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Betting the farm, tribalism fueled Scott Pruitt's rise, dog cloned 49 times and more

• Jul 6, 2018 at 12:54 PM

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NBC: Betting the farm: Why the heartland still believes in Trump despite plunging prices

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — They voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump, but generations of red-state farmers are bracing for impact on Friday with the knowledge that his trade war could destroy their livelihood — and alter the agricultural map forever.

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VOX: Tribalism fueled Scott Pruitt's rise to power — and the scandals that came with it

They have governed on behalf of their allies and supporters, against their perceived enemies, with virtually no claims to anything more universal. That kind of tribalism in politics is not new, of course, but with the Trump administration, the U.S. conservative movement has more or less abandoned any pretense of anything loftier. Respect for mutual norms and procedural neutrality have gone well out the window.

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THE DAILY BEAST: Here's the Catholic question about Amy Coney Barrett no one asks

Everyone is focused on whether this devoutly Catholic judge would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, but her background as the adoptive parent of two Haitian children suggests that her interests in defending the dignity of human life doesn’t end at childbirth. How might this worldview impact her decisions, should she be nominated?

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THE GUARDIAN: Why Cleveland will be just fine without LeBron James

One man cannot save a city, not even one who stands 6 feet, 8 inches and dunks so hard that the backboard shivers like an earthquake in his wake. The idea that James came home in 2014 to release Cleveland from decades of despair is a wonderful story, one that satisfied many sportswriters, present company included.

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ONE COOL THING: Dog cloned 49 times

The smallest dog on the planet has been cloned a record-breaking 49 times – making her a two-time world record holder. Scientists have created 49 genetically-identical dogs based on genes from the tiny Chihuahua, known as “Miracle Milly.”

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