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Huawei, Angela Merkel, Kevin Hart: Your Friday Briefing

Huawei, Angela Merkel, Kevin Hart: Your Friday Briefing

Huawei, Angela Merkel, Kevin Hart: Your Friday Briefing

Huawei, Angela Merkel, Kevin Hart: Your Friday Briefing

Huawei, Angela Merkel, Kevin Hart: Your Friday Briefing

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Good morning,

We start today with the fallout from the arrest of a Chinese executive, proposed rollbacks of environmental regulations and the latest from the midterm elections. We also invite you to share your thoughts about our new design.


The arrest over the weekend of a top executive at Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, has complicated President Trump’s trade talks with Beijing and drawn sharp protests from the Chinese government.

Meng Wanzhou, the company’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, was arrested in Canada at Washington’s request, which is seen as a warning shot against the growing influence of Chinese technology. The Justice Department is investigating the company on charges of violating sanctions on Iran.

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The sage grouse can be found in 10 oil-rich Western states.CreditDavid Zalubowski/Associated Press

Reaction: The proposal, which is expected to be finalized next year, drew immediate criticism from environmentalists and praise from energy-industry representatives.

Background: The plan is part of an effort to promote more oil and gas drilling on public land in support of what Mr. Trump calls a policy of American “energy dominance.”

Related: The administration is also expected to submit a proposal next week that would significantly weaken a major Obama-era regulation to protect the sources of drinking water for about a third of the country.


Republicans conceded a seventh congressional seat in California on Thursday, meaning that Democrats are likely to take 40 House seats from Republicans in the new Congress.

David Valadao, who has represented Central California since 2013, had initially been declared the winner, but his Democratic opponent, T.J. Cox, pulled ahead when mail-in votes were counted.

In North Carolina: The congressional campaign of the Republican Mark Harris disclosed that it owed more than $34,000 to a company whose work on absentee ballots and voter turnout has prompted fears of election fraud and called his narrow victory into question.

In Michigan: Republicans, following the example of lawmakers in Wisconsin, moved to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic secretary of state. They also prepared to curb the authority of Democrats who will take over as governor and attorney general in January.


Victorina Morales left Guatemala in 1999 and entered the U.S. illegally. She started working at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., in 2013.CreditChristopher Gregory for The New York Times

Victorina Morales, a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., is also an undocumented immigrant.

Sandra Diaz, who is now a legal resident of the U.S., said she, too, was undocumented when she worked at the club from 2010 to 2013. The two women said they were not the only workers at Bedminster who were in the country illegally, although there is no evidence that Mr. Trump or Trump Organization executives knew of the women’s immigration status.

Notable: Mr. Trump has made border security and the fight to protect jobs for Americans a cornerstone of his presidency.

Response: The Trump Organization, which owns the golf course, said in a statement: “If an employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately.” The White House declined to comment.

How we know: Ms. Morales and Ms. Diaz approached The Times through their lawyer, who is representing them on immigration matters. As part of its verification of this article, The Times reviewed Ms. Morales’s pay stubs and W-2 forms, which list the golf course as her employer.

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Mrs. Obama, pictured above as a college student at Princeton, is the descendant of the very caste of people that some of her predecessors in the White House owned.

Her new memoir is “a serious work of candid reflection by a singular figure of early-21st-century America,” according to Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Times journalist and the author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”

Monthly jobs report: Economists estimate that 190,000 jobs were created in November and that the unemployment rate will remain at 3.7 percent. Here’s what to watch for when the Labor Department releases its report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

Final farewell for George Bush: After a funeral service for the former president in Houston on Thursday, his body was carried 70 miles by train to his presidential library in College Station, Tex., where he was laid to rest.

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Featured videos: Standout actors including Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke turn common experiences into enchanting moments of dance for The Times Magazine’s annual Great Performers issue.

Kevin Hart controversy: Days after the comedian was named the host of next year’s Academy Awards, he drew criticism for his past use of homophobic slurs on Twitter. Early this morning he withdrew from the role.

Grammy nominations: The nominees for the music awards will be announced this morning at 8:30 Eastern. Check back for updates.

News quiz: Did you follow the headlines this week? Test yourself.

Late-night comedy: Filling in for an ailing Trevor Noah, Desi Lydic noted that President Trump has employed undocumented immigrants: “Trump told us he’d build a wall, but he never said there’d be a service entrance.”

What we’re reading: Anne-Sophie Bolon, an editor in London, recommends this piece from Longreads: “The series ‘Ugly History of Beautiful Things’ turns to Angora rabbit wool, prized for its beauty, silky touch and warmth. The fiber was particularly popular in the 1930s and ’40s with Hollywood stars, but also, it turns out, with Nazi officers.”

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Noor Inayat Khan in an undated photograph.CreditHidayat Inayat-Khan, via Soefi Museum

One lesser-known name caught our attention: Noor Inayat Khan, who spied for Britain during World War II.

Ms. Khan wasn’t what one would expect of a British spy. She was born a princess to Indian royalty, and she was a musician and a writer. But she spoke French and had excellent radio skills. She became the first female radio operator sent by Britain into occupied France.

She did the work of six radio operators, moving constantly and dyeing her hair blond to avoid detection. Her work became crucial to the war effort.

Ms. Khan never made it home; she was captured and executed at the Dachau concentration camp in 1944. She was 30.

Read more about her here.


That’s it for this briefing. Have a good weekend.

— Chris


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To Eleanor Stanford for the cultural recommendations, and Kenneth R. Rosen and James K. Williamson for their Smarter Living tips. Amie Tsang, who works in our London office, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

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