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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. The Senate took “the nuclear option.”
Republicans changed longstanding rules to bypass the Democrats’ blockade of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Judge Neil Gorsuch is now expected to be confirmed on Friday, with a simple majority vote instead of a 60-vote minimum.
Both parties expect a sweeping effect on the court and the confirmation of more ideologically extreme justices.
Here how each senator voted.
2. The Pentagon is developing options for a military strike in response to Tuesday’s chemical attack in Syria, officials said. The defense secretary, Jim Mattis, was headed to Florida to discuss the situation with President Trump.
Turkey’s Health Ministry, which conducted autopsies on the victims, said the poison used was the banned nerve agent sarin.
Witnesses, experts and world leaders have all blamed the Syrian government for the attack; it denies responsibility.
Images of one young father’s grief after losing his wife, 9-month-old twins and other family members show the unimaginable toll of the attack.
3. The Syrian crisis cast a sudden shadow over Mr. Trump’s first meeting with President Xi Jinping of China at Mr. Trump’s private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago.
The two men are not expected to play golf; China’s Communist Party views it with contempt, as a rich person’s game.
The Secret Service is straining to keep up with Mr. Trump’s large, mobile and high-profile family. On our podcast The Daily, we discuss our exclusive interview with Mr. Trump.
4. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, will step aside from the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The announcement came as the House Ethics Committee said Mr. Nunes was under investigation because of reports that he “may have made unauthorized disclosures of information.”
And former government officials say the C.I.A. told senior lawmakers in classified briefings last summer that it had information indicating that Russia was working to help elect Mr. Trump.
5. Large parts of South America have been pummeled for weeks by torrential rains. Floods and mudslides in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia have killed hundreds and displaced thousands more.
The calamities have drawn jitters among some of the region’s leaders who believe that the rains are linked to climate change. Experts see an overlay of factors beyond weather, including migration, development and poor preparation.
6. Two recent train derailments at Pennsylvania Station in New York were caused by track defects, Amtrak officials said.
That raises major concerns about the aging infrastructure at North America’s busiest train station.
The latest derailment, of a New Jersey Transit train on Monday, created chaos for commuters across the region. Regular train service is scheduled to return on Friday morning.
7. Our fashion writer says the defining style of the 2010s has begun to emerge, and it may surprise you.
It’s modest fashion, as seen in street fashion, on the red carpet and now the runway.
The emphasis on privacy and elegance might even be a reaction to the constant oversharing of the social media age — “almost the anti-Kardashianization.”
8. The acidic comic Don Rickles died at 90.
A Rat Pack favorite, he made outrageously derisive comments about people’s looks, their ethnicity and anything else he could think of.
“I’m the guy at the Christmas party,” he said more than once, “who makes fun of the boss on Friday night and still has his job on Monday morning.”
9. Quadruplet brothers from Ohio have been accepted by Harvard and Yale, among other top schools.
Each wrote about being a quad in his application, and the four can be read together, like pieces of a puzzle. Admissions officers loved the package deal.
Yale offered the best financial aid — but at least one of the brothers may head off on his own. To Stanford.
10. Finally, are you listening?
We’re starting a podcast club via Facebook. It’s kind of like a book club. We’ll pick a podcast on Mondays, and discuss throughout the week. We’d love to have you; here’s how to join.
And on the late-night shows, Trevor Noah named “the greatest Trump tweet of all time.”
Have a great night.
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