Republicans Block Government Funding, Refusing to Lift Debt Limit

Senate Republicans opposed legislation to avert a government shutdown and prevent a debt default at a critical moment for Democrats’ domestic agenda.

Sinema to Raise Money From Business Groups That Oppose Budget Bill

Five groups invited association members to an undisclosed location on Tuesday afternoon to write checks for between $1,000 and $5,800, payable to Sinema for Arizona.

Schools Scramble to Feed Students Amid Shortages

Schools across the country are offering less healthy lunch options as they struggle with dwindling supplies, delayed shipments and fewer cafeteria workers.

Murders Spiked in 2020 in Cities Across the United States

The year-to-year increase in homicides from 2019 was the largest since national record-keeping began in 1960. But overall, major crimes declined last year.

N.Y.C. Vaccine Mandate for School Workers Can Proceed, Judges Rule

Tens of thousands of health care workers could lose their jobs if they refuse a Covid shot by Monday. New York’s enforcement could shape how other states proceed. Resistance to mandates has kept other states from adopting them, even as President Biden pushes for all U.S. health workers to be inoculated. Here’s the latest.

NBA Vaccine Skeptics Speak Out

More than 90 percent of players have received at least one dose of the vaccine, but some, like Nets guard Kyrie Irving, won’t say if they have been or plan to be vaccinated.

R. Kelly Is Convicted On All Counts After Decades of Accusations of Abuse

The singer, who for years dominated the world of R&B music, was found guilty of being the ringleader of a decades-long scheme to recruit women and underage girls for sex.

Olaf Scholz is a Winner but Not Chancellor — Yet.

Olaf Scholz, the leader of the center-left Social Democrats, narrowly won the night. But now the hard part begins — building a durable governing coalition.

Mapping Losses for Angela Merkel's Party in German Vote

The conservatives who have been the dominant force in modern German politics suffered their worst defeat, while the Social Democrats and Greens made gains.

How the Pentagon Could Be Helping to Fight Wildfires

The military’s satellites excel at spotting new blazes, but for decades they have been mostly off limits to civilian firefighters.

Intelligence Agencies Pushed to Use More Commercial Satellites

Congress wants the government to turn to the private sector to augment the capabilities of highly classified spy satellites.

Ford Will Build 4 Factories in a Big Electric Vehicle Push

The automaker and a supplier will spend $11.4 billion on three battery factories and a truck plant, creating 11,000 jobs.

Kaplan and Rosengren, Fed Presidents Under Fire for Trades, Will Step Down

Robert S. Kaplan will exit his role as head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas next month. Eric S. Rosengren, the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, is also retiring earlier than planned.

Why Haitians in Chile Keep Heading North to the U.S.

Many of the Haitian migrants who recently entered Texas had taken refuge for years in Chile. Some said they faced increasing joblessness, poverty and hostility there.

This Is No Way to Run a Democracy

“What the country really needs is some sort of Biden-Get-Your-Groove-Back campaign.”

How a Princeton Economist Teaches Resilience

Through the pandemic, Markus Brunnermeier conducted remarkable video seminars with leading thinkers in his field.

Biden Versus Centrists Living in the Past

Do centrists realize that 2021 isn't 1999?

When Medical Ethics Collide With Basic Fairness

Too many people remain stubbornly stuck to the steady diet of lies they’ve been fed for months.

The A.C.L.U. Errs on R.B.G.

A bad tweet reveals a rift over gender and reproduction.

Can Beto O’Rourke Turn Texas Blue?

The politician talks about the fight for voting rights and a potential run for governor.

Democrats Face a Reckoning With Themselves

The party’s agenda depends on last-minute compromise.

What if America Had Learned From New York City?

How many lives could have been saved if others across the country had seen themselves in New Yorkers?

It’s Not Just the Larry Nassar Case. We Are Failing Sexual Assault Victims Across the Country.

The Nassar case highlights a nationwide problem.

Why We Can’t Quit Muhammad Ali

He’s our favorite combatant-saint.

The Mendacity of Joe Biden

No White House fact sheet about other policies that benefited Black people can hide the fact that Haitian migrants at the southern border were treated like animals.

We Did the Research: Masks Work, and You Should Choose a Surgical Mask

One of the largest studies to date shows masks work.

It's Not Interrupting. It's Cooperative Overlapping

Sometimes people talk over each other and it totally works.

Germany’s Elections Show the Country Is Stuck

After Sunday’s equivocal elections, the country is headed for more of the same.

Finding Memories in Reused Food Containers Like Cool Whip

The containers we use over and over, from Cool Whip tubs to Taster’s Choice jars, can evoke stronger feelings than the food that came in them.

How Billy Strings Picked His Way to the Other Side

At 28, the singer and guitarist is bluegrass’s new transgressive star. A decade ago, he didn’t expect to live this long.

Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Crossroads,’ a Mellow, ’70s-Era Heartbreaker That Starts a Trilogy

In Franzen’s new novel, the members of a suburban Chicago family headed by a pastor confront crises of faith and morality.

Randall Kennedy on ‘Say It Loud!’

Kennedy discusses his new essay collection, and Mary Roach talks about “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law.”

We’re on the Precipice of a Post-Roe World

The historian Leslie Reagan puts Texas’ latest abortion law in perspective.

Woke Words With John McWhorter, a Times Virtual Event

Join the writer and linguist on Oct. 14 for an evening of conversation and song, examining the words we continue to grapple with.

General Milley Back in the Center of a Political Battle

Gen. Mark Milley will appear in what could be the most significant televised congressional hearing involving senior military leaders in years.

Cancer Without Chemotherapy: ‘A Totally Different World’

A growing number of cancer patients, especially those with breast and lung cancers, are being spared the dreaded treatment in favor of other options.

Gas Shortages and Long Lines Upend Britons’ Daily Lives

Getting to work, driving a taxi, making an ambulance run: Fuel shortages and long lines at gas stations have Britons scrambling to make trips they once took for granted.

A.C.L.U. Apologizes for Tweet That Altered Quote by Justice Ginsburg

The organization acknowledged that changing references from women to people was a mistake — albeit a well-intentioned one.

North Korea Launches Short-Range Missile as Country’s Envoy Speaks at U.N.

The launch came just three days after the sister of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said the country would consider holding a meeting with the South and declaring an official end to the Korean War.

American Siblings Barred From Leaving China for 3 Years Return to U.S.

Their release coincided with an agreement on Friday that cleared the way for a senior executive of Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications giant, to return to China.

Canada Doubles Its Afghan Refugee Resettlement Target to 40,000 People

The official announcement was made by Canada’s foreign minister on Monday evening, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly.

Man Who Blackmailed Girls to Send Explicit Images Is Sentenced to 20 Years

Joshua Henry Punt, 39, posed online as a teenager and preyed on girls ranging in age from 12 to 16 in states across the country, the federal authorities said.

Biden Administration Plans to Publish Proposed Rule to Preserve DACA

A proposed rule could save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which a federal judge in Texas found unlawful in July.

Is Aerobic Exercise the Key to Successful Aging?

Aerobic activities like jogging and interval training can make our cells biologically younger; weight training did not have the same effect.

Falls Can Kill You. Here’s How to Minimize the Risk.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. Every 19 minutes in this country, an older person dies from a fall.

Am I Too Old to Keep the Bargain With My Kids?

As an older parent of young children, I feel that I am holding a big secret — my own mortality.

One Broken Bone? You May Be at Risk for Another

Any fracture in an older woman or man, whether from a car accident or sidewalk slip, may be a sign you should have your bone health checked.

The Hidden Drug Epidemic Among Older People

People in their 60s take an average of 15 prescription drugs a year. Combined with over-the-counter products, they may do more harm than good.

Who Is Luis Felber? An Interview With Lena Dunham's Husband

The British-Peruvian musician, who is now married to Lena Dunham, talks music, “conscious drinking” and his new relationship.

And the Award for Best Actor in a Tux Goes to …

If a Broadway return heralded by the 74th Tony Awards suggested it’s time to suit up again, the live show pointed to a dress code with very few don’ts.

The C.E.O. Other C.E.O.s Turn to for Advice

Rich Lesser, who has run Boston Consulting Group for eight years, is stepping down at a moment of enormous change.

Hakuho, Japan's Most Decorated Sumo Wrestler, Retires at 36

The Mongolia-born champion, known for flouting tradition and for his sometimes rough tactics, won his final tournament in July.