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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to arbitration at the Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters, and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Donald Trump picked a military town — Virginia Beach, Va. — to give a speech Monday on how he would go about overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

He blamed the Obama administration for a string of scandals at the VA during the past two years, and claimed that his rival, Hillary Clinton, has downplayed the problems and won't fix them.

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The season for blueberries used to be short. You'd find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

Now, though, it's always blueberry season somewhere. Blueberry production is booming. The berries are grown in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest — not to mention the southern hemisphere.

But in any one location, the season is still short. And this means that workers follow the blueberry harvest, never staying in one place for long.


5 Things You May Not Know About Michele Bachmann

Dec 15, 2011
Originally published on December 15, 2011 5:35 pm

She was born Michele Amble. Her parents divorced when she was young. She studied political science and literature in college and was a student volunteer for Jimmy Carter's 1976 campaign for president.

When she graduated from Winona State University, she married Marcus Bachmann. She got a law degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., and another degree in tax law from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. For several years she was a tax litigation attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.

Then she turned her attention to raising her children. Over the years she and Marcus had five children of their own and brought 23 more foster children into their home in Stillwater, Minn.

In 2000, Michele Bachmann was elected to the Minnesota state Senate. In 2006 she became the first Republican woman from Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Since then, she has led a highly visible, vocally patriotic life speaking out for free markets, tax reform and the sanctity of the family and against the federal rescue of Wall Street financial institutions, "Obamacare" and same-sex marriage. She is a champion of the Tea Party. But there may be a few things you don't know about Bachmann:

1. She met her husband on a playground. Michele and her husband, Marcus, met when they were students at Winona State University. According to a 2007 profile in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, they both had jobs as playground supervisors at an elementary school near the college.

2. She received the Republican Party's endorsement in 1999 — for school board. When the Republican Party backed Bachmann — and four other candidates — for the Stillwater school board, many people were surprised, saying they could never remember a school board election being a partisan event, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. The shift "has opponents fuming that political-party endorsements in nonpartisan school board races are unseemly." Bachmann and the others lost.

3. She wore gloves to a fight. When Bachmann was running for an open House seat in 2006, President George W. Bush "needled her for wearing scalloped pink gloves" during a campaign visit, according to The New York Times. Bachmann said Bush told her, "When you campaign, take off the gloves."

4. She has had stay-out-of-jail training. As a newly elected representative in 2006, Bachmann told The New York Times that she spent her first days on Capitol Hill in freshman orientation learning "how to hire a chief of staff, how to hire other staff, how to stay out of jail ... the usual things that congressmen need to know."

5. She loves Israel. In December 2006, Bachmann made a presentation to the Minnesota chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition at a celebration of her initial election to Congress. "I'm a member and I was there," recalls longtime Bachmann observer Scott W. Johnson, a Minneapolis lawyer and contributor to the Power Line blog. "Following her graduation from high school, Rep. Bachmann spent the summer working on a kibbutz in Israel. That's a claim I've never heard a gentile make. Her love of Israel is genuine and long-standing."

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