Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Democrats Select Stacey Abrams To Deliver SOTU Response.
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has accepted an invitation to give the Democratic response the the State of the Union address. Abrams would be the first black woman to give the State of the Union Address.
Brexit Update: Lawmakers Rule Out Hard Exit And Pressure Renogotiations With Irish Backstop.
British lawmakers, voting on amendments to Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal plan, rule out withdrawing from the E.U. without a deal.
Theresa May is also under pressure to change the Irish backstop, an insurance policy that avoids new inspections or infrastructure at the border of Ireland, the only land border the U.K. would have with the E.U. All sides say this can’t come at the expense of Ireland’s historic peace accord.
Mueller Investigation Update: Roger Stone Pleads Not Guilty In D.C. Federal Court Following Arrest.
Republican political consultant Roger Stone pleaded not guilty in federal court in Washington D.C., to obstruction and other charges. Stone was indicted on one count of obstructing a proceeding, five counts of making false statements to Congress and one count of witness tampering.
Stone was arrested in South Florida, but the grand jury that indicted him operates in the nation’s capital, so he could eventually face trial in Washington.
‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett‘ Attacked in Hate Crime.
Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the tv show Empire, reportedly was brutally attacked in what Chicago police are investigating as a possible hate crime.
Chicago police say that they are gathering video, identifying potential witnesses and trying to establish a timeline of events. Police put out a call for anyone who had been in the area at the time to submit information to their tip line.
New York Passes First Major Gun Control Bills Since Sandy Hook.
New York lawmakers approved the most comprehensive set of gun bills in the state in six years, including measures that would ban bump stocks, prohibit teachers from carrying guns in schools and extend the waiting period for gun buyers who do not pass an instant background check.
The U.S. Midwest Region Is Experiencing A polar Vortex.
The polar vortex is bringing dangerously low temperatures to the Midwest, forcing schools and universities to close and leading the governor of Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin to declare emergencies.
The vortex, a brutal mass of cold air within strong bands of of circulating winds, has spread southward from its normal location near the North Pole in recent weeks, bringing attic weather to the middle of the United States.