We spoke to scientists about drought and deluge in California, and why the cycle might become more frequent.
• Later this morning, our California Today newsletter will have the latest updates.
What future for a two-state solution?
• President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a severe blow to Palestinian hopes for a separate state.
Although Mr. Trump said the U.S. still supported the idea, the chief Palestinian negotiator now favors a single state with equal civil rights.
• We spoke to 11 former U.S. ambassadors to Israel, and all but two said the president’s plan was dangerous. The Israeli police and military bolstered their security today in anticipation of additional Palestinian protests.
A breakthrough on Brexit.
• Overcoming months of deadlock, Britain and the European Union cleared the way today to begin negotiations on trade relations after Britain’s departure, scheduled for March 2019.
• Brexit’s supporters once said that Britain would have the upper hand in talks, but Prime Minister Theresa May has made nearly all of the concessions so far.
U.S. government shutdown is averted.
“The Daily”: Al Franken and the Democrats.
• Renewable energy in the U.S. is largely sustained by favorable tax treatment. The Republican tax plan would scale that back.
• What happened to the American boomtown? The places with the most opportunity used to attract the most new residents. No longer.
• The price of Bitcoin has surged in the past two months. Here’s why.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• A gingerbread house is easier to build than you might think.
• How to choose the best apps for your children.
• Recipe of the day: Gather the family for fish taco night.
• Seven new wonders: Machu Picchu.
In today’s 360 video, visit the ancient Incan settlement in Peru, almost 8,000 feet above sea level.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss Al Franken’s resignation.
• A wrenching decision.
In the 1960s, a white couple adopted a black girl, but then decided to send her back and to adopt a white girl.
Decades later, the two women’s journeys tell a nuanced story of race in America.
• Ready for the weekend.
And one of our critics was in South Florida this week for Art Basel Miami Beach, “America’s premier contemporary-art entrepôt and air-kissing arena.” Here’s his review.
• Best of late-night TV.
Several of the comedy hosts addressed Senator Al Franken’s departure. “The Democrats are draining their swamp, Republicans are installing a jungle gym in Roy Moore’s new office,” Trevor Noah said.
• Quotation of the day.
“I forgive you, and I pray for you that you will repent and let Jesus come into your life. Just as you are, he will forgive you.”
— Judy Scott, at the sentencing of Michael Slager, the South Carolina police officer who killed her son, Walter Scott.
Jerry Garcia once said the Grateful Dead was like licorice: “Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.”
The Grateful Dead broke up on this day in 1995, four months after the guitarist and vocalist’s death, and after playing more than 2,300 concerts over 30 years.
Even Mr. Garcia may have underestimated how long die-hard love for the band would last — or how it would evolve, as seen in a trip through the Times archives.
In a 1973 article, “The Grateful Dead Makes a Real Good Hamburger,” our reporter called the band “experts in the art and science of showing people another world.” Another Times writer liked the band’s “feathery locomotive groove.”
Our coverage wasn’t always approving: In “Just What the Tie-Dyed Crowd Wanted,” from 1989, we noted that “Grateful Dead shows are as iffy as blind dates,” and this year we referred to the band’s history as a “30-year hippie-pirate soap opera.”
More recently, the Dead have been praised as music business pioneers. They favored the now common formula of prioritizing touring over selling records, and were first to encourage fans to make and trade concert recordings.
Charles McDermid contributed reporting.
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