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• It’s one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American intelligence.
A mysterious group obtained many of the hacking tools the U.S. uses to spy on other countries, and released them to the world last year, causing morale at the National Security Agency to plunge and experienced specialists to leave.
Our reporters spoke to current and former officials about the breach, which has hurt operations at America’s largest and most secretive intelligence agency.
• Fifteen months later, officials still don’t know if the N.S.A. was the victim of a brilliantly executed hacking, an insider’s leak or both.
• One of our most popular stories over the weekend examined the Trump administration’s strategy to reshape federal appeals courts.
President Trump has already appointed eight appellate judges, the most this early in a presidency since Richard Nixon.
Separately, the administration is siding with doctors in scaling back an Obama-era effort to pay them based on the quality — rather than the quantity — of their work.
• The president is nearing the end of a 12-day trip to Asia. In Manila today, he noted his “great relationship” with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. A day earlier, Mr. Trump denounced his critics, from the “haters and fools” investigating his ties to Russia to North Korea’s leader, whom he said he could call “short and fat.”
• A blitz of sexual harassment scandals has hit statehouses from California to Florida, with accusations that might have been ignored in the past drawing aggressive responses.
“There’s not the sense of trying to defend these guys in the same way,” said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for Women and American Politics at Rutgers University.
Senate Republicans appear to have largely abandoned the candidacy of Roy Moore, the Republican nominee in Alabama accused of pursuing relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Trump administration officials cautioned that Mr. Moore should be allowed to defend himself.
• Our media columnist, Jim Rutenberg, looked at how the accusations against Mr. Moore are playing out on Fox News and on other conservative media outlets.
• Nearly two months after Hurricane Maria, much of the island’s population is showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress, public health officials say.
“They have heart palpitations, sweating, catastrophic thoughts,” one doctor said. “They think ‘I’m going to drown,’ ‘I’m going to die,’ ‘I’m going to lose everything.’ ”
• Separately, the small energy company from Montana that was contracted to rebuild Puerto Rico’s tattered power grid billed at a rate far above the norm, even for emergency work.
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• The U.S. approach to trade may be helping exports in other countries, including lobster from Canada.
• Operators of self-driving trucks are charting an autonomous future. And it’s not all bad for drivers.
• An outline for the future of General Electric and the resumption of Nafta talks are among the headlines to watch this week.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• How to be a smart Obamacare shopper.
• Here are tips for getting into a selective college.
• Recipe of the day: Homemade maple breakfast sausage is easier than you might think.
• More than 300 people were killed in Iran after an earthquake near the border with Iraq.
• Parishioners worshiped outside a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., one week after a mass shooting there.
• Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation from Saudi Arabia, said that he was able to move freely and that he would return home “within days.” Many Lebanese remain skeptical.
• The N.F.L. games offered more drama than expected. Here’s what happened in Week 10.
• “Thor: Ragnarok” earned an estimated $56.6 million to remain No. 1 at North American box offices.
• Drawing a skyline from memory.
In today’s 360 video, watch the artist Stephen Wiltshire draw New York City after spending less than an hour observing it by helicopter.
• In memoriam.
Liz Smith, the queen of New York’s tabloid gossip columns, chronicled the lives of the rich, the famous and the merely beautiful. She was 94.
• Can art be separated from its artist?
“The jokes no longer landed; its shocks felt uglier, cruder,” she writes.
• Quotation of the day.
“It’s like the world has thrown up Exhibit A for the plaintiffs’ argument.”
— Heidi Li Feldman, a Georgetown University law professor, on the effects recent mass shootings might have on a lawsuit against the maker of a gun used in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.
An engineering marvel of its time, the Holland Tunnel opened in New York City on this day 90 years ago.
The designer, Clifford Holland, oversaw many innovative developments for the pair of 1.6-mile tubes, including meeting the extraordinary challenge of guaranteeing sufficient ventilation. Highly stressed, he died of a heart attack at 41.
That was several years before the tunnel opened, so he missed the debate over whether to ban horse-drawn vehicles.
Perhaps we’re more used to taking note of the competition for the world’s tallest building (currently the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, with a Saudi contender, the Jidda Tower, hoping to complete construction in 2019).
But there’s a global race on for tunnels, too. Europe claims the longest traffic tunnels: a 35-mile Swiss achievement; the 31-mile “Chunnel” under the English Channel; and, in Norway, the singular Laerdal Tunnel, which has even hosted weddings.
Then there’s the Aqua-Line in Tokyo, 8.7 miles of underwater channel with a few miles of bridge riding atop.
China, ever competitive as it seeks to meet the needs of more than a billion people, aims to build the world’s longest water tunnel: a 600-mile conduit from Tibet to a desert in Xinjiang.
Andrea Kannapell contributed reporting.
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