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U.S. judge issues gag order in trial of former Trump adviser Stone

U.S. judge issues gag order in trial of former Trump adviser StoneU.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she was issuing the modified gag order to “maintain the dignity and seriousness of the courthouse” in a case that has generated a carnival-like atmosphere since Stone’s arrest in Florida on Jan. 25. The order prohibits lawyers involved in the case from speaking with news media outlets and prohibits other participants, like Stone himself, from making statements that may affect the case when they are near the courthouse. It does not stop Stone from talking about his case when he is not near the courthouse.



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AOC suggests cocktail recipes to sip while sorting different political issues: 'Hard Brexit – a straight shot of bathtub gin'

AOC suggests cocktail recipes to sip while sorting different political issues: 'Hard Brexit - a straight shot of bathtub gin'Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York congresswoman and former bartender, has suggested a series of special cocktail recipes for those working for change. The recipes, which include one named Hard Brexit – “a straight shot of bathtub gin, with no imported botanicals” – followed an online suggestion by journalist Anand Giridharadas, who recently said the 29-year-old congresswoman had in a month “changed America’s discourse about billionaires and the common good”. Ms Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, responded in style with six ideas, described as “cocktails for the revolution”.



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Ilhan Omar: US congresswoman issues apology for ‘antisemitic’ tweet about pro-Israel group

Ilhan Omar: US congresswoman issues apology for ‘antisemitic’ tweet about pro-Israel groupA newly elected US congresswoman accused of employing an antisemitic trope about money has “unequivocally” apologised after an avalanche of criticism and a rebuke from the highest levels of her own party. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, had tweeted about her belief the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobby group, was paying US politicians to support Israel. “Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share,” Ms Pelosi said in a statement issued by her office and signed by other Democratic leaders.



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Congressional negotiators still face unresolved border security issues

Congressional negotiators still face unresolved border security issues“I think there’s a real effort by both Republicans and Democrats, both in the House and Senate to come together – more so than I’ve seen in a long time,” said Senator Patrick Leahy, one of 17 negotiators, and a senior Senate Appropriations Committee Democrat. Republican Senator Richard Shelby, who chairs the appropriations panel and is also one of the negotiators, told reporters that border patrol experts would brief lawmakers soon. The toughest unresolved disputes include the type of new physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, if any, as President Donald Trump demands $ 5.7 billion for a wall that most Democrats and many Republicans say would be wasteful and ineffective.



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Illinois governor issues warning ahead of dangerous polar vortex

Illinois governor issues warning ahead of dangerous polar vortexThe governor of Illinois on Monday issued an emergency preparedness plan ahead of a “historic” polar vortex of cold air and wind descending on much of the U.S., warning residents that temperatures were likely to plunge well below zero. Governor J.B. Pritzker said wind chill could drive temperatures to -55 degrees Fahrenheit in northern Illinois on Tuesday evening, capable of causing frostbite in a matter of minutes. “This is a potentially historic winter storm that will bring extreme cold to our state and all Illinoisans must prepare,” Pritzker said in a written statement released by his office.”Our administration is putting into place an Emergency Preparedness Plan with key state agencies as well as warning residents about these life-threatening conditions.” The so-called polar vortex weather system was expected to send frigid winds that circulate around the North Pole across much of the United States from the Dakotas through New England, National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hurley said.



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Flights delayed at 4 major airports due to ‘staffing’ issues as government shutdown ends

Flights delayed at 4 major airports due to ‘staffing’ issues as government shutdown endsFlights at four major airports were delayed at some point Friday because of staffing issues among air traffic control employees.



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WaPo Issues Correction after Falsely Labeling Nathan Phillips a Vietnam Vet

WaPo Issues Correction after Falsely Labeling Nathan Phillips a Vietnam VetThe Washington Post issued a correction Tuesday after falsely describing the elderly Native American man whose confrontation with a group of high-school students went viral over the weekend as a veteran of the Vietnam War. “Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War.



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'Is this the best a man can get?' Gillette issues #MeToo challenge to cut toxic behavior

'Is this the best a man can get?' Gillette issues #MeToo challenge to cut toxic behaviorThe new campaign, called "We Believe," is Procter & Gamble's latest foray into brand messaging that takes aim at "toxic masculinity" in the #MeToo era.



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Kroger issues recall for shrimp products due to potential health hazard

Kroger issues recall for shrimp products due to potential health hazardKroger is recalling nine different kinds of cooked shrimp that are actually raw or undercooked.



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Pope Francis issues plea for peace in the Middle East in Christmas Day address

Pope Francis issues plea for peace in the Middle East in Christmas Day addressPope Francis has used his traditional Christmas Day address urging people to overcome their religious and cultural differences to end conflict in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East. Delivering his sixth “Urbi et Orbi” address to 50,000 people gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on Tuesday, the pope said Jesus Christ had given the world “fraternity”  and differences should not be seen as a “detriment or a danger” but “a source of richness”. “My wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity,” the pope said. “All of us are brothers and sisters in humanity.” Just days after Donald Trump, the US president, announced he would withdraw American troops from Syria and urged Saudi Arabia to help rebuild the country, the pope called for an urgent political solution that would allow millions of Syrian refugees to return home. “May the international community work decisively for a political solution that can put aside divisions and partisan interests, so that the Syrian people, especially all those who were forced to leave their own lands and seek refuge elsewhere, can return to live in peace in their own country,” the pope said. "Urbi et Orbi" means "to the city and the world". Pope Francis waves after delivering the "Urbi et Orbi" message from the main balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica  Credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi The 82-year-old pontiff delivered his message as thousands of pilgrims gathered in brilliant sunshine to celebrate the birth of Christ amid tight security at the Vatican. Last week police in southern Italy arrested a Somali man suspected of having been a member of Islamic State and who had threatened to bomb churches in Italy, including St. Peter’s Basilica. After appealing for peace in Syria, the pope also called for a resumption of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and a political solution in Yemen. Members of the Swiss Guard were present during the "Urbi et Orbi" message at the Vatican Credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi “My thoughts turn to Yemen, in the hope that the truce brokered by the international community may finally bring relief to all those children and people exhausted by war and famine,” the pope said. Francis also turned his attention to other hotspots in the world, calling for further rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula and peace in Ukraine which he said was “yearning to regain a lasting peace that is slow to come”. He also appealed for “social harmony” in Venezuela and reconciliation in Nicaragua. The pope’s concern for migrants and refugees was not overlooked. He called for an end to conflict in Africa “where millions of people are refugees, or displaced or in need of humanitarian assistance and food security”. Pope Francis prays in front of a Nativity scene Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP On Christmas Eve the pope expressed his concern about the widening gap between rich and poor and the damage caused by “insatiable greed”. "An insatiable greed marks all human history, even today, when, paradoxically, a few dine luxuriantly while all too many go without the daily bread needed to survive," the pope said.



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