We answered questions from readers about the turmoil.
3. “I’d love to see a shutdown.”
That was President Trump, and he could get his wish on Thursday.
Congress has yet to agree on a spending deal, which he insists must tighten immigration laws.
He spoke to reporters at a meeting with law enforcement officials on gang violence. He did not weigh in on the market turmoil.
4. A high-level meeting between the U.S. and North Korea appears possible, on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics.
Vice President Mike Pence, above, is heading to South Korea, and a 90-year-old North Korean official who serves as a nominal head of state will be there too. Mr. Pence and other U.S. officials say they are taking a “wait and see” approach.
Our correspondents look at how sharply the two Koreas have diverged — economically, culturally and socially — since the 1988 Games in Seoul.
5. After Hurricane Maria, a one-woman company was awarded a huge contract by FEMA to provide 30 million meals. Only 50,000 were delivered.
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are investigating. Lawmakers fear the agency is not lining up potential contractors in advance, leading to frantic searches when disasters strike — and predictably messy results.
6. A 35-year-old Saudi man who had been living in Oklahoma for years was arrested on a charge of visa fraud.
The reason? The F.B.I. says it recently discovered his fingerprints on a document recovered in Afghanistan, an application from nearly two decades ago for an Al Qaeda training camp. Above, a video from the camp, which was destroyed in 2001.
The government has a huge backlog of materials and data that were collected in nearly two decades of war, but have yet to be processed.
7. The president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, above, said he would sign a bill making it illegal to accuse his country of complicity in the Holocaust, including referring to “Polish death camps.”
The measure has roiled relations with Israel and the U.S., and spurred claims that the nationalist government is trying to whitewash one of the bloodiest chapters in Poland’s history.
Opponents say it would stifle free speech and put questions of historical accuracy into the hands of judges and prosecutors.
8. A mutant is taking over Europe. The marbled crayfish didn’t exist until about 25 years ago. A drastic mutation in a single crayfish produced the species in an instant — and gave the creature the ability to clone itself. In fact, they produce nothing but fertile offspring, so populations are exploding.
9. Quentin Tarantino responded to Uma Thurman’s accusation that he had put her life at risk while making the “Kill Bill” films.
In an interview with Maureen Dowd that we published over the weekend (and that is still drawing large numbers of readers), Ms. Thurman detailed how she was injured during filming. She had requested that a stunt driver handle a refitted car, but was forced to take the wheel and crashed. “Dehumanization to the point of death,” she said.
Mr. Tarantino called his decision to make her do the driving one of the biggest regrets of his life. Above, the two in 2004.
10. Finally, our critic gave a hearty thumbs up to the new “Black Panther” movie from Marvel.
“It wouldn’t be a Marvel production without manly skirmishes and digital avatars,” she writes. “Yet in its emphasis on black imagination, creation and liberation, the movie becomes an emblem of a past that was denied and a future that feels very present. And in doing so opens up its world, and yours, beautifully.”
The film opens widely late next week.
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