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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. Lawmakers are back at work on Capitol Hill, and Republicans are charging ahead with their push to get a $1.5 trillion tax cut bill on the president’s desk by Christmas.
The full Senate could vote on the bill this week. Republican leaders are scrambling to corral votes, but at least six G.O.P. senators have not committed to it, citing concerns over the deficit and the effect on health care. They include Jeff Flake, Bob Corker and Ron Johnson, above from left. Here’s the full list.
The House bill offers a Republican bonus that some are trying to add to the Senate’s: the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches from engaging in political activity.
2. Confusion reigned at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as an Obama holdover vied with a Trump pick for leadership.
Only one brought doughnuts. That was Mick Mulvaney, above, the Trump appointee — who also happens to be Mr. Trump’s budget director and a foe of the agency.
The courts have been asked to decide whether the agency’s succession rules should apply, or a federal rule that allows Mr. Trump to prevail. We collected the best writing from the right and left about the dust-up.
3. A White House event honoring Navajo veterans of World War II went awry.
In the midst of praise for the Navajo code talkers he was standing next to, Mr. Trump invoked the insult he has long used against Senator Elizabeth Warren: “Pocahontas.”
Mrs. Warren’s characterization of the moment as “unfortunate” was one of the milder reactions.
4. A string of armed robberies has led to what could be the most important case on electronic privacy to go before the Supreme Court.
On Wednesday, the court will consider whether prosecutors violated the Fourth Amendment, which bans unreasonable searches, by collecting — without a warrant — vast amounts of data from cellphone companies showing the movements of the man they say was behind the robberies (which happened to involve cellphones).
We discuss the case on today’s episode of “The Daily” podcast.
5. Pope Francis is navigating a diplomatic minefield in Myanmar.
He met with the top military leader, who has only gained popularity from his forces’ assaults on Rohingya Muslims. Hundreds of thousands have fled the country.
On Tuesday, Francis is scheduled to meet with the civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who’s been criticized around the world for not doing enough to halt the violence — but who may be the country’s best chance to prevent a backslide into absolute military rule.
6. Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated from an erupting volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali.
Mount Agung killed nearly 2,000 people when it last erupted, in 1963. Officials warned that the eruption could move into a more violent phase that could project hot gases, lava fragments and blanketing ash up to six miles in minutes.
7. It’s official:Prince Harry is engaged to his girlfriend, Meghan Markle. Their wedding is set for next spring. (Watch them discuss his proposal.)
The warmth with which the royal family announced the marriage underscores just how much the British royal family has changed. Ms. Markle, an actress, is American, biracial and divorced. Now the scrutiny of her every move and style choice will intensify.
“The British royal family has officially entered the 21st century,” our fashion critic proclaimed, adding that Ms. Markle “has a chance to chart a new course via her dress, one that is perhaps a little more contemporary and a little less spun sugar.”
8. “Happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014.”
But the neighbors of the Denver-area cafe that posted the sign weren’t so happy. As a picture of the sign circulated on social media, protests piled up from people objecting to the displacement of longtime residents by rising rents — a phenomenon that’s been repeated from Brooklyn to San Francisco.
“It was like someone punched me in the heart,” said a woman who can no longer afford the historically black neighborhood.
9. Our travel writer went to Nicaragua to explore the legacy of one of the great heroes of the Spanish language: Rubén Darío.
A poet who died 101 years ago, he created work that shattered literary norms and breathed new life into the language — on both sides of the Atlantic. “After so many centuries,” the director of the Nicaraguan Language Academy said, “Darío sent Columbus’s caravan back and freed Spanish literature from Spain.”
He was a diplomat and journalist too. Check out this article he wrote for The Times in 1914, on his first impressions of New York City. “The steamer was moving slowly and the foghorn was groaning in hoarse tones …”
10. Finally, why not work on being happy?
Yep, you really can. (Work on it, anyway.) Drawing on the research of behavioral scientists, the founding editor of our consumer health site offers a step-by-step guide. A few examples: Tame negative thoughts, treat yourself like a friend, spend time in nature, find purpose at work, and, generally, give yourself a break.
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