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September 21, 2019

There's something to be said for self-awareness — especially in the 2020 Democratic primaries.

Addisu Demissie, the campaign manager for Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), suggested in a memo Saturday that the Democratic presidential candidate will bow out of the race if he doesn't raise $1.7 million in 10 days. The memo noted that only four campaigns have the funds to compete seriously for the nomination and Booker's is not currently among them. "Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward," Demissie said.

Later, in a call with reporters, Demissie was even more forthright, answering in the affirmative when asked if Booker would drop out if the team fails to reach its goal. That will likely be tough, but Booker did raise $1.4 million at the end of the first quarter, so it's not inconceivable.

Booker's biggest problem when it comes to fundraising has been an inability to bring in small donations — just 21 percent of his presidential fundraising comes from donors who gave $200 or less, The Wall Street Journal reports. He also spent more than he raised in the second fundraising quarter which ended in June.

Still, Booker was able to qualify for the most recent debate in September, and there are several other candidates who trail him in the polls that will likely keep their campaigns going for far longer than Booker (if he can't come up with the money, of course.) Perhaps, it's really about getting out with your head held high. Read more at The Wall Street Journal. Tim O'Donnell

September 17, 2019

Sean Spicer is clearly comfortable in green, whether that involves hiding in bushes or wearing a lime ruffled frock while making his Dancing with the Stars debut.

On Monday night, Spicer, the former White House press secretary, and his partner, Lindsay Arnold, danced the salsa to the Spice Girls' "Spice Up Your Life." Thankfully, the spice puns ended there, before Spicer was forced to eat a chili pepper or start throwing turmeric at the audience.

The dance lasted approximately one minute and 10 seconds, and although the judges only gave him a score of 12 out of 30, things actually went pretty well for Spicer — he didn't fall, he didn't drop his partner, he showed off his ability to point at things, he wasn't replaced by Melissa McCarthy halfway through, and he didn't claim his appearance drew the largest audience ever to witness a Dancing with the Stars premiere, period, both in person and around the globe. Catherine Garcia

December 26, 2017

In the year 2032, President Trump's worst nightmare will come true: China will be better than America.

Well, to be precise, that's the year the Chinese economy is expected to be larger than the American economy for the first time, per a report from the Centre for Economics and Business (CEBR) Research in London. The CEBR also predicts significant economic growth for India over that period; India will have the third-largest economy by 2032, a decade after it replaces China as the world's most populous country.

The question of population is key in thinking about what it means for Beijing to helm a larger economy than Washington. China's population is currently about 1.38 billion, more than four times the United States' 323 million. Even with a larger aggregate economy, per capita income and standard of living in China will remain significantly lower than in the U.S. for some time. Bonnie Kristian

April 7, 2016

Radioactive boars living around the Fukushima nuclear site in Japan are wreaking havoc as they run rampant in the region unchecked, The Independent reports. Following the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in 2011, a quarantine zone was established to keep humans safe from leaked radioactive material. As a result, the boars, whose population had been controlled by human hunters, have flourished, eating nuclear-contaminated foods and destroying the local agriculture. The boars have reportedly caused around $873,000 in damage to local farms.

In an attempt to curb the exploding population, the boars are being killed faster than they can even be buried. Containing 600 boars per mass grave, the city of Nihonmatsu has actually run out of public land they can use to dispose of the pests. Authorities have resorted to trying to incinerate the boars instead, but that too has proven to be difficult; hunters have tried burying carcasses themselves, but the boars are often dug up by wild dogs. The boars can grow to be massive, too, regularly weighing around 220 pounds.

While the boars were a local delicacy before the nuclear meltdown, tests have shown them to now be too contaminated for human consumption. The area directly around Fukushima remains at levels of radiation 300 times what is safe for people.

While local plants and insects have shown mutations from the radioactive material, there is not yet evidence the boars are suffering from the radiation. Jeva Lange

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