• The president must also decide whether to veto new sanctions against Russia, which are partly a response to election interference that he has said is a fiction.

• Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has been given the authority to determine troop levels in Afghanistan, officials said, meaning more American forces could be sent to a war he acknowledged the U.S. was “not winning.”

• Nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress are expected to file a lawsuit today accusing the president of illegally profiting from business dealings with foreign governments.

• Last month, Mr. Trump praised a House attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act as a “great plan.” On Tuesday, he called it “mean.”

• Deadly blaze in London.

At least six people were killed and dozens were taken to hospitals after a high-rise apartment building was engulfed in flames overnight. Officials warned that the toll would certainly rise.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

• North Korea releases an American.

Gravely ill and in a coma, Otto Warmbier was taken to a hospital after arriving back in the U.S. on Tuesday.

He had been detained in North Korea since January 2016, serving a 15-year sentence for trying to steal a propaganda poster.

• New York City’s $25 million mistake.

Two wrongfully imprisoned men will get a settlement, but our columnist wonders why officials will not admit any error.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

On today’s show, we discuss Jeff Sessions’s testimony with one of our Washington reporters.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.


• Uber’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick, will take a leave of absence as the ride-hailing service seeks to recover from a series of scandals stemming from its bad-boy culture.

The news came as a board member resigned after making a disparaging remark about women.

Our tech columnist says one way to fix Uber would be for customers to think twice before using it.


Travis Kalanick, pictured in January, did not specify how long his leave of absence as Uber’s chief executive would last.

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• Despite limited evidence that its drug works, the maker of Vivitrol has used political connections and marketing to push it as a treatment for opioid addiction.

• The chairman of Anbang, a Chinese conglomerate that sought connections with President Trump’s son-in-law, has been detained in Beijing.

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates today. Here’s what to watch for.

• U.S. stocks were up on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

• Here’s a guide to environmentally friendly apparel.

• A walk down memory lane can be healthy. (Caution: sentimental songs and videos ahead.)

• Recipe of the day: Make time for a deeply flavored Sicilian stew with chicken, salami and olives.


• Sipping sherry in Spain.

In today’s 360 video, the Frugal Traveler, a.k.a. Lucas Peterson, tours Tio Pepe, a winery in the Sherry Triangle of southern Spain.


Sipping Sherry in Spain With the Frugal Traveler

The Frugal Traveler, Lucas Peterson, takes us on a 360 tour of the Tio Pepe bodega in Spain’s Sherry Triangle.


Photo by Daniel Rodrigues for The New York Times. Technology by Samsung. .

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• “The A.C.L.U.’s worst nightmare.”

That’s how Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who argues for restrictive voting and immigration laws and has President Trump’s ear, describes himself.

• A new culinary guard in Sydney.

Our critic visits five restaurants that exemplify the Australian city’s relaxed spirit and introduce fresh influences.


Lennox Hastie of Firedoor cooks almost everything on his menu over burning logs or hot embers. Sydney’s dining scene has recently demonstrated a greater global reach.

Paul van Kan for The New York Times

• “She’ll change a lot of people’s ideas about poetry.”

Tracy K. Smith, the new U.S. poet laureate, said she plans to act as a literary evangelist, holding events in small towns and rural areas.

• A leadership shift at the Met.

Daniel Weiss will lead the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and, in a sign that fiscal responsibility now trumps artistic control, the next director, who oversees programming, will report to him.

Best of late-night TV.

On “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah compared President Trump to the “Transformers” movie series: “No matter how bad it gets, it’s never over.”

• Quotation of the day.

“Pretty much everyone’s lifestyle is sinful. Unless the Blessed Mother shows up in the communion line, there is no one sinless in our church.”

The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest who is calling on the Roman Catholic Church to improve ties with L.G.B.T. members.

Back Story

One hundred and forty-one years ago this month, Edward Alexander Bouchet made history by becoming the first African-American to earn a doctorate from an American university.

He received his doctorate in physics at Yale University in June 1876.


Edward Alexander Bouchet

He was the sixth person of any race to receive a doctorate in physics in the nation (but was not, as once thought, Yale’s first African-American graduate).

Dr. Bouchet was born in 1852 in New Haven, Conn. His father, a deacon who migrated north from South Carolina, worked as a valet for a judge.

During his time at Yale, Dr. Bouchet researched optics and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. After earning the doctorate, Dr. Bouchet taught chemistry and physics at the School for Colored Youth, a Quaker institution in Philadelphia, for 26 years.

Today, the Bouchet Society, founded at Yale and Howard universities, recognizes scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education.

This year, a plaque honoring Dr. Bouchet was unveiled on the Yale campus.

Karen Zraick contributed reporting.


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