Steve Bannon, Louis CK, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’: Your Friday Briefing

A taxing problem for the G.O.P.

• The tax plan that Senate Republicans unveiled on Thursday would preserve prized exemptions like the mortgage interest deduction, and postpone a corporate rate cut to 2019. (Such a delay isn’t likely to go down well with the White House.)


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The Capitol in Washington. The disparate tax plans show the competing pressures that Republican lawmakers are facing.

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We compare the proposal with the House one, and our On Washington columnist looks at the political risk of the Republicans’ all-in bet on tax overhaul.

Identifying potential winners and losers in the two plans isn’t easy, but we’ve tried.

Louis C.K. faces accusations.

• Sexual harassment accusations continue to upend careers. Five women have come forward to say that Louis C.K. asked them to watch him engage in lewd behavior.

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Louis C.K. in New York this month. The comedian has not yet responded to allegations of sexual misconduct against him, but his manager was adamant in an email that his client “never threatened anyone.”

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Just last month, the comedian avoided pointed questions from our reporter. After the Times story broke, HBO cut him from a comedy benefit it plans to broadcast on Nov. 18.

Separately, four women said Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, had made sexual or romantic overtures to them when they were teenagers.

In a TimesTalk, reporters behind our coverage of accusations against Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly and others discussed exposing abuses of power. You can watch it on YouTube.

Ominous signs in the Middle East.

• Lebanon has accused Saudi Arabia of detaining its prime minister, while Saudi Arabia has ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon.

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At the same time, a Saudi blockade on Yemen is adding to tensions over a proxy war with Iran.

Our correspondent visited a Yemeni town struggling for normalcy.

The Daily”: A battle over America’s soul.

• In today’s show, Stephen Bannon discusses the future of the Republican Party.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.

Business

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On Thursday, we held our DealBook conference, which featured some of the biggest newsmakers in business and policy. Here’s what stood out.

Uber has lost a key employment case in Britain. A tribunal rejected the ride-sharing company’s claim that its drivers are independent contractors.

Workers at an Ohio factory rejected unionization, in a litmus test for labor relations at Chinese-owned companies.

Who needs a spare tire? Automakers are exploring cheaper fixes.

U.S. stocks were down on Thursday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

Drinking alcohol elevates the risk of some cancers.

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What do colleges want in applicants? Everything.

Recipe of the day: Try pairing brussels sprouts with chorizo.

Noteworthy

The “divine draftsman.”

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Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel Open at the Met

Take a 360 tour with Carmen C. Bambach, who curated “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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In today’s 360 video, tour the Michelangelo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with its curator. (And here’s our review of the show.)

The famous musician you’ve probably never heard of.

Few non-Muslims know the Swedish-Lebanese singer Maher Zain. But he’s one of the biggest names in Islamic pop.

Red ice players.

Canadian filmmakers have tried to get a handle on North Korea by shadowing hockey teams there.

The cursed luck of T. rex.

Dinosaurs might have survived if a fatal asteroid had struck a different spot, a new study suggests.

Lessons in stillness.

In the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington State, a poet searches for the rare peace that true silence can offer.

Ready for the weekend.

At the movies, we look at the rebooted “Murder on the Orient Express,” the thriller “Thelma” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which features Frances McDormand.

The Band’s Visit,” a Broadway musical, earns a rave review. And our music critic says Taylor Swift’s latest album, “Reputation,” is “bombastic, unexpected, sneakily potent.”

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Finally, our book editors recommend nine new titles.


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Best of late-night TV.

Stephen Colbert and other hosts discussed the accusations against Louis C.K. Kind of.

Quotation of the day.

“I think the line gets crossed when you take all your clothes off and start masturbating.”

Julia Wolov, who accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct.

Back Story

Ellis Island, the gateway to the U.S. for more than 12 million immigrants, is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its opening this year. Sunday marks the day it closed in 1954.

Many Americans are descended from immigrants who passed through Ellis Island in a wave of immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Coming to America.

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Upon arrival by ship, steerage passengers were transported to the island for inspections. (First- and second-class passengers skipped that step.)

Those found to have serious contagious illnesses or deemed unemployable could face deportation.

Nearly 70 percent of arrivals didn’t speak a word of English, but language was never an issue, said Doug Treem, a National Park Service Ranger.

Interpreters translated scores of languages — they were required to speak at least four each, other than English. Many were immigrants or children of immigrants.

“I doubt if anyone working as a translator at the U.N. right now could have gotten a job at Ellis Island,” said Mr. Treem.

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One translator, the child of European immigrants and a veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, worked in Italian, German, Yiddish and Croatian, while attending law school at night. That was Fiorello LaGuardia, who went on to be a three-term mayor of New York City.

Sara Aridi contributed reporting.

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