New York Times

  1. The costly plans come in the midst of the longest government shutdown in history and while the Pentagon’s leadership is in flux.
  2. Critics of President Trump’s drawdown plans said his claim of victory over the Islamic State may have emboldened its fighters and encouraged the suicide bombing that killed 19 people.
  3. The government has reported about 2,700 migrant children separated from their families at the border last year. But the removals may have involved thousands more.
  4. Restaurants have fed them without charge. Banks have suspended late fees on their credit cards. And at airports, they’ve been offered hugs, encouragement and casseroles.
  5. Federal work is an anchor in many local economies, offering security and benefits increasingly rare in the private sector and a route to the middle class.
  6. The president’s personal lawyer had left open the possibility in a television interview that campaign aides took part in Russia’s election interference.
  7. Despite his public bravado, President Trump has had moments of frustration as he takes in negative news coverage of the shutdown, pointing his finger at aides for not delivering the deal he wants.
  8. President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer is reported to have paid $12,000 to $13,000 in cash in a shopping bag to help doctor poll results before the 2016 election.
  9. The effects of head trauma have gotten much of the attention, but huge weight gains have also damaged N.F.L. retirees.
  10. Brussels has celebrated its unity in negotiations with Britain, and it has successfully demonstrated the pain of leaving the E.U. But at what cost?