Donald Trump, Florida, N.B.A. All-Star Game: Your Monday BriefingOn February 19, 2018 by Ilene
• Separately, we examined the tactics that Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s longtime lawyer, used to protect him. They included intimidation, hush money and a leading tabloid news business.
A grim club consoles new members
• The mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years have forced hundreds of family members into an unwanted fellowship.
Those who lost children in earlier tragedies are reaching out to grieving parents after last week’s shooting in Parkland, Fla., to console and advise, and often to recruit them to the gun control cause.
• As funerals for the 17 victims were held over the weekend, student organizers said they would march in Washington next month to demand action. “We want this to stop. We need this to stop,” said Emma González, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “We are protecting guns more than people.”
Iran’s “axis of resistance”
• The country is training thousands of militiamen in Syria and bringing in new technologies like drones. In the process, it is expanding a network of proxies, and redrawing the strategic map of the Middle East.
Tehran’s goal, analysts say, is to build a united front in any war with Israel.
• “Do not test Israel’s resolve,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday, while brandishing what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone.
The C.E.O. who stood up to Trump
• One of the nation’s most powerful black chief executives is breaking his silence after publicly sparring with President Trump last year.
Kenneth Frazier, the chief executive of the pharmaceuticals company Merck, stepped down from one of the president’s business advisory councils over Mr. Trump’s response to violence by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va.
• “In this case, we were not talking about politics,” Mr. Frazier told The Times in an interview. “We were talking about the basic values of the country.”
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• WeWork, the global network of shared office spaces, has an audacious, possibly delusional plan to transform not just the way we work and live, but the very world we live in.
• The currencies are virtual, but the thieves are real. Big holders of Bitcoin and Ether are being targeted by criminals seeking to exploit the ease with which vast virtual riches can be transferred.
• Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders is among the headlines to watch this week.
• U.S. markets are closed today for Presidents’ Day. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Find quality wine for under $20.
• Embrace meatless Monday with a vegetable stir-fry.
Over the Weekend
• A Russian athlete who won a medal at the Winter Olympics is waiting for the result of a second drug test after failing a preliminary screening for doping.
• “Black Panther” took in a record-setting $218 million at North American box offices and a global total of $387 million.
A group of Brooklyn seventh graders gave us their views of the film. Several liked the superhero’s suit, but they also saw a deeper meaning.
• At the Baftas, the British equivalent of the Oscars, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won big.
• A new format led to a more competitive N.B.A. All-Star Game, with Team LeBron beating Team Stephen, 148-145.
• Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500, driving the No. 3 car made famous by Dale Earnhardt Sr.
• Uncovering a strand of history
A librarian at a college in upstate New York found a thin envelope that may add to the odd history of George Washington’s hair.
• Quotation of the day
“You get a lot of the older ladies up in Alberta or Saskatchewan who are just going to buy those things up.”
— John Landsteiner, a member of the U.S. men’s curling team, on the Men of Curling calendar, which features the athletes in various states of undress.
• The Times, in other words
When “The Feminine Mystique” started flying off the shelves, Betty Friedan’s publisher assumed that her husband had bought all the copies.
The assumption encapsulated why she had written the book, published on this day in 1963. It went on to sell more than three million copies worldwide by 2000.
Helping to ignite the women’s liberation movement in the U.S. in the ’60s, the book tackled what Friedan called “the problem that has no name,” a dissatisfaction among women, like herself, who were defined only by their roles as wives and mothers.
The book’s premise was a “damning indictment,” a Times review said in 1963.
Friedan used her success to advocate feminist causes and helped found the National Organization for Women and other groups. She died in 2006, on her 85th birthday.
Though the book is held up as essential feminist reading, it has come under fire for its lack of diversity and inclusivity.
But 20 years after “The Feminine Mystique” was published, Friedan wrote in The Times: “I am still awed by the revolution that book helped spark. That I was able to put it together at the time it was needed is something of a mystery to me.”
Anna Schaverien contributed reporting.
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