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    Today, 09:22 PM
    President Donald Trump on Friday overturned an Obama-era order that required outfitters with federal permits for excursions on public lands to pay their workers a higher wage. Trump’s executive order, which takes effect immediately, was unveiled just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, when summer tourists begin descending on national parks and other lands in large numbers. It also comes at the request of outfitters, who say paying a higher wage would limit the number of employees they can hire, while also raising costs. More at: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/05/25/trump-exempts-outfitters-and-guides-from-living-wage-order/
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    Today, 09:20 PM
    President Donald Trump on Friday issued a series of executive orders to weaken the influence of government unions and make it easier for agencies to fire civil servants. The orders will standardize agency rules to make it easier and quicker to remove poorly performing employees. They also direct federal agencies to renegotiate their labor contracts and cap the amount of paid time that workers can take off to conduct union-related business. More at: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/25/trump-federal-employees-unions-civil-servants-609167
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    Today, 09:18 PM
    The Trump administration late Friday voiced concerns about an "impending" operation by Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria that it says will fall inside the boundaries of a U.S.-enforced de-escalation zone. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert warned in a statement that the U.S. would respond with "firm and appropriate measures" if Assad's government were to violate the ceasefire in the region, located in the southwestern part of the country. "Unfortunately, the Assad regime, with the support of Russia and Iran, has repeatedly violated these de-escalation zones, most recently in its brutal assault on East Ghouta. The Assad regime and its allies continue to prolong the conflict by ignoring their own de-escalation agreements and stonewalling the Geneva process," Nauert said. She called on Russia to exercise control over the Assad government at the U.N. Security Council, pressing the country to use its "diplomatic military advantage over the Assad regime to stop attacks and compel the Assad regime to cease further military offensives." "The United States remains committed to maintaining the stability of the southwest de-escalation zone and to the ceasefire underpinning it," she said. More at: http://thehill.com/policy/international/389482-us-concerned-about-possible-assad-operation-in-southwest-syria
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    Today, 09:14 PM
    Pakistan has abolished its troubled northwest tribal areas in a historic parliamentary bill granting rights to millions of conflict-weary people and scrapping a draconian colonial-era regime.The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were merged into the country's administrative mainstream, becoming part of the northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, by a parliamentary amendment approved by the senate on Friday. More at: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/25/asia/pakistan-tribal-areas-dismantled-intl/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+rss%252Fcnn_latest+(RSS%253A+CNN+-+Most+Recent)
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    Today, 09:12 PM
    Houthi rebels launched a missile strike on a Turkish cargo ship delivering wheat to Yemen's Saleef port on May 10, the White House said and Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed Friday. "The United States is alarmed by the Houthi missile strike against a Turkish cargo ship 70 miles off the coast of Yemen that was attempting to deliver 50,000 metric tons of wheat to Yemen's Saleef port near Hudaydah," the White House said in a statement. Turkey's Foreign Ministry said there were no causalities in the attack. In a written statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the cargo ship Ince Inebolu was attacked by a missile along the coast of Yemen on its way to Saleef Harbor close to midnight. The ship had departed from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. "The Turkish cargo ship with a 23-strong crew of Turkish citizens was attacked, and fortunately there were no casualties," Aksoy was quoted as saying. "Investigation of this incident is ongoing and will be disclosed to the public after its completion," he added. More at: https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2018/05/25/houthi-rebels-launched-missile-strike-against-turkish-cargo-ship-white-house
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    Today, 09:10 PM
    Pope Francis warned Italian bishops this week to vet carefully applicants to the priesthood and reject anyone they suspected might be homosexual, local media reported on Thursday."Keep an eye on the admissions to seminaries, keep your eyes open," the pope was quoted as saying by newspaper La Stampa's Vatican Insider service. "If in doubt, better not let them enter." The Vatican did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the remarks, which Vatican Insider and Il Messaggero said were made at a closed-door gathering on Monday. More at: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-05-24/pope-tells-bishops-not-to-accept-gay-seminarians-report Closing the barn door after the horses are all gone.
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    Today, 08:43 PM
    CNBC has just announced, citing an anonymous military source, that Russia quietly conducted the world’s longest anti-air missile system test, destroying mock enemy targets at record range. If and when this missile system becomes deployed, it could be a gamechanger for the Russian military, with increased area denial capabilities in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East - that will undoubtedly frighten Washington. Futuristic drawing of the S-500 air defense missile system. (Source: Almaz-Antey) The source with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence regarding the S-500 Prometey, also known as 55R6M “Triumfator-M,” a surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile system intended to replace the A-135 missile system and supplement the S-400, said the missile test struck a target 299 miles away — 50 miles further than the existing S-400 system. Components of the S-500 system Moscow claims the S-500 is a new-generation surface-to-air missile system and has the capability of “intercepting hypersonic missiles, drones and aircraft as well as stealth warplanes like the F-22 and the F-35. The S-500 system would expand the Kremlin’s capabilities to engage multiple targets with precision strikes,” said CNBC. Russia’s 2016 S-400 air defense system range in Europe, the Middle East, and Russia.
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    Today, 08:33 PM
    Modern-day pirate attacks in the Caribbean and Latin America are out of control, according to a Wednesday report which found a 163% spike in pirate activity that led to the loss of $948,690 in stolen goods. The report, produced by nonprofit group Oceans Beyond Piracy, found that 59% of the attacks involved robberies on yachts. “We have observed a significant increase in violent incidents and anchorage crime, particularly in the anchorages of Venezuela and the recent violent incidents off Suriname in the first part of this year,” says Maise Pigeon, the report's lead author. “Pirate activity in 2017 clearly demonstrates that pirate groups retain their ability to organize and implement attacks against ships transiting the region.” Pirates have hit waters off the coast of Suriname hard. In April, at least a dozen fishermen from Guyana went missing or were feared dead following a pirate attack in the area. Guyana President David Granger called the attack a “massacre.” And a fishing boat captain was shot dead after his ship was attacked in May. The rest of his crew survived. The buccaneers also attacked anchorages in Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Colombia and St. Lucia. -Marketwatch
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    Today, 08:28 PM
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    Spain's Socialists, the country's largest opposition party, filed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after judges ruled that his Popular Party benefited from illegal funds, Deutsche Welle reported May 25. Rajoy has also been criticized for how he handled the dispute with Catalonia. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/spain-prime-minister-faces-vote-no-confidence
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    Today, 08:26 PM
    Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has resigned as director of his aluminum firm Rusal, in an effort to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to ease sanctions against him and his companies, RFE/RL reported May 25. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/russia-us-sanctioned-oligarch-steps-down-rusal-board
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    Today, 08:11 PM
    snowflake NOUN …2. derogatory, informal An overly sensitive or easily offended person, or one who believes they are entitled to special treatment on account of their supposedly unique characteristics. — Oxford English Dictionary Is being a snowflake a disability? This is apparently the case at (pseudo)elite U.S. colleges, where up to one in four students are classified as “disabled” — often simply because they experience “stress and anxiety” — and are thus given special accommodations. This can sometimes mean getting twice as long as their peers to take exams. Disabled classifications have skyrocketed in recent years, with only a doctor’s note necessary to be given the status (and then federal law dictates the person must be accommodated). At Pomona College in California, for instance, five percent of students fell into the category in 2014 — now 22 percent are classified as disabled. This merely reflects other private colleges. As the Wall Street Journal reports, “At Hampshire, Amherst and Smith colleges in Massachusetts and Yeshiva University in New York, one in five students are classified as disabled. At Oberlin College in Ohio, it is one in four. At Marlboro College in Vermont, it is one in three.”
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    Today, 08:09 PM
    In her reelection campaign video posted last week at NowThisNews, far-left anti-gun Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (aka “Pocahontas,” with a Freedom Index Rating of just 13 out of 100) promised not to take any money from the National Rifle Association (NRA), declaring: I’m running for reelection to U.S. Senate here in Massachusetts, and I pledge not to take a single penny from the National Rifle Association. The people of Massachusetts deserve to be represented by someone who will put their interests ahead of the NRA’s demands. The irony, of course, is that she hasn’t ever received “a single penny” from the NRA according to OpenSecrets.org, nor is she likely to. She has made frequent boasts of her anti-gun and anti-NRA ideology, one of the latest dated February 22, when she tweeted: “I’m going to fight the NRA at every turn until we have sensible gun policies that keep our country safe. If Wayne LaPierre thinks we’re terrifying, he ain’t seen nothing yet. Chip in now to show the NRA we’re fighting back.” Her pledge was met with hoots, howls of laughter, and claims of grandstanding, and accusations of playing up to her anti-gun constituents. From Holly Rochichaud, a spokesman for Republican state representative Geoff Diehl who is running against her in the state’s primary, came this: “Warren has never stood up for people’s Second Amendment rights, so it is another media stunt to gain exposure. She should also pledge not to take money from taxpayers because she has done nothing to help them as well.”
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    Today, 08:01 PM
    I think they knew it would stir people up and get the exact reaction we see on this thread.... that "nobody is taking my bacon and cigarettes!!!!11" reaction. :o That mindset reminds me a lot of my dad, who died a couple years ago of cancer/diabetes/congestive heart failure.
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    Today, 08:00 PM
    It is possible to have a healthy multi generational household, this doesn't sound like one.
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    Today, 07:05 PM
    Kanye West finally tweeted something important this week, and nobody cares - at least compared to the media feeding frenzy that ensued when the notorious rapper expressed support for President Donald Trump. On Monday, concluding a string of tweets about people’s addictions to their phones, West shared a link to an in-depth documentary about the history of consumerism and how it became the fabric of American society. The Century of the Self is a four-hour BBC documentary from 2002 that explores the role of Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays — often considered the father of modern public relations (and propaganda) — in molding the collective mindset. the century of self https://t.co/JVvJby2TFq It’s 4 hours long but you’ll get the gist in the first 20 minutes Basically Sigmund Frued’s nephew Edward Bernays capitalized off of his uncle’s philosophies and created modern day consumerism — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 21, 2018 before Edward Bernays Americans purchased things based off needs There was a a time in the 20s when women didn’t smoke in public so Edward Bernays masterminded a campaign to make it culturally acceptable so that companies could sell more cigarettes..it’s that kind of vibe.. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 21, 2018 The documentary also explores Bernays’ role as a propagandist for Woodrow Wilson during World War I, helping drum up support among the war-weary public via the Committee on Public Information. In an interview with Bernays featured in the documentary, he discussed attending the Paris Peace Conference with Wilson, recalling that they “worked to ‘make the world safe for democracy’ — that was the big slogan.”
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    Today, 05:32 PM
    Trump has tapped a fierce critic of illegal immigration for the State Department's top position overseeing refugees and migration.The White House announced on Thursday that Ronald Mortensen, a former foreign service officer, has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration. Mortensen, who supported Trump on the campaign trail, is a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit group that advocates for significantly reducing immigration to the U.S. If confirmed by the Senate, Mortensen would lead the State Department bureau responsible for providing assistance to some of the world's most vulnerable populations, including refugees and asylum seekers from Mexico and Central America. In addition to his fellowship at the Center for Immigration Studies, Mortensen also founded the Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration, a group that advocates for "concrete action" to address illegal immigration. In a statement issued at the time of the group's founding, Mortensen said the U.S. had a responsibility to admit immigrants who go through the proper legal channels, while blocking those who try to skirt the law. "There are literally millions of desperate people in countries around the world who respect the rule-of-law and wait for years to legally enter the United States," he said. "We should have compassion for these good, honest, hard-working people and make sure that we don’t reward individuals who jump the line." In an email on Friday, the White House said Mortensen has worked in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance for the past 15 years, and “has worked on humanitarian responses that saved lives and alleviated the suffering of millions of people in Iraq, Syria, Mali, Libya, Haiti, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and many other countries in West Africa.” He also served as the head of USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response team in Iraq five times since 2015. Mortensen is an Air Force veteran, and holds a Ph.D from the University of Utah, according to the White House.
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    Today, 05:12 PM
    The studio that produced the film Show Dogs pulled the movie and re-edited it earlier this week over allegations it sexualized children. More at: https://www.infowars.com/pedo-programming-exposed-show-dogs-pulled-from-theaters-over-claims-it-groomed-children-for-sexual-abuse/
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    Today, 05:09 PM
    He also "vacations" in the middle east, possibly under contract with Clowns In Action.
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    Today, 04:11 PM
    Well this is going to hurt: Der Spiegel reports that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered that all government contracts cease being awarded to German companies in what's being interpreted as an aggressive punitive measure after a year of already deteriorating Saudi-German relations and as Germany has expressed its plan to stick by the Iran nuclear deal. Der Spiegel cites companies with long-term partnerships inside Saudi Arabia as already being impacted; however, there's still little clear confirmation on how far reaching the move will be: "Citing no sources, it said the move was likely to hit major companies such as Siemens, Bayer and Boehringer Ingelheim as well as carmaker Daimler,"according to Reuters, citing the Der Spiegel report published late Friday. Germany generated 2017 exports worth 6.6 billion euros ($7.7 billion), according to official German figures, and is deeply invested in multiple major Saudi infrastructural projects, as Der Spiegal explains, "Some 800 German companies are active in the country, and 200 have offices in Saudi Arabia with a total of 40,000 employees," which could be severely impacted, depending on how far the Saudis are willing to go. This includes German mega-conglomerate Siemens which just signed a contract worth around $400 million to deliver five gas turbines for a new Saudi power plant, and Daimler, which secured an order to supply 600 Mercedes‑Benz Citaro buses from Saudi bus operator SAPTCO. German sources privy to the Saudis' opaque maneuvering say the situation is dire, as Reuters relates: "For Germans, the doors in Riyadh have suddenly been closed," says one experienced businessman in the Saudi capital. Meetings with delegations from Germany that were set up before the crisis are being canceled. "That hurts," says Oliver Oehms of the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs in Riyadh. And it appears the healthcare sector has already been feeling the pressure: A senior German businessman in Saudi Arabia, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters on Friday that especially the healthcare sector was currently feeling added scrutiny when applying for Saudi tenders.
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    Today, 04:06 PM
    Things have gone from bad to worse for Tesla and its autopilot feature, after the police results from a recent Salt Lake City crash were released, indicating that not only was the car was in Autopilot mode when it crashed into a stopped firetruck, but also that it sped up seconds before the moment of impact. The police report was detailed as follows: A Tesla Model S that crashed into a parked firetruck on a Utah highway this month while in its Autopilot mode sped up prior to the accident, a police report says. Data retrieved from the sedan shows that it picked up speed for 3.5 seconds shortly before the collision in South Jordan, according to the Associated Press. The acceleration from 55 mph to 60 mph suggests that the Tesla had been following a slower car that then moved out of the way, allowing the Tesla to resume the higher speed that the Autopilot system had been set at. Furthermore, the car did not warn the driver ahead of the collision, even as the driver may have been taking a cue from Elon's Model 3 reveal, where he told people they could "sleep" in their car: to wit, the driver had her hands off the wheel for 80 seconds and was admittedly looking at her cell phone at the moment of the crash: The driver, Heather Lommatzsch, told police that she had been looking at her phone and claimed the Tesla did not provide any warnings that it was about to crash. The car’s log said that her hands had been off of the steering wheel for 80 seconds leading up to the impact, and that she applied the brakes less than a second before hitting the firetruck, which was blocking the lane to protect the scene of a previous accident. Lommatzsch said she had owned the car for two years and used the semi-autonomous Autopilot feature on all sorts of roadways, including on the Utah highway where she crashed, according to the report. She said the car did not provide any audio or visual warnings before the crash. A witness told police she did not see signs the car illuminated its brake lights or swerved to avoid the truck ahead of it. Meanwhile, the NTSB said it is investigating the May 11 crash.
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    Today, 03:59 PM
    Update: As reported earlier, Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to the New York Police Department at the First Precinct in Tribeca this morning to be arrested and face criminal charges stemming from multiple sexual assault allegations. Weinstein, who is facing years behind bars, is likely looking at first degree and third degree rape charges and a first degree criminal sexual act charge from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Weinstein arrived amid a throng of media and onlookers gathered at the police station, with NYPD barricades up to separate them from the disgraced Hollywood producer as he was escorted inside. He was not handcuffed. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-25/watch-live-harvey-weinstein-does-perp-walk-nyc-courthouse
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    Today, 03:56 PM
    It shows for me, I haven't watched it but it looks like it is a video making fun of the TSA.
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    A day after President Trump declared that the historic summit planned between the US and North Korea had been cancelled, Trump appeared to pull off another pivot on Friday when he kept hopes of a meeting alive, saying that the Singapore meeting may still happen as scheduled on June 12, just hours after North Korea said they are very eager to get back to the negotiating table, and that the only reason for Pyongyang's harsh language was because it was responding to similar language by the US. "We'll see what happens," Trump told reporters at the White House on his way to Annapolis adding that "it could even be the 12th. We're talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We'd like to do it. We'll see what happens" and then explained his negotiating strategy: "everybody plays games." "We're going to see what happens, we're talking to them now." President Trump says North Korea summit with Kim Jong-un could still be possible on 12 June https://t.co/eMeK1Oyldi pic.twitter.com/BRjgtAnmeT — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 25, 2018 Trump credited the North's "very nice statement" for prompting the US to reconsider its cancellation. Shortly after, Reuters reported that Mattis echoed Trump's optimismsaying that he had received "possibly good news" on the June 12 summit which "may be on if diplomats can pull it off."
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    Today, 03:05 PM
    A day after President Trump declared that the historic summit planned between the US and North Korea had been cancelled, Trump appeared to pull off another pivot on Friday when he kept hopes of a meeting alive, saying that the Singapore meeting may still happen as scheduled on June 12, just hours after North Korea said they are very eager to get back to the negotiating table, and that the only reason for Pyongyang's harsh language was because it was responding to similar language by the US. "We'll see what happens," Trump told reporters at the White House on his way to Annapolis adding that "it could even be the 12th. We're talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We'd like to do it. We'll see what happens" and then explained his negotiating strategy: "everybody plays games." "We're going to see what happens, we're talking to them now." President Trump says North Korea summit with Kim Jong-un could still be possible on 12 June https://t.co/eMeK1Oyldi pic.twitter.com/BRjgtAnmeT — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 25, 2018 Trump credited the North's "very nice statement" for prompting the US to reconsider its cancellation. Shortly after, Reuters reported that Mattis echoed Trump's optimismsaying that he had received "possibly good news" on the June 12 summit which "may be on if diplomats can pull it off."
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    Today, 03:05 PM
    A day after President Trump declared that the historic summit planned between the US and North Korea had been cancelled, Trump appeared to pull off another pivot on Friday when he kept hopes of a meeting alive, saying that the Singapore meeting may still happen as scheduled on June 12, just hours after North Korea said they are very eager to get back to the negotiating table, and that the only reason for Pyongyang's harsh language was because it was responding to similar language by the US. "We'll see what happens," Trump told reporters at the White House on his way to Annapolis adding that "it could even be the 12th. We're talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We'd like to do it. We'll see what happens" and then explained his negotiating strategy: "everybody plays games." "We're going to see what happens, we're talking to them now." President Trump says North Korea summit with Kim Jong-un could still be possible on 12 June https://t.co/eMeK1Oyldi pic.twitter.com/BRjgtAnmeT — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 25, 2018 Trump credited the North's "very nice statement" for prompting the US to reconsider its cancellation. Shortly after, Reuters reported that Mattis echoed Trump's optimismsaying that he had received "possibly good news" on the June 12 summit which "may be on if diplomats can pull it off."
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    Today, 02:48 PM
    OPEC’s largest producer Saudi Arabia and its key non-OPEC partner in the production cut deal, Russia, are discussing lifting the combined oil production of the countries from the pact by some 1 million bpd, potentially easing the cuts in response to supply concerns amid rising oil prices, Reuters reported on Friday, citing sources familiar with the talks. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Oil-Prices/Oil-Slides-As-Saudis-Russia-Consider-1-Million-Bpd-Output-Boost.html
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    Today, 02:45 PM
    US drillers added 13 rigs to the number of oil and gas rigs this week, according to Baker Hughes, with oil rigs increasing by 15 and gas rigs dipping by 2. The oil and gas rig count now stands at 1,059—up 151 from this time last year. The Permian basin saw the biggest increase in the number of rigs, at 11. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/US-Rig-Count-Rises-Amid-Crashing-Oil-Prices.html
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