• Tensions bubbled to the surface this week with the disclosure that the White House had abandoned plans to nominate a prominent Korea expert, Victor Cha, as ambassador to South Korea. Mr. Cha had warned administration officials against a “preventive” military strike.
When a refugee tale isn’t true
• At a camp in Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, one of our correspondents met children who were said to have arrived without their families.
“Within an hour, I had a notebook filled with the kind of quotes that pull at heartstrings,” she writes. “Little of it was true.”
To compete for relief supplies, refugees have learned to make their stories more dramatic. Crying babies get pushed to the front of the line.
• But false narratives devalue the very real horrors that have been inflicted upon the Rohingya by Myanmar’s security forces. They also buttress the Myanmar government’s contention that what is happening is not ethnic cleansing, as the international community suggests, but foreign trickery.
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• You can start experimenting now. Here’s more about what you’ll need to use AR.
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Mr. Pruitt, the E.P.A. chief, has been cast by environmentalists as an ideologue on a mission to destroy the very agency he runs. But he sees it differently.
• The economic recovery is in its ninth year, but average hourly earnings are barely outpacing inflation, even in a tight job market. Several factors may be involved.
President Trump is claiming plenty of credit for positive economic signs. How much does he deserve? Our business columnist weighs in.
• Amazon has won two patents for a wristband that can nudge a human hand in the right direction — toward a warehouse bin, say.
• “My baby almost died.” A French dairy giant had to recall more than 7,000 tons of products, including baby formula, that were contaminated with salmonella.
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• Ready for the weekend
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• Quotation of the day
“There’s so much pressure to be a perfect immigrant. They basically want us to save babies from burning buildings, have a 5.0 GPA and become doctors. But I’m just teaching these tiny humans to be great Americans.”
— Karen Reyes, a special-education teacher who recently lost the legal protections for young immigrants known as Dreamers.
• The Times, in other words
Today is Groundhog Day, the annual event that celebrates weather-predicting rodents.
The Feb. 2 tradition predicting the arrival of spring actually predates any groundhog link, stretching back to the ancient Christian holiday of Candlemas. According to an old English rhyme:
“If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight;
But if it be dark with clouds and rain,
Winter is gone, and will not come again.”
The idea arrived in the U.S. with European immigrants. Though there are many events, the most celebrated is in Punxsutawney, Pa.
Each year, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his winter’s nap at a place called Gobbler’s Knob. (In fact, he’s looking for a mate.)
Tradition holds that if Phil sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. No shadow, and an early spring is on the way.
(It’s more complicated: According to a local club, Phil speaks in “Groundhogese,” a language understood only by the club president, who translates Phil’s prediction.)
It’s all in fun, of course. That’s a good thing for the groundhog: Since 1887, according to one tally, he’s been right only 39 percent of the time.
Charles McDermid contributed reporting.
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