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Republican Party, Bernard Law, Virginia: Your Wednesday Briefing

• Best of late-night TV Jimmy Fallon joked that the broadly unpopular Republican tax overhaul was “payback for the majority of Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton.” Continue reading the main story • Quotation of the day “Like Celine Dion, poutine was once mocked and underappreciated in Quebec.” — Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, a professed “poutinologist” from Montreal who presented an academic paper arguing that Canada had culturally appropriated a dish so quintessentially Québécois that it amounted to theft. Poutine consists of French fries, cheese curds and gravy. Back Story Eighteen years ago today, Portugal handed Macau back to China after ruling it as a colony for 442 years. The move came two years after Britain handed back Hong Kong, which had made Macau the last European colony in Asia. Portugal offered to return the territory in the 1970s, but China’s leaders demurred because they feared losing a trading link to the outside world, The Times reported on the eve of the 1999 handover. […]

12 favorite sea slugs of the man who’s discovered more than 1000 of them

Terry Gosliner’s lifelong passion for nudibranchs has taken him all over the world in search of the surreal sea slugs; here are his greatest hits. […]

Stair of the week tells you how many calories you are burning while climbing

A good, if not very accurate, idea. […]

Get on board with these 9 mobile libraries

From a bike bookmobile to a floating library to books on a camel, these mobile libraries think outside the box to bring more books to the masses. […]

Minimalist multifunctional transformer boxes hide bed, office & kitchen

These mystery transformer units conceal everything and the kitchen sink in these renovated accommodations in Portugal. […]

Animal Photos Of The Week: It’s Time To Pollinate

This week has been an interesting one in the weird, wild world of animal news:

The world is on the brink of the sixth great extinction, a new study says. The “radical animal rights movement” has a new foe. The world’s largest no-kill cat sanctuary has saved more than 20,000 feline friends. A den of wolf pups was rescued from a fire in Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Take a look at some of this week’s most stunning animal photos below, and check back next week for more news about the Animal Kingdom.

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A white peacock opens its plumage at the Nogeyama zoo in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on May 25, 2014. Visitors enjoy a male Indina peacock spreading beautiful feathers for a female peacock during the breeding season. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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A picture shows a ladybug on a leaf of a potato plant in the vegetable garden of the Tuileries Gardens in Paris on May 31, 2014. (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

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ELMONT, NY – MAY 30: A horse and exercise rider train on the main track during sunrise at Belmont Park on May 30, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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A bumblebee gathers pollen from a flower in a garden outside Moscow, on May 27, 2014. (YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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BENEDICT, MD – MAY 29: Cows graze in the shadow of the coal fired Chalk Point Generating Station, on May 29, 2014 in Benedict, Maryland. Next week President Obama is expected to announce new EPA plans to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal fired power plants. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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A heron holds a fish while standing among a sea of shrimp being dried by Indian workers in the open ahead of the monsoon season at a fishing village in Madh Island situated in the north western coast of Mumbai on May 28, 2014. Fishing activity stops at the end of May for three months during India’s June – September monsoon season due to inclement weather and very rough seas. Madh Island, a cluster of several small fishing villages and farmlands, constructed by the Portuguese, was earlier a watchtower and later on a training place for military students and cadets but in recent times, it has developed into a popular tourist spot and has several popular bungalows, resorts, and attractive places for picnics and parties. (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 28: Border Force dog handler Claire Honeyman’s detector dog ‘Ruby’ checks passengers arriving at Gatwick Airport for illegal drugs on May 28, 2014 in London, England. Border Force detector dogs are able to sniff out a range of goods which may be being illegally imported into the UK such as: Class A drugs, tobacco, cash, animal products, firearms and smuggled people. Detector dogs began working at the UK border in 1978, when they were initially used to simply detect drugs. Currently Border Force has 74 highly-trained dogs based around the UK. Border Force is the law enforcement command within the Home Office responsible for the security of the UK border by enforcing immigration and customs controls on people and goods entering the UK. Border Force officers work at 140 sea and air ports across the UK and overseas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO, IL – MAY 26: Challenger an American Bald Eagle flies onto the field before the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians on May 26, 2014 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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Bumblebees gather pollen from a poppy flower in Denain, northern France, on May 26, 2014. (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)


Brazil’s new food guidelines prioritize the wellbeing of citizens over that of corporations

Unlike the U.S. food guidelines, these focus on home cooking, communal eating, and avoiding advertisements. […]