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Monday, May 22, 2017

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will donate a combined $100 million to a World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs that was the brainchild of Ivanka Trump.

The announcement by World Bank President Jim Young Kim came during a visit to Saudi Arabia by President Trump, who was accompanied by his wife, Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

"We thought it was a fantastic idea," Kim said. "But we had no idea how quickly this would build. This is really a stunning achievement. I've never seen anything come together so quickly.


Faced with a cornfield too wet to work, Burt County farmer Quentin Connealy found a novel way this weekend to fill his spare time: wakeboarding instead.

With his uncle Ted Connealy driving a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle and Quentin Connealy hanging on by a rope, the 31-year-old farmer balanced on a wakeboard and traveled up to 22 mph along a ditch at the edge of his cornfield....

All fun aside, the heavy rain -- about a month's worth in four days near his Tekamah farm -- has been a setback for farmers like Connealy.

Connealy, who lives a mile from the Missouri River with his wife and young son, farms bottom land, so he's used to ponding water. Still, the 4.8 inches of rain that his farm received last week was excessive, he said.

"This field usually never floods," he said of the one he wakeboarded on. "I've never seen that much water there."


"The destruction of these monuments, erected in the memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific. If the, and I use this term extremely loosely, "leadership" of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State," the Winona Republican wrote.


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Mike Pence went to college.
Mike Pence won 3rd prize in the 1972 Indiana Junior Corn Contest.
Mike Pence likes to watch movies.
Mike Pence carries a tri-fold wallet in his right back pocket.
Mike Pence has won seven (7) penmanship awards.
Mike Pence has a "Family RV" a "Personal RV" and a "Permanent RV" aka his house.


Israeli ministers have approved measures aimed at improving the Palestinian economy and facilitating crossings, rare moves said to be at Donald Trump's request hours ahead of the US president's arrival.

An Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity that ministers were responding to a Trump request to present him with "confidence-building measures" ahead of his talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday.

In a statement, Trump's administration welcomed the moves, saying he "has been encouraging both sides to take steps that improve the environment for peace making."

"He has expressed particular interest in taking steps to improve the Palestinian economy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip."


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The key question in these racial gerrymandering cases has been to consider if race is the legislature's predominant motive in drawing district lines. If it is, the district is subject to strict scrutiny and the state has to come forward with a compelling reason for making race the predominant factor.


Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination as he notifies a Senate panel that he won't hand over documents in the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The notification will come in a letter to the Senate Intelligence committee expected later Monday. The person providing details spoke on condition anonymity in order to discuss private interactions between Flynn and the committee. Flynn's decision comes less than two weeks after the committee issued a subpoena for Flynn's personal documents. Legal experts have said Flynn was unlikely to turn over the personal documents without immunity because he would be waiving some of his constitutional protections by doing so. Flynn has previously sought immunity from "unfair prosecution" to cooperate with the committee.


Slapping import bans on products like mangoes, coal and salmon has long been China's way of punishing countries that refuse to toe its political line.

But Beijing has shown that it can also hurt others by cutting a lucrative Chinese export: tourists who normally flock to South Korea or Taiwan.

China's recent boycott of South Korea over a US anti-missile shield on the Korean peninsula signals a growing aggression in the way it flexes its economic muscles, analysts say.

Beijing has banned Chinese tour groups from going to the South, hammering its tourist market and the duty-free shops of retail giant Lotte Group, which has been targeted for providing land for the controversial defence system....


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The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government's top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose any ethics waivers granted to former lobbyists who have work in the White House or federal agencies. Read more


Women in Paris have been protesting against ‘no go zones' where immigrants from Asia and Africa pester and abuse them. Read more


Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to "dangerous terrorists" in the Middle East and of spreading ‘Iranophobia' aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported.

"Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president ... tried to encourage the countries of the region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi said, a day after US President Donald Trump ended a visit to Tehran's arch-foe Saudi Arabia where arms deals worth almost US$110 billion were signed. Read more


Who gave him a real sword???!!! Read more


"I was floating in this immense black space," he recalled in the documentary "The Sunshine Makers," released in 2015. "I said, ‘What am I doing here?' And suddenly a voice came through my body, and it said, ‘Your job on this planet is to make psychedelics and turn on the world.' "

Like Moses receiving the tablets, Mr. Sand took this commandment to heart. After being trained by the lab partner of Owsley Stanley, America's premier LSD chemist, he set about producing vast quantities of the purest LSD on the market. His most celebrated product, known as Orange Sunshine for the color of the tablets it came in, became a signature drug of the late 1960s. Read more


On paper, the law seems clear: Cutting any part of a young girl's genitalia is illegal -- and no custom or ritual can be used to justify it.

The law has been on the books for 21 years, unchallenged.

But in a federal courtroom in Detroit, a landmark case involving the centuries-old taboo ritual is about to put that law to the test for the first time.


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