Wednesday, November 25, 2015         

New York Times

John Wittneben simmered as he listened to Hillary Rodham Clinton defend her ties to Wall Street during last weekend's Democratic debate. He lost 40 percent of his savings in individual retirement accounts during the Great Recession, while Clinton has received millions of dollars from the kinds of executives he believes should be in jail.

Here's a recipe for a terrible play: Characters are rarely in the same room as one another; conversations are typed rather than spoken; one side of a dispute can't be heard by the audience.

The first wave of canceled reservations struck Le Bristol with crushing force after last weekend's terrorist attacks, across town from the five-star hotel and its elite Right Bank neighborhood. Within 72 hours, the tally of lost bookings exceeded a half-million euros -- more than $530,000.

In Valencia, Spain's third-largest city, the accuser and the accused of the Spanish Civil War are still honored side by side, at least on its street map.

When he was Britain's prime minister, Tony Blair tried to secure his own official aircraft, only to see it nicknamed "Blairforce One" and lampooned as an effort to compete with the U.S. presidential jet.

Last year, Bennett Friedman, who owns a plumbing showroom in Manhattan called AF New York, took a business trip to Milan. On the morning of his return he faced a choice: stop in the bathroom there or wait until he got home. The flight was nine hours. He waited.

President Barack Obama called on China on Wednesday to halt its construction on reclaimed islands in the South China Sea, raising the contentious issue at the start of a two-day economic summit meeting at which he and other Pacific Rim leaders also discussed trade and climate change.

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