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HMAS Parramatta Leaves Honiara, Solomon Islands

first_img Share this article View post tag: Asia-Pacific The break from sea gave the ship’s company an opportunity to welcome their new Commanding Officer as well as help locals clean up after a recent storm.Commander Andrew Willis assumed command from Commander Simon Cannell on the first day in port and said the crew were hard at work during their brief stay.This was the first visit to the Solomon Islands for many of the crew, however the Australian Defence Force regularly engages with the region as part of the Defence Cooperation Program.“Last year, HMA Ships Labuan, Tarakan and Diamantina supported Operation RENDER SAFE – the Australian led tri-service operation resulted in the disposal of over 12,000 items of unexploded items from the Second World War which improved the safety for many Solomon Islanders,” Commander Willis said.The Anzac Class frigate, with a crew of 190 and an AS350BA Squirrel helicopter, is over half-way through a deployment to strengthen relationships and promote multilateral security cooperation with Pacific Island nations.Parramatta is undertaking patrols as part of Operation SOLANIA, which assists South Pacific Island states to protect their own fisheries and natural resources.“During patrols we provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to the Pacific Islands Countries to help them secure their Exclusive Economic Zones.“This is an important contribution to regional security as we are helping to foster economic development. A secure, stable and cohesive South Pacific region is in Australia’s strategic interest,” Commander Willis said.[mappress]Press Release, July 16, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Naval Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Parramatta has departed Honiara, Solomon Islands after a three-day visit, to continue a maritime patrol as part of Operation SOLANIA. Authorities View post tag: Honiara HMAS Parramatta Leaves Honiara, Solomon Islands July 16, 2014center_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Solomon Islands Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Parramatta Leaves Honiara, Solomon Islands View post tag: Leaves View post tag: HMAS Parramatta View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australian Navylast_img read more

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Welcome Home HMAS Anzac!

first_img View post tag: Welcome The Royal Australian Navy helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac returned to her home port of Fleet Base East in Sydney on August 8, following a five month long NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 deployment.During NORTHERN TRIDENT, Anzac clocked up over 27,000 nautical miles as she navigated the Southern and Indian Oceans, Red Sea, Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and the Northern and Southern Atlantic Oceans, spending some 94 days at sea and visiting 13 ports in 11 countries.In addition to participating in the Centenary of Anzac, the vessel also participated in D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France, and conducted or participated in memorial services for Australian Navy personnel buried in Italy, Malta, South Africa and Mauritius.The ship also undertook a number of engagements in the Mediterranean, Western Europe, Africa and the Indian Ocean, helping to strengthen Australia’s military and civil relationships across the globe.The visits to South Africa and Mauritius were particularly notable as both nations are members of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, an organisation which Australia currently chairs, and which is of strategic importance to the economic stability and security of the Indian Ocean region.The deployment has also provided significant opportunity for the Australian Navy to participate in exercises with foreign navies, including the British, French, Hellenic, New Zealand, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish navies.Having successfully completed NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015, HMAS Anzac will begin preparations for her next taskings in the coming months.[mappress mapid=”16629″]Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Navy August 10, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today Welcome Home HMAS Anzac! View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Naval Authorities Welcome Home HMAS Anzac! View post tag: home Share this article View post tag: HMAS Anzac View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

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This is not the Peruvian south

first_imgTHE OXFORD REVUE vs THE CAMBRIDGE FOOTLIGHTS Playhouse Tuesday 21 October Only Is comedy the new Peruvian sloth manufacture? No. Is it the new masturbation? Unlikely. The Oxford Revue steer a mostly judicious course between two poles of comic crapness: vacant surrealism and trite ribaldry. As a result they are very rarely crap. As director and co-writer Leander Deeny points out, like the stench of an embarrasing parent slowly going off in the fridge, the spectre of Monty Python remains, for both Revue and Footlights, hard to dispel. And, yes, it’s in evidence here. But The Oxford Revue have some nice, if contrived lines (guy with cold feet to fiancee: “What if we’re too hairy, and we shave, and we get stubbly, and I grow it back, and you don’t, and we stick together like velcro?”). They have some nice ideas (tearful son phones up dad for advice while adrift in the Pacific Ocean). And they have at least one great comic actor (Daniel Harkin, terrific as a useless boxer). Most importantly, they have masses of bacchanalian energy, which when all else fails (as very occasionally in this production, it does), carries them through with aplomb. As a result they are the one thing that really matters: laugh out loud funny. Who cares if the sherpa is a bit gammy in his left leg in cold spells at the end of the month if he gets you to the top of the mountain? Still, the Revue could do with finding some new things to take the piss out of. Embarassing parents, homophobia, hermaphroditism – all wholesome stuff, but easy. And they make it look difficult. Perhaps the best emblem of this production is its (brilliant) prank of writing to the BBC with a set of intentionally crap sketches. The laughter here (like all the best laughter) is somewhat nervous. Look! They’re taking the piss out of student self referentiality! Ha ha ha (wait a minute, what about…?) Because what’s really holding these people back is the feeling that somewhere, at some point, they’ve sat back and self-conciously racked their brains over the need to produce something called comedeeeeee.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

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Pastry World Cup team captain sets up Proper Patisserie

first_imgUK Pastry World Cup team captain Andrew Blas has launched his first solo ventureBlas, former executive pastry chef at Hotel Café Royal in London, has partnered with the Let There Be Crumbs tea rooms, at Sunderland’s The Roker Hotel, to launch Proper Patisserie.From 29 May, Blas’ exclusive range of handcrafted cakes will be available alongside Let There Be Crumbs’ menu at the hotel.Blas trained under Benoit Blin, judge on TV’s Bake Off: Crème de la Crème and was chef pâtissier at Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire.As part of the collaboration, Blas will create two signature cakes for Let There Be Crumbs: a chocolate cake, featuring a double chocolate ganache; and a lemon and lime opera cake made of fine layers of sponge with a mirror-finish glaze.“We are delighted to be partnering with Andrew Blas and Proper Patisserie,” said Jonathan Graham, operations director at Tavistock Hospitality, which owns Let There Be Crumbs.“We have built our reputation by championing local produce and suppliers, so it’s great to be getting a local master pâtissier on board, particularly one with such an impeccable pedigree.”“The Roker is without a doubt Sunderland’s best-loved venue,” said Blas. “Let There Be Crumbs has a superb reputation for quality and I know my pâtisserie will sit beautifully alongside its menu.”last_img read more

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“The Tenacious Book”: A Harvard Library strategic conversation

first_img Read Full Story Electronic images can be poor substitutes for images in print—one reason why art and architecture scholars continue to rely heavily on print publications despite a shift to digital.Vanessa Kam, acting head of music, art, and architecture at the University of British Columbia Library, joined a Harvard Library Strategic Conversation to share her findings from a study of the balance between print and digital in art and architecture collections.“Given the state of art and architecture collecting today,” Kam asked, with print retaining its importance and electronic collections growing, “how might we go about forming a vision that will serve us and our users well into the future?”Kam interviewed 14 librarians in the discipline at leading institutions, including Mary Clare Altenhofen, Amanda Bowen, and Ann Whiteside at Harvard, as well as five publishers. She identified five main challenges facing art and architecture librarians interested in championing print:Staffing as staff hours shift from the acquisition/processing of electronic collectionsShifts in budget priorities from print acquisitions to digitalPressure from administrators to focus on e-contentPolicies prohibiting collecting both print and digital copies of the same titlesSpace planning and real estate costs“The future of collections in our libraries is political for many of us,” Kam said. For example, the total cost of keeping a book on the shelf at a university in Vancouver is over $3 per year, per volume, which could decrease interest in keeping low-circulation volumes in prime library locations.last_img read more

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Leonard Nash, 95

first_imgAt a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on May 1, 2018, the following tribute to the life and service of the late Leonard Kollender Nash was placed upon the permanent records of the Faculty.“He doesn’t really lecture — he dances and cajoles.” When Leonard K. Nash, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, died at age 95, droves of former students, across decades and countries, lauded his rare ability to inspire and enchant. A 1977 Harvard Crimson “Confi Guide” named him one of the “top ten lecturers teaching in the College,” a title that fails to capture the eccentric, passionate, and benevolent flair that stimulated generations of students to pursue chemistry.Leonard enrolled in Harvard College in 1935, at the tender age of 16. After his undergraduate studies, he continued on at Harvard to earn his doctorate in analytical chemistry in 1944. He then taught briefly at the University of Illinois before returning to Harvard in 1948 as a faculty member. Here, he conducted research in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, chaired the department from 1971 to 1974, and converted countless students to a love of chemistry.Leonard commanded entry-level classes with contagious joy. Once, he swallowed a beaker of what appeared to be fresh blood, perhaps to capture the attention of a lethargic freshman class or demonstrate an obscure scientific point. Full of relentless energy, he would run across his amphitheater to set up his own slides or respond to a student’s incorrect answer with a playful jab. He often lingered after lectures to answer questions, held inexhaustible office hours for those struggling to understand, and invented memorable acts to demonstrate difficult concepts. He was a magnanimous performer.Leonard attracted students from other disciplines and careers to pursue chemistry instead. Martin Karplus was one such student. A future Nobel Prize winner, he credits Nash for influencing his decision to study the “biology of people” rather than become a doctor. Another distinguished chemist, Kent R. Wilson, also cited Leonard for his decision to switch from political science to chemistry. His 1999 article “Summing Up” (Journal of Physical Chemistry) relates the moment when, during a lab contest, Leonard enraptured him.  Wilson identified eight of ten unmarked liquid solutions. Unable to differentiate NaCl from KCl, he tasted them. Leonard was not impressed. Though Wilson’s method produced the correct answers, Leonard reopened the competition and a second student eventually identified all solutions. During the next class, Leonardplaced the contest prize, a copy of the “Handbook of Chemistry and Physics,” upright on the lab bench. He said that he had a difficult problem, that Wilson had quickly gotten the right answer, but by a potentially dangerous method, and that “Smith” had gotten the correct answer, but had taken an hour longer and required hints. What to do about the prize? Surprising us all, he reached back for the fire axe and swung it to neatly split the book in two, handing half to each of us. I was crestfallen, my prize ruined. … Then, to perfect effect, after waiting just the right amount of time, he reached under the lab bench and took out two new copies of the “Handbook.” He had captured me. I switched my major to chemistry and physics.During his four decades of teaching at Harvard, Leonard hosted lunches at Chinese restaurants, offered to fix the damaged roof of a former student’s new home, and traded an hour of tutoring for an hour of babysitting so his wife, Ava, could enjoy Harvard Square. Prized students learned his code name “Swordfish” granted them access to Leonard through his home phone, long after both class and office hours ended. “Swordfish” even held regular meetings with a dedicated group of students — including Martin Karplus and future Stanford Law Professor John Kaplan — to address questions far beyond those covered in his Elementary Chemistry course. Leonard gave his time and mind generously and delighted in the well-being and success of those around him.Leonard’s rare talent for teaching did not eclipse his scientific achievements. He worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II and helped elucidate thermodynamics. He also gravitated to the philosophy of science and published “The Nature of the Natural Sciences”, which refuted scientific revolutions and promoted an evolutionary epistemology of science. In close partnership with J. B. Conant — chemist and President of Harvard from 1933 to 1953 — and Thomas Kuhn, Leonard developed and then championed a course in Harvard’s nascent History of Science program. The course, which examined obsolete theories of science (geocentric, phlogiston, etc.) against their replacements, stimulated not only the students but its three pioneering leaders as well. In fact, Kuhn later dedicated his first book to Nash “for a vehement collaboration.”  The course propelled Leonard’s future passion for metascience, philosophy, and the social dimensions of science.Leonard’s scientific and philosophical research and publications enhanced his dedication to science education. He authored two successful textbooks that remain in print today: “Elements of Statistical Thermodynamics” and “Elements of Chemical Thermodynamics.” A review of his textbook “ChemThermo” from the Journal of Chemical Education praised his ability to demonstrate “‘advanced’ but fundamental concepts in a form accessible to the first-year student.” Though today’s first-year students miss the in-person splendor of his classes, they can still benefit from Leonard’s ability to synthesize the most challenging concepts for fledgling chemists.An only child of Adolph and Carol Nash, Leonard was raised in New York City before he found a home near Cambridge, Mass. Ava (née Byer), his wife of 63 years, balanced Leonard’s energy with calm humor. Before her death, Ava developed dementia and Leonard, with a rare expression of sadness, grieved for the only other person who knew his memories. It was not meaningful, he remarked, to remember alone. With memories of extensive European travel, Maine canoe trips, lunches with fine red wines (until he lost his sense of smell in his eighties), Zipcars and Restaurant Week, Chinese food and balancing equations about pressure and volume, he had too much joy to lose. And Leonard’s legacy lives on through his children and the many students — now professors, innovators, and pioneers — he awed and inspired.Respectfully submitted,Daniel KahneCharles LieberDudley Herschbach, Chairlast_img read more

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Peanut Research

first_imgPeanut researchers from the University of Georgia met with hundreds of peanut scientists from around the world earlier this week to discuss the international impact of peanut research and to recognize top researchers.With a “Peanuts Around the World” theme, the annual meeting of the American Peanut Research and Education Society was held in Auburn, Alabama, featured presentations by the UGA-housed Feed the Future Peanut Innovation Lab demonstrating the benefits of research collaboration to science, industry and agriculture in the U.S. and countries around the world.Among the team’s well-attended sessions was a two-hour symposium titled “Synergies from U.S. Global Research Partnership,” which highlighted individual projects in the lab’s portfolio and how scientists in the U.S. and African partner countries are working to harness genetic diversity in the peanut. Such diversity will help farmers in partner nations, as well as in the U.S., adapt to pest and climate challenges today and for years to come.Agricultural challenges don’t recognize geographic or political boundaries, and solutions have the potential to come from all parts of the world.For example, resistance to tomato-spotted wilt virus in the U.S. comes from peanuts bought in a market in Brazil in 1952, explained David Bertioli, a professor in the UGA Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics and principal investigator of an innovation lab project incorporating wild alleles to improve West African peanut cultivars.“When this type of transfer happens properly, everyone wins,” Bertioli said.International treaties meant to thwart bad actors and protect biological resources have limited research in unintended, negative ways by slowing the exchange of germplasm to a trickle, which hurts global food security, he said.Working to inventory and analyze the diversity of peanuts grown across Africa, a team of U.S. and African researchers are leveraging the recently sequenced peanut genome to create tools plant breeders can use to generate varieties with natural resistance to disease and other shocks.Along with David Bertioli, UGA researchers Soraya Bertioli, Josh Clevenger and Peggy Ozias-Akins work on the U.S. side of these related Peanut Innovation Lab projects, while Daniel Fonceka of Senegal, David Okello in Uganda and plant breeders from seven other countries in Africa lead the work on that continent.In recognition of the Bertiolis’ work to help improve peanut production worldwide, they were awarded the most prestigious awards of the conference, the American Peanut Council Peanut Research and Education Award.According to the American Peanut Council, the Bertiolis’ unique but related research programs have focused on the wild relatives of peanuts. They work to unravel the collection of untapped genetic traits naturally occurring in the peanut ancestors and identifying the traits for use in breeding programs around the world to solve real-world limitations to peanut production.For more than 15 years, they have worked to genetically characterize the relationships of the wild relatives of peanut with cultivated peanuts. Importantly, their work underpinned the effort to sequence the peanut genome by first focusing on the more tractable diploid, wild ancestors. Their research has led to a much deeper understanding of the relationship of the wild relatives to cultivated peanuts and our ability to move valuable traits from the wild into cultivated crops.For more information about UGA’s researchers work with peanuts, visit staff from the American Peanut Council contributed to this release.last_img read more

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Big win for P.E.T.S Animal Cruelty Task Force as slew of animals given new homes

first_imgOTSEGO COUNTY (WBNG) — Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes alongside the rest of the P.E.T.S Animal Cruelty Task Force in Otsego County are ecstatic over the result of one of their most recent cases. Taking in two mini-horses, a chinchilla, hedgehog, duck, cat, dog and 30 finches, Haynes explains the owner could no longer care for the animals and reached out for help in finding a place for them to go. So into action the task force went. “She cares about these animals deeply, and so she’s been saying where they are, the person who still lives there works really long hours and is not going to be able to provide them with the care that they need,” explained Haynes. “Without the animal cruelty task force, without these networks in place, this might not have been such a happy story,” she reflected.center_img Comprised of the SPCA, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office and district attorney’s office, resources were pooled and all the animals were taken in. And, Haynes said all were in good shape. Highlighting the purpose of the task force itself, she said, “We were able to be proactive and we were able to avoid an animal cruelty situation.” And now, she says each and every animal is on their way to a new home.last_img read more

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CSR: The project “Knowledge to excellence” to the promotion of tourism and hospitality professions

first_imgIn cooperation with the Knowledge in Action Foundation and the Association of Directors of Hospitality and Tourism Schools, Valamar implemented a large strategic project “Knowledge to Excellence” within the company’s socially responsible business, which was a significant step forward in the promotion of tourism and hospitality professions.Valamar opened in Poreč, Rabac and Krk, and in cooperation with project partners  doors for 27 schools from all parts of Croatia and for over 500 students, parents, principals and teachers organized a stay in their facilities where through two-day interactive and educational workshops they learned about trends and careers in tourism.Students participated in thematic workshops such as Sommelier, cocktail making, Masterchef workshops and career development workshops where they have experienced mentors – Valamar employees,  shared their experiences of working in tourism and acquired knowledge.”Valamar Riviera and its partners have implemented a unique open door project at the same time for all users of the vocational education system for tourism professions – for schools, students, parents, mentors and professionals in tourism and guests from relevant ministries, agencies and associations. The participation of as many as 27 schools in the workshops certainly gave motivation to the young generations to choose the hospitality and tourism professions in their future careers.” said Nevena Tolanov, head of human resources development at Valamar Riviera.In addition to educational workshops, students also participated in various competitions, quizzes, games and a film evening. It was also organized for students  an educational trip where the employees of Valamar’s hotels introduced them to the challenge of working in the hotel industry and gladly took them on a tour of the facilities. “The activities and programs of the Knowledge in Action Foundation are aimed at connecting all levels of education with the economy, which is why the cooperation with Valamar has begun. Three years ago, we set off for Poreč to Valamar’s facilities with one bus full of students and teachers, and this year we have quadrupled the number of participants. What makes us especially happy  is the fact that this year we also included parents in the educational visit which are an important link between the school and the choice of the future profession of these young people” pointed out Daška Domljan, a member of the Management Board of the Knowledge in Action Foundation.With almost 3.000 hours of training and introduction to working at Valamar, the participants in this project gained practical knowledge that will surely help them in further career development in tourism, and Valamar gained insight and a base on the future workforce in the long run.last_img read more

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Democrats make final pitch in Iowa hours before first US vote

first_img“Tomorrow, you can ruin Donald Trump’s night!” Biden said as he rallied 1,100 supporters at a Des Moines middle school.”I promise you: if you stand with me, we will end Trump’s reign of hatred and division.”Three of the leading candidates seized on a brief break from their duties as impeachment jurors to barnstorm Iowa.The senators — self-styled democratic socialist Sanders, progressive Warren and pragmatist Amy Klobuchar — each hosted multiple events Sunday.The impeachment trial — only the third in history of a US president — created an unprecedented situation by limiting the senators’ ability to campaign ahead of Iowa’s vote.  They must return to Washington Monday for the trial’s resumption.Senate leaders have scheduled a Wednesday vote that will almost certainly acquit Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.’He’s a communist’ Trump will likely claim victory over Democrats’ efforts to oust him when he delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday — although he told reporters he would be delivering “a very, very positive message.”That did not stop him from branding Biden “Sleepy Joe” and hurling an epithet at Sanders.”I think he’s a communist,” Trump told Fox News in an interview that aired before the Super Bowl got underway Sunday.With campaigns loath to door-knock during American football’s championship game, some candidates like Sanders and Klobuchar attended Super Bowl watch parties.Underdog Klobuchar argues that her Midwestern roots and propensity to work with Senate Republicans can help her win Iowa and defeat Trump.She compared the big game to the last-gasp nature of the final weekend before Iowa’s vote.”I would call it the Super Bowl of campaigns,” she told supporters in Cedar Rapids.Turnout will be critical, as candidates seek to persuade voters on issues including health care, improving conditions for the working class and ending Washington corruption.They were also pushing their own electability, as Buttigieg did repeatedly on the stump and during Sunday TV talkshows.”I certainly think that I am better positioned to beat Donald Trump than any of my competitors,” Buttigieg told CNN.A former consultant and US Navy reservist who became a mayor at 29, Buttigieg portrays his youth as a reason voters should prefer him over the gray-haired Biden, 77, and Sanders, 78.One in two Iowa voters claimed to still be undecided ahead of the quirky caucus process.Among them was Kim Robinson, 67, a precinct caucus chair in Clive who said he switched support Sunday from Biden to Buttigieg.”And I might change to Amy Klobuchar” before the vote, he told AFP. “Right now it’s a matter of who I think will win” against Trump.At 7:00 pm Monday (0100 GMT Tuesday), Democrats take part in caucuses at about 1,700 venues — schools, libraries, churches — to publicly declare their choice by standing under one candidate’s banner.Candidates who reach 15 percent support can earn delegates for the nomination race. If a candidate does not meet this threshold after the first alignment of caucus-goers, their supporters can shift to other candidates.At that point, the rallies and TV advertising fade away, as neighbors seek to convince and persuade the undecided, or those from unviable candidates, to align with another.Iowans take their role as first-in-the-nation voters to heart, and their pick has a recent historical track record of becoming the Democratic nominee.At an Iowa City home that Warren supporters were using as a base, people streamed in and out, looking for extra posters or lists of doors that still needed to be knocked on.Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist, traveled from far-off New York to help Warren.”Having a good showing in Iowa is so important to build momentum,” Johnson said.Topics : “This is the most consequential election, certainly in the modern history of this country… and it all begins tomorrow night,” Senator Bernie Sanders, the leading progressive in the race, told invigorated supporters at a meet-and-greet event in Iowa City.Similar scenes played out across the state this weekend as most of the 11 remaining candidates made their final push to convince undecided voters that they are best positioned to defeat Trump.Monday’s caucuses have created an air of suspense with no clear frontrunner. Several hopefuls look to strike gold here and seize the momentum going into the next contest, in New Hampshire on February 11.Leftist Sanders holds only a narrow lead over moderate former vice president Joe Biden. South Bend, Indiana ex-mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Elizabeth Warren are mere points behind. Democratic candidates made their frantic, final campaign pitches Sunday in Iowa, on a mission to persuade undecided voters one day before the state’s nominating contest officially starts the US presidential election season.Iowa, a largely rural state of three million people, has traditionally served as a vital launching point — or burial ground — for presidential hopefuls.Even as all eyes turn to the debut vote, Donald Trump’s US Senate impeachment trial weighs over the Democratic kick-off, with the president expected to be acquitted just days after the Iowa contest.last_img read more

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