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Donald Trump, China, James Bond: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Good morning.

We’re covering air pollution in your city, an explosive video from Russia and the French chef who popularized grilled duck breast.

European leaders once stoically bore President Trump’s attacks, and labored to adjust to his preferences and prejudices. But two developments on Tuesday highlight how they are forcing him to change his approach, our London bureau chief writes.

How could Ukrainian officials have felt the pressure of a freeze in military aid if they did not know about it when the White House was pushing for political favors? That’s how President Trump and his allies have defended his administration in the impeachment inquiry.

Cook: For a dazzling appetizer, try crisp feta with lemon over toast.

Read: We picked six cookbooks for you to take on the road.

Smarter Living: If you start practicing your New Year’s resolutions now, your chances of sticking to them will be a cinch in 2020.

His name is Bond. James Bond. But as the trailer for the latest Bond movie comes out today, we wondered where the name came from.

The writer behind the super spy, Ian Fleming, was also an avid bird watcher. On a trip to Jamaica after World War II, he spotted a book, “Birds of the West Indies,” by an ornithologist from Philadelphia. Who happened to be named James Bond.

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