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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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London office market at ‘bottom’

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Geminids to light up the night thru next weekend

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first_imgSoutheastern, IN—If you have had your eyes towards the night sky over the last few days,  you might have noticed a few bright shooting stars go across the sky.  Well, that is because The Geminids meteor shower, one of the best meteor showers of the year, peaks during the night of December 14 and shows up to 100-150 meteors per hour in dark sky. But has lots of meteors to see in the week before.  On a dark night, free of moonlight, you can easily spot 50 or more meteors per hour.Although this is one shower you can successfully watch in the (late) evening – the best viewing is typically around 2 a.m., no matter where you are on Earth. Often, in the hours after midnight and under a dark sky, you can see 50 or more meteors per hour. Rates of 120 per hour have been reported at the peak, under optimum sky conditions.Remember, meteors in annual showers typically come in spurts and lulls, so give yourself at least an hour of observing time. Simply sprawl out on a reclining lawn chair, look upward and enjoy the showMeteor showers don’t require binoculars or telescopes to view — just your bare eyes. Find a comfortable spot to lie on the ground, far away from lights and ideally in a dark-sky area. Bring a blanket and dress warmly if you’re in cold weather. Give your eyes about 20-30 minutes to adjust to the dark, then sit back and enjoy the show.last_img read more

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Lehigh seeks revenge on Colgate

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first_img February 18, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLehigh (7-19, 4-10) vs. Colgate (20-7, 11-3)Cotterell Court, Hamilton, New York; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Colgate goes for the season sweep over Lehigh after winning the previous matchup in Bethlehem. The teams last met on Feb. 5, when the Raiders outshot Lehigh 43.8 percent to 35.4 percent and made six more 3-pointers en route to a 30-point victory. BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Jordan Cohen is averaging 14.5 points and 4.2 assists to lead the charge for the Mountain Hawks. James Karnik is also a big contributor, accounting for 11 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. The Raiders have been led by Jordan Burns, who is averaging 15.2 points and 4.1 assists.JUMPING FOR JORDAN: Cohen has connected on 39 percent of the 82 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 15 over the last five games. He’s also made 86.3 percent of his foul shots this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Colgate is a flawless 20-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 48.1 percent or less. The Raiders are 0-7 when allowing opponents to shoot any better than that.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Raiders have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Mountain Hawks. Colgate has 38 assists on 76 field goals (50 percent) over its previous three outings while Lehigh has assists on 35 of 77 field goals (45.5 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Colgate offense has recorded a turnover on only 16.5 percent of its possessions, which is the 30th-best rate in the country. The Lehigh defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.4 percent of all possessions (ranked 296th among Division I teams).___center_img Lehigh seeks revenge on Colgate For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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