Your Friday Briefing – The New York Times

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Your Friday Briefing - The New York Times


The Trump administration is considering diverting $13.9 billion allocated last year for areas damaged by hurricanes and wildfires to pay for a wall on the southwestern border. That’s according to congressional and Defense Department officials with knowledge of the matter, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the possibility.

Officials are debating whether they could make such a move without a declaration of a national emergency. President Trump has repeatedly said he might declare one in order to bypass Congress, where Democrats have declined to fund a wall.

Yesterday: Mr. Trump visited the border city of McAllen, Tex., to make his case.

Go deeper: Two Times journalists are driving the length of the 1,900-mile border. Their first dispatch is from Brownsville, Tex.

The Daily: On today’s episode, hear from a sheriff in Arizona who supports Mr. Trump’s plans.


The partial closure that has resulted from the impasse over a border wall would become the longest in history on Saturday. Most of the 800,000 federal workers involved will miss a paycheck today.

Cook: A comforting three-cheese cauliflower casserole.

Listen: Jordan Cardy, who records as Rat Boy, sends up authority and celebrates slackerdom in songs like “Don’t Hesitate.” Our critic says he combines the energy of punk with the storytelling of hip-hop.

Read: These eight new books are recommended by our editors, who have globe-trotting in mind this week.

Watch: Our critics picked the 20 best TV dramas broadcast since “The Sopranos” debuted 20 years ago (“Game of Thrones” doesn’t feature, to the chagrin of our TV editor).


Smarter Living: Revolving doors were invented during the late 19th century to cut back on fumes and dirt in larger buildings. Over time, they’ve proven to be real energy savers: Used enough, one can save enough carbon emissions to heat five houses.

We also have tips on managing the perennial scourge of teenage acne.

The game is afoot this weekend for the Baker Street Irregulars, a literary society devoted to Sherlock Holmes that is holding its annual dinner in New York City.

Founded in 1934, the Irregulars are named for a group of street urchins who assist Holmes in some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 60 stories about the fictional detective.

A costume party for Sherlock Holmes fans during last year’s celebration.CreditAdrienne Grunwald for The New York Times

The group, which is invitation only, has about 300 members around the world and publishes a quarterly journal of Sherlockian scholarship.



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