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January 30, 2018

Most of the world may be experiencing unseasonably warm weather this winter — but the forecasts tell a very different story for Pyeongchang, South Korea, where temperatures could be as low as 7 degrees Fahrenheit on the night of the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Should the forecasts hold, the Pyeongchang Olympics would beat the Games' previous record low of 11 degrees Fahrenheit, held by the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

At almost 2,500 feet above sea level, Pyeongchang is one of the coldest regions of South Korea. It's also known for particularly severe winds during the winter. The stadium that will house the opening ceremony on Feb. 9 doesn't have a roof or central heating, which could exacerbate the problem; six people who attended a concert in that very stadium last month reported getting hypothermia in the cold.

Still, Olympics organizers are making efforts to keep their guests comfortable: They're planning to provide heating pads and blankets to spectators, as well as to sell hot food and drinks. But ultimately, everyone will just have to "bundle up," according to one resident — just like the Pyeongchang locals do.

Although this is shaping up to be a tough winter for the Olympics, it's not the first time weather troubles have affected the winter Games. During both the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, the warmth of the hosting cities required some creative solutions to make up for the lack of snow. Shivani Ishwar

April 23, 2019

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told a town hall audience in Cherokee, Iowa, on Tuesday that being censured by his colleagues in the House for making racist remarks gave him "better insight" into what Jesus Christ "went through for us."

King, who is Catholic, didn't just come right out and compare himself to Jesus — The Sioux City Journal reports he was responding to an audience member, Rev. Pinky Person, who told King she believes Christians are being persecuted in the United States.

King has a long history of making inflammatory statements, and earlier this year, he was removed from all congressional committee assignments after asking during a New York Times interview when the terms "white nationalist," "white supremacist," and "Western civilization" became "offensive." The House voted 421-1 to rebuke King, and he referred to his colleagues on Tuesday night as his "accusers." He doesn't want anyone to worry about him, though; King told the audience he's "at a certain peace, and it is because of a lot of prayers for me." Catherine Garcia

April 23, 2019

Twitter and the White House were both mum about President Trump's meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey before it happened on Tuesday afternoon, and the participants were only slightly more forthcoming afterward. Trump — who requested the meeting — tweeted a photo of the Oval Office gathering, Dorsey responded by thanking Trump for discussing ways to make Twitter "healthier and more more civil," and Twitter said the meeting centered on "protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections and efforts underway to respond to the opioid crisis."

In fact, "a significant portion of the meeting focused on Trump's concerns that Twitter quietly, and deliberately, has limited or removed some of his followers," The Washington Post reports, citing a person with direct knowledge of the conversation. "Trump said he had heard from fellow conservatives who had lost followers for unclear reasons as well."

Dorsey explained to Trump that a user's follower count fluctuates as Twitter removes bots and fraudulent spam accounts, "noting even he had lost followers as part of Twitter's work to enforce its policies," the Post reports. Trump isn't the only conservative who has complained that Twitter secretly undermines their tweets — though he is one of the few users Twitter won't touch for violating the site's terms of service — but Twitter insists it is a politics-neutral platform, and the site's "heightened crackdown against spam," the Post notes, "long has affected both liberals and conservatives on the site." Peter Weber

April 23, 2019

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said Tuesday that he will fire senior officials who did not heed warnings that a Islamist group was plotting suicide attacks against churches in the country.

"I must be truthful and admit that there were lapses on the part of defense officials," he said. On Easter Sunday, coordinated suicide bombings at churches and hotels left more than 300 people dead and 500 more injured. Sirisena said officials were aware there "was an intelligence report on the attack," but he was "not kept informed."

Sirisena's senior adviser Shiral Lakthilaka announced that two positions are "earmarked for dismissal": secretary of the ministry of defense and inspector general of police. Critics say Sirisena has to take some of the blame, since he wouldn't let Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, his political rival, attend security meetings.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, and posted a video online featuring an extremist preacher from Sri Lanka named Mohammed Zaharan. Officials suspect that Zaharan, who led a small group called National Thowfeek Jamaath that defaced Buddhist statues, was the attack's ringleader; his whereabouts are unknown, and officials believe he may have been a suicide bomber, The New York Times reports. Indian officials on Tuesday said they had been keeping an eye on Zaharan, as they suspected he was an online recruiter for ISIS. Catherine Garcia

April 23, 2019

President Trump does not want any current or former White House aides to testify in front of congressional panels in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, he told The Washington Post on Tuesday.

"There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it's very partisan — obviously very partisan," Trump said. The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena on Monday to former White House Counsel Don McGahn, asking him to turn over documents and testify next month. McGahn, cited 157 times in the Mueller report, discussed how Trump tried to get him to fire Mueller and then pressed him later to lie about it.

Two people with knowledge of the matter told the Post on Tuesday the White House will fight McGahn's subpoena, asserting executive privilege. This doesn't sound like a solid plan, former Watergate prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste said. "It seems to me executive privilege was waived when McGahn was permitted to give testimony and to be interviewed by Special Counsel Mueller," he told the Post. "I don't see how the White House can assert executive privilege with something that has already been revealed. To use the Watergate expression, 'You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube.'"

A person close to McGahn said while he's not "eager to testify," he's also "not reluctant." McGahn doesn't "want to be in contempt of Congress," the person added, "nor does he want to be in contempt of his ethical obligations and legal obligations as a former White House official." Catherine Garcia

April 23, 2019

There could soon be signs pointing to Trumptown, Donnieville, or MAGAland in the Golan Heights.

President Trump has been slapping his name on buildings, hotels, steaks, water bottles, defunct airlines, and non-accredited universities for decades, but finally, someone else is doing the work for him. On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he wants to name a new settlement in the Golan after Trump, as a way of thanking him for reversing U.S. policy toward the region.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981. This move was widely condemned, and most of the international community does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the area. Trump tweeted in March that he feels differently, and it's "time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights."

There are more than 30 Israeli settlements in the Golan, which are considered illegal under international law. Netanyahu said "all Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision," and after the Passover holiday, he will bring a resolution to the government calling for a new community to be named after Trump. Catherine Garcia

April 23, 2019

While on patrol in a remote area near Clint, Texas, earlier this month, two U.S. troops were confronted by Mexican soldiers, who thought the service members had crossed the southern border and were in Mexico, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

The troops were stationed at the border as part of President Trump's plan to stop undocumented migrants from crossing into the United States. In a statement, U.S. Northern Command told The Associated Press that the incident occurred on April 13, taking place on a piece of U.S. territory south of the border wall but north of the actual border. Newsweek reports that the U.S. troops were in an unmarked car when Mexican soldiers approached them. They were searched, and one of the Americans reportedly had his gun removed from his hip and thrown inside the car.

Northern Command told AP there was a "brief discussion" between the soldiers, and then the Mexican troops left. "The U.S. soldiers immediately contacted [U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement], who responded quickly," Northern Command said in a statement. "Throughout the incident, the U.S. soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols." An investigation is now underway. Catherine Garcia

April 23, 2019

President Trump kicked off his day complaining about Twitter, and finished it meeting with its CEO.

It wasn't on his schedule for the day, but Trump met with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey on Tuesday for a private, 30-minute meeting in the Oval Office. There's not much information on what the two discussed, but a Twitter spokesperson mysteriously told Axios that the meeting revolved around "Twitter's commitment to protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections and efforts underway to respond to the opioid crisis."

Vice News reported Tuesday that Dorsey was headed for the meeting, publishing an internal email Dorsey sent to Twitter employees earlier in the day. "Some of you might feel we shouldn't take this meeting at all," Dorsey wrote in the email, but he countered that sentiment, adding that "I have met with every world leader who has extended an invitation to me."

On Tuesday morning, Trump used Twitter to air some grievances about the site, saying it doesn't "treat me well as a Republican." Trump cryptically added that Twitter is "constantly taking people off list" and called for Congress to "get involved," though it's unclear who any of these people are or what this list even means. Kathryn Krawczyk

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