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Weakened Democrats, Opting for Total War on Trump, Bow to Their Voters

WASHINGTON — Reduced to their weakest state in a generation, Democratic Party leaders will gather in two cities this weekend to plot strategy and select a new national chairman with the daunting task of rebuilding the party’s depleted organization. But senior Democratic officials concede that the …

Bernie Sanders

A Paid Hour a Week for Sex? Swedish Town Considers It

A local official in Sweden has a novel proposal to improve work-life balance and lift the local birthrate: give municipal employees an hourlong paid break each week to go home and have sex.<p>Sweden is already celebrated for its generous welfare state, including 480 days of paid parental leave, …

Sweden

At Democrat’s Town Hall, Concern About Trump, Minus the Jeers

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Representative Ron Kind stood in front of the crowd gathered at an American Legion post in his district in western Wisconsin and listened. As a Democrat in the House minority, that is about all he can do these days.<p>He heard from one constituent who recalled the division that led …

Elections

South Korea, Next Olympics Host, Went Shopping in North America to Build Its Hockey Teams

SEOUL, South Korea — Some female college students received emails a few years ago that sounded like a phishing scam, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for free travel and a spot on South Korea’s Olympic women’s hockey team.<p>The offers were sincere. Officials in South Korea had apparently …

Korean Peninsula

Alan Colmes, Sean Hannity’s Liberal Partner on Fox News, Dies at 66

Alan Colmes, Sean Hannity’s moderately liberal sparring partner for 12 years in Fox News Channel’s most tangible effort to fulfill its “fair and balanced” credo, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 66.<p>His death was confirmed by his wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley, a professor at Rutgers University. …

Obituaries

Trump Talk Rattles Aerospace Industry, Up and Down Supply Chain

CHEHALIS, Wash. — At this small factory south of Seattle, employees make one of the most specialized products in the aerospace industry: the rubber mats that Boeing workers stand on while assembling jets. As long as there are jets and Boeing, business would seem to be steady. But even here workers …

Boeing

On Catalina, the Drought Is Far From Over

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>For many Californians, the drought now feels long gone.<p>According to the latest figures from the United States Drought Monitor, about 17 percent of the state remains under “moderate drought” conditions or worse. This time last …

California

‘La La Land’ Is Going to Win a Lot of Oscars, and That’s O.K.

Prepare yourself. “La La Land” is probably going to win a lot of Oscars on Sunday. Perhaps even for best picture.<p>This romantic musical has the most nominations in history alongside “Titanic” and “All About Eve.” Some people find that inexplicable — especially those who are pulling for …

La La Land

New York Today: A Goodbye to Ringling Bros.

<i>Good morning on this clammy Thursday.</i><p>It’s called “The Greatest Show on Earth” — until it folds its tent for good.<p>The goodbye tour of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus rolls through Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight through March 23. Its final show is set for May 21 at the Nassau …

Your Thursday Briefing

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>Here’s what you need to know:</i><p><b>•</b> <b>White House rescinds bathroom access rules.</b><p>The administration reversed an Obama-era policy that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, an order that caused a rift in President Trump’s cabinet.<p>The “bathroom …

How to Deal With Motion Sickness

Motion sickness — an inner ear disorder that causes nausea, dizziness and even vomiting — is an unpleasant but common occurrence on car, boat and plane trips, says Dr. Jennifer Derebery, a physician at the House Clinic in Los Angeles who specializes in ear disorders. “Motion sickness happens when …

Wellness

Jimmy Fallon Offers His Own ‘Alternative Facts’

<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><p><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>‘Two Truths and an Alternative Fact’</b><p>On Wednesday’s “Tonight Show,” Jimmy Fallon offered a twist on the party game …

Repeal of Health Law Faces Obstacles in House, Not Just in Senate

WASHINGTON — Ever since Republicans got down to the business of repealing the Affordable Care Act, the Senate has been singled out as the likely problem. Any plan that could zoom through the House would hit roadblocks among Senate Republicans, many of whom have resisted a wholesale repeal of the …

Health Care

A Tee Time With Trump? Pro Golfers Say Absolutely

Ernie Els, known as the Big Easy, created a little strife on social media this month by playing golf with President Trump and Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla.<p>As the PGA Tour moves this week to PGA National Resort and Spa, a six-mile drive from Trump …

Golf

Trump Vowed to Protect the Safety Net. What if His Appointees Disagree?

WASHINGTON — Two days before Election Day, Donald J. Trump traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, and proclaimed that he was the protector of federal programs aimed at helping elderly and low-income Americans. It was Hillary Clinton, he said, who was an untrustworthy steward of the working class and who …

Mick Mulvaney

The Jobs Americans Do

<b>Forget the images</b> of men in hard hats standing before factory gates, of men with coal-blackened faces, of men perched high above New York City on steel beams. The emerging face of the American working class is a Hispanic woman who has never set foot on a factory floor. That’s not the kind of work …

Working-class

Divisions of Labor

<b>The working class,</b> or at least the white part, has emerged as our great national mystery. Traditionally Democratic, they helped elect a flamboyantly ostentatious billionaire to the presidency. “What’s wrong with them?” the liberal pundits keep asking. Why do they believe Trump’s promises? Are they …

Working-class

Learning to Love Our Robot Co-Workers

<b>The</b> <b>robots were</b> Joe McGillivray’s idea. The first one arrived at Dynamic Group in Ramsey, Minn., by pickup truck in two cardboard boxes. With a mixture of excitement and trepidation, McGillivray watched as a vendor unpacked two silver tubes, assorted blue-and-gray joints and a touch screen and put …

Robots

The Retraining Paradox

<b>When Nathan Kecy</b> graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire a decade ago with a bachelor’s degree in communications, he found himself with about $10,000 in debt and few clear career options. He first found work as a door-to-door salesman (“a pyramid scheme,” he recalls) and then in …

Employment

Chelsea Clinton: By the Book

<i>The co-author of “Governing Global Health” says she first read Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” in the seventh grade, and “it still makes me uncomfortable, even more so, decades later.”</i><p><b>What books are currently on your night stand?</b><p>Svetlana Alexievich’s “Secondhand Time”; David Morrell’s trilogy …

Literature

North Korea Says Malaysia Fabricated Evidence in Kim Jong-nam’s Killing

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea denied responsibility on Thursday for Kim Jong-nam’s death, accusing the Malaysian authorities of fabricating evidence of Pyongyang’s involvement under the influence of the North’s archrival, South Korea.<p>With the North’s reclusive government on the defensive about …

New York Police Lower Cost Estimate of Guarding Trump and His Tower

It will cost the New York Police Department significantly less to provide presidential protection and to guard Trump Tower than the city had initially estimated, according to the police commissioner, James P. O’Neill.<p>In a letter to members of the New York delegation to Congress seeking …

Immigrants Hide, Fearing Capture on ‘Any Corner’

No going to church, no going to the store. No doctor’s appointments for some, no school for others. No driving, period — not when a broken taillight could deliver the driver to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.<p>It is happening in the Central Valley of California, where undocumented immigrants …

Immigration Law

Rex Tillerson Arrives in Mexico Facing Twin Threats to Relations

MEXICO CITY — The Trump administration calls the visit a step toward mutual understanding, a way to move the relationship forward.<p>But as Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson arrived in Mexico on Wednesday, twin threats hung over the frayed relationship between the two nations: President Trump’s new …

Paul Ryan Tours Texas Border Area Where Trump Wants a Wall

MISSION, Tex. — The visitor splashed by boat along the Rio Grande, straddling the rippling borderline, unseen in a procession of patrol vessels.<p>To the right of him, on the Texas side, sat a row of moldering barbecue equipment and a feral cat. To the left, the tall brush of Mexico swayed in a …

Inside Al Qaeda’s Plot to Blow Up an American Airliner

WASHINGTON — In a series of conversations in Qaeda safe houses in Yemen in 2009, Anwar al-Awlaki carefully sized up a young Nigerian volunteer, decided the man had the diligence and dedication for a “martyrdom mission” and finally unveiled what he had in mind.<p>Mr. Awlaki, an American-born cleric who …

An Anti-Black Slur on an Interracial Couple’s Garage Stirs Tension in Connecticut

STAMFORD, Conn. — When Lexene Charles got into his car here on the Saturday before Martin Luther King’s Birthday, he was stunned by what he saw outside his home. He called for his longtime partner, Heather Lindsay, to come outside.<p>Someone had spray-painted an anti-black slur across it, Mr. Charles, …

New York’s Top Judge Picks Bronx as Site to Detail Courts’ Flaws and Gains

The chief judge’s annual address on the state of the judiciary in New York is customarily delivered at the Court of Appeals Hall in Albany.<p>But Janet DiFiore, the new chief judge, chose to give her first speech in the Bronx, which she said was the “epicenter for many of the worst delays and backlogs …

Bronx

Inside Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture

SAN FRANCISCO — When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets, being “obsessed” with the customer, and “always be hustlin’.” The ride-hailing service particularly emphasizes “meritocracy,” the idea that the best and brightest will …

Employment Law