Former advisor to President Donald Trump and executive chairman of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon introduces Roy Moore, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, at an election-night rally on September 26, 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama. Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court, defeated incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in a primary runoff election for the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Donald Trump. Moore will now face Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election in December.
Bannon praises Trump after criticizing in book
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Escaping the flames. Tightening the grip. Delivering the justice. It’s Friday, and here are the five things you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Politics

Stop us if you’ve heard this one, but there is unrest in Washington this week. Why? For one, excerpts of a new book were released featuring former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon going off about the Trump administration’s ties to Russia and calling a campaign meeting between a Russian lawyer and several top Trump figures “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” Trump was none too happy and torched his ex-aide in a statement, saying Bannon “lost his mind” after he left the White House. Then, Trump’s attorney said he’d sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bannon, who late in the day called Trump “a great man.”

US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on December 2, 2017. 
Trump is returning to Washington, DC after attending fundraisers in New York, New York. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Trump slams Bannon: He lost his mind
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North Korea’s going to send athletes to the Winter Olympics. That’s the first breakthrough to come out of the high-level talks (the first in two years) taking place between the North and the South. And the North is sending more than just athletes to next month’s Games in Pyeongchang. The regime is also sending a cheering squad, an art troupe, a visitors’ group, a Taekwondo demonstration team and a press corps. The two countries also discussed family reunifications and having military talks to prevent accidental conflicts.

Paul Manafort walks outside the William B. Bryant US Courthouse Annex on October 30, 2017 in Washington,DC.
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of conspiracy and money laundering after the Justice Department unveiled the first indictments in the probe into Russian election interference. Manafort, 68, and business partner Rick Gates, 45, both entered not guilty pleas in a Washington court after being read charges that they hid millions of dollars they earned working for former Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Moscow political party.
 / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Manafort sues Mueller over Russia probe
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2. Winter Olympics

After six days, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Wednesday that a string of anti-government protests is over. But after a few hundred arrests and at least 21 deaths, there is no sign that the protests are abating, so many are reading the announcement as a warning instead of a fact. If you’ll recall, the protests began as a response to Iran’s stagnant economy and other woes, but quickly grew into a forceful protest of the Iranian government’s authority

Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.
Students protested in a third day of demonstrations sparked by anger over Iran's economic problems, videos on social media showed, but were outnumbered by counter-demonstrators. / AFP PHOTO / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Iran shaken by anti-government protests
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Lawyers for President Donald Trump are anticipating a request for the President to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller and are discussing how to define the parameters of any interview, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. The President’s legal team has been preparing for the expected request for months. Trump’s lawyers have said they are hoping for the investigation to wrap up quickly. It is unusual for a sitting president to speak directly to a special counsel or independent prosecutor who is leading an investigation. Previous presidents have sat down for a deposition in a civil suit.

3. Taiwan earthquake

Remember the commission Trump started in May to battle the nearly nonexistent problem of voter fraud that he said cost him the popular vote? Well, it’s gone now. In a statement, the White House said the commission was disbanded because too many states declined to hand over voter information. The panel was widely panned, even by those supportive of the President, with critics saying it was unnecessary and self-serving. Nonetheless, the White House and officials close to the matter have suggested it’s possible that Homeland Security may be encouraged to look at the issue in the future.

A man walks to use a voting booth March 1, 2016, at one of the Virginia primary election polling stations at Colin Powell Elementary School, in Centreville, Virginia.
Voters in a dozen states will take part in "Super Tuesday" -- a series of primaries and caucuses in states ranging from Alaska to Virginia, with Virginia the first to open its polling stations at 6:00 am (1100 GMT).  / AFP / PAUL J. RICHARDS        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Toobin: Voter fraud panel promoted suppression
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Californians who had to flee the wildfires now have to run from the water. Heavy rains from the first big storm of the rainy season are expected to trigger mudslides in parts of Southern California charred last year by wildfires. So, thousands of people – including 6,000 in Santa Barbara County – have to leave their homes. The fires burned acres of protective brush on hillsides, leaving little to no vegetation to prevent mudslides and debris flow. 

4. Poland

President Trump promised to put coal miners back to work, but a plan to help the coal industry has been rejected by federal regulators. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed an administration proposal to subsidize power plants, such as coal and nuclear facilities, that maintain a 90-day supply of fuel on site. The rejection is a big blow for coal mining companies, which booed the decision; environmental groups cheered it.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 03:  A man is bundled up as he walks to the U.S. Capitol on January 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. A winter storm is traveling up the east coast overnight with significant accumulationsÊof snow possible.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Massive winter storm unloads on Northeast
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5. Space X launch

Two state lawmakers in South Carolina want to put up a new Confederate monument honoring the sacrifices of black Confederate troops who, according to one of the lawmakers, “stepped up to defend their home state during a tumultuous time in our country’s history.”   *record scratch*   Black Confederate troops? Historians say there were no such thing. “In all my years of research, I can say I have seen no documentation of black South Carolina soldiers fighting for the Confederacy,” historian Walter Edgar recently said. Yes, black people served in the Confederate army, Edgar pointed out, but they were slaves or free blacks forced to work without pay as cooks or servants. 

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Confederate statues on display at the Capitol
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What. A. Game! So much happened in the national championship game, where Alabama stunned Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win its fifth title in nine years. First, there was the National Anthem, when President Trump showed up on the field (but did not sing all the words). Then, Georgia took a 13-0 lead and ‘Bama looked dead. Then, rapper Kendrick Lamar got all political during the halftime show (but Trump missed it because he went back to DC).


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