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A 390-Year-Old Bonsai Tree Survived an Atomic Bomb, and No One Knew Until 2001

Moses Weisberg was walking his bicycle through the National Arboretum in Northeast Washington when he stopped at a mushroom-shaped tree. The first thing he noticed was the thickness of the trunk, estimated at almost a foot and a half in diameter. And then there was the abundance of spindly leaves, a healthy head of hair for a botanical relic 390 years old.

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The Nuclear Option: The Democratic Primary Needs Joe Biden

So who does hold the trump card for Democrats? Who is the one Democrat who could keep all of Hillary Clinton’s supporters and mop up all the voters dissatisfied with her — all the while remaining at least marginally acceptable to the broader American electorate?

Only one man: Joseph R. Biden.

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Jewish Community: ‘Fratricide’ over Iran Deal

While Israelis, left and right, are overwhelmingly opposed to the deal, American Jews are torn between their general support for President Barack Obama–only black voters have been more loyal–and the reality of what the deal will do to strengthen Iran and threaten both American and Israeli security.

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Jerry Brown Welcomes Obama’s Coal Crackdown

California Gov. Jerry Brown welcomed President Barack Obama’s “Clean Power Plan,” a new set of environmental regulations to cut down what the administration calls “carbon pollution.” The goal is to cut national carbon dioxide emissions 32% from 2005 levels by 2030.

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Sen. Lankford Pushes Bill to Protect Religious Beliefs

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) introduced a bill Tuesday that would guarantee that organizations, private businesses, higher education institutions, and healthcare and insurance providers would not have to sponsor any type of insurance coverage that would violate religious or moral beliefs.

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Bloomberg: Trump ‘Laps the Field’, Dominates GOP in Pre-Debate Poll

A new Bloomberg poll released Tuesday shows that billionaire Donald Trump continues to defy conventional political wisdom. Twenty-one percent of registered voters who identify as Republicans now selected Trump as their first choice for president, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at ten percent and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at eight percent.

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Scott Walker’s Populist Appeal Shines at New Hampshire Forum

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s biggest selling point as a presidential candidate has been his blue-collar populist appeal, and it’s something that clearly shined through on the stage at a forum of GOP presidential candidates in Manchester, New Hampshire, at Saint Anselm College on Monday night.

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