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We start today with a tentative agreement in Congress on border security, an apology from Representative Ilhan Omar, and troubling economic data from Britain.
Tentative deal is reached on border security
Congressional negotiators said on Monday that they had agreed in principle to provide almost $1.38 billion for fencing and other physical barriers along the border with Mexico, part of a broader agreement to avert another partial government shutdown without funding President Trump’s proposed wall.
The details: The financing, including for 55 miles of new fencing, is far less than the $5.7 billion Mr. Trump has demanded, and not even as much as the $1.6 billion a Senate panel approved last year. The president refused that earlier legislation, leading to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
What’s next: The latest deal, which would still have to pass in the House and Senate, could be finalized today, well before funding is scheduled to lapse for several federal agencies on Friday. Lawmakers expressed confidence that Mr. Trump would be willing to sign the measure.
Reaction: Mr. Trump was informed of the agreement shortly before appearing at a rally in the border city of El Paso on Monday night. “We’re building the wall anyway,” he later told the crowd. Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman from El Paso who is considering a run for the White House in 2020, held a rally of his own less than a mile away.
How sexism plays out on the campaign trail
Researchers say that a reluctance to support female candidates is apparent in the language voters use to describe men and women running for office, in the qualities voters say they seek in leaders and in the perceived flaws they are willing or unwilling to overlook in candidates.
Those stereotypes and double standards are about to be tested in a presidential race that features at least six women running for the Democratic nomination.
Closer look: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has so far been the only candidate to make feminism the central theme of her campaign. We also profile Senator Kamala Harris, a former district attorney and state attorney general who has said she is running for president as a “progressive prosecutor.” Critics see a contradiction there.
Democratic lawmaker apologizes for Israel remark
Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota apologized on Monday after drawing bipartisan criticism for implying in a tweet that American support for Israel was fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group.
“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Ms. Omar said in a statement. The freshman lawmaker is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.
Go deeper: Ms. Omar’s persistent criticism of Israel has exposed a generational divide within the Democratic Party, pitting older supporters of the Jewish state against younger liberals who accuse the Israeli government of human rights abuses.
Europe sees a silver lining in Brexit cloud
Britain’s economy expanded 1.4 percent last year — the slowest pace since 2012 — and contracted in December, according to data released on Monday. The numbers highlight the dangers of the country’s planned withdrawal from the European Union, particularly if it does so without a deal by the March 29 deadline.
Although cities on the Continent are preparing for Brexit-related chaos at ports, officials also see an opportunity, and they have been wooing companies seeking refuge from uncertainty in Britain. Our European economics correspondent reports from Amsterdam.
Explainer: Economists agree that Britain has the most to lose in a no-deal scenario, but the effects would be felt across Europe.
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A warrior in all but name
More than 1,000 people attended the memorial service for Shannon Kent last week at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Officially a chief petty officer, she was, in fact, part of Special Operations, serving five combat deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. In January, she became the first female service member to die in Syria since U.S. forces arrived there in 2015.
She illustrates an unspoken truth: that for many years women have been doing military jobs as dangerous, secretive and specialized as anything men do.
Here’s what else is happening
A.I.’s promise: Researchers in the U.S. and China have built a system that uses artificial intelligence to diagnose common childhood ailments. It could one day assist doctors in diagnosing complex or rare conditions.
Celebration in Iran: At a rally on Monday for the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, President Hassan Rouhani said his country faced a war “waged by cruel enemies” but that it would “gain victory over America.”
Virginia’s leadership crisis: A Democratic lawmaker’s push to swiftly begin impeachment proceedings against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax stalled in the face of opposition from the party’s black caucus.
Ex-lobbyists in government: David Bernhardt, the Interior Department’s acting chief, wants to roll back endangered-species protections for a tiny fish, a change that would benefit a California group he once represented as a lobbyist.
A Green New Deal flub: An aide to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York said a summary of her sweeping plan to combat climate change — which has won the endorsement of several Democratic presidential candidates — was published accidentally. The document included provisions not endorsed by the candidates.
New York City schools: A panel commissioned by Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for diversity targets for the city’s 1,800 public schools so that they reflect the racial and economic makeup of the surrounding areas.
Snapshot: Above, Pike Place Market in Seattle on Monday. A storm that brought unusually heavy snow to the city is now moving through the Midwest and heading toward the Northeast.
Late-night comedy: For Jimmy Fallon’s fifth anniversary as host of “The Tonight Show,” Adam Sandler sang him a song: “My Jimmy Fallontine.”
What we’re reading: This article in The Washington Post. Kevin McKenna, a deputy business editor, writes: “A revealing look at Michael Cohen, who portrayed himself as the ultimate Trump loyalist — until he wasn’t. In this telling, Mr. Cohen’s loyalty was always to himself, and his attachment to President Trump was one that he viewed as potentially propelling himself to public office.”
Now, a break from the news
Cook: Any long noodle works for pasta with brown butter and Parmesan.
Watch: Some of the best recent trailers, including a new “Shaft” and a live action “Dumbo.”
Go: From Alaska to Greenland to Scandinavia, the colorful aurora borealis has become a major tourist attraction.
Smarter Living: You can turn regrets into motivation. First, identify and write down how you respond when you think you’ve made a mistake, like obsessing over it or suppressing your feelings. Then identify the negative outcomes of that behavior. And — this is crucial — find one positive outcome. Be compassionate with yourself. Finally, use the wisdom you gained through self-reflection to resolve what’s haunting you.
And we also have guidance on tidying up after you’ve Marie Kondo-ed everything.
And now for the Back Story on …
Born on this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln had a mythic impact far beyond the U.S.
With his eloquence about democracy, his freeing of the slaves and his martyr’s death as president, he has been embraced by fledgling republics, antislavery societies and countries trying to recover from civil war.
His famous definition of democracy — “government of the people, by the people, for the people” — was invoked in the first Czechoslovak Republic after World War I, in Hungary in 1956, in Iran in 1979, and at Tiananmen Square in China in 1989.
The Abraham Lincoln Battalion, a volunteer effort to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War in the mid-1930s, was the first racially integrated U.S. military force.
After World War II, he was an inspiration for many decolonization movements in Africa and Asia. Jawaharlal Nehru, considered the architect of modern India, even owned a bronze cast of Lincoln’s hand. (For more, listen to a historian discuss Lincoln’s international impact.)
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
To Eleanor Stanford, Mathew Brownstein and James K. Williamson for the break from the news. Steven Erlanger, The Times’s chief diplomatic correspondent in Europe, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Today’s episode is about the vote by Chief Justice John Roberts to block an abortion law.
• Here’s today’s mini crossword puzzle, and a clue: Mohawked actor in “Rocky III” (3 letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• After our Back Story on encouraging women to write letters to the editor last week, we published some of the responses on Sunday and more on Monday.