Donald Trump, Oscars, George W. Bush: Your Tuesday Briefing
Here’s what you need to know:
• Trump to deliver prime-time speech.
President Trump will address Congress around 9 p.m. Eastern today, with a speech intended to outline his budget demands and set the course for his near-term policy agenda.
He laid out a proposal on Monday that would increase military spending by $54 billion through cuts to programs related to science, education and the environment.
The plan is likely to set up a battle with Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who has long argued that taming the budget deficit would require Congress to tackle Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, which account for much of the government’s spending.
• The thorny task of replacing Obamacare.
Mr. Trump conceded in a meeting with governors on Monday that health care policy making was “an unbelievably complex subject.”
He suggested that the struggle to replace the Affordable Care Act could create a legislative logjam and make it hard to tackle other priorities, like a tax code overhaul and a big infrastructure push.
• Nigeria is accused of massacring civilians.
In its battle against the terrorist group Boko Haram, the Nigerian military has made great strides. But witnesses accuse soldiers of killing unarmed civilians while trying to root out militants hiding among them.
“They told us they were here to help us,” one witness said after a massacre in her village.
• About that Oscars flub.
We talked to producers, crew members and officials to get a clearer picture of what happened in the moments before “La La Land” was mistakenly announced best picture.
The bungle cast an unwanted spotlight on PwC, the accounting firm that tallies Oscar votes and hands out the envelopes with the winners’ names.
On late-night TV, Jimmy Kimmel explained the Warren Beatty-Faye Dunaway envelope fiasco this way: “Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus.”
• The Daily, your audio news report.
How a dinner party held months before Donald Trump announced his run for president shaped his immigration plans.
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• At least four automakers knew that Takata airbags were dangerous and could rupture but continued to use them anyway to save on costs, according to a class-action lawsuit.
The investigation had so far painted automakers as unwitting victims of a defect linked to at least 11 deaths in the U.S.
• Denmark is one of few countries where almost everyone ready and willing to work has a job. But when there is no more skilled labor to fill openings, growth could hit a wall.
• An Uber executive was asked to resign after he failed to disclose a sexual harassment claim from his previous job at Google. The move came as Uber has been struggling with complaints about harassment in the office.
• U.S. stocks were up on Monday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
• Take a moment to be mindful at work today.
• Traditional pensions have grown scarcer and life expectancies generally longer, making planning more important than ever for workers of all ages.
• Recipe of the day: Don’t write off broccoli as boring. Dial up the flavor with anchovies and garlic.
• Dueling ideals over Russia doping.
The question of whether to respond forcefully to Russia’s state-run doping program has put some of the most powerful sports executives in the world in conflict, especially as the U.S. Olympic Committee lobbies to bring the Summer Games to Los Angeles in 2024.
“Fighting with an organization responsible for giving future Olympic Games — it’s a big mistake,” a Russian Olympic official said.
• What’s the problem, America?
Since Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, the Gallup polling organization has asked, “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?”
Here’s how Americans have responded over the years.
• A different kind of women’s march.
After watching shows in Milan, our reviewer says it’s clear that fashion is girding women for a fight.
Speaking of fashion, here’s a 360 view of Yves St. Laurent’s private collection in Paris.
• Fly me to the moon.
SpaceX, the rocket company led by Elon Musk, plans to send two tourists around the moon next year.
The passengers could be the first humans in more than 40 years to venture that far into space.
Former President George W. Bush’s first book of oil paintings, “Portraits of Courage,” appears in bookstores today.
He took up painting in 2012, in an unexpected artistic arc. His public debut was awkward: A hacker released two self-portraits that showed Mr. Bush in the bathtub and the shower.
But two years later, a Times critic reviewing Mr. Bush’s first exhibition noted his “unsettling talent” and lashed out at those in the art world who “dismiss the paintings without seeing them.”
Mr. Bush isn’t the first American president to put brush to canvas.
Ulysses S. Grant began painting landscapes and horses while at West Point. Dwight D. Eisenhower started painting on the advice of an avid amateur, Winston Churchill, and finished hundreds of works.
Jimmy Carter was something of a star. His “Live Oak at Sunrise” sold for $250,000 in 2012.
Mr. Carter gave his proceeds to charity, and Mr. Bush intends to do the same. Eisenhower, who gave most of his paintings away, seems to have underrated them.
“Let’s get something straight here,” Eisenhower once told a reporter, “They would have burned this [expletive] a long time ago if I weren’t the president of the United States.”
Charles McDermid contributed reporting.
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