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Dec. 30, 2019(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)Good morning.We’re covering the aftermath of an attack at a rabbi’s home in suburban New York and Representative John Lewis, who announced that he has cancer. We’re also looking ahead to the N.F.L. playoffs. ImageOn Sunday at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, where…

Chris Stanford

  • Dec. 30, 2019

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Excellent morning.

We’re covering the consequences of an attack at a rabbi’s house in rural New York and Agent John Lewis, who revealed that he has cancer. We’re likewise expecting the N.F.L. playoffs


On Sunday at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, where five people were wounded in an attack.

Credit … Yana Paskova for The New York Times

Individuals attending a Hanukkah event in the New York suburbs over the weekend said they had actually utilized furniture to defend themselves versus a male who rupture in wielding a machete and yelled, “I’ll get you!”

Five Hasidic Jews were injured in the attack, which happened at a rabbi’s house in Monsey, N.Y. One of them remains hospitalized.

The suspect, Grafton Thomas, was detained in Harlem, covered in blood. He pleaded innocent on Sunday, when his family and friends stated that he had actually fought with mental disorder.

Background: Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the attack an “act of domestic terrorism.” It followed a string of anti-Semitic episodes in the New york city area in current weeks, including a fatal mass shooting at a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, N.J.

The Trump administration’s overhaul of the federal tax law in 2017 lowered the tax burden for big companies in an effort to coax them to invest more in the U.S. and to dissuade them from stowing away profits overseas.

Then, a fierce lobbying effort by those business after the law was passed led the Treasury Department to take exceptions, resulting in tax expenses that were even smaller than expected. Business were efficiently let off the hook for 10s if not numerous billions of taxes that they would have been required to pay.

” It is mainly the top 1 percent that will disproportionately benefit,” a tax law professor at the University of Houston stated of the loopholes.

Another angle: Stocks are on the edge of having their finest year considering that1997 In seeking to 2020, our writer recommends disregarding forecasts and purchasing diversified index funds.

A detainee swap in between Ukraine and Russia on Sunday was a result of peace talks this month that otherwise failed to fix the five-year war in eastern Ukraine including Russian-backed separatists.

Winning American assistance for those talks was a significant factor that President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine– who has said that ending the dispute is his leading priority– had actually sought a White Home meeting with President Trump. However Mr. Trump withheld $391 million in military aid and requested examinations into his political competitors.

Now, 3 of our Washington-based reporters have the information of how and why Mr. Trump pursued the help freeze over the objections of his national security consultants.

How we understand: Interviews with dozens of people, consisting of present and former administration authorities and congressional assistants; formerly undisclosed e-mails and files; and a close reading of countless pages of impeachment statement supply the most total account yet of the 84 days from when Mr. Trump first asked about the cash to his choice in September to launch the help.

The state has a thriving $3 trillion economy with record low joblessness, and is house to numerous of the world’s most valuable corporations, consisting of Apple, Facebook and Google.

But California also has the nation’s greatest poverty rate, based on its cost of living, and a crippling housing scarcity, with a mean home value of $550,000, about twice that of the nation at large. That helps describe why the state has lost more than a million locals to other states since 2006.

Quotable: “What’s occurring in California today is a cautioning shot to the rest of the country,” said Jim Newton, a reporter and speaker at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It’s a warning about income inequality and suburban sprawl, and how those intersect with quality of life and environment modification.”

Another angle: A California data privacy law set to work on Wednesday has nationwide implications, since many business say they’ll use the changes to all users in the U.S. However specialists and companies disagree about the law’s potential effects

Alma and Richard Electric Shaver, above, understood each other given that childhood and were gladly wed for 60 years. In June, he fatally shot her and killed himself.

A Times press reporter wished to much better comprehend the couple, whom a previous next-door neighbor explained as “absolutely true love.” It’s a tragic story of love and dementia

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Texas church shooting: A gunman killed two people near Fort Worth before a member of the church’s volunteer security team fatally shot him, the authorities said.

Congressman’s cancer diagnosis: Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and a leader of the civil rights motion, revealed that he had advanced pancreatic cancer

Sentence for Chinese scientist: The researcher who surprised scientists in 2015 when he claimed that he had produced the very first genetically edited infants was sentenced today to three years in prison for “illegal medical practices.”

Snapshot: Above, off the coast of Bonaire, an island in the Caribbean Sea. It’s one of more than 39,000 photographs that were filed this year for The Times’s Travel desk. Here are 22 of our favorites

In memoriam: Lee Mendelson was an Emmy Acclaimed producer who was critical in bringing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to TELEVISION in 1965 and composed the lyrics to the tune “Christmas Time Is Here.” He passed away on Christmas Day at 86.

N.F.L. outcomes: The playoffs are set, and the Eagles and Titans are in. Here’s what we learned in the final week of the regular season

Metropolitan Journal: In today’s column, icy windscreens, an unexpected limousine flight and more reader tales of New York City.

What we read: Range’s list of the 10 most overrated movies of the previous decade “Fodder for some exceptional celebration arguments,” composes the rundowns editor, Andrea Kannapell. “I mean, ‘Paddington 2’?”

Cook: Start the week with lentils diavolo

Read: A collection of long-lost Zora Neale Hurston stories and an unique about a migrant’s journey throughout Mexico are amongst 10 books to look for in January

Listen: ” Wozzeck,” a 1925 work about war and inequality, is infused with new life in a production at the Metropolitan Opera. Read our critic’s evaluation

Smarter Living: Whether you’re into resolutions or not, our Styles desk has a couple of recommendations for 2020 Among them is one your briefing writer keeps in mind with envy: Sleep till a minimum of 6 a.m.

It appears that we’re at peak fireworks. Huge display screens are prepared for New Year’s in Dubai, London, Moscow, New York and lots of other cities.

The booms and starbursts have often prompted your Back Story writer to question: What if wars were chosen by fireworks shows rather than gunpowder? A lot of wonder, and, if handled carefully, no deaths.

My assumption was that fireworks had actually developed from weaponry, but I had it backwards.

The Chinese are credited with the very first fireworks, finding that roasting bamboo triggered its closed cells to explode. The early usage was to fend off wicked spirits.

China is also believed to be where the first gunpowder was blended, improving bamboo’s explosive power with a blend of primarily potassium nitrate (a food preservative also known as Chinese snow or saltpeter), charcoal and sulfur. Military usage followed within a few centuries.

When the technology spread to Europe, development sped up. Germany took the lead on arms, Italy on fireworks.

China is still the world’s leading exporter of fireworks, but its own most significant display screens come at the Lunar New Year. That will remain in a few weeks, beginning Jan. 25.

That’s it for this rundown. See you next time.

— Chris

Thank you

Mark Josephson and Raillan Brooks offered the break from the news. Andrea Kannapell, the instructions editor, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at


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