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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!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

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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.

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In Final Iowa Push, Once-Sunny Gingrich Says Romney 'Will Lie To You'

Jan 2, 2012

The Newt Gingrich campaign bus is rolling again Monday morning, leaving Waterloo, where the candidate spent the night and heading straight east to the small town of Independence. The venue? Heartland Acres Agribition Center, a modest-size exhibition hall for small, regional agribusiness conferences with a lot of interesting old farm implements on display, and a shop with some pretty cool toy tractors.

Gingrich continues to try to reverse a slide in public opinion polls and voter perception. I've heard from many Iowans in the last week or so who had been leaning toward the former House speaker a few weeks ago, but now feel he may have too much baggage to be the GOP nominee for president. Certainly, the intense negative ad campaign targeting him has been effective and, on Sunday, Gingrich fought back against the man he says is the main source of the anti-Newt air campaign: Mitt Romney.

As I reported in my Morning Edition piece, when asked if feels he's been "swift-boated," ala Democrat John Kerry in 2004, Gingrich responded, "No. I've been Romney-boated."

One interesting side note: Gingrich was asked at that event in Marshalltown on Sunday about the Citizens United ruling by the US Supreme Court, which led to the creation of Super PACs that raise and spend unlimited amounts on behalf of or against any candidate. Restore Our Future is the Super PAC that supports Romney and is behind most of the attacks on Gingrich.

"I think the current mess is a disgrace," Gingrich said of the wide-open negative spending allowed by Citizens United. "I think it debilitates politics. I think it strengthens millionaires, and it weakens middle-class candidates."

"My solution would be to eliminate all the election laws, and allow people to give unlimited personal money after tax and file every night, and let the candidates run the campaigns and have the candidates run the campaign and have the candidate be responsible," Gingrich said.

Gingrich isn't happy with Romney saying he has nothing to do with the Super PAC attacks and his appearing to stay above the fray. Gingrich points out many of the Super PAC's donors are Romney donors, and that it has several former Romney staffers.

And then the man who has been insisting on a positive message turned pretty negative. Of Romney, Gingrich said, "somebody who will lie to you to get to be president, will lie to you when they are president."

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