• The current negotiations, at a border village, could help gauge whether North Korea is willing to moderate its behavior after a year of nuclear and missile tests that have raised fears of war on the Korean Peninsula.
Talking with Trump
• The special counsel, Robert Mueller, told President Trump’s lawyers last month that he would probably seek to interview the president, two people familiar with the discussion said.
No formal request has been made, and no date has been set. The White House has pledged full cooperation in the investigation into whether the Trump campaign worked with Russian operatives to try to influence the election.
Separately, we profiled the former journalist whose firm compiled the notorious dossier about possible links between Mr. Trump and Russia.
• And the book that has Washington buzzing is “altogether fitting, if ultimately, unsatisfying,” one of our political correspondents writes. Read his review of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
• Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech at the Golden Globe Awards had some Democrats dreaming that she would run for president.
Others were skeptical about her prospects.
“We have to show what we stand for,” one Democratic strategist said. “Other than ‘we all get a car,’ what will an Oprah presidency look like?”
• Ms. Winfrey has said she has no political ambitions. But politicians could learn from her address on Sunday, our chief TV critic writes. (Read her speech here.)
Listen to ‘The Daily’: U.S. Ends Protections for Salvadorans
The Trump administration has said that hundreds of thousands of people who were granted temporary protection from deportation in 2001 must leave.
• Supporters of the new tax law say it will help American multinationals compete more aggressively overseas. Others see incentives to put factories overseas.
• A growing number of experts, including some Federal Reserve officials, say it’s time for a new approach to managing the economy.
• Apple has been asked by two major investors to study the health effects of its devices and to offer parents more tools to limit children’s screen time.
• H&M apologized for an image on its online store showing a black child in a sweatshirt that said “coolest monkey in the jungle.” The item will no longer be sold.
• U.S. stocks were mixed on Monday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Want to get organized? Try a paper planner instead of apps.
• What is holding you back?
• Recipe of the day: Make a loaf of zucchini bread for yourself, and another to share.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss questions about President Trump’s mental state.
• Another title for Alabama
The Crimson Tide won its fifth college football championship in nine years, coming from behind to beat the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime, 26-23.
Our reporters analyzed key moments from the game, which President Trump attended.
• Charges dismissed in ranch standoff
Citing the government’s missteps in withholding evidence, a Las Vegas judge dismissed charges against Cliven Bundy and his sons over their armed confrontation with federal agents at their Nevada ranch in 2014.
• Brain surgery in 3-D
New videomicroscopes are giving surgeons at a Manhattan hospital “Superman eyes,” making delicate operations easier to navigate.
• A one-of-a-kind job
More than 13,000 people applied to visit every destination on our Travel section’s annual list of 52 Places to Go.
Meet a few of the applicants in this video. (We’ll announce the winner and the list of destinations this week.)
• Readers respond to coverage of Mormon leader
Hundreds wrote to say that our recent obituary for Thomas Monson, the president of the Mormon Church, focused too narrowly on politics and controversy and overlooked his contributions to the community.
Our obituaries editor addressed their concerns.
• Best of late-night TV
Several hosts addressed Oprah Winfrey’s appearance at the Golden Globes: “People were immediately calling that speech presidential,” Stephen Colbert said. “And a year ago, I would have agreed.”
• Quotation of the day
“It’s sort of an America-last tax policy. We are basically saying that if you earn in the U.S., you pay X, and if you earn abroad, you pay X divided by two.”
— Kimberly Clausing, an economist, describing how the new federal tax law could actually make it attractive for American multinational companies to put more assembly lines on foreign soil.
Welcome to the year of purple.
The Pantone Color Institute, which helps manufacturers select colors for designs, has been naming a color of the year since 2000 (It chose Greenery last year, and Rose Quartz — think millennial pink — shared the title with Serenity blue in 2016).
This year the shade is Ultra Violet. “We wanted to pick something that brings hope and an uplifting message,” the institute’s director, Leatrice Eiseman, told The Times.
In Phoenician times, purple dye was made from the mucus of sea snails in the coastal city of Tyre, in what is now Lebanon.
Because the color was difficult and expensive to produce, it became associated with power and royalty, from ancient Rome to the kingdoms of Europe. In the 1500s, Queen Elizabeth I decreed that only members of the royal family could wear the color.
In 1856, a British chemist, William Henry Perkin, made the color more accessible when he accidentally created a purple dye while trying to concoct a treatment for malaria.
More than 160 years later, a color that’s rare in nature is about to have its moment.
For more on the color purple, read on.
Valencia Prashad contributed reporting.
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