Super Bowl, Amtrak, Ecuador: Your Monday Briefing

As Mr. Trump has hammered at the Justice Department’s credibility, one voice has been notably absent in the department’s defense: that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Lying his way to notoriety

• Once an anonymous Twitter troll, Elliott Kline, a.k.a. Eli Mosley, has become a spokesman for the so-called alt-right.

But our video investigation found that his personal narrative — like much of the alt-right’s messaging — was built on deception. (The video includes racial slurs and other offensive language.)

In covering white supremacists, The Times has been accused of simply providing them a platform. We believe that reporting on racism, anti-Semitism and those who espouse such views is a crucial responsibility of journalists today. In a column, our reporter explains the months she spent working on this story.

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How an Alt-Right Leader Used a Lie to Climb the Ranks

Elliott Kline, a.k.a. Eli Mosley, is a rising white supremacist leader. But our investigation found that his personal narrative — like much of the movement’s messaging — is built on deception.

By EMMA COTT and ANDREW MICHAEL ELLIS on Publish Date February 5, 2018. Photo by Andrew Michael Ellis for The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »

Finally flying in Philly

• Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and caught another to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl title on Sunday, beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, 41-33. Here’s how they did it.

The New York Giants weren’t on the field, but they were one of the night’s (advertising) stars. We reviewed the commercials (and Justin Timberlake’s halftime show).

Philadelphia’s pro sports teams have mostly been just good enough to break the city’s heart. Will the Eagles’ victory change fans’ outlook? “This is Philadelphia,” one police officer said. “The curse is never really over.”

The Daily

Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Trump Economy

President Trump has claimed credit for a booming U.S. economy. But is it actually booming, and to what extent is he responsible?

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Business

A landmark settlement involving Wells Fargo shows a new regulatory emphasis on holding board members accountable.

Jerome Powell will be sworn in today as the new chairman of the Federal Reserve. We look at some of the challenges he faces.

Payday lenders have gone from villains to victors in the past year, as intense lobbying has led to looser regulations.

The heir to the Samsung corporate empire, Lee Jae-yong, is set to be freed from prison after an appeals court reduced his sentence for bribery, embezzlement and other charges.

The U.S. is expected to report one of its highest trade deficits in years, one of the headlines to watch this week.

U.S. stocks fell sharply on Friday, ending their worst week in two years. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

Need a financial tuneup? Here’s a seven-day plan.

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If your New Year’s resolution has fallen by the wayside, email our Smarter Living editor (subject line “2018 resolutions”) with your name, your goal and why you chose it. Please include two specific secondary goals.

Work on your pizza skills with a pie topped with sweet and hot peppers.

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This pizza recipe leaves out the tomato sauce. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times

Over the Weekend

Amtrak suffered its third high-profile crash in less than seven weeks when a passenger train traveling on the wrong track slammed into a freight train in South Carolina, killing two people.

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The Amtrak crash on Sunday injured at least 116 people and caused thousands of gallons of fuel to spill. Credit Jeff Blake/Associated Press

Speaker Paul Ryan faced a backlash after pointing to a secretary’s pay increase of $1.50 a week as a sign of the Republican tax plan’s success.

Nearly half of Iranians want an end to the requirement that women cover their heads in public, according to a three-year-old report just released by the government.

Ecuadoreans voted to restore presidential term limits, dealing a blow to former President Rafael Correa’s hopes for a fourth term.

Hollywood avoided competing with the Super Bowl, as only one new film (“Winchester”) arrived in wide release. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” reclaimed the No. 1 spot at the North American box office.

Noteworthy

Rogues, despots and a P.R. firm’s collapse

For 30 years, the British company Bell Pottinger sought to polish the image of dictators, repressive regimes and celebrities accused of crimes.

Our correspondent in London tells the story of how it went bankrupt, a tale of corporate skulduggery that could have been lifted from “House of Cards.”

This is why Uma Thurman is angry

The actress said in October that she was waiting to feel “less angry” before talking about her encounters with Harvey Weinstein.

Now she has, in an interview with our Opinion columnist Maureen Dowd.

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“The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I feel about all the women that were attacked after I was,” Uma Thurman said. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

Quotation of the day

“Morality is a job for priests, not P.R. men.”

Tim Bell, co-founder of the public relations firm Bell Pottinger, which was brought down by a campaign that inflamed racial tensions in South Africa.

The Times, in other words

Here’s an image of today’s front page, and links to our Opinion content and crossword puzzles.

Back Story

A century ago on Tuesday, the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt died in Vienna.

Klimt is famous for his heavily ornamented portraits, one of which was confiscated by the Nazis during World War II but later recovered. It sold for $135 million in 2006, and the recovery effort inspired “The Woman in Gold,” a 2015 film starring Helen Mirren.

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Gustav Klimt, circa 1912. Credit Culture Club/Getty Images

Among the artist’s quirks — and a source of irritation for his wealthy patrons — was that he often refused to declare his works complete.

One Belgian family stopped paying Klimt for a frieze it had commissioned for a palace in Brussels, hoping to motivate him to finish. He eventually did.

But patrons who tried to collect his artwork were sometimes offered a refund instead of a painting.

Klimt would even tweak pieces after they had won critical acclaim.

His painting “Death and Life,” for example, won first prize at the International Art Exhibition in Rome in 1911. But Klimt later changed the background from gold to gray, according to the Leopold Museum in Vienna, and gave his representations of death and life “further ornaments.”

Mike Ives contributed reporting.

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