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Best restaurants in Barangaroo



Best restaurants in Barangaroo

Barangaroo has undergone quite a transformation in recent years. Once a bustling shipping terminal, it is now one of the most exciting restaurant areas in Sydney, complete with awe-inspiring urban architecture and scenic waterfront views, perfect for watching the sunset thanks to its west-facing aspect.

After what felt like endless years of construction, the waterfront area of ​​Barangaroo on the edge of the CBD looks pretty gory these days, with Crown Sydney, now officially the city’s tallest building, the shining focal point.

In addition to the million-dollar harbor view that you can enjoy as you take the Wulugul Walk across the waterfront, Barangaroo is also home to award-winning, world-renowned chefs and culinary brands from Australian heavyweights. Such as Ross and Sunny Lusted (Woodcut, The Bridge Room), Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio at The Spit), the worldwide beloved Nobu and three Michelin star chef, Clare Smyth. Italian, seafood, Japanese omakase, Turkish, fried chicken, modern Chinese – there is a restaurant for every appetite in Barangaroo.

Here are 12 of the best restaurants in Barangaroo right now.

Coming Soon: Oncore by Clare Smyth

Clare Smyth, recently awarded three Michelin stars for her Notting Hill restaurant Core, is the only British woman ever to receive the prestigious honor – and one of the world’s most acclaimed chefs. And now she’s come to Sydney to take over the 26th floor of the sparkling Crown Tower, with its breathtaking views of the city. At Oncore by Clare Smyth, she offers happy Sydneysiders the gastronomic experience that made her so successful in London – with a few Australian twists. In addition to a 3,000-strong restaurant wine cellar, Smyth will blend her heritage with unique Sydney flavors and sustainable produce from the country’s best farmers and producers.

Famous for her dishes that balance the tension between simplicity and sophistication, Smyth’s Sydney menu will feature the now famous dish “Potato and Roe”. Imported from Core, it involves a slow-cooked Charlotte potato topped with smoked trout and herring roe and served with beurre blanc. The Sydney version will feature potatoes produced by fourth-generation family farmers from the Southern Highlands. There will also be “Beef and Oyster”, a plate inspired by the Victorian era beef, oyster and Irish stout pie. It will tempt oysters from the Wapengo and Wagonga estuaries of the south coast of NSW and Shiro Kin whole-blood Wagyu beef from NSW and South East Queensland.

For something extra special, book a seat at the bar for Oncore’s Chef’s Table experience. Or come early to enjoy the view and one or two of Oncore’s innovative cocktails.

Oncore opens Thursday November 18, bookings open Thursday November 4 here.


Formerly of award-winning Sydney fine-dining staple The Bridge Room, culinary power couple Ross and Sunny Lusted opened their new Barangaroo restaurant in late 2020 with understandably high expectations. To no one’s surprise, the husband-and-wife duo delivered in spades with Woodcut – a sprawling venue that opens out onto the water and the Barangaroo Boardwalk. Because there is no back-of-house, the restaurant’s four open kitchens are fully visible to guests, especially those who sit up close at the kitchen tables. Rather than a traditional selection broken down into appetizers, entrees, and desserts, the menu, which changes daily, is broken down into cuisines and cooking methods. Choose dishes from steam, fire, seafood or banquet cuisine. Start with bread from the wood oven, such as slow fermentation sourdough and pipi cooked in steam boilers and continue with Southern rock lobster garlic kombu butter or, from the wood grill, Stone Ax Full Blood 9+ Wagyu Sirloin steak.


Meaning ‘by the sea’ in Italian, a’Mare trades the Mediterranean for waterfront views of Darling Harbor to give us one of the most sublime Italian dining options in the district. Chef Alessandro Pavoni, who had already courted Sydney with Ormeggio at the Spit, opened his new restaurant and was immediately acclaimed for impeccable service, luxurious interiors and masterful take on the simplicity of Italian food while serving the best seasonal Aussie dishes. products used. Think whole fish cooked in a Josper charcoal oven, handmade pasta, wagyu beef carpaccio antipasti, burrata caprese, all accompanied by a barrel-aged Negroni. Add some pesto preparation at the table for a touch of showmanship, and you have an Italian gastronomic experience like no other.


Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert DeNiro, who opened a restaurant together in 1994, started the Nobu empire in New York City. Since then, Nobu has opened nearly 50 locations around the world and is one of the most respected names in fine dining. In 2020 Sydney was finally blessed with a location in Barangaroo at Crown Sydney. Now Sydneysiders can experience the fusion of expertly crafted, traditional Japanese dishes with local produce and seafood – all from a beautiful waterfront setting. Chef Harold Hurtada, who has 11 years of experience working for the group, continues to show us and taste Nobu’s signature dishes such as the black cod miso and yellowtail jalapeno. To help you differentiate, the menu is split between “Nobu Classic” and “Nobu Now”.

Yoshii’s Omakase

The Japanese word “omakase” roughly translates to “I’ll leave it up to you,” allowing the chef to select a full menu for his guests, which changes almost every day based on seasonal availability. Crown Sydney’s Nobu restaurant Yoshii’s Omakase, one of Sydney’s most impressive omakase dining experiences. Using only the best products purchased on the market daily and with 38 years of experience, chef and sushi master Ryuichi Yoshii makes the $350 price tag worth every penny. The elegant and intimate dining space puts you right in front of Yoshii as you pair bite-sized treats with wine and sake. Look out for Yoshii’s signature saikyo miso-marinated toothfish and shiitake mushrooms smoked in cedar.


Anason, which opened in 2016, was actually the first permanent restaurant to open in the Barangaroo dining hall. The Turkish restaurant is from the mind of Somer Sivrioglu, the man behind another great Turkish restaurant in Sydney: Efendy (which is currently relocating). With the authentic Turkish menu divided into flora, fauna and ocean, expect flavors such as grilled ox tongue on toast, tilba halloumi with honey and lavender oil, and snapper with white bean piyaz, tahini, onion and tomato. As for drinks, Turkish roots are everywhere with traditional Raki (an aperitif made from distilled grapes and anise) and a selection of incredible Turkish wine that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else.


From the trusted hands of chef Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt (Bentley, Monopole, Yellow), Cirrus offers a great one-two for food and wine with a view to the harbor. Opened in 2016, the restaurant is named after its home in the cloud-shaped Anadara building, but the menu focuses on fresh seafood. Try the Moreton Bay bugs served with corn dumplings, sweet onion milk and buckwheat, or the BBQ John Dory with malt vinegar egg sauce and baby spinach. Pair that with a wine list curated by one of Australia’s top sommeliers, featuring drops from around the world meant to enrich seafood.


Sandwiched between House Bar and Smoke in the beautiful noodle bowl-shaped Barangaroo House, Bea is the brainchild of none other than Chef Matt Moran. The 180-seat eatery is all about simple, home-cooked food with a touch of the expected fine-dine vibes. We’re talking real crowd pleasers like whole BBQ spatchcock, grilled tiger prawns with togarashi, burrata pie and a beef tartare and avruga ‘steak & eggs’ caviar. Bea is all about sharing with friends. If the table can’t decide, be sure to opt for the chef’s menu option ($95 pp) for a shared taste of everything, including the nostalgic dessert s’mores pie with chocolate ganache and roasted marshmallow.

Bel & Brio

On 800 square meters of European food store, Bel & Brio does it all: from a cup of coffee in the morning to your fresh shop, a bottle of takeaway wine and also good food. For this list it is the last and restaurant Corso Brio we are interested in. From Chef De Michele, much of Corso Brio’s produce comes directly from the restaurant’s own Central Coast farm. Think wild-caught New Zealand scampi as antipasti, slow-cooked venison ragu tagliatelle for main course, and Bronte pistachio-infused mascarpone tiramisu for dessert. Perfect.


Originally from Rozelle, Barangaroo offers some of the best seafood in the area and has a view of the water that complements the atmosphere perfectly. The restaurant is all about casual Australian dining and sustainably sourced local seafood in a relaxed environment. Raw, grilled, shared or solo, grilled octopus, beetroot salted hiramasa kingfish or king prawn and swordfish linguine – enjoy fresh, sustainably sourced seafood that won’t break the bank. Not to mention the cocktail list with a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini that will blow your mind.

Lotus Barangaroo

When dumpling masters at Lotus joined Barangaroo’s beautiful waterfront food scene in 2016, we were beyond excited. The lively outdoor dining venue offers every modern Chinese favorite under the sun, with an emphasis on fresh seafood to complement the setting. It even includes live fish tanks, which you can pre-order for dinner, if that’s your kind of vibe. Inspired by China’s rich culinary history, the menu features a range of local produce, from lobster and BBQ duck dumplings to stir-fried pipis and classic kungpao chicken to beef ribs. If you’re into it, we highly recommend eating out with the Banquet ($99 pp or $119 pp) for more dishes than you can throw a food coma on.

Belle’s Hot Chicken

Belles may not fall into a typical gourmet category. Still, this Barangaroo outpost of this much-loved fried chicken restaurant is one of the best places to sit down when you’re seriously hungry. The Barangaroo outpost, which initially emerged from Melbourne and opened as a pop-up, was so popular it had to stay. Founder Morgan McGlone discovered a passion in Nashville (aka hot fried chicken heaven) and took it back to Australia. The result: delicious tenders, drumsticks and traditional sandwiches, in condiments like “southern” and “really f**king hot”, drizzled with sauces like hickory BBQ and Mississippi Comeback sauce. Combine that with Belles’ great list of natural wines and you have a great night out.

For more delicious food and stunning ocean views, head to Sydney’s best waterfront restaurants.

Image Credit: Crown Sydney, Caitlin Hicks, Alana Dimou, Belles Hot Chicken


HP bypolls result won’t affect 2022 election polls: Jai Ram




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The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur, said on Monday that the results of recently closed polls will not affect the 2022 parliamentary elections and that the BJP will re-form in the state in a general election.

Speaking at a public meeting in Dharampur in Mandi district, Thakur said the results of the bypolls have given some time to rejoice before the congress, but they will not affect the 2022 election polls as the results will be different. and the BJP would once again form a government in HP .

“Today, the nation is safe in the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and gives an appropriate response to all the adversities of the neighboring countries.

The repeal of Article 370, the construction of Lord Rama Temple in Ayodhya is possible thanks to Prime Minister Modi’s strong leadership and political will,” he added.

He stated that the current state government ensures that every section of society and every area benefits from the BJP government’s welfare and development plans. The people of the Dharampur area were fortunate to have a dynamic and committed leadership that represents them in the state of Vidhan Sabha.

It was a historic day for the people of the Dharampur Vidhan Sabha area as a record 96 development projects worth Rs 381 crore were dedicated to the people of the area, the CM said.

Thakur further stated that the Coronavirus pandemic has severely devastated the global economy and Himachal Pradesh was no exception. But timely decisions of the central leadership and the state government combined with active cooperation of the people, the country and the state gradually got out of this situation.

But even during the pandemic, he had laid the foundation stone for development projects worth Rs 4,500 crore in about 42 Vidhan Sabha areas of the state.

“Congress leaders did nothing in this crisis and even tried to politicize this sensitive issue. It is a pity that, despite having been in power for about 50 years, the congressional leaders never thought of such welfare arrangements and the party leaders were busy with their own development,” he said, reminding congressional leaders that there were only 50 ventilators were in the state. as the pandemic spread, while HP has more than 1,000 fans today.

The CM added that Jal Jeevan Mission has proved to be a boon to the people as the state has committed to provide every household with a fully functional water tap by the middle of next year.


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Win Win W-644 results to be announced today at 3pm; first prize Rs 75 lakh




Kerala Nirmal NR 249 Lottery Result 2021 Today: State to announce results today; first prize at Rs 70 lakh

People who win less than Rs 5,000 can claim their prize money at any lottery shop while those who win more than Rs 5,000 have to approach the lottery office

Kerala Lottery 2021: Win Win W-644 results to be announced today at 3pm;  first prize Rs 75 lakh

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The Kerala Lottery Department is all set to release the Win Win W-644 lottery results today, November 29. The Win Win results will be announced at 3:00 PM for those interested to check the Kerala lottery results on the official website at

The Win Win W-644 draw will take place in Kerala’s capital, Thiruvananthapuram, in Gorky Bhavan near Bakery Junction. The winner of the the first prize will take home Rs 75 lakh, while for the second prize, the winner will receive Rs 5 lakh. Likewise, for the third prize, the winner will get Rs 1 lakh. There is also a consolation prize of Rs 8,000, according to news reports, for certain lucky winners.

The Win Win W-644 drawing will take place under the direction and supervision of professional judges. Once the Win Win W-644 results are announced, the cardholders are required to verify the winning numbers with the results published in the Kerala Government Gazette. According to news reports, a single ticket of the Win Win W-644 will cost Rs 30.

This is how you claim the winning amount:

Entrants who win any amount in the Win Win W-644 lottery must surrender their winning tickets within 30 days. Also, the process of document verification by award winners must be completed within 30 days of the Win Win W-644 Result Statement. Failure to do so will result in no claiming the winning prize money.

Winners who get an amount of less than Rs 5,000 can claim their prize money at any lottery shop in Kerala. While people who win prize amount of more than Rs 5,000 are required to participate in a verification process at the lottery office. To claim the winning amount, people will need to present a valid ID, along with their winning ticket.

The Kerala State Lottery Department was established in 1967 by the Government of Kerala. It is the first of its kind in India and hosts weekly raffles and six bumper raffles.

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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths as of today: 776,639.

As of this morning, 69.7 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 59.1 percent is fully vaccinated, according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker. A little more than 11 percent of the U.S. eligible population has received a booster dose.

Just when the world hoped COVID-19 might one day be beatable, or at least a controllable risk in people’s daily lives, a new variant of the coronavirus set off alarms, triggering unanswered scientific questions but instantaneous emergency international responses and panic in financial markets on Friday.

Today, the United States joins other nations in restricting visitors from eight African countries because of the potential risks of the omicron variant of COVID-19. The variant has been detected in at least a dozen countries, including South Africa (where less than a quarter of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19), Canada (first confirmation in North America), Israel, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Germany, France, Portugal, Australia and the United Kingdom, where a mask mandate is back in place.

President Biden will speak about the situation today from the White House. The United Kingdom plans a meeting today of health ministers from the seven largest industrialized nations to discuss responses.

Researchers insist omicron is not “apocalyptic,” and there is no early evidence that it causes more severe disease or higher risks of death than previous variants, including delta. It is unclear how quickly omicron spreads; anecdotal information from South Africa suggests it is efficient at moving from human to human.

CNBC: Moderna says a vaccine with targeted effectiveness against omicron could be ready next year. It is not clear such a vaccine will be needed.

The Associated Press: Here is what scientists know so far about the new variant.

Scientists, including Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, predict it will take about two weeks to gain a better understanding of omicron’s capabilities, and in the meantime, he and other administration officials urge Americans to get first, second or third doses of COVID-19 vaccines (The Hill).

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NBC News over the weekend that he “would not be surprised” if the variant is already in this country.

“We have not detected it yet,” Fauci said on Saturday. “But when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you’re already having travel-related cases that they’ve noted in Israel and Belgium and other places, … it almost invariably is ultimately going to go essentially all over” (The Hill).

CBS News: “It’s almost definitely here already,” former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Sunday.

Biden on Saturday urged all Americans ages 5 and up to get vaccinated and, if eligible, obtain booster doses as soon as possible. “That is the minimum that everyone should be doing. And I – you know, we always talk about whether this is about freedom, but I think it’s a patriotic responsibility to do that.”

Fauci joined administration officials in the Oval Office on Sunday to brief the president, all speaking through masks to tell Biden that experts believe existing vaccines are likely to continue to provide some protection against severe cases of COVID-19 infection as omicron spreads, the White House said in a statement. Fauci repeated the scientific community’s view that boosters for fully vaccinated individuals “provide the strongest available protection” against the coronavirus by replenishing waning immune responses.

The World Health Organization (WHO) protested nations that implemented travel restrictions at borders because of omicron (The Associated Press) and instead called for more vaccinations, increased surveillance of the variant and laboratory experiments to better understand its biology. Scientists have already developed a standard PCR (polymerase chain reaction) nasal swab test that identifies the newest version of the coronavirus (The Associated Press and The New York Times).

A person queues to be tested for COVID-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A person queues to be tested for COVID-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa

The U.S. travel rules in place today apply to individuals originating from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. They do not apply to American citizens and lawful permanent residents.

The Hill: Fauci defends new U.S. travel restrictions.

Reuters: Japan, Israel shut borders to foreigners because of omicron.

WHO officials were first alerted by South Africa on Wednesday about the new variant, which scientists are studying with urgency because of its abundant mutations affecting the virus’s spike protein, its potent transmissibility and possible adaptations to evade COVID-19 vaccines (The New York Times).

The Associated Press: In Switzerland, legislation already in force to require special COVID-19 certificates, under which only people who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative can attend public events and gatherings, won majority voter support in a Sunday referendum.

Bloomberg News: Financial markets face weeks of uncertainty while waiting for scientific appraisals of omicron. Currency markets stabilized as of Sunday (Bloomberg News).

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, adjusts his glasses during a Senate hearing

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, adjusts his glasses during a Senate hearing


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CONGRESS: Lawmakers return to Washington today and Tuesday staring down a critical pre-Christmas to-do list. Priorities include increasing the nation’s borrowing authority by mid-December to pay for U.S. commitments already approved by Congress; averting a shutdown by funding the government; and resolving the fate of the Democrats’ Build Back Better agenda through the Senate.

Although Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) renewed debt-ceiling discussions shortly before the Thanksgiving break, the two leaders do not appear to be close to a deal. As The Hill’s Alexander Bolton writes, both leaders face tough issues within their own ranks, with McConnell’s being more troublesome.

Republicans say there will be no repeat of the Band-Aid from October, when McConnell lined up 11 Republicans to pass a temporary debt limit extension. The party’s stance against raising the borrowing limit has intensified, forcing Democrats to weigh whether they could resolve the problem without GOP votes through a massive and still-unresolved budget reconciliation measure.

Democrats, however, maintain that Schumer will not burn up a week of Senate floor time to try to raise the debt ceiling relying only on the majority. Some Republicans have suggested Democrats use reconciliation, with Republicans lending a hand only to expedite the process, to be completed on a partisan basis on the floor.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says available funds to meet U.S. obligations will run out by Dec. 15, leaving Democrats with a big problem and no easy answers.

The Washington Post: Congress returns to work staring down fiscal deadlines and unresolved fights over Biden’s agenda.

The Hill: Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump’s border wall.

Sunlight shines on the U.S. Senate wing of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill

Sunlight shines on the U.S. Senate wing of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill

Meanwhile, the future of the Build Back Better agenda is officially in the Senate’s hands, and all eyes remain on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) as Biden’s top domestic priority hangs in the balance.

As The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda writes, the need to win Manchin’s support means a couple of items included in the House version could be on the chopping block, including four weeks of paid family leave, which Manchin has signaled opposition to. A number of climate provisions could also be on the outs to bring the West Virginia centrist into the fold.

One other thing to watch is how Manchin affects when the package is brought to the floor. The West Virginia senator recently said that he’s undecided on whether he’ll help start debate on it. Any vote is unlikely to occur without Manchin’s backing.

Jordain Carney, The Hill: Five ways Senate could change Biden’s spending plan.

The Hill: With Build Back Better, Dems aim to correct messaging missteps.

The Wall Street Journal: Democrats tackle changes to $2 trillion spending plan as deadlines loom.

The Hill: The administration is resisting calls for tougher Russia sanctions in Congress.

The Hill: Former Rep. Carrie Meek (D-Fla.) died at age 95.


POLITICS: The attention of the political universe is shifting more and more toward the 2022 midterms with just over 11 months before Republicans get their chance to retake the majority in both congressional chambers.

The Hill’s Niall Stanage lays out the key issues that will set the scene for the midterm battles, with the ongoing troubles surrounding COVID-19 and inflation leading the way.

While case totals are nowhere near their peak figures in January, the unpredictability of the virus will remain an issue for the foreseeable future, as the omicron variant has already shown only days after its discovery. However, if the U.S. shows signs that the nation is moving past the pandemic by the spring, Biden and Democrats could be big-time political benefactors.

On the other side of the coin are Biden’s ongoing troubles with inflation, which have helped drag down his approval ratings in recent months. ​​According to a CBS News-YouGov poll released last Sunday, 67 percent of Americans disapprove of his handling of inflation, with 82 percent reporting that items they usually buy are more expensive.

However, Biden’s resources to corral rising costs are limited. The White House is unable to adjust interest rates as that authority resides with the Federal Reserve, with top officials maintaining that the issue is a temporary result of supply chain problems coupled with pandemic related troubles and not due to Democratic spending, the main GOP line of attack.

Politico: Former President Trump’s Senate picks stumble out of the gate.

Dan Balz, The Washington Post: Biden’s challenge, gamble and wish set the table for the 2022 elections.

The Associated Press: Food, gas prices pinch families as inflation surges globally.

If Republicans do take back the House next year, lawmakers are eyeing retribution against their Democratic counterparts and stripping some notable members of their committee assignments.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wants an eye for an eye after Democrats booted Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) of committee seats, warning that some liberal lawmakers “will need the approval of a majority to keep those positions in the future.”

As The Hill’s Cristina Marcos notes, none of the Democrats McCarthy has singled out have embraced conspiracy theories or promoted violence against their political opponents the way Greene and Gosar have. Among those Republicans are looking at are Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.).

Hanna Trudo, The Hill: Restless progressives eye 2024.

The Hollywood Reporter: Matthew McConaughey says he is not pursuing a run for Texas governor.

The New York Times: Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper claims Department of Defense is improperly blocking parts of his memoir.

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The rule of six: A newly radicalized Supreme Court is poised to reshape the nation, by Ruth Marcus, columnist, The Washington Post.

Omicron: Keep calm and carry on vaccinating, by Therese Raphael, columnist, Bloomberg Opinion.


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The House meets at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Senate convenes at 3 p.m. and resumes consideration of the motion to consider the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022.

The president and Vice President Harris will receive the President’s Daily Brief at 10 a.m. Biden and Harris at 10:45 a.m. will receive a briefing from advisers about the omicron COVID-19 variant before the president delivers remarks on that subject at 11:45 a.m. The president will meet at 2 p.m. with corporate CEOs to discuss the holiday shopping season. He will speak at 3:45 p.m. about administration efforts to improve the nation’s supply chains.

First lady Jill Biden today will unveil the “gifts from the heart” theme selected for the 2021 Christmas and Hanukkah decorations at the White House accompanied by invited guests and offering thank-yous to the more than 100 volunteers who helped decorate the people’s house for the season. The Oval Office Christmas tree, one of 41 this year, sports navy blue and gold ornaments (which just happen to be University of Delaware school colors), including some golden starfish.

The White House daily press briefing is scheduled at 1 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL: Russia‘s ambassador to the United States said on Sunday that 27 more Russian diplomats and their families were expelled from the United States and would leave on Jan. 30 (Reuters). … Nuclear talks with Iran resume today in Vienna. The last round of difficult discussions in June sought to bring Tehran back into compliance with the international agreement concluded six years ago (The Associated Press). … An early-winter snowstorm in Yorkshire, England, killed at least three people, downed power lines and left people stranded for days in locations, including one pub, blocked by three feet of snow (The New York Times).

STATE WATCH: Too many dead trees in wildfire-ravaged California leave behind damaged forests, experts say (San Francisco Chronicle). … States spent record amounts in a pandemic year (The Hill).

SUPREME COURT: On Wednesday, justices will hear arguments in a landmark abortion case (The Hill). … Ketanji Brown Jackson, seen by Democrats as a top contender for a future Supreme Court vacancy, is one of three judges assigned the weighty task of reviewing Trump’s bid to block a congressional subpoena for records related to the Jan. 6 attack (The Hill).

LOBBYING: The recently enacted $1.2 trillion infrastructure investment law, which will benefit states and localities nationwide, has spawned plenty of lobbying (The Hill). … Climate activists are pressuring the administration after rejecting their push to replace Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell (The Hill).


And finally … Trees that are as old as the pyramids? That’s what scientists are examining in the rocky slopes of California’s White Mountains.

Researchers are studying ancient bristlecone trees by taking core samples from their trunks to date the tree rings. In fact, the oldest known bristlecone tree is estimated to be 4,800 years old, and experts readily acknowledge that there are almost certainly older trees out there.

“It would be naïve to think that we just happened to get the oldest tree when we looked,” said Andy Bunn, a researcher.

The largest bristlecone, known as the “Patriarch Tree,” is only 1,500 years old (approximately) (CBS News).

The gnarled bristlecone pines that have taken root high atop the remote, rocky slopes of California's White Mountains are the longest-lived individual trees on the planet

The gnarled bristlecone pines that have taken root high atop the remote, rocky slopes of California’s White Mountains are the longest-lived individual trees on the planet

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