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Judge Issues Gag Order in Roger Stone Case

(From UPI) District Judge Amy Berman Jackson [District of Columbia] said Stone and lawyers involved in the case must not speak about it publicly in situations in which it could “pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice.” She specifically indicated...

Vatican Defrocks Former US Cardinal McCarrick over Sex Abuse

(From AP News) Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. The punishment for...

Merkel Defends Iran Stance, Urges China to Join Arms Talks

(From AP News) German Chancellor Angela Merkel robustly defended European powers’ decision to stand by the Iran nuclear deal in the face of U.S. criticism as she delivered a spirited backing Saturday of her multilateral approach to global affairs and...

China to Deploy ASAT Laser by 2020

(From The Washington Free Beacon) China’s military is expected to deploy a laser weapon capable of destroying or damaging U.S. military satellites in low earth orbit in the next year, the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency disclosed in a report on...

US Destroyers in China-Disputed Waters

(From The Washington Free Beacon) Two U.S. destroyers sailed into waters of some of China’s militarized islands in the South China Sea this week in a challenge Beijing’s expansive maritime claims, the Pacific Fleet said. The guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance...

Mexico Deports MS-13 Gang Members Found in Caravan Near Texas Border

(From The Washington Examiner) Mexican officials say MS-13 gang members from El Salvador infiltrated a group of migrants that traveled in a caravan from Central America to the country’s border with Texas. Miguel Riquelme, governor of Mexico’s Coahuila state, said...

Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall

(From The Washington Examiner) President Trump announced Friday that he would declare a national emergency to build his proposed Mexico border wall, citing crime and violence as his rationale for a move that allows him to redirect funds toward his...

Xi Says Trade Talks Progress, More Meetings Next Week in US

(From Reuters) Talks between China and the United States this week made important progress, President Xi Jinping told top U.S. trade negotiators on Friday, adding that efforts would continue in Washington next week to resolve their bruising trade war. Xi...

Maduro Reveals Secret Meetings with US Envoy

(From AP News) A month into Venezuela’s high-stakes political crisis, President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an Associated Press interview that his government has held secret talks with the Trump administration. . . . U.S. officials have not denied Maduro’s claim...

Pelosi: Democrats Could Declare National Emergency to Enact Gun Control

(From The Washington Examiner) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said President Trump’s plan to use a national emergency declaration to unilaterally provide federal funding for a border wall would set a precedent Republicans may come to regret. Democrats, she said,...