• Calling the vote “null and void,” the U.S. ambassador, Nikki Haley, said, “We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations.”
Draining the E.P.A.
• More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, keeping the administration on track for its goal of cutting about 20 percent of the agency’s work force.
The departures reflect poor morale at the E.P.A., which Republicans have criticized as bloated and guilty of regulatory overreach.
• An analysis by ProPublica and The Times found that more than 200 scientists have left, as have 96 specialists who investigate and analyze pollution levels.
Jakarta’s choice: Redevelop or drown
• Indonesia’s capital, with 30 million residents, is sinking faster than any other big city on the planet.
The main cause: Jakartans are digging illegal wells, draining the underground aquifers on which the city rests. About 40 percent of the city now lies below sea level.
• Read the latest in our series of stories about how climate change is challenging the world’s urban centers.
Special Episode: The Year in Sound
An audio time capsule of 2017. From inauguration to the tax bill — and the hurricanes, shootings and scandals in between.
• A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that accused President Trump of violating the Constitution by continuing to own and profit from his business empire.
• Eric Schmidt is stepping down as executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.
• Also departing: John Schnatter, the chief executive of Papa John’s, who blamed the N.F.L.’s handling of the controversy over the national anthem for a decline in pizza sales.
• Is Apple slowing down old iPhones? Yes, but it’s complicated.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• You really do want to know how the sausage (salami) gets made.
• If you’re not done shopping, here are some last-minute gift ideas.
• Recipe of the day: Russian honey cake is worth the time.
• Women of color fight back
In today’s 360 video, a feminist collective holds a self-defense workshop in the Bronx.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the passage of the Republican tax plan.
• In memoriam
Dick Enberg was a veteran sportscaster whose signature expression of “Oh, my!” punctuated Super Bowls, Olympics and Wimbledon tournaments. He was 82.
Janet Elder ran the administrative side of the Times newsroom, but she also had an unofficial role as chief counselor and sympathetic ear to the rest of the staff. She was 61.
• Mr. Claus is good for tourism
Families fly to a town in Lapland each year to see Finland’s “official Santa.” Never mind that it’s 1,600 miles from the North Pole.
• Ready for the weekend
At the movies, our critics reviewed a crop of holiday releases, including the “Jumanji” remake, “Pitch Perfect 3” and “The Greatest Showman,” about the life of P.T. Barnum. (Also, Steven Spielberg’s take on our friends at “The Post.”)
Finally, if you’re in New York City, see these five great art exhibitions before they close.
• The week in good news
Here are seven great things The Times wrote about.
• Best of late-night TV
Disputing President Trump’s assertion that the Republican tax overhaul “essentially repealed Obamacare,” Seth Meyers said: “But I say we let him think he’s repealed Obamacare so he stops trying. In fact, I think this could work with all of his promises.”
• Quotation of the day
“The holiday windows are considered a gift to the city.”
— Tiffany Bourre, a spokeswoman for Hudson’s Bay, referring to the seasonal displays in New York City for two subsidiaries, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue.
President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel brought to mind a similarly momentous announcement more than a century ago.
In December 1911, King George V of Britain announced that India’s capital would be moved from the city then known as Calcutta to Delhi.
For 24 hours, The Times reported, the British news media “was so astonished as to be unable to comment.” The British officials then ruling in India had proposed the move because Delhi was more central and because of growing opposition in Calcutta to the Crown’s rule, or Raj.
Countries change their capitals to signal a fresh start or to move government away from economic hubs — with varying success.
Myanmar, for example, built a new capital that replaced Yangon in 2005. But the city, Naypyidaw, is eerily quiet, and most embassies have stayed put.
Similarly, Dodoma has been Tanzania’s seat of Parliament since 1996, but the rest of the government has been slow to move there from Dar es Salaam.
Other countries whose capital relocations can trip up even the biggest geography buffs include Brazil (Brasília, not Rio de Janeiro, since 1960), Kazakhstan (Astana, not Almaty, since 1997), Nigeria (Abuja, not Lagos, since 1991) and Turkey (Ankara, not Istanbul, since 1923).
Jennifer Jett contributed reporting.
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