And a veteran journalist argues in an Op-Ed essay that American military aims in Afghanistan are riddled with contradictions (and illusions) that Pakistan’s spy agency exploits.
3. Three corporate giants — Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase — are forming a company that could disrupt U.S. health care.
In a statement noticeably short on details, their chief executives expressed frustration with the expensive and complicated health care system, and confidence that their plan for an independent, tech-focused health care company will be the solution for their employees in the U.S.
Health care and medical experts shared their thoughts about the impact. Above, Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle.
4. The Treasury Departmentangered Moscow with a new name-and-shame list identifying 210 senior Russian political and business figures.
Some are already facing sanctions, and others may be subject to them in the future. “This is definitely an unfriendly act,” said President Vladimir Putin, above with President Trump at the G20 last year.
Democrats, meanwhile, are upset that the administration did not impose additional sanctions to punish the Kremlin for interference in the presidential election.
5. Remember that push alert earlier this month that warned Hawaiians that a ballistic missile was headed their way?
It turns out it wasn’t sent by accident. The worker who sent it out misunderstood a supervisor’s directions and thought Hawaii really was under attack.
The F.C.C. faulted the state for not having “reasonable safeguards” in place.
6. It sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster. “Day Zero” is coming to Cape Town — but it’s a real threat, one that will surpass anything a major city has faced in years.
“Day Zero” is when the water supply will run dry in the drought-stricken city of four million, possibly as early as April.
The city is hoping for rain and bracing for the impact, in a frightening illustration of the risks of climate change.
7. An Australian college student shook security experts around the world this week, when he showed that a fitness app was exposing the location of American military personnel in conflict zones.
We spoke with Nathan Ruser, above, during his summer break in Thailand. Before sharing his findings publicly, he discussed them in a group chat on Twitter, which is playing an increasingly important role in open-source intelligence collection.
8. Can the Grammys be saved?
Ratings were down. Hip-hop was shut out of the major categories. Only one woman collected her own trophy during the broadcast.
And that was all before the head of the Recording Academy said that women needed to “step up” to win awards, setting off a backlash from female artists.
We discussed the brouhaha on our music podcast, “Popcast,” while an Op-Ed writer accused the show of “slut-shaming” Nikki Haley in the “Fire and Fury” segment. Above, Madison Square Garden before the show.
9. Ahead of the Winter Olympics, we tagged along on a workout with Lindsey Vonn, the most decorated World Cup ski racer in U.S. history.
She’s had a host of injuries, but she’s training hard and is among the favorites going into Pyeongchang. At her home gym in Vail, Colo., we got a glimpse of her routine, which is heavy on strength training and core work.
She called it “kind of a light day.”
10. Finally, a rare “super blue blood moon” will be visible to people in the U.S. early Wednesday morning. Viewers on the West Coast (and in East Asia or Australia) have the best seats. Above, a blood moon over the Capitol last month.
The celestial event occurs as the moon slides behind Earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse, turning it red “like a giant rose in the predawn sky,” our science correspondent writes.
Your best bet: Look toward the northwest. (Or go online, where NASA will be showing the event online beginning at 5:30 a.m. Eastern.)
Good luck catching a glimpse.
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