Op-Ed Columnist: Steve Mnuchin Pulls a Paul Ryan

Steve Mnuchin seems to be channeling Paul Ryan. Alex Brandon/Associated Press On Monday the Treasury Department released a one-page report claiming that tax cuts would pay for themselves. The document was a shameless attempt to fool the public — carefully worded to imply that economic experts at Treasury (they’re still in there somewhere, maybe locked …

Books of The Times: Adding Up a Prolific Poet’s Charming Weather Reports

James Nieves “That’s not writing, that’s typing,” Truman Capote said about Jack Kerouac, who wrote “On the Road” on a 120-foot scroll of paper and rarely revised. The poet A. R. (Archie) Ammons (1926-2001) also wrote a book on a scroll. His “Tape for the Turn of the Year” (1965) was composed on a skinny …

The Carpetbagger: Jessica Chastain Feared Speaking Out Would Hurt Her Career

Jessica Chastain in a scene from “Molly’s Game.” STX Entertainment Jessica Chastain received news of her Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a dramatic feature while promoting that film, “Molly’s Game,” in Paris. Directed by Aaron Sorkin, the film tells the true story of Molly Bloom, a world-class skier who began running high-stakes, celebrity-magnet …

Critic’s Notebook: At Ailey, a Dance Set to Coltrane Finds a Somber Radiance

From left, Ghrai DeVore, Samantha Figgins and Yannick Lebrun in the premiere of “Members Don’t Get Weary” on Friday. Andrea Mohin/The New York Times John Coltrane and David Byrne aren’t casual choices for a choreographer looking for dance music — at least they shouldn’t be. Yet last week, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater proved that …

Several Women Repeat Accusations of Sexual Misconduct by Trump

From left, Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds and Samantha Holvey held a news conference on Monday in Manhattan for a film that focuses on women who have publicly accused Donald J. Trump of sexual misconduct. Andrew Kelly/Reuters WASHINGTON — Several women who came forward during the 2016 campaign to accuse Donald J. Trump of sexual misconduct …

Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.

A man using his laptop in Portugal. While the European Union has net neutrality rules in place, telecom providers have pushed the boundaries at times in Sweden, Germany, Portugal and elsewhere. Pedro Nunes/Reuters Last spring, Swedes got a tantalizing offer: If they subscribed to Sweden’s biggest telecom provider, Telia Company AB, they could have unlimited …

Fearing the Worst, China Plans Refugee Camps on North Korean Border

A bridge over the Tumen River marking the border between North Korea, foreground, and China.CreditEd Jones/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images BEIJING — A Chinese county along the border with North Korea is constructing refugee camps intended to house thousands of migrants fleeing a possible crisis on the Korean Peninsula, according to an internal document that …