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Deer photo-bombs wedding pictures, eats bride’s bouquet

Oh deer.

While they posed for their wedding photos, a couple in Michigan were interrupted by an uninvited but hungry guest. Shockingly, the intruder decided to snack on the bride’s bouquet, which is normally considered bad wedding etiquette. However, since the hungry intruder was actually just a curious deer, the couple was actually pretty amused by the whole situation.

The moment was caught by the wedding photographer and uploaded to Laurenda Marie Photography’s Facebook page. It was captioned, “Deer: 1, Bouquet: 2.”

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The post continues, “When the field you want to take bride & groom portraits in has an overtly friendly deer…you roll with it until the deer decides the bouquet is lookin’ like a good snack. Morgan & Luke, you rock. Much more from your beautiful day to come!”

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It’s not known whether “eating the bouquet” counts as “catching the bouquet” in terms of wedding traditions. (Laurenda Marie Photography)

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The photos show the couple happily posing near Saugatuck Dunes State Park, FOX 47 reports. As they stand near an old wooden fence, a curious deer suddenly appears and quickly takes notice of Morgan’s bouquet, which had been created by Melissa Anne Floral Co.

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While the photos didn’t go according to plan, the couple and photographer rolled with it and ended up with some truly unique shots. (Laurenda Marie Photography)

The animal eventually climbs over the fence and starts munching on the flowers, much to the couple’s amusement. Based on the photos, the deer apparently got to finish off its bouquet-meal.

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At weddings, it’s tradition for the bride to throw the bouquet and whoever catches it will be the next to get married. It’s not clear what happens to the guest that eats the bouquet, but maybe this deer has a love connection coming its way.

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Trump Fires John Bolton, Says He Is ‘No Longer Needed’ At White House

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John Bolton will leave his position as White House national security adviser, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday in a pair of tweets.

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” the president wrote. “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore … I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning.”

“I thank John very much for his service,” Trump said, noting that he plans to name Bolton’s replacement next week. Charlie Kupperman, who was deputy national security adviser under Bolton, will fill in as the acting adviser. 

In a tweet of his own, Bolton said he had offered to resign Monday evening but Trump responded, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham took issue with Bolton’s apparent suggestion that he left voluntarily, claiming in a text to The Daily Beast that Trump had in fact demanded Bolton’s resignation.

The national security adviser was expected to appear at a White House security briefing early Tuesday afternoon alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Bolton, who served in the Trump administration for more than a year, has worked for every Republican president since Ronald Reagan. He was Trump’s third national security adviser since his January 2017 inauguration, following Michael Flynn and H.R. McMaster. (Former President Barack Obama had three national security advisers over his two terms; President George W. Bush had two.)

Bolton’s aggressive foreign policy approach and eagerness for war have been heavily criticized, and have frequently been at odds with Trump’s own approach to military intervention.

Some of the president’s allies commended the decision to fire Bolton; Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said it was a “necessary action.”

California’s Democratic former Gov. Jerry Brown took a different tone: “Good riddance,” he said of the national security adviser.

Bolton’s departure follows reports of growing tensions between the national security adviser and the president earlier this year.

“I disagree very much with John Bolton. His attitude in the Middle East and Iraq — was going into Iraq,” the president told reporters in June. “I think that was a big mistake and I’ve been proven right.”

After Iran shot down a U.S. drone in June, Trump called off a retaliatory military strike, calling it a disproportionate response. Bolton has long advocated for military action in Iran but did not publicly oppose Trump’s decision.

“I have two groups of people: I have doves and I have hawks,” Trump said when asked on “Meet the Press” if his advisers were pressuring him into taking military action. “John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him, he’d take on the whole world at one time.”

More recently, Bolton was reported to have torpedoed a potential summit between the Trump administration and Taliban leaders for which Pompeo had advocated, according to The New York Times. The leaders would have discussed a pathway to peace as U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan reaches its 18th year, pursuant to Trump’s promise to roll back U.S. troop levels in the region.

Bolton’s position on the potential peace plan frustrated Trump, The Washington Post reported

Prior to joining the White House, Bolton advocated for a preemptive strike on North Korea, though the president has often touted his diplomatic relationship with the country as one of the major successes of his presidency. When Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June, Bolton was notably absent.

Yet he did align with Trump on birtherism, the racist movement spearheaded by Trump, having once joked that Obama was a Muslim.

This story has been updated throughout.

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Trump Announces John Bolton’s Resignation, Says He’s ‘No Longer Needed’ At White House

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John Bolton will leave his position as White House national security adviser, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday in a pair of tweets.

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” the president wrote. “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore … I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning.”

“I thank John very much for his service,” Trump said, noting that he plans to name Bolton’s replacement next week. Charlie Kupperman, who was deputy national security adviser under Bolton, will fill in as the acting adviser. 

In a tweet of his own, Bolton said he had offered to resign Monday evening but Trump responded, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham took issue with Bolton’s apparent suggestion that he left voluntarily, claiming in a text to The Daily Beast that Trump had in fact demanded Bolton’s resignation.

The national security adviser was expected to appear at a White House security briefing early Tuesday afternoon alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Bolton, who served in the Trump administration for more than a year, has worked for every Republican president since Ronald Reagan. He was Trump’s third national security adviser since his January 2017 inauguration, following Michael Flynn and H.R. McMaster. (Former President Barack Obama had three national security advisers over his two terms; President George W. Bush had two.)

Bolton’s aggressive foreign policy approach and eagerness for war have been heavily criticized, and have frequently been at odds with Trump’s own approach to military intervention.

Some of the president’s allies commended the decision to fire Bolton; Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said it was a “necessary action.”

California’s Democratic former Gov. Jerry Brown took a different tone: “Good riddance,” he said of the national security adviser.

Bolton’s departure follows reports of growing tensions between the national security adviser and the president earlier this year.

“I disagree very much with John Bolton. His attitude in the Middle East and Iraq — was going into Iraq,” the president told reporters in June. “I think that was a big mistake and I’ve been proven right.”

After Iran shot down a U.S. drone in June, Trump called off a retaliatory military strike, calling it a disproportionate response. Bolton has long advocated for military action in Iran but did not publicly oppose Trump’s decision.

“I have two groups of people: I have doves and I have hawks,” Trump said when asked on “Meet the Press” if his advisers were pressuring him into taking military action. “John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him, he’d take on the whole world at one time.”

More recently, Bolton was reported to have torpedoed a potential summit between the Trump administration and Taliban leaders for which Pompeo had advocated, according to The New York Times. The leaders would have discussed a pathway to peace as U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan reaches its 18th year, pursuant to Trump’s promise to roll back U.S. troop levels in the region.

Bolton’s position on the potential peace plan frustrated Trump, The Washington Post reported

Prior to joining the White House, Bolton advocated for a preemptive strike on North Korea, though the president has often touted his diplomatic relationship with the country as one of the major successes of his presidency. When Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June, Bolton was notably absent.

Yet he did align with Trump on birtherism, the racist movement spearheaded by Trump, having once joked that Obama was a Muslim.

This story has been updated throughout.

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Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott tease upcoming Playboy cover with naked photo

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Kylie Jenner is a reality TV star, social media influencer, makeup mogul and, now, the latest Playboy cover star.

The 22-year-old teased her upcoming spread in the iconic magazine with an NSFW photo – wearing only a cowboy hat – alongside boyfriend Travis Scott.

“When Houston meets LA…” she captioned the image on social media, referencing both her and Scott’s hometowns.

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The handle for Playboy also shared a few images from the famous couple’s photo shoot for the Fall 2019 Pleasure Issue.

According to the magazine, the Pleasure Issue is “a celebration of the things that bring us joy: sex, art, food, music, spiritual connection, travel, cannabis and community. And did we mention sex? In this issue, we aren’t only showcasing the artists and creators who bring us joy; we’re also shining a light on visionaries and revolutionaries who are fighting to expand access to pleasure for all.”

“Featuring Kylie Jenner by Travis Scott, Thomas Middleditch, Toro y Moi, King Princess, Anand Giridharadas, Marilyn Minter, Keith Hufnagel, Catherine Lacey, Edward Norton, Simon Hanselmann and more; plus Playmates Hilda Dias Pimental, Gillian Chan and Jordy Murray. Cover art featuring Kylie Jenner, shot by Sasha Samsanova and creative directed by Travis Scott,” the description concluded.

Jenner isn’t the first member of the Kardashian-Jenner family to pose for Playboy.

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Kim Kardashian famously posed for the magazine in 2007 and documented the photo shoot on their TV show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” The episode launched a thousand memes when momager Kris Jenner cheered on her daughter with the line, “You’re doing amazing, sweetie.”

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Donald Trump fires top national security aide John Bolton, citing 'disagreements'

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President Donald Trump says he has no plans to debate any of his three Republican primary challengers during the 2020 campaign for the White House, insisting, “they have no credibility.” (Sept. 9) AP, AP

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump fired John Bolton as his national security adviser on Tuesday, citing that the two “disagreed strongly” on many issues.   

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” Trump said in an abrupt tweet. “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration.”

Bolton’s departure comes amid internal disagreements at the White House over recent negotiations with the Taliban on ending the war in Afghanistan. Trump said Monday that those talks are “dead” after he scuttled a secret meeting with the Taliban at Camp David.  

In recent days White House officials confirmed Bolton’s disputes with other administration officials, particularly over negotiations with the Taliban and the president’s hopes for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Trump has said he wants to reduce the number of service members from around 14,000 to around 8,600

Bolton, who took over the job from H.R. McMaster in March, 2018, had made clear his opposition to Trump’s Camp David invitation to the Taliban.

Bolton contradicted Trump’s characterization of the break, writing in a tweet that he resigned. 

“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow,'” Bolton wrote.  

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Bolton is a hardliner who clashed repeatedly with other Trump administration officials over everything from Iran to Afghanistan. Before he joined the White House, he had been a vocal advocate of regime change in Iran, a position Trump repeatedly disavowed. Some lawmakers feared that Bolton was pushing Trump into a perilous military confrontation with the Islamic Republic.  

Bolton also took a hawkish stance on North Korea, pressing Trump to reject Kim Jong Un’s offer to partially dismantle his regime’s nuclear program and to instead demand a more sweeping denuclearization agreement.

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Donald Trump slams 'rigged' poll showing his latest job approval rating is at 38%

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President Donald Trump attacked the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll results showing that his job approval rating has dropped to 38% from 44% in July. 

ABC News and The Washington Post released results of their survey Tuesday, noting that Trump’s prior rating was a record high for his time in office. The poll also measured high concern over the U.S.-China trade war and for the economy. Fifty-six percent of respondents disapproved of Trump.

Trump accused media networks of rigging poll results against him. 

“One of the greatest and most powerful weapons used by the Fake and Corrupt News Media is the phony Polling Information they put out,” Trump tweeted Tuesday, going on to say many of polls are “fixed”. 

He also accused ABC News and The Washington Post of putting out a “fake poll.”

“ABC/Washington Post Poll was the worst and most inaccurate poll of any taken prior to the 2016 Election,” Trump tweeted. 

The ABC News/Washington Post poll predicted a narrow win of four percentage points for Hillary Clinton just before the 2016 election. The outlets noted at the time that the margin of error of that poll made Clinton’s lead statistically insignificant.

“It was a Fake Poll by two very bad and dangerous media outlets. Sad!” Trump tweeted.

FiveThirtyEight, which rates pollsters using a grading system based on their historical accuracy and methodology, gives the ABC News/Washington Post poll an A+ with 78% of races analyzed called correctly. 

The survey released Tuesday had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Trump’s average job approval rating based on RealClearPolitics’ aggregated polls is currently 43% with 53.9% disapproving.

Within the Republican Party, 82% approve of the president’s performance, according to the ABC News/Washington Post survey.

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Trump’s tweet is the latest in a long list of complaints about his approval ratings from various surveys. He has consistently maintained that his support within the Republican Party is 94%. This figure appears to come from internal polling Trump has referred to in previous tweets. 

The president has also called polls by the Associated Press, CNN, NBC and his formerly preferred network Fox News “phony polls.”

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Rep. Doug Collins calls for investigation into CNN report on CIA extracting spy out of Russia

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Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Tuesday that CNN’s report that the CIA pulled a high-level spy out of Russia due to President Trump’s “mishandling” of classified intelligence warrants an “investigation.”

“This is a problem that we’re seeing,” the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee told “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday.

“I think that it needs to be investigated, but with the CIA coming out like it has, then that’s something we need to look at.”

CIA SLAMS CNN’S ‘MISGUIDED’ AND ‘SIMPLY FALSE’ REPORTING ON ALLEGED CIA SPY’S EXTRACTION FROM KREMLIN

“I really question whose side CNN is on,” Collins said. “To put this out at this time and to put it in such a way that the CIA had to come out and respond to this is, really, a disturbing part.”

The White House on Tuesday rebuked CNN for the widely challenged report, which claimed the CIA had pulled a high-level spy out of Russia after President Trump “mishandled” classified material – saying the report is wrong and could put lives at risk.

CNN’s reporting is not only incorrect, it has the potential to put lives in danger,” Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

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CNN is standing by its reporting that the U.S. pulled its source from Russia in 2017, in part out of concern that the Trump administration had “repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.”

But both the White House and the CIA slammed the reporting, with the latter calling the reporting “misguided” and “simply false.”

The New York Times also published a piece late in the evening, which largely contradicted CNN’s story. According to the Times, CIA officials “made the arduous decision in late 2016 to offer to extract the source from Russia” — weeks before Trump took office.

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Collins also spoke against the House Judiciary Committee preparing to vote this week on rules and procedures for an impeachment inquiry.

He said that committee chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, is “not being truthful to the American people.” Collins also said that Nadler “is not performing an impeachment inquiry, he’s just changing committee rules.”

At least 135 House members now support an impeachment inquiry, including 17 members of the House Judiciary Committee.

Fox News Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Megathread: National Security Adviser John Bolton has resigned at the request of the president, citing policy disagreements

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“President Trump fired John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, on Tuesday amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. Mr. Trump announced the decision on Twitter. “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.’ – NY Times” (edited)


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Trump Fires John Bolton as National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON — President Trump fired John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, on Tuesday amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.

Mr. Trump announced the decision on Twitter. “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”

His departure comes as Mr. Trump is pursuing diplomatic openings with two of the United States’ most intractable enemies, efforts that have troubled hard-liners in the administration, like Mr. Bolton, who view North Korea and Iran as profoundly untrustworthy.

The president has continued to court Kim Jong-un, the repressive leader of North Korea, despite Mr. Kim’s refusal to surrender his nuclear program and despite repeated short-range missile tests by the North that have rattled its neighbors. In recent days, Mr. Trump has expressed a willingness to meet with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran under the right circumstances, and even to extend short-term financing to Tehran, although the offer has so far been rebuffed.

To his admirers, Mr. Bolton was supposed to be a check on what they feared would be naïve diplomacy, a cleareyed realist who would keep a president without prior experience in foreign affairs from giving away the store to wily adversaries. But Mr. Trump has long complained privately that Mr. Bolton was too willing to get the United States into another war.

The tension between the men was aggravated in recent months by the president’s decisions to call off a planned airstrike on Iran in retaliation for the downing of an American surveillance drone and to meet with Mr. Kim at the Demilitarized Zone and cross over into North Korea.

Mr. Bolton favored the strike on Iran and publicly criticized recent North Korean missile tests that Mr. Trump brushed off. After the president arranged the DMZ meeting with Mr. Kim via a last-minute Twitter message, Mr. Bolton opted not to accompany him and instead proceeded on a previously scheduled trip to Mongolia.

The rift between the president and his national security adviser owed as much to personality as to policy. The president never warmed to him, a dynamic that is often fatal in this White House. Mr. Bolton also clashed with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

At its core, the schism reflected a deep-seated philosophical difference that has characterized the Trump presidency. While given to bellicose language, Mr. Trump came to office deeply skeptical of overseas military adventures and promising negotiations to resolve volatile conflicts. Mr. Bolton, however, has been one of Washington’s most outspoken hawks and unapologetic advocates of American power to defend the country’s interests.

A former under secretary of state and ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, Mr. Bolton, 70, never fully subscribed to Mr. Trump’s courtship of Mr. Kim and privately expressed frustration that the president was unwilling to take more meaningful action to transform the Middle East in the service of American interests.

Mr. Bolton was hamstrung in his ability to steer Mr. Trump in what he saw as the right direction. He also clashed with officials at the Defense Department. At one point, military officials expressed alarm at Mr. Bolton’s requests for contingency war plans.

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Since President Trump’s inauguration, White House staffers and cabinet officials have left in firings and resignations, one after the other.

While in office, Mr. Bolton sought to minimize his differences with the president in public. After Mr. Trump said he would be open to meeting with Mr. Rouhani and even to extending a line of credit to help Tehran get through its financial difficulties while talks proceeded, Mr. Bolton insisted that did not reflect a concession by the president.

“He’ll meet with anybody to talk,” Mr. Bolton told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. “He is a negotiator. He is a deal maker. But talking with them does not imply — for President Trump, does not imply changing your position.”

Appointed in spring 2018, Mr. Bolton followed Michael T. Flynn — who stepped down as national security adviser after 24 days and later pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. — and his successor, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, who never forged a strong connection with the president and was forced out.

In choosing Mr. Bolton, Mr. Trump appreciated his outspoken performances on Fox News and wanted a contrast to the current and retired generals who were perceived as running his foreign policy team. Mr. Bolton also had the strong backing of Sheldon G. Adelson, the casino magnate and Republican megadonor who is a key supporter of Mr. Trump.

Long before Mr. Trump popularized his “America First” slogan, Mr. Bolton termed himself an “Americanist” who prioritized a cold-eyed view of national interests and sovereignty over what they both saw as a fuzzy-headed fixation on democracy promotion and human rights. They shared a deep skepticism of globalism and multilateralism, a commonality that empowered Mr. Bolton to use his time in the White House to orchestrate the withdrawal of the United States from arms control treaties and other international agreements.

With Mr. Trump’s backing, Mr. Bolton likewise helped enact policies meant to pressure the Communist government in Cuba, reversing some but not all of the measures taken by President Barack Obama in a diplomatic opening to the island. Among other things, the Trump administration imposed limits on travel and remittances to Cuba and opened the door to lawsuits by Americans whose property was seized in the revolution in 1959.

But if Mr. Trump’s original national security team was seen as restraining a mercurial new commander in chief, the president found himself sometimes restraining Mr. Bolton. Behind the scenes, he joked about Mr. Bolton’s penchant for confrontation. “If it was up to John, we’d be in four wars now,” one senior official recalled the president saying.

Mr. Trump also grew disenchanted with Mr. Bolton over the failed effort to push out President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela. Rather than the easy victory he was led to anticipate, the president has found himself bogged down in a conflict over which he has less influence than he had assumed. The political opposition backed by the White House could not turn Venezuela’s military against Mr. Maduro and has been stuck in a stalemate for months.

The divergence between the two men was on display in May during the president’s first trip this year to Japan. After Mr. Bolton told reporters then that “there is no doubt” that North Korean short-range missile launches violated United Nations resolutions, Mr. Trump dismissed the concern, still eager to preserve his strained relationship with Mr. Kim.

“My people think it could have been a violation, as you know,” the president told reporters. “I view it differently.”

Mr. Trump likewise repudiated an idea of working to overthrow the government of Iran, a goal Mr. Bolton long advanced as a private citizen. “We’re not looking for regime change,” Mr. Trump said. “I just want to make that clear.”

After Iran was accused in June of damaging two tankers with explosives and then shot down the drone, Mr. Bolton favored a demonstration of force. He facilitated a recommendation by the national security team for an airstrike against Iranian radar and other facilities, which Mr. Trump initially accepted only to change his mind at the last minute out of what he said was concern over casualties that would result.

Mr. Bolton’s later absence from Mr. Trump’s trip to the DMZ and hourlong meeting with Mr. Kim seemed conspicuous. Mr. Bolton’s staff said he was only following through on his schedule by going to Mongolia, but right or wrong, it was taken as a sign that he was not fully on board with the president’s diplomatic overture to North Korea.

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Colonial Downs Announces 2019 15-Day Meet Results

Record Crowds, Purses and Wagers Highlight Thoroughbred Racing Revival in Virginia

42,000 Fans, $7.4 M in Purses and $17.5 M in Wagers Set New Standard

NEW KENT, Va. (September 10, 2019) – Colonial Downs Group, a division of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, is pleased to share the extremely positive results of the first thoroughbred racing season in six years at the New Kent County track that began August 8 and ended this past Saturday, September 7. Statistics provide a stark contrast to the 24-day meet results from 2013, which included nine additional race dates. A summary of the 2019 15-day meet results reveals the following impressive numbers:

  • Over 36,000 people attended racing events, while an additional 6,000 country music fans attended the Old Dominion band concert at the track on September 1.
  • Colonial Downs high-definition broadcast reached more than 900 outlets across North America including 15 million TVG network subscribers.
  • Total amount wagered on the races was $17.5 Million (an 18% increase over 2013) with 15% of the wagers placed in Virginia and 85% of the wagers placed outside of the state.
  • Participants competed for $7.4 Million in purses (a 55% increase over 2013). Daily average purses were $492,000.
  • 87 unique jockeys traveled to Virginia for mounts, with trainers coming from 17 different states including California, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Kentucky, New York and Minnesota.
  • 144 thoroughbred races ran with 1229 starters, averaging more than eight horses per race. (New modern safety and integrity protocols contributed to no racing or training fatalities)
  • In conjunction with its Rosie’s Historic Horse Racing operations, Colonial Downs has already paid over $3.5 Million in taxes to the Commonwealth of Virginia and over $2 Million in taxes to Virginia localities.

“We have exceeded everyone’s expectations and are delivering on our promise to deliver good jobs, significant tax revenues and terrific entertainment to the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Aaron Gomes, chief operating officer for Colonial Downs Group. “The success of our 2019 meet is the culmination of so many people working hard and coming together to revive horse racing in Virginia. We thank the members of the General Assembly, the administration of Governor Ralph Northam, the horseman and horse lovers, our great team and most importantly our amazing fans and patrons for making this possible.”

“It has been an exhilarating whirlwind of activity but the revival of thoroughbred racing in Virginia is now etched in history,” stated Jill Byrne, vice president of racing operations for Colonial Downs Group. “We are already starting to make plans for our next meet in 2020. We know we have set a very high standard with this first meet and we have every intention of meeting and exceeding that standard in years to come.”

Colonial Downs Group will run more than 15 days in 2020. Discussions are currently underway to formulate the plan and schedule.

About Colonial Downs: Colonial Downs Group features the return of live thoroughbred racing and full card simulcasting with the excitement of innovative historic horse racing (HHR) gaming technology. In collaboration with the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) and Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA), Colonial Downs has revived competitive horse racing in New Kent County and the Commonwealth with the re-opening of the best turf track in the country and a network of satellite HHR facilities branded as “Rosie’s”. Colonial Downs Group is making a $300 million investment in the Commonwealth of Virginia creating 1,000 new jobs by the end of 2019. This effort will generate $25 million annually in state tax revenues, $17 million annually in local tax revenues and $25 million annually to Virginia’s horse industry. The project is not receiving any tax credits or government incentives.

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