• And the Republican effort to overhaul the tax code now rests in the hands of a few fence-sitting senators with disparate concerns. We introduce them.
The floodgates remain open.
• Charlie Rose was suspended by CBS, and PBS announced that it would no longer distribute his nightly interview show, after the longtime TV host was accused of making crude sexual advances toward multiple women.
Also on Monday, a second woman accused Senator Al Franken of groping her in 2010. Mr. Franken said that he did not remember the episode.
And The Times suspended one of its White House reporters, Glenn Thrush, while it investigates allegations from four female journalists that he acted inappropriately.
• We have a running list of prominent men who have recently been accused of sexual misconduct.
Angela Merkel is in trouble.
• The German chancellor is facing the biggest crisis of her career after talks to form a new government collapsed, raising the prospect of fresh elections less than two months after the last vote.
Ms. Merkel has been Europe’s dominant political figure for the past decade.
• Our correspondents in Berlin report: “At a time when the European Union is facing a host of pressing problems, from Brexit negotiations with Britain, to the rise of right-wing populism, to separatism in Spain’s Catalonia region, the possibility of political instability in a normally reliable Germany sent tremors through the Continent.”
There’s just something about elephants.
• After President Trump put a sudden halt to a government ruling that would have allowed hunters to bring “trophy” elephants into the U.S., the question has been why.
• White House aides said the reason for the president’s surprise intervention isn’t complicated: He simply likes elephants.
“The Daily”: Sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.
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• The F.C.C. is set to propose a full repeal of net neutrality rules today. The regulations, created during the Obama administration, require internet service providers to give consumers equal access to all online content.
• Regulators in Nebraska approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline but rejected the builder’s preferred route.
• Starbucks is being criticized for its holiday cups. Again.
• U.S. stocks were up on Monday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• How to rent a car abroad.
• If you’re sick, you should stay home. If you can’t, here’s what doctors advise.
• Recipe of the day: Salmon roasted in butter is astonishingly easy.
• A treehouse protest.
In today’s 360 video, visit activists in Germany who have been protesting the expansion of coal mining by living in treehouses. A court ruling may soon change that.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the Republican tax plans.
• 23 years for a murder he didn’t commit.
Two men were shot dead in broad daylight in Kansas City, Kan., on April 15, 1994.
Here’s how an innocent 17-year-old was convicted and sentenced to life.
• In memoriam.
Della Reese segued from a successful recording career to a longtime role on the prime-time CBS show “Touched by an Angel.” She was 86.
Earle Hyman broke racial stereotypes on Broadway and in Scandinavia performing in works by Shakespeare and Ibsen. He was better known to millions of Americans as Bill Cosby’s father on “The Cosby Show.” He was 91.
• The science of Thanksgiving.
Biology. Chemistry. Physics. It’s all there on your plate. Take a moment to appreciate it before you dig in.
• Best of late-night TV.
Jimmy Fallon on Monday: “Tomorrow, President Trump will pardon a turkey at the White House. Then he’ll spend the next week criticizing it for not thanking him enough.”
• Quotation of the day.
“I see the value, especially in an atypical market like New York. But I think we make our best decisions when it’s not nationally known what we’re trying to do.”
— Mike Rizzo, general manager of the Washington Nationals, on the New York Yankees’ practice of publicizing their managerial candidates and placing each one on a conference call with reporters.
Our recent story about a reunion between Vietnamese refugees and their rescuers at sea prompted an Australian reader to point us to another rescue — one that bears on our coverage of Australia’s offshore detention facilities.
On Aug. 26, 2001, a Norwegian cargo ship received a distress call in the Indian Ocean. The engine of an Indonesian fishing boat packed with asylum seekers had failed en route to Christmas Island. Capt. Arne Rinnan diverted course to save the 438 people aboard.
The Australian authorities, trying to deter human traffickers, directed him to an Indonesian port 12 hours away.
Instead, the captain plunged ahead. So a navy ship intercepted him and transferred the refugees to the island nation of Nauru — creating Australia’s first offshore processing center.
A year later, about half had been resettled in New Zealand. They welcomed Captain Rinnan on a visit to Auckland with flowers and letters.
But other refugees were stuck on Nauru for years. Interviewed a decade later, the captain told of receiving a haunting letter detailing conditions so bad that the writer wished he had died.
“And that is a terrible thing to tell people, that you should have just let them drown,” Captain Rinnan said.
Isabella Kwai contributed reporting.
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