On the wood-paneled walls of Harvard Hall, the majestic heart of the Harvard Club in Midtown Manhattan, hang portraits of Teddy Roosevelt and other notable graduates. The head of an elephant, a gift to the club, hovers in an alcove where members luxuriate on plush leather couches to read and …

Dining Rooms

Glenstone, a Private Art Xanadu, Invests $200 Million in a Public Vision

POTOMAC, Md. — When they were building a gallery here at Glenstone for Robert Gober’s 1992 “Untitled” immersive installation — featuring spouting sinks, stacked newspapers and woodland scenery — Mitchell P. Rales and Emily Wei Rales worked with the artist to design the room to his specifications. …

Artists

Trump Says if Attack on Kavanaugh Accuser Was ‘as Bad as She Says,’ Charges Would Have Been Filed

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday questioned the credibility of the woman who has said Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were both teenagers. The president said that if the attack “was as bad as she says,” it would have been reported to the authorities.<p>Attacking the …

Donald Trump

The Netherlands, a Tax Avoidance Center, Tries to Mend Its Ways

THE HAGUE — The Netherlands wants you to know that it is not a tax haven. But Menno Snel, the country’s No. 2 finance official, grudgingly acknowledges that the Dutch have become experts at something else: aggressive tax planning.<p>That’s backed up by the amount of money pouring across its borders. …

Tax Havens

Home Cooks Can Now Sell Their Food in California

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>In many parts of the world, it’s the most normal thing: selling food that you make at home. But when Hai Ngoc Lam arrived in the United States five years ago from Vietnam, he found out what other would-be food entrepreneurs …

Los Angeles

Another Case of Vanishing Latino Children

<i>This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can</i> <i>sign up here</i> <i>to receive the newsletter each weekday.</i><p>About a decade ago, thousands of Latino children began quietly dropping out of public schools in 55 counties across the country. One year, the students would be enrolled; the next year, …

Trump Administration

A Mexican Baseball Team Plays in Texas. It’s a Home Game.

LAREDO, Tex. — The national anthems of the United States and Mexico were played over the stadium speakers as the flags of both countries fluttered in the hot summer wind. Fans chatted away in English and Spanish. Burgers and popcorn were as prevalent as carne asada tacos and apple slices covered in …

Border Crossings

Restaurant Wants to Use Marijuana to Ease Lobsters’ Pain. Slow Your Roll, Maine Says.

Your death is imminent. It will be painful. Minutes beforehand, your executioner hands you … a joint.<p>“If somebody offered me that option and said, ‘Hey, do you want to do this first?’” said Charlotte Gill, the owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, Me., “I would say a …

Lobster

Democracy Will Still Surprise Us

ATHENS — Gazing at the Acropolis the other day from an Athens rooftop, I was reminded of Samuel Beckett’s words: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”<p>Athenian democracy, a male preserve, far from universal, failed in due course. Still, to see that white citadel …

Vladimir Putin

Your Friday News Briefing: Christine Blasey Ford, Boston Red Sox, ‘Maniac’

<i>(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)</i><p><i>Good morning.</i><p><i>Here’s what you need to know:</i><p><b>Judge’s accuser is open to testifying</b><p>Christine Blasey Ford reopened discussions on Thursday to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week to discuss her accusation that the Supreme Court …

Boston Red Sox

The Coders of Kentucky

Matthew Watson opened his car door at a gas station outside Hueysville, Ky., sprang out and exclaimed, “I got a new job!<i>”</i> He blushed slightly; he was not one to boast. But for this slender, 33-year-old man with a red beard, a father of two small daughters who had once been ashamed of supplementing …

Kentucky

New York Today: The Rundown on Our State IDs

<i>Good morning on this almost-fall Friday.</i><p>Have you been to the Department of Motor Vehicles lately?<p>Hopefully (for your general inner calm) the answer is no.<p>But if, like us, you have, you might have observed the same confusion we did over which state ID to choose — there are three: Standard ID, REAL …

Why the ‘Jordanian Option’ Won’t Die

TEL AVIV — In January 1968, only a few months after Israel conquered the territory on the West Bank of the Jordan River, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol received a memo. The reasonable way to deal with the newly occupied territory, wrote the memo’s author, a professor named Benjamin Akzin, was to join …

Jordan River

Why Is Trump Tacitly Supporting Corruption in Guatemala?

When President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala announced last month that he would not reauthorize a joint United Nations-Guatemala anticorruption commission to remain in the country, he set in motion what some are calling a slow-motion coup.<p>The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, …

Trump Administration

Ice Surveys and Neckties at Dinner: Here’s Life at an Arctic Outpost

<i>Want climate news in your inbox?</i> <i>Sign up here for</i> <b>Climate Fwd:</b><i>, our email newsletter.</i><p>For the past 40 years, thanks to satellite measurements, scientists have known that sea ice coverage in the Arctic is shrinking. Global warming has reduced the extent of ice in the region in summer, when it is at its …

Sea Ice