NY Times Trump’s Call with Taiwan: A Diplomatic Gaffe or a New Start? 2016-12-06T00:24:09.000000Z Donald J. Trump has challenged Beijing on trade and the South China Sea, rejecting suggestions that he needed China’s approval to talk to Taiwan’s president. Russia Says It’ll Discuss With U.S. a Deal on Exit for Insurgents in Aleppo 2016-12-06T00:03:30.000000Z The Russian foreign minister said that any insurgents who refused to leave under terms of an agreement would be considered terrorists and risked death. Bill Cosby’s Testimony on Drugs Can Be Evidence in Sexual Assault Trial, Judge Rules 2016-12-05T23:35:03.000000Z In deposition testimony from a 2005 civil lawsuit, the star acknowledged obtaining quaaludes as part of his efforts to have sex with women. Critics Worry Over How Ben Carson, Lacking Expertise in Public Housing, Will Lead It 2016-12-05T23:25:18.000000Z Experts in urban areas admire Mr. Carson’s medical clout but are concerned about his lack of experience in government. Transition Briefing: Trump Meets With Al Gore on Climate Change While House G.O.P. Rebuffs Tariff Plan 2016-12-05T22:58:17.000000Z Al Gore was to meet with Ivanka Trump on climate change, but the former vice president got to bend the ear of the president-elect himself. Walter Scott’s Mother and Lawyer React to Mistrial 2016-12-05T22:57:56.000000Z L. Chris Stewart, the lawyer for the family of Walter L. Scott, the black man who was shot dead by the former South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager, spoke after news of his mistrial, as did Mr. Scott's mother. Mr. Stewart said that the officer had "delayed" justice but that he would not "e... House G.O.P. Signals Break With Trump Over Tariff Threat 2016-12-05T22:43:54.000000Z President-elect Trump has suggested a heavy tax on companies that move jobs overseas, but Republican leaders pushed back, saying they don’t want a trade war. Books of The Times: ‘The Revenge of Analog’: See It. Feel It. Touch It. (Don’t Click) 2016-12-05T22:38:19.000000Z David Sax asserts that analog isn’t going anywhere, but is, in fact, experiencing a bracing revival. And it’s not just a case of nostalgia. Trump Chooses Ben Carson to Lead HUD 2016-12-05T22:24:39.000000Z The president-elect reached out to one of his old Republican primary opponents to be secretary of housing and urban development. Shinzo Abe to Become First Japanese Leader to Visit Pearl Harbor 2016-12-05T22:24:37.000000Z Mr. Abe’s trip this month to the site his country attacked 75 years ago will in effect be reciprocating a visit by President Obama to Hiroshima this year.