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Judge Amy Berman Jackson notes the DOJ's initial request of 7 to 9 years in prison for the Trump ally — which Barr retracted — has not been withdrawn

Here's what Trump is tweeting as Stone's sentencing plays out

Stone's sentencing is exposing how politically charged the case has become
Roger Stone, a longtime showman, political strategist and friend of Donald Trump's whom a jury found guilty of lying to Congress and threatening a witness regarding his efforts for the President's 2016 campaign, will be sentenced Thursday in Washington.

Roger Stone juror fires back at Trump's criticism
Seth Cousins, a juror in the Roger Stone trial, defends the guilty verdict, saying that it was "not rigged" and that President Donald Trump "damages our democracy" by attacking the process.

Opinion: In Stone case, a blast from the Obama past
The new sentencing memorandum that Attorney General William Barr directed to be filed in the Roger Stone case is more consistent with Obama administration policy than that of his boss, Donald Trump. The irony is rich.

Analysis: Trump's bending of justice will have consequences
President Donald Trump's determination to bend the justice system threatens what makes America great in ways far beyond the fate of his allies such as Roger Stone.

6 takeaways from the Democratic debate
• Analysis: Winners and losers from the debate • Warren's Bloomberg attack draws audible crowd reaction • Analysis: Stopping Sanders just got a lot harder • What drives Amy Klobuchar's disdain for Pete Buttigieg

Virus-positive Americans from cruise in Japan must meet these 3 criteria to return home

Lawyer for WikiLeaks' Assange says he was offered a pardon for denying Russian hacking
• Trump loyalist and current US Ambassador to Germany named as acting intelligence chief

NFL player arrested for allegedly possessing 157 pounds of marijuana in a rental car
Cleveland Browns player Gregory Robinson was arrested after US Border Patrol agents found 157 pounds or marijuana in a car, officials said.

Grandmother describes life under lockdown with toddler
Amid an unprecedented lockdown affecting 780 million people in China over the novel coronavirus outbreak, CNN's David Culver speaks with residents of Wuhan who are forbidden from leaving their homes.

Top NSC official reassigned as White House rejects rumors she wrote 'Anonymous'
Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates is leaving the National Security Council and going to the Energy Department, according to a statement released by the council on Thursday.

Cheap pizza propels Domino's stock 25% higher
People love pizza, and they also love discounts. That combination proved successful for Domino's, which reported strong fourth-quarter earnings Thursday.

Angela Merkel on Germany shooting that killed 9: 'Racism is poison'

He was uprooted at 8 years old and interned with thousands of Japanese Americans. 78 years later he is getting an apology
When Kanji Sahara remembers 1942, he pictures throwing paper airplanes from his makeshift classroom in the Santa Anita Park grandstand.

Morgan Stanley to buy E-Trade for $13 billion
Morgan Stanley is buying online broker E-Trade for $13 billion, a move that shows how serious the Wall Street giant is about catering to everyday consumers.

A winter storm could bring black ice and accumulating snow across the South
Much of the Southeast will see rain or snow as cold temperatures set in Thursday.

Opinion: Trump's budget will wreak havoc on the American economy
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump released his 2021 budget proposal. It is likely going nowhere in Congress, since Democrats control the House of Representatives. But for the economy's sake, we should be glad that the president's budget has no shot at passage. It is full of outdated ideas that would instantly weaken the economy and undermine our ability to grow and prosper over time. If enacted, it would be an economic calamity.

Ex-Fox News correspondent: Trump adding to swamp, not draining it
Former Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron discusses the flood of pardons from President Donald Trump, saying Trump's campaign promise to "drain the swamp" is seeming more like "deepening it."

Actress 'a bit slighted and hurt' by 'Saved by the Bell' reunion snub
Lark Voorhies has shared how she is feeling about not being invited to participate in "Saved by the Bell" reunion events.