• But it would provide CHIP, which covers nearly nine million children, with funding for six years.
Expanding the scope of nuclear retaliation
• A Pentagon plan that has been sent to President Trump for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear assaults, including cyberattacks.
The document casts a bleak picture of U.S. national security threats, citing not only Russian and Chinese nuclear advances but also ones by North Korea and, potentially, Iran.
• Separately, Japan’s public broadcaster accidentally sent news alerts on Tuesday that North Korea had launched a missile — just days after the government of Hawaii sent a similar warning.
Torture, not teaching, at California home school
• The house near Los Angeles where 13 siblings, some shackled and emaciated, were held captive by their parents was also being used as a state-approved school.
The case raises questions about whether California is too lenient in its approach to home schooling, and whether it should have been monitoring David Turpin, the father and supposed principal, more closely.
• The parents, both arrested on nine counts of torture and child endangerment, remain in jail.
Trump is declared of sound mind and body
The physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, said that Mr. Trump, 71, had asked for the cognitive test to try to quell questions about his mental abilities.
• Dr. Jackson also said that the president weighed 239 pounds and was too sedentary.
Stephen Bannon to testify
• President Trump’s former chief strategist was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.
It is the first time Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor, is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of the president’s inner circle.
• But it could be just a negotiating tactic, our reporter notes, and doesn’t mean Mr. Bannon is the focus of the inquiry.
Listen to ‘The Daily’: Focusing on Words, not Walls
A Senate committee hearing on border security turned into a fight over how President Trump described some countries, and Stephen Bannon is subpoenaed in the Russia investigation.
• Americans are warming to the Republican tax law and are increasingly confident in the economy, according to a new poll. They just aren’t sure that President Trump deserves much credit.
• Twenty-one states have filed a suit against the Federal Communications Commission, saying the agency’s recent repeal of so-called net neutrality rules was “arbitrary and capricious.”
• It’s time for Apple to build a less-addictive iPhone, our technology columnist writes.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• You’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid. Now what?
• Observing “dry January”? Here are six alcohol-free cocktails.
• Recipe of the day: Wild rice and mushroom casserole will feed a crowd in style.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss President Trump’s recent comments on immigration.
• In memoriam
Mathilde Krim, a geneticist and virologist, crusaded against AIDS for decades, raising money and awareness about a disease that has killed more than 39 million people worldwide. She was 91.
• A haunted site for gymnasts
After Simone Biles and others said they had been molested by the national team doctor at a training center in Texas, U.S.A. Gymnastics needs a new home, our sports columnist writes.
• Traditional tastes
Our Food section this week is all about Canada.
A new generation of cooks and scholars is reclaiming and spreading the cuisine of the country’s indigenous people.
• Philip Roth still has plenty to say
In an interview with The Times, the (former) novelist recalls his 50-plus years as a writer: “Exhilaration and groaning. Frustration and freedom. Inspiration and uncertainty. Abundance and emptiness. Blazing forth and muddling through.”
• Best of late-night TV
The comedy hosts were surprised by the results of President Trump’s physical exam.
• Quotation of the day
“We talked about diet and exercise a lot. He’s more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we’re going to do both.”
— Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, on President Trump.
• The Times, in other words
“Color,” said Louis Comfort Tiffany, “is to the eye what music is to the ear.”
Tiffany, who died on this day 85 years ago, was the son of the founder of Tiffany & Co., the famous jeweler. But the younger Tiffany found his own success as an artist and designer, most famous for his work with stained glass.
In 1881, he helped redesign the interior of a house in Hartford, Conn., owned by Mark Twain, who was making his name after the publication of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
The work was followed a year later by a commission with a much higher profile: redecorating the White House.
Chester Arthur had been thrust into office after the assassination of President James Garfield in 1881. He hired Tiffany to remodel the Executive Mansion to suit his refined tastes.
But his mark on the White House did not last. Twenty years later, in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt ordered a major renovation that swept away the building’s Victorian touches — including Tiffany’s screen.
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