• The president also repeated a pledge to make it easier for people to sue for defamation, denouncing U.S. libel laws as a “sham.” His comment came after recent coverage cast him as erratic and ill prepared.
A test of Chinese resolve
• Not long ago, Ma Xiaohong was the public face of China’s trade with North Korea, having built a commercial empire accounting for a fifth of trade between the Communist neighbors.
But after the U.S. accused Ms. Ma of helping North Korea evade international sanctions, and China opened its own investigation, it is unclear what has become of her.
• While China opposes the North’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, it is wary of being seen as imposing punishments at the bidding of Washington, especially against its own citizens. The Times reviewed Ms. Ma’s case.
Fighting bias with history
• Alarmed by displays of anti-Semitism among some new immigrants to Germany, a lawmaker has suggested requiring visits to Nazi concentration camp memorials.
Several prominent Jewish organizations endorsed the idea on Wednesday, but some historians described it as simplistic.
• Germany has absorbed more than a million immigrants in recent years, many fleeing war and mayhem in Africa and the Middle East.
Listen to ‘The Daily’: A Ticking Clock for DACA
President Trump challenged Congress to pass legislation to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. But as time runs out, he has taken the lead.
• After Florida was exempted from a Trump administration plan to open most of the U.S. coastline to offshore oil drilling, other states are asking, “Why not us?”
We also looked at a new front in the battle to restore so-called net neutrality rules: state legislatures.
• Harper’s Magazine found itself under heavy pressure to conceal the identity of the person behind a list of men in the media industry accused of sexually inappropriate behavior. Then she came forward herself.
Separately, a prominent journalist at Fox News and another at The Washington Post are facing allegations of inappropriate workplace conduct.
• Our reporter at the International Consumer Electronics Show answered readers’ questions, ranging from Apple’s absence to smart kitchens.
• Pay disparity at the movies: Word that Mark Wahlberg made $1.5 million more than Michelle Williams for reshooting scenes in “All the Money in the World” has drawn outrage.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Fiber’s good for you. Here’s why.
• Eight tips to keep your travel expenses down.
• Recipe of the day: Try halibut with brown butter, lemon and sage.
• Escape into the world
For the 13th year, The Times Travel section has released its list of 52 Places to Go.
• Tonya Harding would like her apology now
She is the subject of a new film about her version of the infamous attack on her fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan in 1994.
Ms. Harding’s version, our reporter learned in talking to her, is not about guilt or innocence, “but about the finer points of being Tonya Harding: respect, mitigating circumstances, how we treat people and what we expect from them in the first place.”
Here’s our review of “I, Tonya.”
• Too warm for the Winter Games
With the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, coming up, we looked back at all 21 former sites.
Because of climate change, many might not be reliably cold enough by 2050 to host the Winter Games again.
• Best of late-night TV
• Quotation of the day
“It’s like watching a telenovela. Every day is different. Now we’re just going to the stressful part of the telenovela where you wonder what will happen to the protagonist.”
— Francis Madi, 28, who arrived in the U.S. from Venezuela in 2003, on the tension she and other “Dreamers” feel as they watch their fate being debated.
In the 1850s, a U.S. Army lieutenant exploring the Grand Canyon made one of history’s less accurate predictions, saying that the area had no financial value and that his party would probably be the last to visit.
The canyon’s path to national park status began in the 1880s, when Senator Benjamin Harrison of Indiana introduced several bills to designate it a “public park,” but without success. Later, as president, he made it a forest reserve.
President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed parts of it a federal game reserve, and then established it as a national monument on this day in 1908.
Five years earlier, on his first visit to Arizona (then still a territory), Roosevelt said he could not describe the Grand Canyon and implored people to preserve it. “You cannot improve on it; not a bit,” he said.
Like Roosevelt, the environmentalist John Muir was left at a loss for words by the canyon’s beauty, writing in 1902 that no artist could do justice to its colors: “And if paint is of no effect, what hope lies in pen-work? Only this: Some may be incited by it to go and see for themselves.”
Jennifer Jett contributed reporting.
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