Ally, Member or Partner? NATO’s Long Dilemma Over Ukraine.

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:39:26 +0000)

NATO promised Ukraine full membership in 2008, but without explaining how or when. Putin sees that promise as an ongoing threat to Russia.

Schools Are Closing Classrooms on Fridays. Parents Are Furious.

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 18:57:04 +0000)

Desperate to keep teachers, some districts have turned to remote teaching for one day a week — and sometimes more. Families have been left to find child care.

Pfizer-BioNTech Says Booster Offers Significant Omicron Protection

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 22:21:29 +0000)

The companies said three doses of the vaccine are effective against the variant, but two doses alone “may not be sufficient.” Here’s the latest on Covid.

Britain Introduces 'Plan B' Covid Measures to Tackle Omicron

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:06:04 +0000)

People in England will be urged to work from home and have to show proof of vaccination. Critics say the prime minister is trying to deflect attention from a growing outcry over reports his staff flouted Covid rules.

The Coronavirus Attacks Fat Tissue, Scientists Find

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:06:21 +0000)

The research may help explain why people who are overweight and obese have been at higher risk of severe illness and death from Covid.

Biden Orders Federal Vehicles and Buildings to Use Renewable Energy by 2050

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:32:55 +0000)

The federal government would stop buying gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and its buildings would be powered by wind, solar or other carbon-free electricity by 2050.

Jan. 6 Committee to Cite Mark Meadows for Criminal Contempt

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:52:22 +0000)

The select committee investigating the Capitol riot said it would prepare a criminal contempt of Congress referral against Mark Meadows, who was President Donald J. Trump’s chief of staff on Jan. 6.

Some Jan. 6 Rioters May Use Police Brutality as a Defense

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 15:58:09 +0000)

Half a dozen defendants in the assault on the Capitol are using video to try to make a case that they were simply protecting themselves and others. They face skepticism and an uphill legal battle.

Rally Planner With Ties to G.O.P. Is Cooperating in Jan. 6 Inquiry

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:39:52 +0000)

Ali Alexander, who helped organize the gathering that drew Trump supporters to Washington on Jan. 6, could shed light on efforts by the former president and his allies to overturn the election.

De Blasio Fought for 2 Years to Keep Ethics Warning Secret. Here’s Why.

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 22:22:41 +0000)

Mayor Bill de Blasio was warned that he created an “appearance of coercion and improper access” by directly contacting donors who had business before the city.

John Wilson, the Genius Behind the Weirdest Show on TV

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:08:31 +0000)

In the second season of “How To With John Wilson,” the documentary filmmaker shows off his penchant for mutating the mundane into the vivid and extraordinary.

How Tech Is Helping Poor People Get Government Aid

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:55:26 +0000)

Even as the government expanded aid programs, many people faced barriers to using them. That problem is now being addressed with apps and streamlined websites.

The Sublime Spectacle of Yoko Ono Disrupting the Beatles

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:10:52 +0000)

In Peter Jackson’s “The Beatles: Get Back,” Ono is a performance artist at the height of her powers.

A Penny for Your Squats? A Tiny Monetary Award Motivated Hundreds to Exercise.

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:00:05 +0000)

Among 52 incentives to exercise, giving people a 9-cent award if they returned to the gym after missing a workout helped the most.

‘West Side Story’ Review: In Love and War, 1957 Might Be Tonight

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:44:46 +0000)

Steven Spielberg rediscovers the breathing, troubling essence of a classic, building a bold and current screen musical with no pretense to perfection.

In Russia, the Pandemic Is Beating Putin

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 19:14:25 +0000)

The virus has starkly revealed the limits of the president’s power.

Yes, Americans Should Get Free Tests

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:11:07 +0000)

We need every option available to return to normal.

I’m an E.R. Doctor in Michigan, Where Unvaccinated People Are Filling Hospital Beds

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 17:08:28 +0000)

With every shift, I see the strain people sick with Covid-19 put on my hospital.

The Supreme Court Faces a Voting Paradox with Abortion Decision

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:32:47 +0000)

Any voting system is vulnerable to inconsistency.

The Year America Lost Its Democracy

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:00:09 +0000)

Republicans mounted an all-out assault on voting rights. Democrats did little to stop them.

The Beatles "Get Back" Documentary Is a Master Class in Creativity

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:00:07 +0000)

In a new documentary, ‘Get Back,’ the Beatles give a master class in creativity under pressure.

Trump Won’t Let America Go. Can Democrats Pry It Away?

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 17:04:46 +0000)

“The radicalized G.O.P. is the main anti-democratic force.” 

Is the University of Austin Just a PR Stunt?

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 17:28:45 +0000)

Can a new university fix academia’s problems? Or will it just create another ideological bubble?

Climate Progress Depends on U.S.-China Competition

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:52:41 +0000)

Competition between American and Chinese companies will be the real driver of decreased greenhouse gas emissions around the globe.

Can the Press Prevent a Trump Restoration?

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 10:00:20 +0000)

A journalism that shades the truth for the sake of some higher cause will lose the trust of some of the people it’s trying to steer away from demagogy.

What’s One of the Most Dangerous Toys for Kids? The Internet.

(Fri, 26 Nov 2021 04:18:59 +0000)

Our kids are at the mercy of tech companies, with only an outdated law to protect them.

Pearl Harbor and the Capacity for Surprise

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 00:26:18 +0000)

Could we avert a similar catastrophe in the future? 

Climate Change Is Thawing Arctic Alaska

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 02:14:58 +0000)

The landscape resembles frozen spinach left out on the kitchen counter too long.

Will My Students Ever Know a World Without School Shootings?

(Tue, 07 Dec 2021 20:29:22 +0000)

Teachers can do only do so much to protect their students from school shootings.

The Words Democrats Use Are Not the Real Problem

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 02:11:56 +0000)

The whys of American politics have much more to do with the ever-changing currents of race, religion and economic production than they do with political messaging.

What Happened in the P.S.G. Attack?

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 04:07:10 +0000)

The assault of a top women’s player made headlines, with masked men, a metal bar and the arrest of a teammate. But weeks later, new details suggest the original story might have been wrong.

Pandemic-Era ‘Excess Savings’ Are Dwindling for Many

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:22:55 +0000)

The drop in cash reserves has vast implications for the working class and could dampen consumer spending, a large share of economic activity.

On the Banks of the Furious Congo River, a 5-Star Emporium of Ambition

(Tue, 07 Dec 2021 20:51:46 +0000)

As the clean energy revolution upends the centuries-long lock of fossil fuels on the global economy, dealmakers and hustlers converge on the Fleuve Congo Hotel.

Do Booster Shots Work Against the Omicron Variant? Your Questions Answered

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 12:56:27 +0000)

Alarmed by the arrival of the new variant, health officials have called for everyone who is eligible to get a booster shot.

Michael Steinhardt, Billionaire, Surrenders $70 Million in Stolen Relics

(Tue, 07 Dec 2021 02:54:33 +0000)

The hedge fund pioneer is barred for life from buying more antiquities. He turned over 180 stolen objects that had decorated his homes and office.

What Does Russia Want With Ukraine?

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 15:01:50 +0000)

And why people are fearing war there.

Why Ukraine Matters to Vladimir Putin

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 11:00:06 +0000)

Amid fears that Moscow is preparing for an invasion, one thing is clear: The Russian president has a singular fixation on the former Soviet republic.

Remembering Stephen Sondheim, Musical Theater Visionary

(Tue, 07 Dec 2021 16:43:42 +0000)

A conversation about his legacy, his engagements with pop music and whether he has any true inheritors.

With Olaf Scholz at the Helm in Germany, a New, Uncertain Chapter

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:55:05 +0000)

After 16 years, Angela Merkel handed over the German chancellery to Olaf Scholz, leaving behind a changed country and a polarizing legacy.

Trial Over Daunte Wright’s Death Begins

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:35:25 +0000)

The prosecution showed video of Kimberly Potter, a former police officer, shooting Mr. Wright, a Black man. The defense described it as a tragic accident.

School District Investigates Claims of Longtime Sexual Misconduct by Teachers

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 10:00:18 +0000)

Six teachers from Babylon High School have been placed on leave as the investigation continues and alumnae come forward with claims.

Can an Athlete’s Blood Enhance Brainpower?

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 19:22:59 +0000)

Scientists who injected idle mice with blood from athletic mice found improvements in learning and memory. The findings could have implications for Alzheimer’s research and beyond.

Business Updates: Head of Instagram Testifies Before Senate Panel

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:35:25 +0000)

The chief executives of six cryptocurrency companies will face questions from the House Financial Services Committee about risk and regulation.

India’s Top Military General, Bipin Rawat, Dies in Helicopter Crash

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 19:38:28 +0000)

Gen. Bipin Rawat, who was killed along with his wife and 11 others on board, was in charge of overhauling a military that has struggled to modernize.

Elizabeth Holmes' Defense Rests Their Case in Fraud Trial

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:10:57 +0000)

Lawyers must now agree on a set of jury instructions before closing arguments begin on Dec. 16.

Yusaku Maezawa, Japanese Billionaire, Arrives at Space Station

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:32:33 +0000)

Yusaku Maezawa, the founder of the clothing retailer Zozo, will spend 12 days in orbit with a production assistant who will document his stay.

Better.com C.E.O. Apologizes for Firing Workers Over Zoom

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:46:08 +0000)

Vishal Garg said in a letter to employees on Tuesday that he had failed to show “respect and appreciation” in the call, which has been widely criticized.

Proposal Would Allow E.U. to Retaliate Against Economic Pressure

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:18:46 +0000)

The European Commission is considering sweeping powers to impose punitive sanctions on those seeking to influence its political policies through economic pressure.

Pastor Who Appeared in Drag on HBO's 'We're Here' Leaves Church

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 18:35:25 +0000)

A United Methodist Church pastor in Indiana stepped down after performing in drag and speaking about inclusion on the show “We’re Here.”

Wrong Man Arrested Over Khashoggi Killing, France Says

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 14:47:38 +0000)

The French authorities released a Saudi man who shared the name and age of a suspect in the murder of the dissident writer, saying it was a case of mistaken identity.

How to Age Well and Stay in Your Home

(Mon, 21 May 2018 09:00:01 +0000)

Don’t wait for a crisis like a broken hip to modify your home.

How Exercise May Support the Aging Brain

(Fri, 03 Dec 2021 14:16:18 +0000)

Simple activities like walking boost immune cells in the brain that may help to keep memory sharp and even ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

Getting Older, Sleeping Less

(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:31:22 +0000)

When insomnia persists, it can wreak physical, emotional and social havoc.

Is Dancing the Kale of Exercise?

(Tue, 30 Apr 2019 09:00:02 +0000)

Research shows that dance offers a wealth of anti-aging benefits. It’s also fun.

For a Longer Life, Get Moving. Even a Little.

(Tue, 03 Sep 2019 05:16:39 +0000)

Some of the greatest gains are seen when people shift from being sedentary toward ambling for even one extra hour each day.

Getting Married in the Metaverse

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 10:00:10 +0000)

One couple’s recent nuptials in the virtual world known as the metaverse showcase the possibilities of having a wedding unfettered by the bounds of reality.

It’s a Good Time to Be Reba McEntire

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 18:22:38 +0000)

With new music, movies and memes, the country singer has kept busy during the pandemic.

Safety Nets That Sustain Community

(Tue, 07 Dec 2021 10:00:07 +0000)

Grants provided support for organizations building out health initiatives, buoying Latino nonprofits and making sure New Yorkers are nourished.

This Creamy Fall Orzo Recipe Will Please Anyone Who Loves a Cozy Porridge

(Mon, 06 Dec 2021 18:51:02 +0000)

This hearty, meatless meal from Melissa Clark is full of tender pasta, butternut squash and lots of warming brown butter — just the thing for a blustery evening.

Mr. Men Little Miss Books Stand the (Silly, Splendid, Topsy-Turvy) Test of Time

(Wed, 08 Dec 2021 10:00:15 +0000)

Mr. Men Little Miss, the children’s book series created by Roger Hargreaves, turns 50 this year.