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Right here’s what it’s good to know:

Vacation time! (Until you’re an accountant.)

• The writing and rewriting of the tax code in Congress has despatched tax professionals right into a burst of exercise.

Public firms are required to report the consequences in monetary statements in the identical quarter that the regulation is enacted. Ending the evaluation earlier than the top of the 12 months will likely be powerful, even when, for a lot of accountants, it’s thrilling.

“This has, in some methods, been my Tremendous Bowl,” one director of a tax and advisory agency stated. “It’s been essentially the most thrilling time of my profession.”

Right here’s when taxpayers can count on to see the consequences.

Individually, Congress voted on Thursday to fund the federal government into January, averting a shutdown this weekend.

U.N. defies U.S. on Jerusalem

• The Normal Meeting voted 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions, for a decision demanding that the U.S. rescind its declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Though largely symbolic, the decision indicated the extent to which the Trump administration’s stance has unsettled international politics and contributed to Washington’s diplomatic isolation.

Calling the vote “null and void,” the U.S. ambassador, Nikki Haley, stated, “We’ll keep in mind it after we are known as upon as soon as once more to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations.”

On the U.N. Normal Meeting on Thursday. President Trump has threatened to withhold American assist from nations that voted for the decision.Credit scoreJustin Lane/European Pressphoto Company

Draining the E.P.A.

• Greater than 700 folks have left the Environmental Safety Company since President Trump took workplace, retaining the administration on monitor for its aim of slicing about 20 % of the company’s work power.

The departures mirror poor morale on the E.P.A., which Republicans have criticized as bloated and responsible of regulatory overreach.

An evaluation by ProPublica and The Occasions discovered that greater than 200 scientists have left, as have 96 specialists who examine and analyze air pollution ranges.

Jakarta’s alternative: Redevelop or drown

• Indonesia’s capital, with 30 million residents, is sinking sooner than another large metropolis on the planet.

The primary trigger: Jakartans are digging unlawful wells, draining the underground aquifers on which the town rests. About 40 % of the town now lies beneath sea stage.

Learn the newest in our collection of tales about how local weather change is difficult the world’s city facilities.

The pool deck of a high-rise constructing in Jakarta overlooking the Java Sea, which is rising due to local weather change.Credit scoreJosh Haner/The New York Occasions

Particular Episode: The Yr in Sound

An audio time capsule of 2017. From inauguration to the tax invoice — and the hurricanes, shootings and scandals in between.

Supporters of Catalan independence in Barcelona, Spain, celebrated a slim victory in Thursday’s regional elections. The result may enable separatist lawmakers to revive their drive to secede.Credit scoreEmilio Morenatti/Related Press


A federal decide dismissed a lawsuit that accused President Trump of violating the Structure by persevering with to personal and revenue from his enterprise empire.

Ford apologized to its workers on Thursday for sexual harassment at two Chicago crops, two days after The Occasions detailed many years of misconduct.

Eric Schmidt is stepping down as govt chairman of Google’s guardian firm, Alphabet.

Additionally departing: John Schnatter, the chief govt of Papa John’s, who blamed the N.F.L.’s dealing with of the controversy over the nationwide anthem for a decline in pizza gross sales.

• Is Apple slowing down previous iPhones? Sure, but it surely’s difficult.

U.S. shares have been up on Thursday. Right here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.

Smarter Residing

Ideas, each new and previous, for a extra fulfilling life.

You actually do wish to know the way the sausage (salami) will get made.

If you happen to’re not executed purchasing, listed below are some last-minute reward concepts.

Recipe of the day: Russian honey cake is well worth the time.


Ladies of colour combat again

In at this time’s 360 video, a feminist collective holds a self-defense workshop within the Bronx.

Sister Diaspora for Liberation, a feminist collective, hosted a self-defense workshop within the Bronx for and by ladies of colour. The category labored to create protected area by sparring, meditation and personal dialogue.Revealed OnDec. 22, 2017Credit scorePicture by Lourdes Carrasco for The New York Occasions. Expertise by Samsung.

Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss

Writers from throughout the political spectrum focus on the passage of the Republican tax plan.

In memoriam

Dick Enberg was a veteran sportscaster whose signature expression of “Oh, my!” punctuated Tremendous Bowls, Olympics and Wimbledon tournaments. He was 82.

Janet Elder ran the executive facet of the Occasions newsroom, however she additionally had an unofficial function as chief counselor and sympathetic ear to the remainder of the workers. She was 61.

Mr. Claus is sweet for tourism

Households fly to a city in Lapland every year to see Finland’s “official Santa.” By no means thoughts that it’s 1,600 miles from the North Pole.

Santa Claus Village in Finland attracts half 1,000,000 guests a 12 months. Be part of the elves (postal employees) as they kind by some 700,000 letters to Santa.Revealed OnDec. 22, 2016Credit scorePicture by Drew Gardner for The New York Occasions. Expertise by Samsung.

Prepared for the weekend

On the films, our critics reviewed a crop of vacation releases, together with the “Jumanji” remake, “Pitch Excellent three” and “The Biggest Showman,” concerning the lifetime of P.T. Barnum. (Additionally, Steven Spielberg’s tackle our mates at “The Put up.”)

Listed here are 12 small pleasures from the humanities this 12 months and 10 new books.

We spoke to the creators of “Peaky Blinders,” the cult British hit, and counsel TV choices based mostly on how a lot time you could have.

Lastly, when you’re in New York Metropolis, see these 5 nice artwork exhibitions earlier than they shut.

The week in excellent news

Listed here are seven nice issues The Occasions wrote about.

Better of late-night TV

Disputing President Trump’s assertion that the Republican tax overhaul “basically repealed Obamacare,” Seth Meyers stated: “However I say we let him assume he’s repealed Obamacare so he stops making an attempt. In reality, I feel this might work with all of his guarantees.”

Citation of the day

“The vacation home windows are thought-about a present to the town.”

Tiffany Bourre, a spokeswoman for Hudson’s Bay, referring to the seasonal shows in New York Metropolis for 2 subsidiaries, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Again Story

President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem because the capital of Israel delivered to thoughts a equally momentous announcement greater than a century in the past.

In December 1911, King George V of Britain introduced that India’s capital could be moved from the town then generally known as Calcutta to Delhi.

The contested holy metropolis of Jerusalem.Credit scoreAhmad Gharabli/Agence France-Presse — Getty Photos

For 24 hours, The Occasions reported, the British information media “was so astonished as to be unable to remark.” The British officers then ruling in India had proposed the transfer as a result of Delhi was extra central and due to rising opposition in Calcutta to the Crown’s rule, or Raj.

Nations change their capitals to sign a recent begin or to maneuver authorities away from financial hubs — with various success.

Myanmar, for instance, constructed a brand new capital that changed Yangon in 2005. However the metropolis, Naypyidaw, is eerily quiet, and most embassies have stayed put.

Equally, Dodoma has been Tanzania’s seat of Parliament since 1996, however the remainder of the federal government has been sluggish to maneuver there from Dar es Salaam.

Different nations whose capital relocations can journey up even the most important geography buffs embody Brazil (Brasília, not Rio de Janeiro, since 1960), Kazakhstan (Astana, not Almaty, since 1997), Nigeria (Abuja, not Lagos, since 1991) and Turkey (Ankara, not Istanbul, since 1923).

Jennifer Jett contributed reporting.


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