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300: A drunk man has become the first person charged with sexual aggression under a new French law against street harassment. The man in question slapped a woman's backside and made lewd remarks about her appearance on a bus outside Paris. He was fined €300 and sentenced to three months in prison for sexual aggression against the woman and an attack on the bus driver.


 

67: Ahead of the upcoming US midterm elections, a few congressional races are considered “toss ups,” races that are too close to call. But when you hear that one party needs to win almost all the toss ups to win a majority of seats, that’s not as unlikely as you might think. Historical research shows that a clear majority tend to break toward a single party. In fact, over the past 10 US national elections, one party has won at least 67 percent of all toss up races.

 

256: The area under coca cultivation in Colombia reached a record high last year of 422,550 acres, according to a new UN report. That’s a 256 percent increase since 2013. Health-related cutbacks on crop spraying, poorly implemented crop substitution plans, and the entrance of narco traffickers into regions surrendered by FARC guerillas have all contributed to the surge.

 

30: According to a new study, just 30 percent of Americans with some college education think globalization has “mostly helped” the United States. The number is 45 percent for those with a bachelor’s degree, and 57 percent of those with post-graduate degrees.

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Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, explains the feud between Trump and Twitter and weighs in on Elon Musk's ambitious space plans:

What is happening between Trump and Twitter?

A lot. Twitter decided it had to fact check the president because the president said something that wasn't entirely true, and perhaps was false, about voting. Twitter cares a lot about lies about voting. So, they fact check Trump. Trump got really mad, said he's going to get rid of some of the laws that protect Twitter from liability when people say bad things on their platform. That started war number one.

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Trump promised a statement about China. Today's announcement was not about China. Most significant was about the World Health Organization, which is a distraction for Trump because it's weaker. They're reliant on the US, have no ability to hit back. But announcing they're pulling all funding and pulling out of the World Health Organization, the international governmental organization tasked with responding to pandemics, in the middle of a pandemic, is one of the stupidest foreign policy decisions that President Trump could make.

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The world's worst health crisis in a hundred years might not seem like the best time for the World Health Organization's biggest financial supporter to threaten to pull the plug on its operations, but that's where we are. On Friday afternoon, President Trump announced that the US is withdrawing entirely from the Organization.

The move comes ten days after the White House sent a withering four-page letter to the organization's Director General which accused the organization of ignoring early warnings about the virus' spread and bowing to Chinese efforts to downplay its severity. The letter closed with a threat to withdraw within 30 days unless the WHO shaped up to better serve "American interests." In the end, the Administration had patience only for 10 days after all.

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