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Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images

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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CDC looks at tougher testing rules for international travelers

Travelers with their luggage arrive at a COVID-19 testing location at the airport in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 23, 2021. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday night that it is working to impose stricter testing requirements for international travelers due to the spread of the new Omicron variant.

The big picture: The new rules would require all international travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to show a negative test taken a day before their flight to the U.S. Currently, the CDC says fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to show a test taken no more than three days before their departure, AP reports.

Republicans threaten to shut down government over vaccine mandates

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Capitol in November 2020. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are planning to force a government shutdown Friday to deny funding needed to enforce the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on the private sector, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Congress has until the end of the week to pass a stopgap measure to extend funding into 2022, though objection from a small group of Republicans could shut down the government.

Electric car prices could go up before they come down

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.