First Draft: The Bradlee Interview: Are You a Moonie?

As a young reporter, interviewing for a job with Ben Bradlee was momentous, intimidating and always memorable. My turn came in 1988.

No 'rockets' in Kullu this Diwali

In an effort to minimize the losses due to fire incidences and to reduce air pollution, Kullu administration has imposed a complete ban on use of fire rockets on eve of Diwali.

First Draft: ‘This Is Ben.’ Enough Said.

The Times’s David E. Sanger remembers a conversation with Ben Bradlee about an article in The Times.

Bureaucrats asked not to act on oral orders from ministers

Government officials have been advised not to go ahead with any decision unless written orders are issued by their immediate superiors.

Army hands back firing range to J&K government

The Army has handed over the Tosha Maidan firing range in central Kashmir to the state government for its redevelopment as a tourist destination.

Govt frames stringent rules for airlines to check Ebola spread

Both Indian and foreign carriers flying into the country will have to limit contact of passengers showing symptoms of this disease and earmark a toilet on the aircraft for their exclusive use.

CBI arrests senior railway officer for graft

CBI on Wednesday arrested a senior railway board official for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 5 lakh through hawala channels from a Mumbai-based tour operator.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda's populist schemes leave Haryana in Rs 80k cr debt

Sources said to generate funds for the running schemes, the state government on Wednesday notified the sale of Haryana Government Stock (Securities) for a 10-year period for an aggregate amount of Rs 750 crore.

'NCP netas' clean chit claim misleading'

NCP leaders Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare have been shouting themselves hoarse about the supposed "clean chit" they got in the Chitale panel report, which inquired into the Maharashtra irrigation scam.

Gen VK Singh’s aide booked by CBI on alleged graft charges

TOI first reported on Tuesday that the company belonging to the tainted former defence contractor, who is close to union minister V K Singh, would be booked by the CBI.

Op-Ed Contributor: The Battle for Gay Rights in Rural America

In my town, gays and lesbians can still be fired from their jobs and thrown out of restaurants.

Sena split on backing BJP, fears revolt if it stays out of power

The Shiv Sena may be gearing up to join the BJP government, but a section in the party has strong reservations on the issue, it is said.

First Draft: Politics Helpline: Ads, Soft Money and Leftover Cash

The Times’s resident campaign finance experts answered select questions on money and politics in the midterm elections.

First Draft: From the Upshot Video: How Democrats Can Hold the Senate

Nate Cohn explains why The Upshot’s model has Republicans gaining control of the Senate in the midterm elections, and what Democrats can do to stay on top.

First Draft: Bradlee Funeral to Be Held in Same Church as Nixon’s

Ben Bradlee’s funeral will be held Tuesday at the Washington National Cathedral, where Richard M. Nixon was remembered in a memorial service in 1994.

First Draft: From Sanders, a Thinly Veiled Declaration of Loyalty

Independent Senate candidates are being cagey about what party they’ll caucus with. Even Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont won’t say unequivocally, but we can guess which way he’s leaning.

First Draft: National Democrats Are Back in Kentucky

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is reversing itself by reserving $650,000 in air time in support of Alison Lundergan Grimes.

CBI's first Saradha chargesheet looks a rush job

More than five months after it started the Saradha scam inquiry, CBI somewhat hurriedly submitted the first chargesheet in the case on Wednesday, rushing against the 90-day deadline to stop the accused from getting bail.

First Draft: Supreme Court Edits a Dissent, and Admits It

The Supreme Court made the rare admission that a dissent by one of the justices needed to be corrected.

First Draft: Visa-Investment Scandal Keeps South Dakota Senate Race Close

A visa-investment program in South Dakota is taking up a lot of airtime in the state’s Senate race.

Japan set to invest in Andhra Pradesh

Japan is keen to engage with the state of Andhra Pradesh, and transfer high-technology in agriculture, food processing, cold chains and food parks, along with mega super thermal projects and solar projects.

First Draft: First Draft Video: Gardner on Fixing Washington

Representative Cory Gardner, a Republican representative from Colorado running for Senate, pleads for more cooperation in Washington in the latest installment of our video series about fixing Washington.

Las Vegas Hopes Its New Play for Pro Soccer Won’t Be a Loser

A city known for gambling but trying to diversify wants to add a Major League Soccer team, but the need for public money for a stadium is a hurdle.

Catholic Church demands ban on surrogacy in India

The Catholic Church in India is leading an appeal to the Central government to ban surrogacy in India.

Motherlode Blog: Pregnant, With ‘No Plans to Have Another Baby’ and No Ready Options

“I am a long time poster, but am here now under a different identity as it is much easier to ask for OB/GYN recommendations for having babies rather than terminating a pregnancy.”

Hi-tech surveillance cameras to help security forces zoom in on China

In the wake of increasing Chinese aggression and the difficulty of physically manning the vast India-China border, Indo-Tibetan Border Police is acquiring high-end surveillance cameras.

First Draft: Arizona Republican Turns to Puppies to Soften Image

Martha McSally, a Republican running for the House, is using puppies to soften her image among Arizona voters.

BJP govt in Haryana will probe Robert Vadra’s land deals, hints finance minister Arun Jaitley

Jaitley’s remarks were the first strong indication that regime change in Haryana could have direct consequences for Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra.

First Draft: Repeat After Us: Bruce Braley, Candidate for Senate

Eleven days after mangling the name of Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Iowa, Michelle Obama returned to the Hawkeye State to campaign for him.

Eve of Election: A Fractured Ukraine, United in Uncertainty

As the Ukrainian election approaches, citizens are both hopeful and skeptical about their country's future. But their biggest concern isn't the war in the east or Russian interference -- it's the country's need for a working state.

Attack on Canadian parliament 'extremely disturbing': PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed attack on Canadian parliament as "extremely disturbing".

Busting the Budget: Kansas Faces Additional Revenue Shortfalls After Tax Cuts

Three more months of data are in, and the state is still collecting much less income tax than it expected.

First Draft: At Nearly $4 Billion, the Most Expensive Midterms Ever

The 2014 congressional contests are on track to become the most expensive midterm elections in history, according to a new report from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Economists See Holes in G.O.P.'s Post-Election Wish List

Anticipating a takeover of Congress, Republicans have assembled an economic agenda that reflects their small-government philosophy, but leaves many economists underwhelmed.

Motherlode Blog: Diwali, Once Hidden, Now Lit Large

When my family and I immigrated in 1977, to be an Indian-American meant replacing curry with bologna and saris with sweaters, and celebrating Diwali invisibly. My daughter’s life is very different.

U.S. to Monitor Travelers From Ebola-Hit Nations for 21 Days

Travelers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone will be given thermometers and information cards and must report their temperatures and any symptoms daily.

First Draft: Latest Target of an Irascible Alaskan: A Student’s Suicide

Representative Don Young, the 81-year-old Republican from Alaska, is taking irascible to new heights this election season.

U.N.C. Investigation Reveals ‘Shadow Curriculum’ to Help Athletes

A report finds that classes requiring no attendance and little work were common knowledge among academic counselors and football coaches.

Midterm Calculus: G.O.P. Wins on Expected Battlefield, but Terrrain Has Changed

The Democrats have struggled to defend their Senate ground but are still in the game because they’ve brought Kansas and Georgia into play.

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