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Monday, May 29, 2017

When President Trump took office, his lawyers said they had an easy way to solve the legal questions posed by his ownership of a Washington hotel. Since the Constitution's emoluments clause bans government officials from accepting payments from foreign governments, Sheri Dillon of Morgan Lewis, standing with Mr. Trump next to a mound of files at a made-for-television news conference, said her client would "voluntarily donate all profits from foreign government payments made to his hotel to the United States Treasury."

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Veteran journalist Dan Rather leads a chorus of people calling on the president to acknowledge the heroism of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Rick Best.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 53, were fatally stabbed on Friday while intervening to stop a racist attack on a Muslim teenager on a commuter train.

The pair have been honoured as heroes by Portland's mayor and the FBI, but the president has remained silent, despite tweeting 10 times on Sunday on topics ranging from healthcare to fake news.

Pleas are now mounting on social media for Trump to make a statement on the attack, which was carried out by a suspected white supremacist. read more


He was killed more than half a century ago, and in the decades since, much of what shaped the hagiography has been stripped away.

And yet historians, a recent survey showed, rank John F. Kennedy as our eighth best president, just below Jefferson and just above Reagan, although his tenure was the shortest of all but six chief executives. The public rates him as the best of all the presidents since 1960.

Why? Much of this can be explained by the fact of his murder: as shocking a blow to the body politic as any, followed by days of national mourning that brought the nation to a standstill, and made the possibilities of his truncated life a vessel into which we could pour our desires. Moreover, the dark years that followed, with racial and generational upheaval, and a war gone terribly wrong, gave the Kennedy years a retrospective sheen.

But that is not the whole story.

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Remembering the honored dead... read more


Sunday, May 28, 2017

"The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days," Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich. "We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands," she added. While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, "we have to fight for our own destiny." read more


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741.0405 When marriage license may be issued to persons under 18 years. --
(1) If either of the parties shall be under the age of 18 years but at least 16 years of age, the county court judge or clerk of the circuit court shall issue a license for the marriage of such party only if there is first presented and filed with him or her the written consent of the parents or guardian of such minor to such marriage, acknowledged before some officer authorized by law to take acknowledgments and administer oaths. However, the license shall be issued without parental consent when both parents of such minor are deceased at the time of making application or when such minor has been married previously.
(2) The county court judge of any county in the state may, in the exercise of his or her discretion, issue a license to marry to any male or female under the age of 18 years, upon application of both parties sworn under oath that they are the parents of a child.
(3) When the fact of pregnancy is verified by the written statement of a licensed physician, the county court judge of any county in the state may, in his or her discretion, issue a license to marry:
(a) To any male or female under the age of 18 years upon application of both parties sworn under oath that they are the expectant parents of a child; or
(b) To any female under the age of 18 years and male over the age of 18 years upon the female's application sworn under oath that she is an expectant parent.

(4) No license to marry shall be granted to any person under the age of 16 years, with or without the consent of the parents, except as provided in subsections (2) and (3).
History. -- s. 2, ch. 78-266; s. 1058, ch. 97-102.
www.leg.state.fl.us

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