strife resulting from a lack of agreement
The indictment, secured by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into whether Russia meddled in the campaign, alleges that Russians wielded social-media messages, invented fake personas and staged rallies with the “strategic goal to sow
in the U.S. political system.”
- The Wall Street Journal (Feb 16, 2018)
In an unprecedented move, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian companies for trying to influence the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. The indictments allege that the Russians used an extensive social media campaign and even fake rallies in an attempt to sway voters.
causing irritation or annoyance
Those commentators called it proof that he had not won the election on his own, a particularly
, if not completely accurate, charge for a president long concerned about his legitimacy.
- The New York Times (Feb 18, 2018)
President Trump's first reaction to the indictments by Robert Mueller was to claim that they cleared his campaign of wrongdoing. When it became clear that these indictments were silent on the issue of the Trump campaign's involvement, the President took to Twitter and placed blame on Democrats and particularly President Obama for not doing more to stop Russian interference.
something that serves as a model
Slingsby, who studied design and engineering at Imperial College and the Royal College of Art, has already installed a
set of Moya Power textiles along the London Crossway routes, according to WIRED.
- goodnewsnetwork.org (Feb 16, 2018)
A woman in England has developed a clever way to harness energy. Thanks to her, the wind that is generated by speeding trains can now be collected by sheets and other textiles hung at the station and turned into electricity. While this method does not generate a tremendous amount of power, it gathers energy that has up until now gone to waste and turns it into something useful.
transfer funds to hide the source of money gotten illegally
According to the indictment, Gates and Manafort "
the money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts'' and took steps to evade related U.S. taxes.
- The L.A. Times (Feb 18, 2018)
A former deputy campaign manager for President Trump has reportedly agreed to testify against his colleague, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Richard Gates and Manafort are accused of several crimes, including money
laundering, wherein you move money around to hide its original, illegal source, thereby
laundering or cleaning the money.
an exact copy or reproduction
A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence has been located. This copy was made for James Madison in the 1820s. The copy has had a storied history, having been lost in attics and hidden behind wallpaper during the Civil War. The newly resurfaced copy is one of only 51 that are known to exist.
turn sharply; change direction abruptly
Since then, “Black Panther” has become far more than just a popular tentpole title. Instead, it’s become a must-see event as it
into record-setting territory.
- variety.com (Feb 19, 2018)
Black Panther has shattered all expectations at the box office. The film is projected to have taken in $235 million dollars over the 4-day President's Weekend holiday. The film also set a record for a Thursday night opening and almost broke a record set by
Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the best Sunday in box office history.
marked by distress
Mitt Romney has announced his intention to seek the U.S. Senate in Utah to be vacated by Orrin Hatch when Hatch retires. Significantly, Romney has accepted the endorsement of President Trump. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Romney was a main Republican voice behind the "Never Trump" movement. Trump and Romney have had a difficult relationship for a long time, with Trump often criticizing Romney's 2012 presidential campaign against Barack Obama.
necessary or important, regarding food or commodities
The sweet breakfast
will now feature hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, blue moons, rainbows, red balloons and now magical unicorns, according to the press release.
- foxnews.com (Feb 19, 2018)
A new marshmallow shape is coming to our breakfast table! Lucky Charms will now incorporate magical unicorn marshmallows into their product. To make room for the unicorns, the cereal is retiring the hourglass shape, but it is unlikely to be missed now that we can eat unicorns. With the rainbows and horseshoes, the unicorns seem like such a natural fit that it's hard to believe it took the company this long to come up with it.
set forth beforehand, often as an explanation
Last Friday, Nuechterlein, 16, and her classmate and friend, Whitney Bowen, 16, began organizing the White House protest and formed "Teens for Gun Reform" with the
that it would be students speaking out for other students.
- abcnews.go.com (Feb 19, 2018)
In response to the school shooting in Florida last week, there have been a series of protests in that state and at the White House led by high school students. The protesters are demanding that action be taken on gun control. President Trump hosted a "listening sessions" to hear from gun control advocates. He has also called for a ban on "bump stocks", which can turn semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic weapons. A bump stock was used in the Las Vegas shooting last year.
cause to be less responsive to or affected by something
The idea is simple: Expose people to small, escalating doses of ingestible peanut protein over time with the goal of
them enough to prevent severe reactions.
- goodnewsnetwork.org (Feb. 20, 2018)
Progress was announced this week in the battle against severe peanut allergies. A pill containing a small amount of peanut flour is ingested by the allergy sufferer. The idea is that this small amount of exposure to the allergen
desensitizes the person without triggering a reaction in them. So far, the clinical trial shows that this method has been effective in 67% of patients.
an attack by dropping explosive devices
The Syrian government, seizing on a chance to reclaim territory lost in its ever-escalating civil war, has loosed a devastating
on a rebel-held Damascus suburb, killing at least 200 people, many of them children, aid workers said Tuesday.
- The New York Times (Feb. 20, 2018)
The civil war in Syria escalated this week, with the government executing a massive bombing raid on the city of Ghouta. At least 200 people have been killed in this latest bombing, which was the worst in years. The Syrian civil war involves many factions allied against President Assad of Syria. There have been campaigns for Assad's removal but they have been violently crushed. Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, had been a stronghold of the Assad resistance.
resembling an uncle in kindness or indulgence
It's been 50 years since Fred Rogers first appeared on TV screens, a gentle and
man who warbled "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" as he changed into a cardigan and sneakers.
- abcnews.go.com ( Feb. 20, 2018)
Fred Rogers, the late public television host, will be honored with a postage stamp next month. Mr. Rogers, as he was known, was a unique talent with a gentleness and a respect for children not seen before or since. This year is the 50th anniversary of the start of his television show, and will also be marked by a television special.
a distinguishing style
Skiing legend Lindsey Vonn became the oldest woman to medal in an alpine skiing event in Olympic history when her time in the downhill event earned her the bronze medal. Vonn, who has been through many injuries and made it back to competition, is probably participating in her last Olympics this year. With her performances in the Olympics and in the World Cup, she will undoubtedly go down as one of the best skiers in the history of the sport.