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Florida, Syria, Fox News: Your Tuesday Briefing  
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.  

New York Today: New York Today: Albany Agenda  
Tuesday: Legislation to watch this year, “Malcolm X Speaks”, and a look at key players in Albany.  

 
 

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced  
Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia were focused on Robert Mueller. But after news broke about the shooting, they quickly changed their focus.  

School Shootings Put Teachers in New Role as Human Shields  
Around the country, teachers are reflecting on whether they are prepared to take a bullet for their students. “I think about it all the time,” one said.  

DealBook: How Banks Could Control Gun Sales if Washington Won’t  
As Corporate America espouses “social responsibility,” the financial industry could help limit sales of assault weapons, our columnist writes.  

How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online  
With imperfect English and tireless posting on Facebook and Twitter, Russian trolls summoned Americans to rallies, praised Donald J. Trump and played on political divisions.  

State Officials Say They Are Told Too Little About Election Threats  
Federal officials are slow to share with them the specifics they need to guard against Russian hacking and other attacks on voting integrity, state election officials say.  

Indictment Leaves No Doubt: Russia Backed Trump. But Was It the Difference?  
The charges against 13 Russians have injected a new twist into a debate that has consumed the political universe since the final hours of election night: How did Trump do it?  

In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military  
A surge in spending on the armed forces has opened new avenues for the graft and cronyism that many see as Ukraine’s most dangerous enemy.  

Feature: The Case Against Google  
Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in?  

Rob Porter’s Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger  
The White House aide who resigned in a domestic abuse scandal that engulfed the White House was known for his ambition at Harvard and on Capitol Hill.  

Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids  
Beyond facilitating a $130,000 payment to silence a pornographic film actress, Donald Trump’s lawyer spent years making aggressive behind-the-scenes efforts to protect him.  

White House Memo: White House Seeks to Move On From Abuse Scandal. But What Did It Learn?  
A better-not-to-know approach in the White House allowed the Rob Porter problem to fester and raises questions about whether officials are capable of creating a better system.  

The Arrest Was a Bust. The Officers Got Overtime Anyway.  
A federal trial in Brooklyn is set to explore the issue of so-called collars for dollars. The implications could be far-reaching.  

Op-Ed Contributor: Missing Conservatism? Just Wait for a Democratic President  
Republicans will complain again about overweening government, accelerating social change and American decline.  

Editorial: The Dirty Little Deals That Would Foul the Environment  
Republicans are adding measures to appropriations bills that would gut protections of the air, water and landscape.  

Op-Ed Columnist: Respect First, Then Gun Control  
One reaction to the Florida school shooting is the shaming of supporters of gun rights. But there’s a more productive approach.  

Op-Ed Columnist: The Content of the G.O.P.’s Character  
The personal is political: A bad-faith party attracts bad people.  

Op-Ed Contributors: A Better Way to Protect Mueller  
Robert Bork, criticized for his role in the Saturday Night Massacre, also made sure the president couldn’t easily fire another special prosecutor.  

Op-Ed Columnist: The Madness of American Crowds  
There’s nothing new about Trump, but that’s not necessarily reassuring.  

Fixes: A City Stalked by Overdoses Fights Back  
Philadelphia is trying new strategies to combat the opioid epidemic, including planning a supervised site for drug use.  

Op-Ed Contributor: Tara Lipinski: It’s Time to Take Risks in the Rink Again  
America’s female figure skaters came up under a system that rewarded clean skating over innovation. But that doesn’t produce champions.  

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Nashville’s Mayor Has Stumbled. Who Will Cast the First Stone?  
Megan Barry’s affair with a subordinate has her opponents outraged. The rest of us aren’t sure what to think.  

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Are Ice Dancing’s King and Queen  
The Canadians modernized ice dancing and skated their way into the history books Tuesday at the Winter Games.  

Russian Fans at the Olympics Are Loud, Proud and Angry  
With many of their best barred from these Games because of doping, Russian athletes have yet to win a gold medal. Their supporters say the fault lies elsewhere.  

Unified Korean Hockey Team Finishes Winless. So Why All the Cheering?  
Shouldering a heavy political weight, the team lost its final game, but the outcome was beside the point for many optimistic spectators.  

N.B.A. Owner Backs Lawsuit Against Russian Doping Whistle-Blower  
Mikhail D. Prokhorov, a Russian oligarch and owner of the Nets, is financing a defamation suit that attacks the credibility of Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov.  

German Olympians Drink a Lot of (Nonalcoholic) Beer, and Win a Lot of Gold Medals  
The brewery Krombacher has supplied about 1,000 gallons of nonalcoholic beer to the athletes’ village. It’s commonly consumed as a sports drink in Germany.  

Skeptical U.S. Rebuffs Mexico’s Request for Aid in Spyware Inquiry  
Officials are said to be worried about being used as a fig leaf in the case, which involves the use of surveillance technology to spy on Mexican government critics.  

Syrian Bombardment Kills Nearly 100 in Eastern Ghouta  
Residents of the rebel-held enclave near Damascus described the events as an all-out attack on civilians and infrastructure to force a surrender.  

Trump Endorses Mitt Romney’s Run for Utah Senate Seat  
Mr. Romney, who has publicly clashed with Mr. Trump in the past, has signaled he plans to serve as a check on the president if he is elected.  

‘Black Panther’ Is No. 1 on the Album Charts, Too  
The superhero film has broken box office records, and now its soundtrack, featuring Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and SZA, has opened in the top spot.  

Netanyahu Faces New Accusations: Did His Adviser Try to Bribe a Judge?  
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was already accused of accepting nearly $300,000 in bribes. The latest allegations could amount to obstruction of a criminal investigation.  

As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma  
President Trump’s efforts to undermine the health law have widened the gap between those who get government aid and those who don’t, deepening resentments.  

Sexual Misconduct Spurs New Elections: The #MeToo Races  
Nearly a dozen special elections are being held in 2018 to fill vacancies left by lawmakers accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.  

Graffiti Gets Paid at 5Pointz. Now What?  
An unexpected payday suggests an uncertain future for the equally derided and appreciated urban art form.  

Cochrane Journal: With 10 Million Acres in Patagonia, a National Park System Is Born  
Two Americans snapped up large swaths of land in Chile, which they donated to a new conservation area that will be three times the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone combined.  

Personal Journeys: Family, Meet My Old Love: Saigon  
Twenty years after my first visit to the Vietnamese city, would the people I love most love the land I love most?  

Letter of Recommendation: Letter of Recommendation: Spoilers  
Knowing what’s going to happen can amplify the pleasure of the moviegoing experience.  

Want to Plan for Your Death and Funeral? Here’s How.  
Pre-need funeral plans can be complicated, so here is a primer on everything you’ll need to know.  

Personal Health: The Importance of Infants’ Exposure to Micro-Organisms  
Fewer scheduled cesarean deliveries and more breast-feeding could give babies more protective bacteria.  

What to Do With a Day Off  
Step one: Give yourself permission to actually take the day off.  

Standing for 6 Hours Burns an Extra 54 Calories  
You could lose over five pounds in a year by choosing to stand rather than sit — if you didn’t find other ways to make up for the calorie deficit.  

Phys Ed: Lift Weights, Eat More Protein, Especially if You’re Over 40  
Eating more protein can significantly augment the effects of lifting weights, a review of research found.  

Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway  
After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”  

Essay: The Iceman Cometh Out  
One of Marvel’s X-Men, Iceman, has finally accepted that he is gay in a comic book series that is breaking new ground for the genre.  

T Introduces: From Sign-Language Tutor to Lead Actress  
Lauren Ridloff, who was born deaf, will star onstage opposite Joshua Jackson in “Children of a Lesser God” — her first major theater acting job.  

Trending: Most Sunscreens Can Harm Coral Reefs. What Should Travelers Do?  
Avoiding non-biodegradable sunscreen may be the one solution to coral bleaching travelers have the most immediate and direct influence over.  

By the Book: Kristin Hannah: By the Book  
The novelist Kristin Hannah would like to discuss women’s history with Margaret Atwood, Hillary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Let’s face it, the Notorious R.B.G. is just plain cool.”  

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.  
Scientists are racing to understand why immunotherapy drugs have worked for a few cancer patients when the medicines should have had no effect.  

Advertising: Google Chrome Now Blocks Irksome Ads. That’s a Good Thing, Right?  
The brower’s latest update filters out pop-up ads and other annoyances. It also strengthens Google’s grip on the web.  

Out There: Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray  
The Wfirst project, which would have investigated the force of dark energy in the universe and searched for more planets, has been cut from NASA’s proposed budget.  

Personal Health: Contraception for Teenagers  
Although teenage pregnancy rates have declined, too many teens still use birth control methods incorrectly or inconsistently.  


Florida, Syria, Fox News: Your Tuesday Briefing  
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.  

New York Today: New York Today: Albany Agenda  
Tuesday: Legislation to watch this year, “Malcolm X Speaks”, and a look at key players in Albany.  

 
 

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced  
Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia were focused on Robert Mueller. But after news broke about the shooting, they quickly changed their focus.  

School Shootings Put Teachers in New Role as Human Shields  
Around the country, teachers are reflecting on whether they are prepared to take a bullet for their students. “I think about it all the time,” one said.  

DealBook: How Banks Could Control Gun Sales if Washington Won’t  
As Corporate America espouses “social responsibility,” the financial industry could help limit sales of assault weapons, our columnist writes.  

How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online  
With imperfect English and tireless posting on Facebook and Twitter, Russian trolls summoned Americans to rallies, praised Donald J. Trump and played on political divisions.  

State Officials Say They Are Told Too Little About Election Threats  
Federal officials are slow to share with them the specifics they need to guard against Russian hacking and other attacks on voting integrity, state election officials say.  

Indictment Leaves No Doubt: Russia Backed Trump. But Was It the Difference?  
The charges against 13 Russians have injected a new twist into a debate that has consumed the political universe since the final hours of election night: How did Trump do it?  

In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military  
A surge in spending on the armed forces has opened new avenues for the graft and cronyism that many see as Ukraine’s most dangerous enemy.  

Feature: The Case Against Google  
Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in?  

Rob Porter’s Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger  
The White House aide who resigned in a domestic abuse scandal that engulfed the White House was known for his ambition at Harvard and on Capitol Hill.  

Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids  
Beyond facilitating a $130,000 payment to silence a pornographic film actress, Donald Trump’s lawyer spent years making aggressive behind-the-scenes efforts to protect him.  

White House Memo: White House Seeks to Move On From Abuse Scandal. But What Did It Learn?  
A better-not-to-know approach in the White House allowed the Rob Porter problem to fester and raises questions about whether officials are capable of creating a better system.  

The Arrest Was a Bust. The Officers Got Overtime Anyway.  
A federal trial in Brooklyn is set to explore the issue of so-called collars for dollars. The implications could be far-reaching.  

Op-Ed Contributor: Missing Conservatism? Just Wait for a Democratic President  
Republicans will complain again about overweening government, accelerating social change and American decline.  

Editorial: The Dirty Little Deals That Would Foul the Environment  
Republicans are adding measures to appropriations bills that would gut protections of the air, water and landscape.  

Op-Ed Columnist: Respect First, Then Gun Control  
One reaction to the Florida school shooting is the shaming of supporters of gun rights. But there’s a more productive approach.  

Op-Ed Columnist: The Content of the G.O.P.’s Character  
The personal is political: A bad-faith party attracts bad people.  

Op-Ed Contributors: A Better Way to Protect Mueller  
Robert Bork, criticized for his role in the Saturday Night Massacre, also made sure the president couldn’t easily fire another special prosecutor.  

Op-Ed Columnist: The Madness of American Crowds  
There’s nothing new about Trump, but that’s not necessarily reassuring.  

Fixes: A City Stalked by Overdoses Fights Back  
Philadelphia is trying new strategies to combat the opioid epidemic, including planning a supervised site for drug use.  

Op-Ed Contributor: Tara Lipinski: It’s Time to Take Risks in the Rink Again  
America’s female figure skaters came up under a system that rewarded clean skating over innovation. But that doesn’t produce champions.  

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Nashville’s Mayor Has Stumbled. Who Will Cast the First Stone?  
Megan Barry’s affair with a subordinate has her opponents outraged. The rest of us aren’t sure what to think.  

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Are Ice Dancing’s King and Queen  
The Canadians modernized ice dancing and skated their way into the history books Tuesday at the Winter Games.  

Russian Fans at the Olympics Are Loud, Proud and Angry  
With many of their best barred from these Games because of doping, Russian athletes have yet to win a gold medal. Their supporters say the fault lies elsewhere.  

Unified Korean Hockey Team Finishes Winless. So Why All the Cheering?  
Shouldering a heavy political weight, the team lost its final game, but the outcome was beside the point for many optimistic spectators.  

N.B.A. Owner Backs Lawsuit Against Russian Doping Whistle-Blower  
Mikhail D. Prokhorov, a Russian oligarch and owner of the Nets, is financing a defamation suit that attacks the credibility of Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov.  

German Olympians Drink a Lot of (Nonalcoholic) Beer, and Win a Lot of Gold Medals  
The brewery Krombacher has supplied about 1,000 gallons of nonalcoholic beer to the athletes’ village. It’s commonly consumed as a sports drink in Germany.  

Skeptical U.S. Rebuffs Mexico’s Request for Aid in Spyware Inquiry  
Officials are said to be worried about being used as a fig leaf in the case, which involves the use of surveillance technology to spy on Mexican government critics.  

Syrian Bombardment Kills Nearly 100 in Eastern Ghouta  
Residents of the rebel-held enclave near Damascus described the events as an all-out attack on civilians and infrastructure to force a surrender.  

Trump Endorses Mitt Romney’s Run for Utah Senate Seat  
Mr. Romney, who has publicly clashed with Mr. Trump in the past, has signaled he plans to serve as a check on the president if he is elected.  

‘Black Panther’ Is No. 1 on the Album Charts, Too  
The superhero film has broken box office records, and now its soundtrack, featuring Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and SZA, has opened in the top spot.  

Netanyahu Faces New Accusations: Did His Adviser Try to Bribe a Judge?  
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was already accused of accepting nearly $300,000 in bribes. The latest allegations could amount to obstruction of a criminal investigation.  

As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma  
President Trump’s efforts to undermine the health law have widened the gap between those who get government aid and those who don’t, deepening resentments.  

Sexual Misconduct Spurs New Elections: The #MeToo Races  
Nearly a dozen special elections are being held in 2018 to fill vacancies left by lawmakers accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.  

Graffiti Gets Paid at 5Pointz. Now What?  
An unexpected payday suggests an uncertain future for the equally derided and appreciated urban art form.  

Cochrane Journal: With 10 Million Acres in Patagonia, a National Park System Is Born  
Two Americans snapped up large swaths of land in Chile, which they donated to a new conservation area that will be three times the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone combined.  

Personal Journeys: Family, Meet My Old Love: Saigon  
Twenty years after my first visit to the Vietnamese city, would the people I love most love the land I love most?  

Letter of Recommendation: Letter of Recommendation: Spoilers  
Knowing what’s going to happen can amplify the pleasure of the moviegoing experience.  

Want to Plan for Your Death and Funeral? Here’s How.  
Pre-need funeral plans can be complicated, so here is a primer on everything you’ll need to know.  

Personal Health: The Importance of Infants’ Exposure to Micro-Organisms  
Fewer scheduled cesarean deliveries and more breast-feeding could give babies more protective bacteria.  

What to Do With a Day Off  
Step one: Give yourself permission to actually take the day off.  

Standing for 6 Hours Burns an Extra 54 Calories  
You could lose over five pounds in a year by choosing to stand rather than sit — if you didn’t find other ways to make up for the calorie deficit.  

Phys Ed: Lift Weights, Eat More Protein, Especially if You’re Over 40  
Eating more protein can significantly augment the effects of lifting weights, a review of research found.  

Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway  
After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”  

Essay: The Iceman Cometh Out  
One of Marvel’s X-Men, Iceman, has finally accepted that he is gay in a comic book series that is breaking new ground for the genre.  

T Introduces: From Sign-Language Tutor to Lead Actress  
Lauren Ridloff, who was born deaf, will star onstage opposite Joshua Jackson in “Children of a Lesser God” — her first major theater acting job.  

Trending: Most Sunscreens Can Harm Coral Reefs. What Should Travelers Do?  
Avoiding non-biodegradable sunscreen may be the one solution to coral bleaching travelers have the most immediate and direct influence over.  

By the Book: Kristin Hannah: By the Book  
The novelist Kristin Hannah would like to discuss women’s history with Margaret Atwood, Hillary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Let’s face it, the Notorious R.B.G. is just plain cool.”  

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.  
Scientists are racing to understand why immunotherapy drugs have worked for a few cancer patients when the medicines should have had no effect.  

Advertising: Google Chrome Now Blocks Irksome Ads. That’s a Good Thing, Right?  
The brower’s latest update filters out pop-up ads and other annoyances. It also strengthens Google’s grip on the web.  

Out There: Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray  
The Wfirst project, which would have investigated the force of dark energy in the universe and searched for more planets, has been cut from NASA’s proposed budget.  

Personal Health: Contraception for Teenagers  
Although teenage pregnancy rates have declined, too many teens still use birth control methods incorrectly or inconsistently.  

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