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Impeachment Testimonies Test Trump

The U.S. House of Representatives is attempting to impeach President Donald Trump. The basis behind this effort is that House Democrats believe that during a phone call with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump asked for a personal favor that would benefit him politically.

An anonymous whistleblower suggested in a letter that Trump had asked for a corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s connections with a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma Holdings.

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Zimbabwe and Inflation: A Cautionary Tale

Ten years ago, Zimbabwe was home to the world’s poorest billionaires. The African country stopped printing its own currency because the money lost its value. The situation was so bad that people carried wheelbarrows of Zimbabwe dollars to buy a loaf of bread. Now, for the first time since 2009, Zimbabwe is printing its own money again.

Inflation is a normal process seen in all countries – this is when prices rise over time. For example, a candy bar or comic book is more expensive today than it was 50 years ago. Because inflation happens over such a long period of time, people can cope with its effects. However, Zimbabwe was suffering from hyperinflation, a faster, out-of-control version of inflation. People saw the value of the money in their wallets destroyed, leading to prices doubling or even tripling in a single day.

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Red Tide: A Plague on the Sea

“Mom, can we go to the beach?” Increasingly, the answer is no for those who live and vacation in Florida’s vast Gulf Coast region. From Bonita Springs all the way up to Sarasota County, toxic red tide is rolling in, forcing beach bums back to the pool.

Karenia brevis algae – commonly called “red tide” because its colorful blooms turn coastal water scarlet – is making its grand entrance up and down Florida’s western shoreline, and it’s not pretty. Aside from the smell of death, red tide triggers a whole host of negative consequences.

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