A taxing problem for the G.O.P.
• The tax plan that Senate Republicans unveiled on Thursday would preserve prized exemptions like the mortgage interest deduction, and postpone a corporate rate cut to 2019. (Such a delay isn’t likely to go down well with the White House.)
• Identifying potential winners and losers in the two plans isn’t easy, but we’ve tried.
Storm of sexual misconduct allegations rages on.
• Five women have come forward to say that Louis C.K. asked them to watch him engage in lewd behavior.
Separately, four women said Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, had made sexual or romantic overtures to them when they were teenagers.
• In a TimesTalk, reporters behind our coverage of accusations against Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly and others discussed exposing abuses of power. You can watch it on YouTube.
Ominous signs in the Middle East.
• Lebanon has accused Saudi Arabia of detaining its prime minister, while Saudi Arabia has ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon.
At the same time, a Saudi blockade on Yemen is adding to tensions over a proxy war with Iran.
• Our correspondent visited a Yemeni town struggling for normalcy.
“The Daily”: A battle over America’s soul.
• In today’s show, Stephen Bannon discusses the future of the Republican Party.
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On Thursday, we held our DealBook conference, which featured some of the biggest newsmakers in business and policy. Here’s what stood out.
• Uber has lost a key employment case in Britain. A tribunal rejected the ride-sharing company’s claim that its drivers are independent contractors.
• Who needs a spare tire? Automakers are exploring cheaper fixes.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Drinking alcohol elevates the risk of some cancers.
• What do colleges want in applicants? Everything.
• Recipe of the day: Try pairing brussels sprouts with chorizo.
• The “divine draftsman.”
• The famous musician you’ve probably never heard of.
Few non-Muslims know the Swedish-Lebanese singer Maher Zain. But he’s one of the biggest names in Islamic pop.
• Red ice players.
Canadian filmmakers have tried to get a handle on North Korea by shadowing hockey teams there.
• The cursed luck of T. rex.
• Lessons in stillness.
In the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington State, a poet searches for the rare peace that true silence can offer.
• Ready for the weekend.
Finally, our book editors recommend nine new titles.
• Best of late-night TV.
• Quotation of the day.
“I think the line gets crossed when you take all your clothes off and start masturbating.”
— Julia Wolov, who accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct.
Ellis Island, the gateway to the U.S. for more than 12 million immigrants, is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its opening this year. Sunday marks the day it closed in 1954.
Many Americans are descended from immigrants who passed through Ellis Island in a wave of immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Upon arrival by ship, steerage passengers were transported to the island for inspections. (First- and second-class passengers skipped that step.)
Those found to have serious contagious illnesses or deemed unemployable could face deportation.
Nearly 70 percent of arrivals didn’t speak a word of English, but language was never an issue, said Doug Treem, a National Park Service Ranger.
Interpreters translated scores of languages — they were required to speak at least four each, other than English. Many were immigrants or children of immigrants.
“I doubt if anyone working as a translator at the U.N. right now could have gotten a job at Ellis Island,” said Mr. Treem.
One translator, the child of European immigrants and a veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, worked in Italian, German, Yiddish and Croatian, while attending law school at night. That was Fiorello LaGuardia, who went on to be a three-term mayor of New York City.
Sara Aridi contributed reporting.
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