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4 States Hold Primaries on Tuesday and Ohio Is Sending 1 New Congressman to Washington

3yrs ago from The Week
On Tuesday, voters in Ohio's 12th congressional district will send either Republican Troy Balderson or Democrat Danny O’Connor to Congress in a special election, while Kansas, Michigan, Washington, and Missouri hold primaries. Ohio's 12th district has been in Republican hands for decades, most recently Rep. Pat Tiberi (R), but polls show a tight race. Tuesday's winner will have to run again for a full term in November. In Missouri, Republicans are expected to choose Attorney General Josh Hawley to challenge vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) and voters will determine if Missouri becomes an anti-union "right to work" state. President Trump endorsed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach Monday in his GOP primary challenge against acting Gov. Jeff Colyer (R), and three Democrats are running to challenge the victor of that primary. Democrats are selecting nominees they hope will flip two House seats in Kansas, at least two in Michigan, and one in Washington. Democratic Reps. William Lacy Clay (Mo.) and Adam Smith (Wash.) face primary challenges from their left. Michigan will also choose its nominees to replace term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder (R) — four Democrats and three Republicans are running — and Republicans will select their nominee to go up against Sen. Debbie Strabenow (D); Trump has endorsed businessman John James over businessman Sandy Pensler. Democrats will choose the likely replacement for Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D) in the state's solidly blue 13th congressional district; Conyers resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations. Peter Weber
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'Christopher Robin' Has Been Banned in China, and It’s Reportedly Because Winnie the Pooh Memes Have Been Used to Criticize Its Leader Xi Jinping

3yrs ago from Business Insider
Disney's new film "Christopher Robin" isn't getting a China release because Winnie the Pooh has become a symbol of resistance against the ruling political party and its removal of term limits, and memes of the fictional bear have been used to criticize the country's leader.
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Some Scientists Are Calling Their Colleagues 'Insensitive' for Erasing Pluto from the Solar System

3yrs ago from The Week
The "insensitive" erasure of Pluto has caused a new rift in the scientific community. This week's issue of the Planetary Exploration Newsletter contained a strongly-worded open letter from a group of scientists defending Pluto's honor, reports LiveScience. The signatories argue that their colleagues should respect the former planet despite its fall from astronomical grace. Not everyone was on board when the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto to "dwarf planet" status in 2006, so it's just pouring sodium chloride in the wound when scientists use terminology that make the demotion sound like incontrovertible fact, the scientists said. The latest offending phrase is "Planet 9," which some researchers use to refer to the outer limits of the solar system, which remains mysterious and unexplored. "We the undersigned believe the use of the term 'Planet 9' for objects beyond Pluto is insensitive to Professor Tombaugh's legacy," wrote the nearly three dozen scientists, referring to astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto's existence in 1930. "We further believe the use of this term should be discontinued in favor of culturally and taxonomically neutral terms for such planets, such as Planet X, Planet Next, or Giant Planet Five." The dwarf planet's defenders noted that the reclassification was — and remains — controversial, and they illuminated one very important point: that Pluto may be gone from our science textbooks, but it is never gone from our hearts. Summer Meza
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America, Russia and Israel Are in Sync About Objectives in the Aftermath of the Syrian Civil War

3yrs ago from Washington Times
The Trump-Putin summit came at a highly propitious time, with respect to the Syrian civil war that is now in its final stage. Statements by both leaders reflect not only a common understanding of the problems in Syria that lie ahead but the reality that this is an area where both leaders have been engaged with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on the need to ensure Israeli security as well as the refugee problem and a need to eliminate ISIS and other radical terrorists in the area.
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[Monday Gallery ] | Drawing of Kos Island, Greece, by Olivier Kugler

3yrs ago from Harpers
Drawing of Kos island, Greece, by Olivier Kugler, from his book Escaping Wars and Waves, published in June by Penn State University Press. An exhibition of drawings from the book, which document the circumstances of Syrian refugees in Kurdistan, Greece, England, and Germany, is on view at the Print House Gallery, in London. Excerpts from the book were published in the March 2014, February 2016, and August 2017 issues of Harper’s Magazine.
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Says Will Not Seek Second Term Under New Constitution

3yrs ago from Raw Story
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he would not seek a second term under a new constitution, countering suspicions he might seek to overturn the single-term limit which will not allow him to stay in office beyond 2022. A 22-member panel that is reviewing the 1987 constitution is expected to submit its draft to Duterte on Monday. Congress will begin debating the proposed constitution this month, aiming to put it to the public in …
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MI-Gov: Conservative State Sen. Patrick Colbeck Predicts He’ll Pull Off Major Upset in GOP Primary

3yrs ago from The Blaze
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck faces three challengers, but says that he'll pull off a major upset in August's GOP primary election for Michigan governor. What did he say? In a Tuesday interview with WZZM-TV, Colbeck said that he is set up to win the Aug. 7 Republican gubernatorial primary.  The Michigan gubernatorial election is set for Nov. 6. Two-term incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is term-limited. The Detroit Free Press has billed Colbeck as the most conservative candidate running for governor. "It's paying dividends and I think we're going to win this," Colbeck said. "I am not blowing smoke. I see it on the ground." According to WZZM, the latest statewide polling done by Michigan Information & Research Service shows Colbeck having less than 10 percent support. Colbeck admits that some state residents just don't know who he is — but that doesn't deter him. "It's about one-on-one relationships winning hearts and minds, and that's the way we are …
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Syria’s Civil War, the Final Stage

3yrs ago from Washington Times
After seven years of horrible death and refugee displacement the Syrian civil war is entering a final stage with little doubt as to the outcome. Bashar Assad is certain to remain in power and the only open questions are what foreign forces will remain in Syria and what parts of Syrian territory will be lost. As the war winds down, the U.S. as well as Israel and Russia all have key roles to play that need to be based on national interest and reality.
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Mexico Votes With Corruption, Violence, and Trump in Mind

3yrs ago from The Week
Mexico goes to the polls Sunday to vote for a new president — the office is limited to a single, six-year term, so President Enrique Peña Nieto cannot run again — plus some 18,000 lower offices, including all congressional seats. Advance polling suggests left-wing populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (also known by his initials, AMLO) holds a strong lead for the presidency. More broadly, the election is focused on issues of corruption, drug-related violence, and President Trump's immigration policies, with candidates from across the political spectrum slamming Trump's approach. Mexico "will never be the piñata of any foreign government," López Obrador said on the campaign trail. "A door opens for opportunity with Andrés Manuel," Marcos Fastlicht, who has known AMLO for two decades, told Politico. "He's willing to speak with [Trump], willing to sit and negotiate, but part of this requires we wait and see." Bonnie Kristian
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