On Saturday, Mr. Trump doubled down on those remarks, writing on Twitter that “peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”
3. The fallout from last week’s uproar over a Republican memo on the F.B.I.’s role in the Russia investigation continues.
President Trump said on Friday that the Democrats forced him to block their rebuttal memo because it was “very political and long” and required heavy redaction.
Separately, we reported a story that sounds ripped from the pages of a political thriller. American spies paid $100,000 to a shadowy Russian who was trying to sell material on the president — and on stolen cyberweapons.
4. President Trump signed a far-reaching budget bill into law early Friday, after overnight votes in the House and Senate — and a brief government shutdown. Above, Senator Rand Paul, who tried to block the deal.
The measure will bolster spending by hundreds of billions of dollars and raise the debt ceiling. Our correspondent on Capitol Hill wrote that Republican lawmakers, who usually celebrate fiscal restraint, were showing little of it.
5. After watching stocks march higher for nearly nine years, investors are suddenly confronting a new reality: The long, smooth ride is over. And it doesn’t feel good.
Major stock indexes suffered steep drops in late trading on Thursday, putting the market in correction territory — a term used to indicate that a downward trend is more severe than simply a few days of bearish trading.
It was big news, but it had virtually no impact on the income or wealth of most American families. The reason? They own little or no stock. A whopping 84 percent of all stocks owned by Americans belong to the wealthiest 10 percent of households.
6. Israeli and Syrian military forces clashed Saturday, in a series of audacious strikes that could signal a new phase in the Syrian war.
It all started when Israel said it had intercepted an Iranian drone that came into its airspace from Syria. Israel responded with strikes in Syria, and one of its F-16s crashed after coming under heavy antiaircraft fire. Above, the debris.
7. Grim news from federal health officials: The number of children and teenagers who have died from the flu this season has risen to 63. Above, treating flu patients in Allentown, Pa.
It’s not too late to get your flu shot — the virus persists into the spring. And here are the warning signs that a child’s flu has become serious.
8. American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents realize — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy.
Can they be taught to see it more critically? That’s the question we ask in the cover story of this week’s Times Magazine.
9. “If another sequel shows up, though, I’m going to have to use my safe word.”
That was our film critic on “Fifty Shades Freed,” starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, above and in theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day.
10. Finally, have you been keeping up with the headlines? Test your knowledge with our news quiz.
Or just go straight to the good stuff. Here are seven great things we wrote about this week. It’s our effort to help you start the week with a smile, or at least a lighter heart. Above, a mannequin in a cherry-red Tesla, cruising through space.
Have a great week.
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