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Supreme Court Strikes Down Two Congressional Districts In North Carolina http://n.pr/2qMFjfY

""The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear over the past quarter century that racial gerrymandering is an unconstitutional no-no, but partisan gerrymandering is still permissible. The question is: How do you tell the difference? Especially when the Voting Rights Act allows for some consideration of race to ensure minority representation, and when party affiliation often correlates with race."

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Court Doc: George Conway—Kellyanne's husband—was attorney for company accused of bribing Russian officials

Is there anyone - anyone - in the Trump circle without Russian connections?
https://twitter.com/funder/status/866468941639680000?s=09

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Secretary of State Holds Press Conference without U.S. Media

Only, select foreign media allowed, no Americans

"Secretary of State Rex Tillerson briefed the media in Saudi Arabia on Sunday without members of the American press in attendance.

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Trump Reaches Out to Sunni Nations, at Iran’s Expense https://nyti.ms/2rHEmmC

Remember when the joke (sort of) was that Bush 43 bombed Iraq because he got the spelling wrong?

Does President Trump know who is supporting ISIL, and who is fighting them?

Trump gave a strident lecture on Iran's lack of democracy - in Saudi Arabia, a totalitarian theocracy. Meanwhile, Iran and its proxies have effectively found themselves on the side of the United States in fighting the Islamic State in Iraq, while in Syria, they have been adversaries in their support for the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Saudi Arabia has at times undermined the United States’ efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. state - while Iran was having open elections, where a large majority voted against the hardliners to liberalize, and open up to the West.

Now, Iran is hardly a paradise of human liberty, but that's in large part because the U.S. destroyed their Westernized, elected government.

Does Trump know any of this?

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When blind woman’s guide pony got sick, horse community stepped in to help
http://wapo.st/2qzgfbQ

"As a blind woman, Ann Edie has relied on her hip-high miniature horse for 14 years to guide her through life’s obstacles. The fuzzy black-and-white service pony, named Panda, has led Edie across busy streets, has fetched her house keys and has even stood quietly in restaurants while she ate her meals.

"So when Panda was the one needing help, Edie was glad to return the favor."

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Ivanka Trump meets with Saudi women leaders as some activists remain critical
http://wapo.st/2q8X8lB

"“My issue with these events,” she said of Ivanka Trump’s discussion, “is that they show these women as powerful and making an impact, making a change. But in real life, they’ve been given these opportunities by the men. They did not fight for them.”

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‘An embarrassment’: U.S. health care far from the top in global study
http://wapo.st/2qC17ZF

"The world's superpower doesn't rank where you might expect it to. The United States scores an 80 on the index, which is at the bottom of the second decile and puts it on par with Estonia and Montenegro."

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*The Wolf of Wall Street for the Selfie set, or Gatsby run through an Instagram filter"

Federal Investigation (s) launched. "There are many potential victims: ticket buyers, investors and businesses small and large, spread across the United States and the Bahamas. Blink-182, a planned headliner, can’t get its equipment out of customs limbo. Fyre’s employees have not been paid. MaryAnn Rolle, a restaurant owner in the Bahamas who catered daily meals and rented villas to the festival crew, says she is owed $134,000."

How the Fyre Music Festival Turned Into an Epic Fail https://nyti.ms/2rHz76f

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Hamburg Concert Hall Opens

Long delays and budge over-runs led to criticism, but opening is being cheered.

WaPo: 'The Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall in Hamburg encased in glass and set upon a giant brick warehouse, is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the city’s bustling harbor....“Demand is overwhelming,” says Christoph Lieben-Seutter, general director of the Elbphilharmonie. Subscriptions for classical concerts have doubled since the hall opened, tour operators are pressuring the organization to make more tickets available, and more than 1.5 million people have visited the public plaza since it opened last November. The building has become a phenomenon throughout the country. “Music isn’t just the talk of the town, it is the talk of Germany,” Lieben-Seutter says.

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Trump to Propose Gutting Medicaid Other Aid
"Robin-Hood-in-reverse policies in an unprecedented scale"

Cut nearly $1 Trillion and eliminate aid to 10 Million poor in Tuesday's budget release.

WaPo: "President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits ...


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