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Russia, White House, Benjamin Netanyahu: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

It remains unclear why Mr. Kushner’s security clearance has taken so long.

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3. “This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th.”

In a pair of early-morning tweets, President Trump increased pressure on Democrats. The first focused on reaching a deal to protect young undocumented immigrants before the looming deadline.

The second pushed them on infrastructure: “After many years we have taken care of our Military, now we have to fix our roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and more. Bipartisan, make deal Dems?”

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4. Can Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stay in office?

That was the question after the Israeli police said he should be charged with bribery and fraud.

The damning summary of their findings after a year of investigating two corruption cases referred to a steady flow of cigars and pink champagne in Mr. Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence in quantities sufficient to stock a small cocktail lounge.

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5. At least four Russian nationals, and perhaps dozens, were killed in fighting in Syria this month.

The Kremlin has played down its involvement by suggesting they were merely mercenaries — but it appears the U.S. and Russia came very near on the battlefield.

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6. “Everybody has meth around here — everybody.”

It’s not just opioids out there. Crystal meth is back with a vengeance. Sean, a 27-year-old in Oregon, told our reporter that he prefers heroin but that these days meth is “the easiest to find.”

At the United States border, agents are seizing 10 to 20 times the amounts they did a decade ago. Congress passed sweeping legislation to curtail it more than a decade ago, but experts say methamphetamine has never been purer, cheaper or more lethal.

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7. The reigning Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin is set to compete tonight at the Winter Games in the slalom, her best event. No athlete, man or woman, has ever successfully defended an Olympic slalom title.

If you need more Olympic stars, consider Chloe Kim, 17, above, the youngest female snowboarder to win gold in the Olympic halfpipe. Check out how she managed her incredible back-to-back 1080s.

And over on the ice there’s Adam Rippon, who’s speaking publicly about what has been an open secret among male skaters: crippling body image issues.

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8. It’s a tough job, but some tech columnist had to do it: let a self-flying drone test its futuristic chase skills on him.

The R1 sells for $2,499, but expect it to be cheaper, smaller, more capable, and — sooner than most of us will like — everywhere.

“I found only one trick for escape,” Farhad Manjoo writes. “Hint: It involved the indignity of repeatedly running around a tree.”

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9. Will it be Lucy the borzoi, Slick the border collie or a pug named Biggie?

We’ll have live coverage throughout the evening of the 142nd Westminster Dog Show. Lucy, Slick and Biggie all won their groups on Monday (hound, toy and herding), and the remaining group competitions begin at 8 p.m. (sporting, working, terrier and nonsporting).

If you can stay up, best in show is expected around 11 p.m.

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

10. For Valentine’s Day, our reporter mined a California library’s collection of about 12,000 paper valentines from across three centuries. She found lots of “optimism about romance,” but also spotted the card above, a bit of trolling from 1855. (“I’ll get married,” it reads, “but not to you.”)

And humans aren’t the only ones with love on the brain. We take a look at how songbirds mated for life create space for each other in their brains.

Good night, and may tomorrow bring you more romance than trolling.

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