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1. The Northeast is bracing for a “bomb cyclone.”
The highly effective winter storm has already walloped the Southeast, bringing snow and freezing temperatures to Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Above, an icy scene in Savannah.
A “bomb cyclone” is a time period meteorologists use to confer with a sudden drop in atmospheric strain when heat and chilly air meet. Flights are canceled up and down the East Coast, and New York Metropolis is forecast to stand up to eight inches of snow in a single day. Right here’s the newest.
2. It was a busy day for our White Home correspondents.
President Trump excommunicated his former chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, saying in a written assertion brimming with anger that Mr. Bannon had “misplaced his thoughts.” It began when The Guardian revealed an excerpt from a brand new e book, “Hearth and Fury: Contained in the Trump White Home,” by Michael Wolff.
Mr. Bannon, above at his swearing-in, is quoted saying Trump staff assembly with Russians through the marketing campaign was “treasonous” and that the particular counsel within the Russia inquiry would “crack Don Junior like an egg on nationwide TV.”
Individually, Mr. Trump’s former marketing campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, sued the particular counsel. He needs a court docket to slender the particular counsel’s mandate.
three. That wasn’t all of it.
President Trump’s boast on Twitter that he has a “a lot greater” and extra highly effective nuclear button than Kim Jong-un, the chief of North Korea, set off a torrent of concern (and jokes on social media). To be clear, nobody has a button. Above, TV information in Seoul.
In the meantime, the Koreas reopened a phone hotline to arrange for talks on easing tensions and together with the North within the Winter Olympics.
South Korea had been calling the hotline on daily basis for the final two years, however the North by no means answered. Officers needed to resort to utilizing a megaphone to shout throughout the border for pressing messages.
four. On Capitol Hill on Wednesday, three former homeland safety secretaries warned Congress that the “reasonable deadline” for legislative motion to guard the Dreamers, or undocumented younger folks dropped at the U.S. as youngsters, was closing quick. Above, a rally in assist of DACA.
And two Democrats, Doug Jones of Alabama and Tina Smith of Minnesota, had been sworn in as senators, leaving the G.O.P. with a 51-49 majority. They changed Luther Unusual and Al Franken.
5. A jury in a federal court docket in New York convicted a Turkish banker of plotting to evade U.S. sanctions towards Iran.
The case towards the banker, Mehmet Hakan Atilla, who labored in worldwide banking at Halkbank, painted an image of high-level corruption in Turkey and heightened tensions with the U.S. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan even took the matter up with President Trump.
A co-defendant, Reza Zarrab, a rich gold dealer, had pleaded responsible and have become the star prosecution witness. Seven different defendants are nonetheless at giant.
6. Inside Iran, orchestrated pro-government rallies obtained copious protection in state media because the authorities tried to re-establish order after practically every week of protests over the financial system and the suppression of rights.
What set off the protests? Our correspondent in Tehran experiences that President Hassan Rouhani’s current efforts to faucet fashionable resentment, partly by revealing revenue inequality, could have labored all too properly.
7. Russian and Venezuelan officers are hoping digital currencies might help their international locations make an finish run round American sanctions.
Each governments, with ambitions to create state-sponsored cryptocurrencies, need to benefit from the promise that Bitcoin launched: a brand new sort of monetary infrastructure, outdoors the management of any central authority, significantly the U.S. Above, folks waited outdoors a financial institution in Caracas.
eight. You’ve most likely heard by now that New York Metropolis’s subway is falling aside.
We’ve been investigating the issues in a collection referred to as “System Failure.” Within the newest installment, our journal author argues that the town should rebuild the subway to outlive.
“The subway could not be a technological marvel, but it surely continues to carry out a every day magic trick,” he writes. “It brings folks collectively, but it surely additionally spreads folks out. It’s this paradox — these fixed expansions and contractions, like a beating coronary heart — that preserve the human capital flowing and the town rising.”
9. The traditional bones of a buried baby led archaeologists to new insights on how folks — amongst them the ancestors of residing Native People — first arrived within the Western Hemisphere.
Genetic evaluation of the stays, a 11,500-year-old skeleton found in Alaska, strongly means that North America was settled by a beforehand unknown individuals who originated in Siberia.
10. Lastly, we talked to Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks about President Trump, the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein case and why they hadn’t labored collectively till “The Publish.”
And the late-night hosts had been again from their vacation breaks. Stephen Colbert laid into Mr. Trump for his tweet taking credit score for the shortage of economic jet fatalities final yr.
“That explains his new marketing campaign slogan, ‘Trump 2020: You bought to Tulsa, didn’t ya?’” Mr. Colbert joked.
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