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Trump’s pardons appear prompted by TV, friends and politics

President Donald Trump, as he considers pardoning military personnel accused of murder and other crimes, is following a pattern for wielding his clemency power that relies more on his personal interest in a case and its odds of galvanizing his political base than on the careful legal procedures used by his predecessors. If granted, the…MORE

Arsenal omits Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Europa League final amid safety concerns

Arsenal’s Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been left out of the English club’s Europa League final squad amid concerns for his safety in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. Armenia and Azerbaijan have a century-long conflict stemming from the fall of the Russian Empire in 1917 and there were fears Mkhitaryan would not be safe in Baku. The…MORE

‘Pulp Fiction’: 25 fun facts in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary

Quoting Ezekiel 25:17 from “Pulp Fiction” will likely get you laughed out of Sunday school class. That’s because the Bible verse, as recited by Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Jules Winnfield, doesn’t actually exist. In the film, Winnfield speaks these words to people before he kills them: “The path of the righteous man is beset on…MORE

The Democratic Party is being transformed. These House votes show how.

The decisive House of Representatives vote last Friday barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity marked a milestone in shifting American attitudes toward gay rights. But it also represented a landmark in the evolution of the Democratic Party into an urbanized coalition centered on the voters and communities most comfortable with social and…MORE

5 things to know for May 21: Trump, Yemen, US storms, Ford, China & drones

Thought about the kilogram lately? Probably not. Well, you should know it’s been changed, slightly. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) 1. President Trump A federal judge…MORE

Yuan watch; Retail earnings; BP meeting

1. Yuan watch: Investors are on high alert for China’s yuan to fall to the symbolically important level of 7 to the US dollar. A move below that threshold, last breached during the 2008 financial crisis, could ripple through markets and further complicate trade talks between Washington and Beijing. The yuan continued to fall Tuesday…MORE

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Weekend Guide: April 5-7

Weekend Guide: April 5-7

Let’s get ready to weekend! FRIDAY 4/5 The George Jones LIVE! Concert Series  Spend every Friday and Saturday night under the stars! The George Jones restaurant and museum hosts a concert series on their gorgeous rooftop every weekend! There is plenty of room to dance and the views from this rooftop are picture perfect! The…