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President Trump considers side-stepping Congress, India proposes new censorship measures and China brings digital propaganda to the people. Here’s the latest:
Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said that the president planned to make the declaration, allowing him to bypass Congress to get funds for his promised wall at the southern border.
That would set up a constitutional clash with lawmakers over who controls the federal purse. Here’s how a national emergency declaration would work.
Mr. McConnell said Mr. Trump would act after signing off on a border security deal that Congress is about to approve to avert another government shutdown. The deal provides just a fraction of the wall funding Mr. Trump had demanded.
Other news from Washington: Andrew McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director, said that the agency was so alarmed by President Trump’s decision to fire the bureau’s director, James Comey, in 2017 that Justice Department officials considered encouraging cabinet members to invoke a constitutional amendment to remove him from office.
Meanwhile, the Senate confirmed William Barr as attorney general, despite concerns from Democrats that he might not make public the findings of his department’s ongoing Russia investigation.
The technology giant announced it wasn’t going to “move forward” with plans to build a sprawling corporate campus in Long Island City, Queens, after stiff opposition from some local lawmakers and unions empowered by the rise of Democratic political strength.
Amazon had forecast that the campus would have created more than 25,000 jobs.
The opposition: A point of contention was the billion package of incentives and subsidies the city and state agreed to — their largest ever, dedicated to one of the world’s richest companies. City officials had also agreed to remake plans for the Queens waterfront and give the company’s chief, Jeff Bezos, access to a helicopter pad.
There was also concern over the company’s anti-union practices and the changes its huge presence would bring to Queens. Before Amazon’s announcement, we looked at the resistance.
The government has proposed new measures that would give it more power to monitor and suppress information on the internet, drawing comparisons with China’s muscular censorship.
“The proposed changes have an authoritarian bent,” said one activist.
Details: The new rules would allow Indian officials to demand the removal of posts or videos from Facebook, Twitter, Google, TikTok and other platforms that they deem libelous, hateful, deceptive or invasive of privacy.
Internet companies would also have to build new tools that would enable blockling “unlawful information or content,” and would need to weaken privacy protections of messaging services, like WhatsApp, so that authorities can trace messages back to their original senders.
What’s next? Public comment on the proposal has ended so Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government could implement the measures at any time. The administration has been eager to push this through before national election dates are announced, which would trigger special pre-election measures that limit new policies.
Working independently as well as through trade groups, Microsoft, Facebook and dozens of other tech companies are fighting back against the proposals.
As the U.S. works with the Taliban on a peace deal to end nearly two decades of war, many young Afghans are worried that the basic liberties they have become used to under a civilian government could be at risk.
This year, Valentine’s Day turned into a day of protest, with poetry expressing not love but fear.
One verse in particular — “I kiss you amid the Taliban” — has turned into a rallying cry for young artists and activists.
Background: Last month, the Taliban and U.S. negotiators agreed in principle to a framework for the phased withdrawal of American troops, but the Afghan government has been left out of the process. And women, in particular, have voiced concerns about their rights in the future.
Kashmir: A vehicle filled with explosives ran into a convoy of paramilitary forces in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, killing at least 40 soldiers — perhaps the deadliest attack there in 20 years. The Jaish-e-Muhammed, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization, quickly claimed responsibility.
Saudi Arabia: Apple and Google are being pressured to remove an app that lets male “guardians” track and restrict the movement of women in the kingdom, accusing the tech companies of enabling gender discrimination.
Philippines: Maria Ressa, the co-founder of Rappler, a news start-up that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte, was released on bail a day after she was arrested in a digital libel case.
Brazil: After a mining dam collapsed last month, burying more than a 150 people under mud, our team used geospatial analysis to map out other high risk areas.
Switzerland: A warmer climate is rapidly melting away most of the glaciers in the Alps, and engineers are working on how to adjust their approach to the country’s biggest energy source — water.
Ryan Adams: Seven women and over a dozen associates came forward with accounts of how the prolific singer-songwriter and ex-husband of Mandy Moore dangled career opportunities while pursuing female artists for sex. He has denied the accusations.
Egypt: The country’s Parliament approved a sweeping measure that clears the way for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stay in power until 2034, further entrenching his authoritarian rule and the military’s dominance.
Airbus: The aircraft maker said it would cease production of the mammoth double-decker A380. Orders for the plane dwindled as air travel shifted focus to smaller jets and regional airports.
JPMorgan Chase: The financial giant became the first major U.S. bank to issue its own cryptocurrency. The JPM Coin, representing a single U.S. dollar, will enter testing in a few months.
China: A new app designed by the government allows users to catch up on the latest state media reports, view a quote of the day from President Xi Jinping and quiz themselves on his policies. It’s Beijing’s latest effort to bring Communist Party propaganda initiatives into the digital age.
Brexit: The increasingly messy divorce between Britain and the E.U. bloc is, according to the Dutch, akin to a furry blue monster.
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Our Back Story on Wednesday on the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales included a fact surprising to us: The temperature scale devised by Anders Celsius in the early 18th century set the boiling point at zero degrees and the freezing point at 100, the opposite of current use.
It was a surprise to some readers as well, who wrote in to ask if we had our facts straight.
Fortunately, we did. Celsius was from Sweden, and wanted to be able to measure frigid temperatures without using negative numbers. That’s because the minus sign could be missed, resulting in errors.
Many attribute the reversal to Carl Linnaeus, known as the father of taxonomy. Also a Swede, in the 1740s, he ordered a thermometer using Celsius’ gradations, but with calibration shifted to move in the same direction as Fahrenheit’s.
Know of any other facts that are so counter to conventional wisdom or understanding that they sound wrong? Email us, with “Odd fact” in the subject line.
Andrea Kannapell, the briefings editor, wrote today’s Back Story.
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【明】【泊】【远】【也】【在】【跟】【着】【他】【们】【一】【起】【巡】【回】【演】【唱】【会】【的】【路】【上】【知】【道】【了】【顾】【梓】【楠】【为】【什】【么】【记】【得】【他】【的】【事】。 【还】【是】【顾】【梓】【倾】【找】【了】【个】【时】【间】【跟】【他】【提】【了】。 【原】【来】【他】【在】【维】【和】【救】【的】【那】【个】【医】【生】，【就】【是】【顾】【梓】【楠】。 【当】【年】【顾】【梓】【楠】【十】【八】【岁】，【接】【受】【了】【家】【族】【的】【任】【务】，【前】【往】x【国】【担】【任】【战】【地】【医】【生】。 【其】【实】【在】【这】【之】【前】【她】【已】【经】【有】【比】【较】【严】【重】【的】【心】【理】【障】【碍】【了】，【因】【为】【小】【时】【候】【的】【事】，【导】【致】【虽】
【赶】【上】【了】……【今】【天】【两】【更】，【嘿】【嘿】 …………………………………………………………………… 【整】【个】【剧】【组】【终】【于】【完】【全】【齐】【聚】，【拍】【摄】【自】【然】【也】【迅】【速】【开】【始】。 【这】【一】【次】【的】【开】【机】【仪】【式】，【是】【张】【步】【凡】【参】【与】【的】【来】【的】【媒】【体】【最】【多】【的】【一】【次】，【就】【算】【是】【宁】【皓】【的】《【黄】【金】【大】【劫】【案】》【开】【机】【的】【时】【候】【都】【没】【那】【么】【多】【媒】【体】。 【哦】【对】【了】，【因】【为】《【杀】【生】》【的】【缘】【故】，【张】【步】【凡】【没】
“【叮】，【报】【告】【主】【人】，【徐】【杰】【已】【申】【请】【激】【活】【星】【灵】【守】【护】【者】【进】【行】【战】【斗】！” EVA【的】【提】【示】【声】【让】【秦】【昊】【恍】【然】【回】【神】。 【不】【过】，【当】【秦】【昊】【目】【光】【转】【向】【徐】【杰】【所】【在】【方】【位】【的】【时】【候】，【第】【一】【眼】【看】【到】【的】【却】【不】【是】【正】【在】【战】【斗】【的】【星】【灵】【守】【护】【者】，【而】【是】【那】【片】【区】【域】【正】【在】【不】【断】【起】【伏】【的】【地】【面】。 “【嗯】？【这】【是】.” 【方】【圆】【直】【径】【在】【数】【百】【米】【范】【围】【内】【的】【地】【面】【在】【不】【断】【高】【低】【起】【伏】，
【白】【燃】【身】【子】【微】【微】【一】【颤】 “【不】【必】【了】。” “【不】，【你】【必】【须】【拿】。” 【白】【燃】【缓】【缓】【转】【过】【身】：“【你】【决】【定】【了】？” “【放】【过】【孩】【子】。” “【他】【早】【就】【被】【我】【杀】【了】，【可】【惜】【为】【了】【追】【击】【你】，【尸】【体】【没】【有】【带】【上】。” 【远】【处】，【一】【个】【窈】【窕】【的】【身】【影】【正】【向】【这】【里】【疯】【狂】【地】【跑】【来】。 【男】【人】【笑】【着】【向】【她】【招】【手】：“【米】【娅】！” 【白】【燃】【仰】【头】【望】【天】，【雨】【水】【混】【着】【别】【的】【什】【么】【液】【体】