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Candidates for Virginia Governor Employ Trump as a Barometer

Mr. Northam, a low-key Army veteran who twice voted for President George W. Bush before entering politics, is hardly the picture of the so-called liberal “resistance” to the president. But as he attempts to succeed Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a fellow Democrat who, by law, cannot seek consecutive terms, Mr. Northam is using strikingly caustic language to galvanize Virginia voters who are appalled by the president, but may be reluctant to vote in an off-year governor’s race. “As we say on the Eastern Shore, he lies like a rug,” Mr. Northam,…

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Saturday Profile: The Female Warlord Who Had C.I.A. Connections and Opium Routes

Ms. Yang partnered with remnants of the Chinese Nationalist troops who had been defeated by Mao’s Communists but continued to fight from havens in Burma. Intelligence dispatches at the National Archives in Yangon described her as a menace to the peace. The Nationalist troops had won support from the C.I.A., because of their shared interest in stemming the spread of Communism during the early stages of the Cold War. The covert plan, called Operation Paper, included an agreement by which American weapons were airlifted to Southeast Asia using planes owned…

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‘American Idol’ Haley Reinhart: Bouncer Charged with Felonies in Beatdown

‘American Idol’ Haley Reinhart Bouncer Charged for Beating Her Friend EXCLUSIVE The bouncer seen on video choking “American Idol” alum Haley Reinhart‘s friend has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies … TMZ has learned. Adam Sobanski — the bearded guy in a purple shirt — was busted Wednesday and charged with 2 felony counts of aggravated battery … strangling and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Authorities say Adam had no legal justification for the choke hold that caused Alan Chislof difficulty breathing. The great bodily harm charge comes from Sobanski…

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As ‘Brexit’ Clock Ticks, U.K. Seems Adrift

The chaos is being met with consternation elsewhere in the European Union, where negotiators say they are beginning to wonder if the British will ever decide on a coherent strategy. “You hear more and more voices saying, ‘It is ridiculous what the Brits are doing,’ ” said Joachim Fritz-Vannahme, director of the Europe program at the Bertelsmann Foundation, a research institute based in Germany. “Over the last 12 months, we have heard everything and the opposite: hard Brexit, soft Brexit, quick Brexit, long Brexit,” he said. “When you follow what…

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Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride

“Generally there are small differences between the right and left leg, but I think they are normally about 1, 2, 3 percent,” Mero said in a telephone interview. “This sounds a little bigger.” Continue reading the main story Given the scoliosis and discrepancy in the length of Bolt’s legs, Mero said, the sprinter’s stride appeared optimal for him. “If the coach would try to change the pattern, it would not be good,” Mero said. Some background: Jamaican men and women won 11 of the 18 available medals in the 100…

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What the 2018 Pirelli Calendar Says About Race

For Mr. Combs, who made headlines in 2001 when he posed with Ms. Campbell for a cover of British Vogue, the calendar comes at a time when there needs to be what he called “an unapologetic expression of black pride.” Continue reading the main story “I moved mountains to be a part of this,” said Mr. Combs, as he sat in his dressing room after the shoot. “It is a chance to push social consciousness and break down barriers. For so many years, something like this would not have happened…

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Art Review: Richard Gerstl, Speeding Through Life, With Sparks

Gerstl is frequently referred to as the first Austrian Expressionist, since his work developed slightly ahead of that by the somewhat younger Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele. But at the Neue, that characterization ultimately feels too small and neat. In this show, which was organized by Jill Lloyd, an independent curator, Gerstl is constantly on the move, striking out on his own, and then retreating to familiar territory. Continue reading the main story Over his brief six-year career, he pursued a range of styles, including a sober realism befitting portrait…

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On Washington: Republicans’ Push to Overturn Health Law Is Back From the Dead

“What I’m telling you is no harm is done by getting on the bill,” Mr. McConnell told reporters outside the White House after a lunch where Mr. Trump hosted most Senate Republicans. “Wide open for amendment.” “There’s no way that I, or anybody else, could prevent members from having amendments that any 51 of us can pass and change the bill,” he said by way of encouragement. “But we cannot have a debate until we get on the bill.” Whether that will be enough to entice Republicans who feared that…

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In Juries, Lawyers Now Favor the Uninformed

One juror at a Manhattan federal trial this year was dismissed by prosecutors who explained they were concerned about his spending his leisure time being “a First Amendment advocate.” “Everyone in this courtroom is a First Amendment advocate, including the United States, I would hope,” a defense lawyer shot back. A possible result: Jurors without the expertise to analyze specialized evidence may instead use lawyers’ storylines, or their own feelings about a defendant, to decide a case. “The problem is, anybody who knows enough about the case runs the risk…

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