For the first time in Marine Corps history, a woman is in charge of an infantry platoon

For the first time in Marine Corps history, a woman is in charge of an infantry platoon – CNN

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Democrats unveil three questions to guide public impeachment hearings

Did the President request that a foreign leader and government initiate investigations to benefit the President’s personal political interests in the United States, including an investigation related to the President’s political rival and potential opponent in the 2020 U.S. presidential election?

• Did the President – directly or through agents – seek to use the power of the Office of the President and other instruments of the federal government in other ways to apply pressure on the head of state and government of Ukraine to advance the President’s personal political interests, including by leveraging an Oval Office meeting desired by the President of Ukraine or by withholding U.S. military assistance to Ukraine?

• Did the President and his Administration seek to obstruct, suppress or cover up information to conceal from the Congress and the American people evidence about the President’s actions and conduct?

Democrats unveil three questions to guide public impeachment hearings – POLITICO

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Sen. Shaheen named 2019 ‘beer champion’ for brewery support

Shaheen was selected for her leadership in championing policies that provide tax relief for all brewers and beer importers and encouraged free trade.

…New Hampshire is home to 116 breweries, and the beer industry helps create 13,000 jobs in the state.

Shaheen cosponsored the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S. 362) to provide permanent excise tax relief to America’s brewers and beer importers, ensuring they have the resources to reinvest in their businesses, hire new employees and continue to innovate and create America’s favorite beers. She also cosponsored the Aluminum Pricing Examination (APEX) Act (S. 1953) to allow more oversight and investigation into the aluminum market, providing transparency and stability brewers need to can their beer for consumers.

Sen. Shaheen named 2019 ‘beer champion’ for brewery support – News – seacoastonline.com – Portsmouth, NH

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Facebook removes accounts from UAE, Nigeria, Egypt and Indonesia

Citing “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” aimed at misleading social media users. 

A total of 443 Facebook accounts, 200 pages and 76 groups, as well as 125 Instagram accounts, were removed, the social media platform said on Thursday.

They were traced to three separate and “unconnected” operations, one of which was operating in three countries, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Nigeria; and two others in Indonesia and Egypt, to spread misleading posts and news articles.

…In all, the accounts on Facebook and Instagram commanded an estimated 7.5 million followers.

Facebook removes accounts from UAE, Nigeria, Egypt and Indonesia | News | Al Jazeera

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As Greenland melts, something strange is happening to the ice sheet

About 80 percent of the ice sheet’s surface is like a snowcone: A dusting of fresh snowfall covers a thick layer of old snow, called firn, that’s slowly being compressed into glacier ice but still contains plenty of air pockets. When the top of this snow cone melts in the summer, liquid water percolates down into the firn, which soaks it up like a 100-foot-thick sponge.

…They started finding dense, compacted layers of ice in core after core, just below the seasonal snow layer. It was, MacFerrin says, as if a “turtle shell” had formed over the firn.

…That summer, for the first time on record, meltwater from this part of Greenland visibly started to flow away as runoff.

…Ice slabs have already caused Greenland’s runoff zone to expand by about 26 percent, according to the new study. 

…Under a worst-case scenario where carbon emissions continue to climb until the end of the century, the researchers calculated that ice slab proliferation could add up to 3 inches of sea level rise by 2100, boosting the ice sheet’s overall sea level rise contribution by nearly a third. In both a middle-of-the-road scenario where emissions peak by mid-century and the high emissions one, the amount of runoff from Greenland’s interior roughly doubles by century’s end.

…“We have never observed an ice sheet behaving this way before,” Poinar says. “It’s unprecedented in human scientific history.”

As Greenland melts, something strange is happening to the ice sheet

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