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Bloomberg’s Billions: How the Candidate Built an Empire of Influence

Bloomberg’s Billions: How the Candidate Built an Empire of Influence

By ALEXANDER BURNS and NICHOLAS KULISH

The former mayor’s philanthropy has been a boon for progressive causes, earning support from Democrats nationwide even as parts of his record give them pause.

Brain Injuries Are Common in Battle. The Military Has No Reliable Test for Them.

Brain Injuries Are Common in Battle. The Military Has No Reliable Test for Them.

By DAVE PHILIPPS and THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF

Traumatic brain injury is a signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the military still has no objective way of diagnosing it in the field.

To Tame Coronavirus, Mao-Style Social Control Blankets China

To Tame Coronavirus, Mao-Style Social Control Blankets China

By RAYMOND ZHONG and PAUL MOZUR

Despite their high-tech tools, the authorities are mainly relying on a flood of workers to keep hundreds of millions of people from coming in contact with outsiders.

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Editors' Picks

The End of Australia as We Know It

World | News Analysis

The End of Australia as We Know It

By DAMIEN CAVE and MATTHEW ABBOTT

What many of us have witnessed this fire season feels alive and monstrous. With climate change forcing a relaxed country to stumble toward new ways of work, leisure and life, will politics follow?

Who’s Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills?

Opinion

Who’s Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills?

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL

The same people who should be fixing them.

World

Damming the Lower Mekong, Devastating the Ways and Means of Life

Damming the Lower Mekong, Devastating the Ways and Means of Life

By HANNAH BEECH and ADAM DEAN

Thailand funded the first dam on the river in Laos, and it is Thai towns, farms and fisheries that are suffering.

31 Reported Dead in Mali, as Attackers Return to Scene of a Massacre

31 Reported Dead in Mali, as Attackers Return to Scene of a Massacre

By REUTERS

The latest attack highlighted the rising ethnic and jihadi violence in West Africa’s vast Sahel region.

Highly Secretive Iranian Rebels Are Holed Up in Albania. They Gave Us a Tour.

Albania Dispatch

Highly Secretive Iranian Rebels Are Holed Up in Albania. They Gave Us a Tour.

By PATRICK KINGSLEY

Depending on whom you ask, the People’s Jihadists are Iran’s government-in-waiting or a duplicitous terrorist cult that forbids sexual thoughts. What are they doing in Albania?

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U.S.

Recline in Your Airplane Seat? A Debate Rages in the Skies and Online

Recline in Your Airplane Seat? A Debate Rages in the Skies and Online

By AIMEE ORTIZ

You’re either a recliner or you’re not. There appears to be no middle seat here.

An Old and Contested Solution to Boost Reading Scores: Phonics

An Old and Contested Solution to Boost Reading Scores: Phonics

By DANA GOLDSTEIN

As test scores lag, there’s a growing debate between proponents of the “science of reading,” which emphasizes phonics, and traditional educators who prefer to instill a love of literature.

Florida Doctor Bilked $26 Million From Health Insurers, Officials Say

Florida Doctor Bilked $26 Million From Health Insurers, Officials Say

By JOHNNY DIAZ

Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson, who told investigators he wanted to one day become president of Ghana, sent nearly $2 million to people or entities there, court records show.

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Politics

A Presidency Increasingly Guided by Suspicion and Distrust

News Analysis

A Presidency Increasingly Guided by Suspicion and Distrust

By PETER BAKER and MAGGIE HABERMAN

Presidential paranoia is not a new phenomenon but Mr. Trump, burned by impeachment, seems to have elevated it to a governing philosophy of his White House.

Fearful of Trump’s Attacks, Justice Dept. Lawyers Worry Barr Will Leave Them Exposed

Fearful of Trump’s Attacks, Justice Dept. Lawyers Worry Barr Will Leave Them Exposed

By KATIE BENNER, SHARON LaFRANIERE and NICOLE HONG

After a week of tumult, some career prosecutors expressed concerns about political interference and the attorney general’s response to the president weighing in on the prosecution of an associate.

Pete Buttigieg’s Dash for Cash: 10 Fund-Raisers in Two Weeks

Pete Buttigieg’s Dash for Cash: 10 Fund-Raisers in Two Weeks

By SHANE GOLDMACHER

He leads in the delegate race after Iowa and New Hampshire. But the map is dramatically expanding ahead of Super Tuesday and so are the costs of campaigning.

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Business

Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build

Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build

By CONOR DOUGHERTY

When California’s housing crisis slammed into a wealthy suburb, one public servant became a convert to a radically simple doctrine.

Never Mind the Internet. Here’s What’s Killing Malls.

Economic View

Never Mind the Internet. Here’s What’s Killing Malls.

By AUSTAN GOOLSBEE

Yes, the internet has changed the way we shop. But taken together, other factors have caused greater harm to traditional retail stores, an economist says.

Tactics for Expressing Misery in the Office

Work Friend

Tactics for Expressing Misery in the Office

By CAITY WEAVER

Some people are unhappy at work, and some people merely look unhappy. Which are you?

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Technology

From Dubai to Mars, With Stops in Colorado and Japan

From Dubai to Mars, With Stops in Colorado and Japan

By KENNETH CHANG

The United Arab Emirates used a novel approach to build the Hope spacecraft, which launches for the red planet this summer.

Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop

Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop

By KASHMIR HILL

Microphones and cameras lurk everywhere. You may want to slip on some privacy armor.

Lots of Rich Men Tweet Like the President Now

Lots of Rich Men Tweet Like the President Now

By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH

From Goldman Sachs to Amazon to the Democratic contenders, older rich men are going wild online.

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Sports

Luka Doncic Is Good, in Any Language

Luka Doncic Is Good, in Any Language

By MARC STEIN

As the 20-year-old Mavericks star makes his N.B.A. All-Star game debut, he’s thinking of the late Kobe Bryant, who once surprised him with trash talk — in Slovenian.

NASCAR Races Into an Uncertain Future

NASCAR Races Into an Uncertain Future

By VICTOR MATHER

Stars have retired or are poised to, leaving the sport struggling to get a foothold in the sports landscape.

A Kayaker and a 134-Foot Waterfall. What Could Go Wrong?

A Kayaker and a 134-Foot Waterfall. What Could Go Wrong?

By ANDREW BISHARAT

The first — and maybe the last — descent of Salto del Maule. A national kayaking champion dreamed of being the first person to run a 134-foot waterfall in the mountains of Chile.

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Arts

Sooner or Later, Zoë Kravitz Was Going to Be a Star

Sooner or Later, Zoë Kravitz Was Going to Be a Star

By ALEX PAPPADEMAS

It feels like the 31-year-old actress has always been famous. But “High Fidelity” and “The Batman” are putting her at the center of the conversation.

A Ballerina’s Nightmare: ‘Am I More Than Just a Dancer?’

A Ballerina’s Nightmare: ‘Am I More Than Just a Dancer?’

By GIA KOURLAS

Tiler Peck, the New York City Ballet star, suffered a debilitating neck injury. We follow her arduous path back to the stage in advance of “Swan Lake.”

Can Justin Bieber Hide in Plain Sight?

Critic’s Notebook

Can Justin Bieber Hide in Plain Sight?

By JON CARAMANICA

He’s suffered the pains of superfame for half of his life. Now pop’s biggest male star wants to make R&B music and de-stress in an oxygen chamber.

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New York

Tessa Majors Killing: 14-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder

Tessa Majors Killing: 14-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder

By EDGAR SANDOVAL

The teenager, the second suspect arrested in the case, is believed to have wielded the murder weapon.

The Guerrilla Car Washers of N.Y.C.

The Guerrilla Car Washers of N.Y.C.

By SANDRA E. GARCIA and STEPHEN SPERANZA

Development is finally coming to the top of Manhattan. Are its carwash vans doomed?

It’s an Investment, Yes. But for One Day, It’s a Time Machine.

It’s an Investment, Yes. But for One Day, It’s a Time Machine.

By ALLIE CONTI

On opening day of baseball-card season, before the speculators and brokers take over, collectors get to feel like kids again.

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Magazine

Into the Black Forest With the Greatest Living Artist

Into the Black Forest With the Greatest Living Artist

By KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD

How does Anselm Kiefer conjure such brutal beauty, such overwhelming gravity? To find out, the novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard followed him back to the source.

They Sold Human Beings Here

The 1619 Project

They Sold Human Beings Here

By ANNE C. BAILEY

For hundreds of years, enslaved people were bought and sold in America. Today most of the sites of this trade are forgotten. As part of The 1619 Project, we photographed 12 of them.

Can the King of Ultrarunning Conquer a Race as Short as the Marathon?

Feature

Can the King of Ultrarunning Conquer a Race as Short as the Marathon?

By JOSEPH BIEN-KAHN

Jim Walmsley has smashed records at 50 and 100 miles. Now he hopes to make the Olympics in a distance he’s never run: 26.2 miles.

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Travel

‘In Italy I Kept Meeting Guys’: The Black Women Who Travel for Love

‘In Italy I Kept Meeting Guys’: The Black Women Who Travel for Love

By TARIRO MZEZEWA

Despite Italy’s troubles with racism, African-American women are traveling to the country for love, and finding it.

Treehouses, Glass Igloos and Other Out-of-This-World Spots to Lay Your Head

Treehouses, Glass Igloos and Other Out-of-This-World Spots to Lay Your Head

By SHANNON SIMS

Your Instagram account will thank you.

36 Hours in Niseko

36 Hours

36 Hours in Niseko

By JANET O’Grady

Sublime skiing, snowboarding and “snow-surfing” are only part of the story in this Japanese resort. Culinary adventures abound, local whiskey flows and hot springs are the perfect après-ski option.

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Real Estate

How One Couple Transformed Their Brooklyn Brownstone to Age in Place

RENOVATIONS: BEFORE AND AFTER

How One Couple Transformed Their Brooklyn Brownstone to Age in Place

By RONDA KAYSEN

With lots of rooms — and stairs — a 19th-century brownstone isn’t an easy place to grow old. But after 40 years in Park Slope, they wanted to stay put.

A Childhood Crush, Updated for the 21st Century

On Location

A Childhood Crush, Updated for the 21st Century

By TIM McKEOUGH

As a child in Austin, Texas, he admired the house from afar. As an adult, he made it his own.

Where’s the Best Place to Recover From Divorce?

Calculator

Where’s the Best Place to Recover From Divorce?

By MICHAEL KOLOMATSKY

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a new study finds the cities where you’re most likely to mend a broken heart.

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Fashion & Style

What Happens When You Get Famous Off One Song?

What Happens When You Get Famous Off One Song?

By AMOS BARSHAD

Tom Austin released a hit. Now what? We asked him — and Rebecca Black.

The Original Renegade

The Original Renegade

By TAYLOR LORENZ

A 14-year-old in Atlanta created one of the biggest dances on the internet. But nobody really knows that.

How My Worst Date Ever Became My Best

Modern Love

How My Worst Date Ever Became My Best

By BONNIE ALTUCHER

Agreeing to see him again would require a minor miracle. A minor miracle is exactly what happened.

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Obituaries

Caroline Flack, Who Hosted ‘Love Island,’ Dies by Suicide at 40

Caroline Flack, Who Hosted ‘Love Island,’ Dies by Suicide at 40

By DERRICK BRYSON TAYLOR

Ms. Flack, who was a fixture in the British tabloids, began hosting the show in 2015.

George Coyne, 87, Vatican Astronomer and Galileo Defender, Dies

George Coyne, 87, Vatican Astronomer and Galileo Defender, Dies

By SAM ROBERTS

While seeking to reconcile science and religion, Father Coyne also vigorously supported Darwin and challenged believers in intelligent design.

Katsuya Nomura, 84, Enduring Star of Japanese Baseball, Dies

Katsuya Nomura, 84, Enduring Star of Japanese Baseball, Dies

By KEN BELSON

His 657 home runs and 1,988 runs batted in were second in the nation’s history, as were his 2,901 hits and 3,017 games. He also had success as a manager.

Katherine W. Phillips, 47, Dies; Taught the Value of Difference

Katherine W. Phillips, 47, Dies; Taught the Value of Difference

By STACY COWLEY

A business school professor who studied the benefits of diversity in the workplace and spoke to companies about it.

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Opinion

Give the New Bail Reform Law Time to Work

Editorial Observer

Give the New Bail Reform Law Time to Work

By MARA GAY

New York lawmakers appear poised to bow to the state’s law enforcement lobby and weaken a law that just took effect.

A Meme Girl Mash-Up

A Meme Girl Mash-Up

By MAUREEN DOWD

As the pols take the fight out back to the web, will the dank memes prevail?

‘I Cannot Remain Silent’

‘I Cannot Remain Silent’

By NICHOLAS KRISTOF

A brave voice in China cries out about the regime’s mishandling of the coronavirus.

The Equality That Wasn’t Enough

The Equality That Wasn’t Enough

By JAMELLE BOUIE

The most radical Radical Republicans had a better idea of how to cast the 15th Amendment. We should have listened to them.

I Admire Vegetarians. It’s a Choice I Won’t Ever Make.

I Admire Vegetarians. It’s a Choice I Won’t Ever Make.

By ALICIA P.Q. WITTMEYER

What seems like a simple decision, to stop eating meat, can alienate us from our traditions.

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