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Attorneys for longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone apologized to a federal judge Monday, saying he never intended to hide anything or violate his gag order with the updated publication of his book.

What they're saying: "There was/is no intention to hide anything," the lawyers wrote in a submission to U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson about his book, "The Myth of Russian Collusion: The Inside Story of How Donald Trump REALLY Won" — which criticizes the Mueller investigation. "Having been scolded, we seek only to defend Mr. Stone and move ahead without further ado."

Why it matters: Stone could have his bail revoked if Jackson determines he did violate the gag order restricting parties involved in his case from making public statements that could influence the outcome of the trial.

What's next? Stone is due back in court for a status conference on his case Thursday.

Go deeper: What we know and don't know about the players in the Stone indictment

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USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
5 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

7 hours ago - Health

Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.