White House, Winter Olympics, New York Fashion Week: Your Monday BriefingOn February 12, 2018 by Ilene
• The president, who has a history of defending men accused of hurting women, expressed sympathy for those accused, lamenting on Saturday that “a mere allegation” could ruin a reputation.
Kim’s sister takes Olympic spotlight
• Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, was the talk of the Winter Games over the weekend, without ever speaking publicly during her visit to South Korea.
Her quietly friendly approach endeared her to some observers (though not to Vice President Mike Pence). Others feared she lulled people into forgetting the North’s rights abuses.
Separately, NBC apologized after one of its analysts made remarks about South Korea’s painful history with Japan that ignited outrage.
Fears of a Mideast “explosion”
• “Across Gaza,” our correspondent writes, “daily life, long a struggle, is unraveling before people’s eyes.”
A standoff between Hamas, the militant Islamist group that rules the territory, and Fatah, the secular party in the West Bank, has pushed the territory to the brink of collapse.
• The risk of a confrontation with Israel, which has maintained a blockade on Gaza for more than a decade, has also escalated.
Listen to ‘The Daily’: Russia at the Olympics
The country was banned from the Winter Olympics because of a doping scandal, but 169 people are still competing as “Olympic athletes from Russia.”
• The sale of the Weinstein Company has hit a snag. New York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit Sunday to block the deal unless it justly compensated Harvey Weinstein’s victims.
• Bonuses now represent a bigger portion of payroll budgets than salary increases.
• Waymo, Google’s self-driving car unit, settled a lawsuit it had filed against Uber.
Now Waymo faces an even bigger fight: competition from its former engineers.
• A report on consumer prices could shed light on the inflation fears that helped fuel recent market turmoil. It’s one of the headlines to watch this week.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. Celebrate it at home with these recipes.
• Here’s what to do if your iPhone battery goes bad.
• Go meatless with creamy polenta and mushrooms cooked in soy sauce and butter.
Over the Weekend
• A Russian jet crashed shortly after takeoff near Moscow, killing all 71 people on board.
• Democrats plan to redact a memo defending the F.B.I.’s conduct in the Russia investigation, after President Trump said he wouldn’t declassify it as written.
• Two police officers were shot and killed near Columbus, Ohio, while responding to a call involving potential domestic abuse. A suspect is in custody.
• Israel clashed with Syrian and Iranian military forces in cross-border strikes that could mark a dangerous new phase in Syria’s civil war.
• “Fifty Shades Freed” earned $38.8 million and the top spot at the North American box office. The considerably more family-friendly “Peter Rabbit” was second.
• A defining moment for black America
A first-person essay in The Times Magazine discusses this week’s release of “Black Panther,” and what the film means for African-Americans.
“We have, for centuries, sought to either find or create a promised land where we would be untroubled by the criminal horrors of our American existence,” Carvell Wallace writes.
• In memoriam
Asma Jahangir, a Pakistani activist, gained global acclaim by defending the rule of law in a country where it has faced near-constant threats. She was 66.
• Off the runway
New York Fashion Week is in full swing, and a photographer captured the look of the crowd.
• Quotation of the day
“We are dead, but we have breath.”
— Zakia Abu Ajwa, 57, who cooks greens normally fed to donkeys for her grandchildren in Gaza, which the U.N. says is near collapse.
• The Times, in other words
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens in New York today, an event that bills itself as the world’s greatest dog show. The competition has cultivated a strong following since it opened in 1877 at the venue that later became known as Madison Square Garden.
So where did the “Westminster” come from?
In the 1870s, a group of men met regularly at the Westminster Hotel near Union Square. They had an extraordinary affinity for the bar, as well as for dogs, and they decided to put on a dog show.
“The Dog Show, 125 Years of Westminster,” by William Stifel, details what happened next.
They couldn’t agree on the name for their new club. But finally someone suggested that they name it after their favorite bar. The idea was unanimously selected, we imagine, with the hoisting of a dozen drinking arms.
The show is the second-oldest continuously run sporting event in America, after the Kentucky Derby.
The first show had over 1,200 entries, and the judging took several days. (Here’s our 1877 report on the preparations.)
Last year, the show had close to 3,000 dogs from all 50 states. Judges hold themselves to two days.
Here’s our collection of stories on the show. We’ll have live coverage on Tuesday.
Claudio E. Cabrera contributed reporting.
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