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Consolidation in health care generally hasn’t been good for Americans. Here’s why this deal could be an exception.

F.B.I. “in tatters,” Trump says.

• President Trump, who has positioned himself as a defender of law and order, is now in a public dispute with the country’s top law enforcement agents, our White House correspondent Michael D. Shear writes.

On Sunday, Mr. Trump accused the bureau of bias in its Russia investigation.

Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, admitted on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition.

Current and former F.B.I. officials, historians and lawmakers rebuked the president for undermining the bureau’s credibility.

Revered conductor is accused of sexual abuse.

• The Metropolitan Opera suspended its four-decade association with James Levine, its conductor and former music director, after three men said he had sexually abused them decades ago, when the men were teenagers.

Told of the accusations Sunday night, a spokesman for Mr. Levine didn’t comment.

Separately, the former TV host Billy Bush disputed President Trump’s recent assertions that the voice on the infamous “Access Hollywood” recording was not his. “He said it,” Mr. Bush said in an Op-Ed for The Times.

The Daily”: Beyond taxation.

• What made it into the overhaul, besides tax cuts, and how could the measure reshape American society?

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Business

Fueled by the soaring price for Bitcoin, the frenzy over virtual currency markets is feverish in South Korea.

American Airlines has resolved a scheduling problem that could have left thousands of flights without pilots over the holidays.

A former Volkswagen executive is scheduled to be sentenced over the diesel emissions scandal. It’s among the headlines to watch this week.

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

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    Smarter Living

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

    Rethink that activity tracker.

    A bonding activity for parents and children: baking.

    Recipe of the day: Start the week with a stellar farro salad.

    Over the Weekend

    The White House denied that it was pursuing a plan for Mideast peace that would offer Palestinians limited sovereignty and not give them East Jerusalem as their capital.

    Lowell Hawthorne, a Jamaican immigrant, built the Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill into a fast-food empire in New York City and beyond. He killed himself on Saturday.

    At the Kennedy Center Honors, the recipients spoke openly about the policies of President Trump, who skipped the ceremony.

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    The Kennedy Center honorees this year are (clockwise, from top left): LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Norman Lear and Carmen de Lavallade. Sunday’s ceremony will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. Eastern.Credit Pool photo by Ron Sachs

    Alabama edged Ohio State for the final spot in the College Football Playoff, joining Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma.

    In the N.F.L., the Minnesota Vikings won their eighth straight game. Here are all of Sunday’s scores.

    “Coco” was again No. 1 at North American box offices, earning $26.1 million.

    Noteworthy

    Seven new wonders: Petra.

    In today’s 360 video, visit the ancient city in Jordan, built by the Nabateans from the 4th century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D.

    Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.

    Writers from across the political spectrum discuss Michael Flynn’s guilty plea.

    Anational monument could shrink.

    President Trump is set to announce an enormous reduction to Bears Ears National Monument in Utah today. The area has been at the center of a fight over how much land a president can reserve for protection.

    The Evening Briefing by Email

    Get a nightly rundown of the day’s top stories delivered to your inbox every Monday through Friday.

    Quotation of the day.

    “How do you think she feels? It’s a prison, how should she feel? A prison is a prison, even if it’s heaven.”

    Shirin Gul, a serial killer serving a life sentence in an Afghan prison, where her daughter was born and has lived all of her 11 years. Ms. Gul is permitted to keep her daughter at the prison until she turns 18.

    Back Story

    Voting ends today for the readers’ choice of Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” with the final winner announced on Wednesday.

    While the selection has been criticized as non-news, it is already getting attention from last year’s recipient, Donald Trump, who was then president-elect.

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    The once (and future?) winner.Credit Nadav Kander/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

    Mr. Trump recently said that Time editors had called to tell him he would “probably” be named again, but that he “took a pass” because “probably” wasn’t good enough. (The magazine said the president was mistaken.)

    If it is Mr. Trump, he will be the second person to be named for two consecutive years. The other was Richard Nixon, who was named in 1971 and 1972, when he shared the honor with Henry Kissinger.

    The decision is based on impact, rather than good deeds. Previous selections have included Hitler and Stalin.

    Most recipients have been white men, starting with the first, the American aviator Charles Lindbergh, in 1927. In 2015, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, became only the fourth woman to be named on her own.

    The computer won the title in 1982, and Earth was picked in 1988.

    In 2006, the traditional cover photo of the winner was replaced by a reflective panel, honoring “You” and the online contributions of millions of internet users.

    Patrick Boehler and Jennifer Jett contributed reporting.

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