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Centrist Democrats Want to Stop Sanders. They’re Not Sure Who Can.

Centrist Democrats Want to Stop Sanders. They’re Not Sure Who Can.

By ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN

Unless a moderate favorite soon emerges, party leaders may increasingly look to Michael R. Bloomberg as a potential savior.

After Stone Case, Prosecutors Say They Fear Pressure From Trump

After Stone Case, Prosecutors Say They Fear Pressure From Trump

By KATIE BENNER, CHARLIE SAVAGE, SHARON LaFRANIERE and BEN PROTESS

The episode also brought to a head tensions in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington.

Coronavirus Cases Seemed to Be Leveling Off. Not Anymore.

Coronavirus Cases Seemed to Be Leveling Off. Not Anymore.

By RONI CARYN RABIN

On Thursday, health officials in China reported more than 14,000 new cases in Hubei Province alone. A change in diagnostic criteria may be the reason.

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Editors' Picks

Mudlarks Scour the Thames to Uncover 2,000 Years of Secrets

World | London Dispatch

Mudlarks Scour the Thames to Uncover 2,000 Years of Secrets

By MEGAN SPECIA

From ribald tokens from London’s Roman past to hints of the Mayflower’s fate, mudlarks discover the story of a constantly changing London — but only at low tide.

Trump and Barr Are Out of Control

Opinion

Trump and Barr Are Out of Control

By BOB BAUER

The prosecutor who quit over the Roger Stone sentencing is sending a powerful message about political weaponization.

World

Pope Francis Sets Aside Proposal on Married Priests

Pope Francis Sets Aside Proposal on Married Priests

By JASON HOROWITZ and ELISABETTA POVOLEDO

The decision, in a letter on Catholic life in remote Amazon areas, is a victory for conservative forces who had warned that change there would put the church on a slippery slope.

Irish Voters Cast Off Relic of Entrenched 2-Party System

Irish Voters Cast Off Relic of Entrenched 2-Party System

By BENJAMIN MUELLER

In a landmark election, Sinn Fein won a seat at the table, though tortuous coalition negotiations will determine who will lead the next government.

Syrian Attacks Draw Turkey Deeper Into Syrian War

Syrian Attacks Draw Turkey Deeper Into Syrian War

By CARLOTTA GALL

Turkey is sending reinforcements into northwest Syria and pressing for a Turkish-controlled zone there.

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U.S.

Legal Win Is Too Late for Many Who Got Cancer After Nuclear Clean-Up

Legal Win Is Too Late for Many Who Got Cancer After Nuclear Clean-Up

By DAVE PHILIPPS

Air Force veterans who dealt with a Cold War-era atomic accident in Spain have won the right to sue collectively for health benefits — but not before many had lost battles with cancer or other ailments.

Calculating Air Pollution’s Death Toll, Across State Lines

Calculating Air Pollution’s Death Toll, Across State Lines

By HENRY FOUNTAIN

About half of the premature deaths caused by poor air quality are linked to pollutants that blow in from other states, a new study found.

Coronavirus Test Kits Sent to States Are Flawed, C.D.C. Says

Coronavirus Test Kits Sent to States Are Flawed, C.D.C. Says

By DENISE GRADY

Some tests distributed by the agency deliver “inconclusive” readings. The C.D.C. will need to ship new ingredients, further delaying results.

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Politics

How Amy Klobuchar Pulled Off the Big Surprise of the New Hampshire Primary

How Amy Klobuchar Pulled Off the Big Surprise of the New Hampshire Primary

By NICK CORASANITI

After a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, the Minnesota senator made a series of bets in the Granite State.

A Trillion Trees: How One Idea Triumphed Over Trump’s Climate Denialism

A Trillion Trees: How One Idea Triumphed Over Trump’s Climate Denialism

By LISA FRIEDMAN

A tech billionaire’s PowerPoint brought the Trillion Trees climate plan to the president, a textbook case of ad hoc policymaking in the Trump era.

What’s Next for Elizabeth Warren? ‘My Job Is to Persist.’

What’s Next for Elizabeth Warren? ‘My Job Is to Persist.’

By SHANE GOLDMACHER and ASTEAD W. HERNDON

She said she did not want to “burn down the rest of the party” in order to triumph. And then she lost in New Hampshire.

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Business

Global Financial Giants Swear Off Funding an Especially Dirty Fuel

Global Financial Giants Swear Off Funding an Especially Dirty Fuel

By CHRISTOPHER FLAVELLE

Lenders and investors, under pressure to act on climate change, have stopped funding Alberta's vast oil-sands developments, and the province is fighting back.

As Congress Prepares to Vet Judy Shelton, Worries About the Fed’s Future Mount

As Congress Prepares to Vet Judy Shelton, Worries About the Fed’s Future Mount

By JEANNA SMIALEK

Ms. Shelton, President Trump’s nominee to the central bank, has unconventional views. But a recent policy reversal is stoking the most concern.

A Wall St. Giant Says Sanders Would ‘Ruin’ the Economy

A Wall St. Giant Says Sanders Would ‘Ruin’ the Economy

By KATE KELLY, ALAN RAPPEPORT and KATIE ROBERTSON

Lloyd Blankfein, the former Goldman Sachs chief, tweeted an attack on Bernie Sanders after the senator’s New Hampshire primary win.

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Technology

Andy Rubin’s Start-Up, Essential Products, Shuts Down

Andy Rubin’s Start-Up, Essential Products, Shuts Down

By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI and ERIN GRIFFITH

The smartphone company founded by Mr. Rubin, a former Google executive, struggled to win over customers.

SoftBank Takes Another Multibillion-Dollar Hit From Bad Bets

SoftBank Takes Another Multibillion-Dollar Hit From Bad Bets

By BEN DOOLEY

A $2 billion plunge in profitability will increase pressure on the Japanese conglomerate to get its financial house in order.

Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content

Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content

By ADAM SATARIANO

To push Google, Facebook and other internet giants to police their own platforms, Britain said its media watchdog would become an internet authority.

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Sports

Yes, the Mets Are Still for Sale. No, the Owners Don’t Have to Sell Them.

Yes, the Mets Are Still for Sale. No, the Owners Don’t Have to Sell Them.

By KEVIN DRAPER

With the start of the season less than two months away, the Wilpons have put the Mets back on the trading block. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

The Yankees Are World Series Favorites. They Still Want to Talk Astros.

The Yankees Are World Series Favorites. They Still Want to Talk Astros.

By JAMES WAGNER

Many of the Yankees entered spring training still fuming over the Astros’ cheating scandal. “You’re mad, frustrated, disappointed,” said Manager Aaron Boone.

Daniel, the Golden Retriever Snubbed at Westminster, Is Doing Just Fine

Daniel, the Golden Retriever Snubbed at Westminster, Is Doing Just Fine

By EMILY S. RUEB

The internet has called for justice after a standard poodle took top honors over Daniel at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. We checked in to see how he’s handling defeat.

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Arts

Two Napoleons in Brooklyn, One in Timberlands

Critic’s Notebook

Two Napoleons in Brooklyn, One in Timberlands

By JASON FARAGO

The Brooklyn Museum has hung Jacques-Louis David’s “Bonaparte Crossing the Alps” alongside an adaptation by Kehinde Wiley. It’s a face-off between two visions of the political power of art.

Charles Murray Returns, Nodding to Caution but Still Courting Controversy

Books of The Times

Charles Murray Returns, Nodding to Caution but Still Courting Controversy

By PARUL SEHGAL

In “Human Diversity,” Murray criticizes what he sees as the central tenets of a stifling orthodoxy in the social sciences: Gender is a construct; race is a construct; and class is a function of privilege.

Review: In ‘Leopoldstadt,’ Tom Stoppard Reckons With His Jewish Roots

critic’s pick

Review: In ‘Leopoldstadt,’ Tom Stoppard Reckons With His Jewish Roots

By BEN BRANTLEY

In what he says will probably be his last work, a master playwright finds urgent lessons for the present in the past of a Viennese family.

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New York

The Debutante Ball in the Age of Instagram

The Debutante Ball in the Age of Instagram

By JAMES BARRON and ELIZABETH D. HERMAN

A ritual of the 1 percent endures in Manhattan.

New Yorkers Face a Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but a Study Finds Hope

New Yorkers Face a Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but a Study Finds Hope

By STEVE LOHR

A new report points to a shortage of successful programs for tech careers. One, it says, shows how they can work.

The Bizarre Life of the Man Accused in the Sarah Lawrence Sex Case

The Bizarre Life of the Man Accused in the Sarah Lawrence Sex Case

By SHARON OTTERMAN

What we know about Lawrence Ray, a parent of a student at the elite New York college who was charged with extortion and sex trafficking of her classmates.

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Media & Advertising

A Thorn in YouTube’s Side Digs In Even Deeper

The Shift

A Thorn in YouTube’s Side Digs In Even Deeper

By KEVIN ROOSE

Carlos Maza, a socialist who calls YouTube “deeply unethical and reckless,” is trying to bolster the video site’s left wing.

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims

By SHEILA KAPLAN

The case, brought by Massachusetts after a lengthy investigation, presents some of the strongest evidence the vaping company was marketing to teenagers.

James Murdoch Plans Big Bets on Sustainable Businesses

James Murdoch Plans Big Bets on Sustainable Businesses

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED

Mr. Murdoch, now divorced from the day-to-day operations of News Corp, plans to announce investments in sustainable packaging and a venture organized by BlackRock.

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Fashion & Style

The Chaos at Condé Nast

The Chaos at Condé Nast

By KATHERINE ROSMAN

The memoirs of Dan Peres and other ex-employees of the magazine company reveal mess behind the gloss of the aughts.

What Makes Sustainable Fashion?

Fashion Review

What Makes Sustainable Fashion?

By VANESSA FRIEDMAN

It’s not just about the yarn. Ideas from Gabriela Hearst, Coach and Rodarte.

How to Put on a Fashion Show Without a Designer

How to Put on a Fashion Show Without a Designer

By JESSICA TESTA

Travel restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus disrupt a New York Fashion Week debut.

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Obituaries

Santu Mofokeng, Photographer of Apartheid Life, Dies at 63

Santu Mofokeng, Photographer of Apartheid Life, Dies at 63

By SAM ROBERTS

His sublime black-and-white images of everyday life in South Africa both during and after white rule capture hope and unfulfilled expectations.

Jhon Jairo Velásquez, 57, Dies; Escobar Henchman Turned YouTube Star

Jhon Jairo Velásquez, 57, Dies; Escobar Henchman Turned YouTube Star

By ELIAN PELTIER

Mr. Velásquez, who boasted of murdering hundreds of people for Pablo Escobar, in recent years had built a business around the memories of his criminal activities.

Paula Kelly, Who Danced From Stage Onto the Screen, Dies at 77

Paula Kelly, Who Danced From Stage Onto the Screen, Dies at 77

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE

She was one of the first black women to make the transition, propelled by the musical “Sweet Charity.” She also broke ground playing a black lesbian on TV.

Lyle Mays, 66, Pat Metheny Group Keyboardist, Is Dead

Lyle Mays, 66, Pat Metheny Group Keyboardist, Is Dead

By PETER KEEPNEWS

His synthesizers gave depth and color to the ensemble’s sound. He soloed gracefully on grand piano. And he helped write many staples of the group’s repertoire.

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Opinion

Can Trump Tell the Justice Department To Do Whatever He Wants?

Can Trump Tell the Justice Department To Do Whatever He Wants?

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Not according to the Constitution.

I Worry About Sanders, and His Coattails

I Worry About Sanders, and His Coattails

By NICHOLAS KRISTOF

Can he win, and if so, can he help elect a Democratic Senate so he can accomplish something?

Searching for the Perfect Trump Antidote

Searching for the Perfect Trump Antidote

By GAIL COLLINS

Help wanted, and it’s named Ralph.

The Iranian Missile Strike Did Far More Damage Than Trump Admits

The Iranian Missile Strike Did Far More Damage Than Trump Admits

By LOREN DeJONGE SCHULMAN and PAUL SCHARRE

Hundreds of our troops suffered brain trauma. We need to reconsider the costs of military interventions.

Planting Trees Won’t Save the World

Planting Trees Won’t Save the World

By ERLE C. ELLIS, MARK MASLIN and SIMON LEWIS

Focusing on trees as the big solution to climate change is a dangerous diversion.

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