A plague year: This year, the perfect digital anxiety machine—the breaking-news push alert—came into its own. We’ve put together all the New York Times alerts in a timeline, along with a package of essays on the changes this year has wrought in our psyches.
What’s happening in: Saudi Arabia, where the heir apparent to the throne has had 11 princes, along with dozens of politicians, arrested? Josh Keating writes that Mohammed bin Salman may fear a rocky transition from his father’s reign to his own.
Starting early: The GOP tax plan includes a strange little provision allowing fetuses to save for college. Christina Cauterucci explains why this is such an insidious threat to women’s rights.
The details: Matthew Dessem with everything we know about the shooter in Sutherland Springs. (Not that one.)
For fun: Nice...car.