In Austin, a Bomber’s Rampage Exposes Racial Fault Lines Long Buried

Jesse E. Washington, who lives next door to the scene of the explosion that killed Draylen Mason, an African-American teenager. Mr. Washington said he still wonders if race had something to do with the attack. Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times AUSTIN, Tex. — Ora Houston, an African-American councilwoman here, stood as a proclamation …

Were the Austin Bombings Acts of Terrorism? Why Law Enforcement Says No

Mark Conditt’s home in Pflugerville, Tex. Authorities have refrained from calling him a terrorist, but for many residents it’s a matter of semantics. Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times He used explosive devices to kill others and, eventually, himself. In a 25-minute recording, he detailed the weapons he had made and confessed to the …

State Dept. Approves $670 Million Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

President Trump hosted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia this week in the Oval Office. Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The State Department said on Thursday that it had approved the sale of an estimated $670 million in anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia, just hours after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman …

De Blasio Donor Says He Steered Thousands in Bribes to Mayor’s Campaigns

A photo of Bill de Blasio and Harendra Singh, entered as evidence in the corruption trial of Edward Mangano, the former Nassau County executive. Mr. Singh detailed under oath how he steered thousands to Mr. de Blasio’s campaigns. United States Department of Justice CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — A Long Island restaurateur testified under oath on …

Editorial: Would You Want to Be Donald Trump’s Lawyer?

Sally Deng On the day last June that President Trump hired John Dowd, a high-powered and aggressive defense lawyer, to take charge of his personal legal team, Mr. Dowd received a warm welcome. “When John Dowd speaks, everybody listens,” a spokesman for the team said. Well, not everybody. Mr. Dowd resigned abruptly on Thursday, after …

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: If You Love High TV Bills, This is the Merger for You

Alan Diaz/Associated Press With so much attention on tech giants, it is almost possible to overlook the doings of AT&T, the once fearsome telephone monopolist. Even in an age of bigness, it is a behemoth. Its revenue, $160 billion in 2017, is four times that of Facebook. And AT&T boasts 166 million paying wireless and …

Op-Ed Contributor: How to Prevent Smart People From Spreading Dumb Ideas

Scott Menchin We have a serious problem, and it goes far beyond “fake news.” Too many Americans have no idea how to properly read a social media feed. As we’re coming to learn more and more, such ignorance seems to be plaguing almost everybody — regardless of educational attainment, economic class, age, race, political affiliation …

Spending Plan Moving Through Congress Is a Rebuke to Trump. Here’s Why.

Even with Republicans in charge, the spending plan increases funding for many programs President Trump had sought to cut or kill, and in some cases bars him from pursuing his goals. Doug Mills/The New York Times The $1.3 trillion spending plan passed Thursday by the Republican-led House delivered a broad rebuke to President Trump’s vision …