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Biden’s Dogs to Return Presidential Pets to the White House

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first_imgUpdated Nov. 8, 2020, 4:35 p.m. ET In 2016, Lois Pope, a philanthropist for veterans and animals in Palm Beach, Fla., said she had offered Mr. Trump a goldendoodle puppy named Patton, after George Patton, the World War II general that Mr. Trump has said he admires, The Washington Post reported.- Advertisement – President Trump was the first president in more than a century not to have a pet of any kind, Andrew Hager, the historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, said.In 2008, the Biden family got a German shepherd puppy from a breeder after Mr. Biden was elected vice president, according to Politico. The Bidens named the dog Champ because Mr. Biden’s father had told him growing up, “Get up, champ,” when his life was challenging. At a February 2019 rally in El Paso, Mr. Trump said that he didn’t have a dog because he didn’t have time, and felt it would be “phony” for him to get one for political reasons. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is expected to restore a time-honored tradition of having a presidential pet at the White House.Starting in January, the Biden family’s two German shepherds, Champ and Major, will roam the executive residence.- Advertisement – “You do love your dogs, don’t you?” Mr. Trump said. “I wouldn’t mind having one, honestly, but I don’t have any time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?”Mr. Biden’s dog Major reflects a broader trend of Americans adopting pets from shelters and how they feel about animal rights, Mr. Hager said.- Advertisement –center_img “In a way, I’ve made the argument that you can look at the history of Americans and animals by looking at the president and their pets,” he said.Mr. Biden occasionally posts about Champ and Major on social media.“No ruff days on the campaign trail when I have some Major motivation,” Mr. Biden wrote on Instagram last month. One of the oddest White House pets was a raccoon later named Rebecca that was sent to President Calvin Coolidge to be served at Thanksgiving dinner. In November 1926, Mr. Coolidge pardoned the raccoon and adopted it.Pets humanize the presidency and help people relate to their owners. Dogs make for cuddly presidential props and provide companionship when presidents make tough decisions, Ms. Pickens said.During President Richard M. Nixon’s vice-presidential bid in 1952, he weathered a financial-improprieties scandal, partly because he spoke about his dog, Checkers.President Herbert Hoover’s stuffy, stilted image improved when he humanized himself by releasing a photograph in which he held his German shepherd, King Tut.President Barack Obama and his family brought Bo, and then Sunny, Portuguese water dogs, into the White House. They were beloved, even after Sunny knocked down a 2-year-old visitor.“Americans have always had pets, so the White House has always had pets,” Ms. Pickens said. There was even a separate campaign called Dog Lovers for Joe. Its slogan: “Choose your humans wisely.”“Red state or Blue state, we all can agree on the power of dogs,” the website said. “It’s time we had a dog-lover back in the White House.”From the earliest days of the country’s formation, pets have been a tradition for presidents.President Theodore Roosevelt owned dozens of animals, including a one-legged rooster, snakes, guinea pigs, kangaroo rats and horses, said Jennifer B. Pickens, the author of “Pets at the White House.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Mills is the man in Raceway Park Stocks

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first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (Aug. 23) – In the final point night leading into this upcoming Sunday’s championship finale, five drivers raced to victory lane while others tightened points races in their division.The Casey’s General Stores IMCA Stock Cars put on one of the best shows of the night with Chris Mills coming out on top of a race-long duel with Jason Ward. Jay Goosman rounded out the top three.The Total Motors IMCA Modified feature saw Chris Abelson continue his hot streak with another feature win. Behind Abelson at the checkers was Jim Thies, followed by Jason Schneiders.The Skyline Casino IMCA Northern SportMods got off to a wild start but once the cautions ended, Todd Boulware raced to the front of the pack to take the win over Karl Brewer and Darin Roepke.Mike Hanson powered to the win in the MOPAR IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Hanson led from flag to flag, holding off Derek Husted and John Cain to the checkers.In the KISS 107 FM IMCA Sport Compact division, 2014 champion Ramsey Meyer made only his second appearance of the season count with a trip to victory lane. Following Meyer across the line were Andrew Vogt and Cody Boulware.Championship night action kicks off this Sunday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in all five IMCA divisions.last_img read more

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Pacific Consortium returns for Tatts Group acquisition with ‘all-cash’ AUS $7.3 billion bid

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first_img Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Related Articles Pacific Consortium the joint-venture investment vehicle of London private equity firm Macquarie Group and New York fund Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has restated its intent to acquire Australian gambling operator Tatts Group, by putting forward a AUS $7.3 billion all-cash transaction for the company.Placing a ‘last minute’ bid for Tatts assets, Pacific intends to derail the operator’s agreed AUS $11 billion merger with Tabcorp Holdings, which still awaits regulatory approval by Australian market authorities.Pacific changes its approach to Tatts investors by making its deal ’all cash’. Last November the consortium had its AUS $7.3 billion (£4.5 billion) cash and future ASX-listed shares bid swiftly turned down by Tatts governance.Chasing the acquisition, Pacific management is keen to takeover Tatts lottery business, splitting the division from other Tatts gambling assets, which will be sold or incorporated into a separate ASX-listed business.The Tabcorp-Tatts merger remains under review by the Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT), who have until mid-June to declare whether the deal will proceed.Prior to its review, several Australian market competitors detailed that the Tabcorp-Tatts merger would ‘likely to substantially lessen competition in the supply of monitoring and other services to pokies venues in Queensland’. An action that was countered by Tabcorp selling its Queensland games machine business Odyssey.Following a turbulent H1 2017 for Tabcorp in which corporate perfromance has been hindered by the operator having to pay a record AUS $45 million (£27 million) settlement with financial watchdog AUSTRAC, Tabcorp governance is seeking to speed up the Tatts merger delivering good news to its corporate investors.At present, Tatts governance has made no official comment on whether the new Pacific Consortium cash-offer will be reviewed.last_img read more

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