Nancy Pelosi, Rob Porter, Winter Olympics: Your Thursday Briefing

His troubles were not a complete secret: Two people close to the White House said the accusations contributed to a delay in granting Mr. Porter permanent security clearance.

Chile kills Tony the Tiger

• With three-quarters of Chilean adults overweight or obese, the government is waging war on unhealthy foods, imposing marketing restrictions, mandatory packaging redesigns and labeling rules.

Under regulations that the food industry calls overreach, cartoon characters have been removed from sugary cereal boxes, and the sale of goods that use trinkets to lure young consumers has been banned.

“Sugar kills more people than terrorism and car accidents combined,” said Senator Guido Girardi, who proposed the rules in 2007. “It’s the poison of our time.”


Kiosks in Santiago, Chile, sell products with black nutritional warnings on the labels of items high in sugar, salt, calories or saturated fat. Credit Victor Ruiz Caballero for The New York Times

Mikaela Shiffrin wins a lot of races

• Most skiers are specialists, focused on specific events like slalom or downhill. But Shiffrin wants to win them all.

She’s one of four athletes we captured in action in honor of the Winter Olympics, which open on Friday. You can find all of our coverage from Pyeongchang, South Korea, here.


Mikaela Shiffrin at the World Cup slalom competition in Aspen, Colo., last March. Credit Doug Mills The New York Times

One of the biggest questions surrounding the Games is how many Russian athletes will compete. A court is still hearing appeals after the International Olympic Committee barred Russia in December because of a doping scheme.

The highest-profile contact in years between North and South Korea will come during the Games. Kim Yo-jung, the sister of the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is scheduled to meet with the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, it was announced today.

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After more than four months of negotiations, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany announced a deal for a new government on Wednesday. The coalition with Horst Seehofer of the Christian Social Union, left, and Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats comes at a high cost for Ms. Merkel, who had to relinquish key ministries. Credit Clemens Bilan/European Pressphoto Agency


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The markets’ recent gyrations have offered a harsh lesson for inexperienced investors. “I don’t think I will be buying or trading on the market again anytime soon,” one said.

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What is the $18 billion Wynn Resorts casino and hotel empire without its visionary founder, Steve Wynn? His resignation, after claims of misconduct, has left Wall Street wondering. “Elvis has left the building,” one global investment firm said.

China’s economic success lays bare an uncomfortable historical truth: No one who preaches “free trade” really practices it.

In a city brimming with celebrities, the new owner of The Los Angeles Times kept a low profile. Until now.

The Corner Office column is returning. Each week, David Gelles will be interviewing chief executives about leadership, values and personal histories. Have a question? Just ask.

The New York Times Company reported today that it added 157,000 digital-only subscriptions in the fourth quarter of 2017, pushing overall subscription revenue to more than $1 billion for the year.

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When Rogelio Martinez died in November after being found unconscious in West Texas, politicians said the news was evidence of a need to increase border security and curb immigration.

The F.B.I., which has been unable to determine how Mr. Martinez was injured, said on Wednesday that there was no evidence that he had been attacked.

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With the help of software usually used to detect plagiarism, two writers have found an unpublished manuscript they say may have inspired several works by William Shakespeare.

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Trevor Noah said he wished President Trump had returned from France with a taste for culture rather than a fascination with a military parade.

Quotation of the day

“I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud. America is the most powerful country in all of human history, everybody knows it, and we don’t need to show it off.”

Senator John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, on President Trump’s desire to hold a military parade in Washington.


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The Times, in other words

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Back Story

Pyeongchang and Pyongyang: The South Korean host of the Winter Olympics and the North Korean capital have confusingly similar names.

The shared syllable is derived from the same Chinese root character meaning “to pacify,” or “to be level or flat.” Pyongyang means “peaceful land” or “flat land,” and Pyeongchang means “peaceful flourishing” or “peaceful prosperity.”


What’s in a name? Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

In the South, conservatives have criticized the government of President Moon Jae-in for welcoming the North’s participation and derided the Games as the “Pyongyang Olympics.”

Liberals and the Moon administration countered that the event should be called the Pyeonghwa, or peace, Olympics.

The host town originally spelled its name in English as Pyongchang, but it added a letter in 2000 and capitalized the C to become PyeongChang and distinguish itself from the North’s capital, our correspondent noted. Most news organizations, including The Times, do not capitalize the C.

But confusion persists. In 2014, a Kenyan man trying to attend a United Nations conference in Pyeongchang mistakenly flew to Pyongyang.

Inyoung Kang contributed reporting.


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