• We also profile Michael Wolff, the author of the book and “a prime piranha in the Manhattan media pond.”
After the blizzard, the big freeze
• There will be subzero wind chills in the Northeast in the next couple of days after a storm with hurricane-strength winds socked the region. In New York City, it could feel like minus 20 degrees tonight and Saturday night. (The forecast for the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire is minus 95.)
More than 4,000 flights were grounded on Thursday, and hundreds have been canceled today.
• What was it like in New York? Watch our video.
A threat to legal marijuana
• The Trump administration has freed prosecutors to aggressively enforce federal laws against the drug in states that have decriminalized it. The reaction in California, where recreational cannabis became legal on Monday, was not mellow.
The move highlights confusion over the legality of marijuana where state and federal law conflict. Have a question? Ask us.
A doctor with a phone and a mission
• More than 200,000 people seek addiction treatment on the phone or online every month. Their pleas for help are a valuable commodity, Dr. Alan Goodwin, a psychologist in Palm Beach, Fla., recently discovered.
Our story retraces his monthslong mission to understand the ethically murky business of customer acquisition in the treatment world.
• It’s the final part of our series on the industry of addiction treatment.
Korea talks set for next week
• The high-level negotiations between North and South Korea will be the first in more than two years. They will be held in the border village of Panmunjom.
Listen to ‘The Daily’: A Power Struggle in Iran
A closer look at the largest protests in Iran in years suggests that the country’s president may have started it all.
• The Trump administration plans to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all U.S. coastal waters.
• Iranian hackers have moved from defacing websites to cyberespionage campaigns. They still feel they’re underpaid.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Follow these New Year’s resolutions for better health.
• With two security flaws affecting almost all computers, here’s what you can do to protect yourself.
• Bake the ultimate make-ahead treat: cinnamon rolls.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the clash between President Trump and his former chief strategist, Stephen Bannon.
• Republican wins in Virginia.
• In memoriam
Brendan Byrne, the governor of New Jersey from 1974 to 1982, won passage of the state’s first income tax and helped lure professional sports teams to the Meadowlands. He also helped bring casinos to Atlantic City. He was 93.
• New admissions policy at the Met
Citing financial necessity, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will soon charge $25 to out-of-state visitors.
Our chief art critics aren’t fans of the change.
• Ready for the weekend
And the N.F.L. playoffs begin this weekend. Here are our predictions for the wild-card games.
• Best of late-night TV
The hottest topic on comedy television was a book: “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
• Quotation of the day
“A correction would be healthy. The longer we go without one, the greater the risk this will end badly.”
— James Stack, a market historian, who says the bull market in stocks will eventually end.
Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began on this day in 1933, more than 60 years after it was first proposed. Calls for a major thoroughfare connecting San Francisco to Marin County, to the north, began after the city’s population increased tenfold during the Gold Rush.
Before the bridge was painted in its iconic “international orange,” architects considered a U.S. Navy proposal for a striped design to make the structure more visible to ships and airplanes.
The distinct reddish-orange hue was chosen to complement the bridge’s natural surroundings: the hills, the fog and the San Francisco Bay.
The city hired the engineer Joseph Strauss to build the 1.7-mile-long bridge, the longest and tallest of its kind at the time.
The bridge opened four years later to great fanfare. The Times called it “one of the greatest engineering structures of man,” and Mr. Strauss penned a poem, “The Mighty Task Is Done,” for the occasion.
“The bridge is a triumphant structure, a testimony to the creativity of mankind,” the historian Kevin Starr wrote in 2010, offering “enduring proof that human beings can alter the planet with reverence.”
Inyoung Kang contributed reporting.
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