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Trump Makes Pitch for Health Bill: ‘It’s Going to be Terrific’

■ The House Freedom Caucus is meeting with President Trump at the White House.<p>■ House Speaker Paul D. Ryan holds a news conference at 3:30 p.m.<p>■ A full vote is still scheduled Thursday on the House plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but it will happen late in the day — if it happens.<p><b>Trump</b> …

Health Care

Fact Check: Trump Misleads About The Times’s Reporting on Surveillance

WASHINGTON — In an interview with Time magazine on Wednesday, President Trump cited The New York Times as evidence of his claim, made in a series of Twitter posts on March 4, that President Barack Obama had wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. The F.B.I. …

Journalism

Eton Park Hedge Fund to Shut Down

Eric Mindich is shutting down his Eton Park Capital Management hedge fund.<p>Mr. Mindich, a former Goldman Sachs executive, sent a letter to investors in the firm on Thursday saying that he would be returning capital after deciding to close operations. A copy of the letter was reviewed by The New York …

Wall Street

Man Fatally Stabbed in Random Attack Had Loved Manhattan, Relative Says

The man who was fatally stabbed during a random street attack that the police said was racially motivated had always loved Manhattan, where he enjoyed the library and shopping, a relative said on Thursday.<p>Timothy Caughman, of West 36th Street, had been sifting through the trash in front of a row of …

Crime

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss

<i>The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and left that you might not have seen.</i><p><i>We would love to hear your thoughts on this</i> …

Democracy

Democrats Plan to Filibuster to Thwart Gorsuch Nomination

WASHINGTON — Democrats signaled on Thursday that they would filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, setting up a showdown with Republicans who may be forced to change longstanding rules to seat him on the nation’s highest court.<p>“He will have to earn …

Government

Lacking Evidence of Voter Fraud, Legislatures Target Its Specter

Of the 860,000 Nebraskans who cast ballots in last fall’s election, only two are suspected of casting fraudulent votes. But while the actual number of illegal voters may be minuscule, State Senator John Murante says, there is an even better reason for Nebraska’s legislature to crack down on fraud …

Voter ID laws

U.S. Jewish Center Bomb Threat Suspect Is Arrested in Israel

WASHINGTON — The Israeli police on Thursday arrested a man believed to be responsible for scores of bomb threats that were phoned in to Jewish community centers across the United States, American officials said.<p>The F.B.I. confirmed in a statement that the bureau had worked with the Israeli national …

Crime

Measuring the Snowpack From the Sky

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>Thomas Painter has one of the coolest jobs in science.<p>A hydrologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Dr. Painter leads the Airborne Snow Observatory, a mapping project in the Sierra …

California

New York State Senator Robert Ortt Is Charged With Violating Election Law

ALBANY — A Republican state senator from the Niagara Falls area was indicted on Wednesday on charges that he violated state election law, the latest in a long line of corruption cases to emanate from New York State’s capital.<p>A spokeswoman for the senator, Robert G. Ortt, steadfastly denied the …

Corruption

House Republicans Search for Votes to Repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON — House Republicans were set to meet Thursday morning to see if consensus — and votes — could be found for their shifting bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as conservative Republicans pushed to eliminate federal requirements that health insurance plans provide a basic set of …

Health Care

London, Taliban, World Baseball Classic: Your Thursday Briefing

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>Here’s what you need to know:</i><p><b>• Arrests made in London terrorism attack.</b><p>The authorities said today that they had detained seven people across Britain, a day after an assailant killed three people in the capital.<p>He appeared to have acted alone, inspired by international terrorism, the …

New York Today: Spring Cleaning

<i>Good morning on this blue-sky Thursday.</i><p>Some of you may be planning to roll up your sleeves this weekend for some much-needed spring cleaning and purging of stuff.<p>The Department of Sanitation will be ready with more garbage trucks on hand for this annual ritual — one of several tasks on the city’s …

New York City

Best of Late Night: Missing Out on Sex Scandals

<i>Welcome to Best of Late Night, a</i> <i>rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get</i> <i>paid to watch comedy.</i> <i>What do you think of it? What</i> <i>else</i> <i>are you interested in? Let us know:</i> <i>thearts@nytimes.com</i>.<p><b>How Could He Have Missed Bruce Loveless?</b><p>The signs of Trump-joke fatigue are all over late night these days. On …

Comedy

Banks and Tech Firms Battle Over Something Akin to Gold: Your Data

SAN FRANCISCO — The big banks and Silicon Valley are waging an escalating battle over your personal financial data, including the amount you spent on dinner last week and how much you are paying for your mortgage.<p>Technology start-ups like Mint and Betterment have been building services that pull …

Banking

In Greeting to Iranian People, Trump Leaves Out Their Government

WASHINGTON — When President Trump sent greetings to the Iranian people on Wednesday for the Persian New Year, or Nowruz, it offered a glimpse into an administration that is still debating how to deal with a country that Mr. Trump has painted as an implacable foe.<p>The five-paragraph statement went …

Iran

Gorsuch Completes His 20-Hour Test. So How Did He Do?

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch can relax now. After 20-odd hours of Senate questioning this week, the Supreme Court nominee has completed his testimony. The committee will hold a final session on Thursday featuring expert panelists discussing the judge. But his job is done.<p>So what have we learned?<p><b>He’s</b> …

Government

John Mayer Knows He Messed Up. He Wants Another Chance.

LOS ANGELES — John Mayer can explain where he’s been. In fact, once he gets going, he probably won’t stop, given the amount of time he has spent in private processing his recent self-imposed irrelevance — the “lean years,” as he calls them.<p>A generational guitar talent and reliable soft-rock …

John Mayer

U.K. Police Arrest 7 After Attack Outside Parliament

LONDON — A day after one of the worst terrorist attacks in Britain in more than a decade, the police said on Thursday that they had detained seven people across the country and that the assailant appeared to have acted alone, inspired by international terrorism.<p>Mark Rowley, the assistant …

Terrorism

Strategic District in Afghanistan Falls to Taliban

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Taliban captured the strategic district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand on Thursday, the culmination of a yearslong offensive that took the lives of more combatants than any other fight for territory in Afghanistan, according to local officials.<p>While …

Taliban

United States Beats Puerto Rico for First World Baseball Classic Title

LOS ANGELES — When Manager Jim Leyland walked into a news conference several hours before the start of the World Baseball Classic championship, a twinkle emerged in his eye and a slight crease formed at his mouth.<p>“We’re trying to make America great again,” Leyland said as he took his seat.<p>It was …

Puerto Rico

Keith Palmer, a Police Constable, Is Among Victims in London Attack

He was a father and husband, with 15 years of service in the Metropolitan Police, and he was patrolling Parliament as the attacker barreled down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, crashed his vehicle into a fence and then emerged with a knife.<p>Keith Palmer, 48, who died from his stab wounds, was one …

Mormonism

Late G.O.P. Proposal Could Mean Plans That Cover Aromatherapy but Not Chemotherapy

Most Republicans in Congress prefer the type of health insurance market in which everyone could “choose the plan that’s right for them.”<p>Why should a 60-year-old man have to buy a plan that includes maternity benefits he’ll never use? (This is an example that comes up a lot.) In contrast, the …

Health Care

Leaders’ Appeals Fail to Sway House Foes of Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON — A small but potentially pivotal group of House conservatives were largely unmoved Wednesday by appeals from Vice President Mike Pence and House Republican leaders to support a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, leaving it unclear whether President Trump and the …

Death on a Prison Bus: Extradition Companies’ Safety Improvements Lag

More than 20 prisoners were shackled and packed tightly on a privately operated bus as it zigzagged from Wisconsin to Georgia this month. The men and women were being extradited to faraway jurisdictions where they had open arrest warrants or pending criminal cases, and some had been traveling for …

Extradition

This Artist Is Calvin Klein’s Latest Muse

Blue-chip art adorns many suave Manhattan addresses these days: Jeff Koons’s “Balloon Rabbit (Red)” at 51 Astor Place, James Turrell’s glowing “Light Box” at 505 Fifth Avenue, Yayoi Kusama’s giant bronze pumpkin at the Sky building on West 42nd Street.<p>But few have taken it to the extreme that …

Fashion

Now on Twitter: Chelsea Clinton, Unbound

In the months leading to the 2016 presidential election, Democratic voters had a consistent place to look for updates on Hillary Clinton’s campaign: her daughter’s Twitter feed. From reports on her campus visits to FaceTime sessions with supporters, Chelsea Clinton’s tweets were positive, inclusive …

Hillary Clinton

‘Love Actually’ Youngsters, Grown Up and Reunited for a Short Sequel

LONDON — Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, playing a father and his stepson, are sitting on a bench overlooking the Thames, discussing love. Yes, fans of the 2003 Richard Curtis movie “Love Actually,” you know the scene.<p>But on a chilly, sunny day last month, Mr. Neeson and Mr. Brodie-Sangster …

Movies

AT&T and Johnson & Johnson Pull Ads From YouTube Amid Hate Speech Concerns

AT&T and Johnson & Johnson, among the biggest advertisers in the United States, were among several companies to say Wednesday that they would stop their ads from running on YouTube and other Google properties amid concern that Google is not doing enough to prevent brands from appearing next to …

Advertising

Democrats Fail to Move Gorsuch Off Script and Beyond Generalities

WASHINGTON — In his final day of questioning at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch continued to answer with practiced generalities on Wednesday, frustrating Democrats who seemed unable to rattle him or pin him down.<p>“You have been very much able to avoid any specificity …

Government