Roy Moore, Yemen, Amazon: Your Tuesday BriefingOn December 5, 2017 by Ilene
• The move suggests that the administration’s chances of prevailing when the justices consider the ban have markedly increased.
Increasing support for Roy Moore.
• Republican leaders are again coalescing around the Senate candidate in Alabama, with President Trump endorsing him on Monday and the party’s national committee restoring its support.
Mr. Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct against teenage girls.
• Republicans appear increasingly confident that Mr. Moore will win the special election next week. Here’s what has happened since the allegations against him emerged.
• Representative John Conyers Jr., a Michigan Democrat who has been accused of sexual harassment, plans to announce today that he won’t seek re-election, according to a relative who intends to run for the lawmaker’s seat.
Separately, a woman who reached a settlement with Bill O’Reilly over harassment allegations sued him and Fox News for defamation and breach of contract.
“More pain for Yemen.”
• That’s one analyst’s assessment of what lies ahead after the killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president of one of the Arab world’s poorest countries. His death on Monday shattered the alliance between his loyalists and Houthi rebels.
“His being killed like this is going to deepen the conflict,” April Longley Alley of the International Crisis Group added. “This just adds more layers of revenge.”
• Renewed fighting in the capital, Sana, could worsen the humanitarian crisis, which the U.N. has called the world’s worst.
Winter Games without Russia?
• The International Olympic Committee is to decide today how to punish Russia for its elaborate doping scheme in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Possible sanctions include a ban from the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February. But that could hurt the Winter Olympics more than it hurts Russia.
“The Daily”: Free speech and dessert.
• CVS and Aetna promise better care and lower costs if they merge, but skeptics question whether the companies can deliver.
• Facebook introduced an app for children ages 13 and younger, reigniting a debate over how young is too young for social media.
• Google, which missed out on the rise of the internet in China, is determined not to make that mistake in India.
And Amazon began operations in Australia today.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• A major shift is underway in treating chronic fatigue.
• Here are six ways to manage money better.
• Recipe of the day: Master nine classic Italian sauces.
• Seven new wonders: The Colosseum.
In today’s 360 video, visit the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, which held up to 70,000 people.
It’s part of our series about the sites and monuments selected in 2007 as additions to the original Seven Wonders of the World.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the Republican tax plan.
• In memoriam.
John Anderson, a former Republican congressman, left his party to run as a plain-spoken independent candidate for president in 1980, drawing an enthusiastic if transient following among liberals and college students. He was 95.
• “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the musical.
“You are never going to see as convincing an impersonation of a two-dimensional cartoon by a three-dimensional human as that provided by Ethan Slater at the Palace Theater.”
Our theater critic reviewed Monday night’s opening of the TV series-turned-Broadway show.
• Best of late-night TV.
On “The Late Show,” Billy Bush gave his first televised interview since the presidential election.
• Quotation of the day.
“Right now, it’s ‘those nutty entomologists.’ But I think this is going to get more and more attention, not just from crazy people with long hair.”
— Josef Tumbrinck, a member of the Entomological Society Krefeld in Germany, which recently reported that insect populations there had dropped more than 75 percent in three decades.
The Times headline was unassuming in its brevity: “Claude Monet dies; famous painter.”
A week after the French artist died on this day in 1926, we were more effusive, praising Monet as “one of the names in the history of art to which will be attached a single idea, the idea of light.”
Impressionism, the name of the movement he helped found in the 1870s, was derived from “Impression, Sunrise,” the title of his painting of the harbor of Le Havre in France. Coined derisively by a critic, the name was adopted by Monet and his fellow Impressionists, including Pierre Auguste Renoir and Camille Pissarro.
Almost a century after his death, Monet still captures the public’s imagination. Last year, his painting “Meule” fetched $81.4 million with fees, a new auction high for his work. The painting of a grainstack at sunset reflected the artist’s long fascination with light.
“These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession for me,” Monet wrote in 1909. “It is beyond my strength as an old man, and yet I want to render what I feel.”
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