DACA, Gerrymandering, California: Your Wednesday Briefing

Two other challenges on gerrymandering are already before the Supreme Court. The North Carolina case could join them if Republicans appeal Tuesday’s ruling.

Bannon is out at Breitbart

• It is the latest turn in an improbable career in modern American politics.

After his criticism of President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. in a new book, Stephen Bannon stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart News on Tuesday. He had lost the support of one of the populist website’s major investors, Rebekah Mercer.

Mr. Bannon was described by associates and friends as unable or unwilling to grasp the severity of his falling out with the White House and its potential effect on the Breitbart business.


Bannon’s Megaphone at Breitbart Goes Mute

Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, is stepping down from his post as executive chairman at Breitbart News, the right-wing website he used as a mouthpiece.

By CHRIS CIRILLO on Publish Date January 5, 2018. Photo by Lexey Swall for The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »

A motive that isn’t a gold medal

• North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, spent last year rattling the world with nuclear and missile tests.

So his announcement this week that the North would send a team to the Winter Games in South Korea next month has been welcomed in Seoul, even if few believe it was driven solely by the Olympic spirit.

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea warned today that Pyongyang would face stiffer sanctions if it resumed weapons tests. He also credited President Trump with helping force the North to resume dialogue.


Can the Olympics Bring the Koreas Together?

North Korea has agreed to send athletes to the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, but the Olympics have long been a window into geopolitics between the two sides.

By ROBIN STEIN and NATALIE RENEAU on Publish Date January 9, 2018. . Watch in Times Video »

First fire, now floods

At least 13 people were killed in California on Tuesday as an area that had been scorched by wildfires was drenched by rainstorms that set off mudslides.


Extreme Rain Causes Deadly Mudslides in California

The mudslides have killed at least 13 people in a region devastated by fires last month.

By ROBIN LINDSAY on Publish Date January 9, 2018. Photo by Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Watch in Times Video »

The Daily

Listen to ‘The Daily’: What Does Carter Page Know?

The foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign drew the attention of the F.B.I. But he differs greatly from other figures in the Trump-Russia story.



The Trump administration dropped Florida from its offshore drilling plan, after opposition from the state’s Republican governor.

Separately, we looked at how the administration has fulfilled the wish list of a major coal executive.

President Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this month, an elite gathering of world leaders and business executives.

Toyota and Mazda are said to have picked Alabama for a $1.6 billion plant they plan to build.

AT&T canceled a deal to sell Huawei’s new smartphone, the Mate 10, after U.S. lawmakers expressed misgivings about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government.

U.S. stocks were up on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

How to win at winter when you hate winter.

That game on your phone may be tracking your TV-watching habits.

Recipe of the day: Use our basic template to make soup with whatever you want.


Interview with dossier firm is released

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, a Democrat, made public a transcript of the Judiciary Committee’s interview with a founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that wrote a salacious report on Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign.

Read Glenn Simpson’s congressional testimony here.

The importance of preschool

Many preschool teachers live on the edge of financial ruin.

Would improving their training — and their pay — improve outcomes for their students? The Times Magazine investigates.


Yamila Lopez Hevia leading her students in morning dancing and stretches at Egenolf Early Childhood Center in Elizabeth, N.J.
Credit Natalie Keyssar for The New York Times Magazine

#MeToo? No thanks, some women say

The actress Catherine Deneuve joined more than 100 other women in denouncing the movement and its French counterpart, saying the efforts had gone too far and created a totalitarian climate.


A letter from the actress Catherine Deneuve and other women began, “Rape is a crime. But insistent or clumsy flirting is not a crime, nor is gallantry a chauvinist aggression.” Credit Valery Hache/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Carnivores wanted

The restaurateur Angie Mar has turned the Beatrice Inn in the West Village into a magnet for awards by following her culinary North Star: meat, in all its glory.


The kitchen at the Beatrice Inn is small, less than 200 square feet, but Angie Mar uses the space to cook big dishes, like côtes de boeuf, lamb chops in hay, and smoked rabbits with huckleberries and snail butter.
Credit Sasha Arutyunova for The New York Times

Best of late-night TV

Talking to Stephen Colbert, the actor James Franco denied accusations of sexual impropriety that surfaced after the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday.

Quotation of the day

“It’s going to be chaos. He gave them 19 years of work, and how do they repay him? They tell him, ‘Get out of here.’ ”

Bertila Parada, who sent her son to the U.S. from El Salvador nearly two decades ago under a program that President Trump has now canceled.

Back Story

Ninety years ago this month, Leon Trotsky, one of the early leaders of the Communist Party, was exiled by Joseph Stalin to what is now Kazakhstan, clearing the way for Stalin’s complete control of the Soviet Union.

Trotsky, an ever-wandering revolutionary, was no stranger to exile.


An exile’s life: Leon Trotsky at his home in Turkey in 1931. Credit Times Wide World Photos

More than a decade before, in January 1917, The Times noted his arrival in New York City: a “Russian journalist and Socialist” who had been “expelled from four lands.”

Trotsky and his family lived only briefly in New York — what he called “the city of prose and fantasy, of capitalist automatism, its streets a triumph of Cubism” — before he returned to Russia to help lead the Bolshevik Revolution.

After the death of Vladimir Lenin in 1924, Stalin and his faction propounded “socialism in one country.” Trotskyists bristled, calling for a “permanent revolution,” global in scope, and accused Stalin of betraying Lenin’s vision.

The feud between Stalin and Trotsky would culminate in the anti-Trotskyist show trials in Moscow and the terrifying purges of the 1930s. It ended in Mexico City, where Trotsky settled, when he was killed by an ax-wielding assassin in 1940.

Penn Bullock contributed reporting.


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