• One Republican pollster said: “The success that Democrats had using the war on women theme had started to fade away, but now there is no denying that Republicans have a problem with women right now, and most of these are self-inflicted. This has far-ranging consequences for 2018.”
A workplace fueled by fame and fear.
• From almost the day it opened in 2004, the Spotted Pig has been at the top of the list of New York City’s leading restaurants.
But 10 women say that Ken Friedman, its co-owner, has made unwanted sexual advances. They accuse him of groping them in public, demanding sex, or requesting nude pictures or group sex.
Among employees and industry insiders, the restaurant’s third-floor space earned a nickname: “the rape room.”
• Mr. Friedman apologized in a statement.
13 ways to make the most of the tax bill.
• With help from experts in law and finance, we put together a list of useful tips to make money — or at least save some — under the Senate tax bill.
Republicans are closer to agreeing on a final version of their overhaul of the tax code. The measure would cut the corporate tax rate by a little less than previously proposed, lower the top rate on the wealthy and scale back the existing mortgage-interest deduction. A vote could come next week.
• The tax plan’s biggest cuts may be to living standards, our economics columnist writes.
F.B.I. officials said Clinton “has to win.”
• Accusations of bias at the agency are likely to increase after the release of text messages from officials last year showing support for Hillary Clinton and describing the prospect of a Trump victory as “terrifying.”
One of the officials became a top investigator in the inquiry into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The special counsel, Robert Mueller, removed him over the summer.
• Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mr. Mueller, testifies today in Congress.
Listen to ‘The Daily’: Democrat Wins Pivotal Alabama Senate Seat
The upset victory of Doug Jones in Alabama cuts the Republican majority in the Senate to just one seat.
• Disney is poised to complete a once-unthinkable bid to buy most of Rupert Murdoch’s movie and television empire. The $60 billion-plus deal could transform the entertainment world.
• “The Bitcoin dream is all but dead,” our columnist wrote in 2014. He now points to five ways he was wrong.
• U.S. stocks were mixed on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• The theory of gateway drugs is making a comeback.
• Get cozy the Danish way, with five things to help you have a “hygge” winter.
• Recipe of the day: What could improve a dark chocolate Bundt cake? Whiskey.
• A Japanese temple is reborn.
In today’s 360 video, join residents of a village devastated by the 2011 tsunami as they celebrate the rebuilding of a 1,000-year-old Buddhist temple.
• Tending to Haiti’s dead.
Nearly eight years after an earthquake, some of the island’s residents remain blisteringly poor.
Many cannot bury their loved ones, so a group of men stepped in.
• A charming “Last Jedi.”
With the latest “Star Wars” movie, the writer-director Rian Johnson unites the past and the present while looking toward the future — and has fun doing so, our critic writes. Read her review.
We’ve also rounded up other reviews from around the galaxy, er, internet.
• New York’s year in food.
Our restaurant critic, Pete Wells, has chosen his favorite places from 2017. He also selected the top 10 dishes from restaurants that didn’t make the list.
Too pricey? We have a top 10 for cheap eats in the city, as well.
• Best of late-night TV.
The shows were recorded before Alabama’s election results came in, but hosts did note that Roy Moore rode to the polls on horseback. “Look at that, what a majestic picture of two animals not allowed in the mall,” Seth Meyers said.
• Quotation of the day.
“I didn’t know anything about your culture, didn’t know what motivates you, didn’t know anything about your work, didn’t know anything about how you get your work done.”
— Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a speech to employees about overhauling the State Department.
The holiday season involves many traditions. For Britons and millions of others around the world, one of them is Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Christmas Day message.
The first British monarch to broadcast on Christmas Day was King George V, her grandfather, 85 years ago. “Distant lands thrill to his ‘God bless you,’ ” The Times reported in 1932.
“Farmers in Brisbane, Australia, listened to it in a summer heat of 95 degrees in the shade,” a correspondent wrote from London, in apparent awe of the radio technology. “Passengers on Atlantic liners heard it as their ship plowed through winter storms.”
In 1952, the queen gave her first Christmas message, sitting in the chair her father and grandfather had used, The Times reported. According to the BBC, 100 million people heard it.
Five years later, the speech was televised for the first time. (Watch that one here.) The change occurred, The Times noted, after the queen was criticized as being too remote and surrounded by “tweedy” courtiers.
“That it is possible for some of you to see me today is just another example of the speed at which things are changing all around us,” she said.
Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.
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