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Three men sat around a table in a bar and talked about their wives.

The first man says, “I think my wife is having an affair with an electrician. When I got home last night I found a pair of pliers and some insulating tape behind the radiator in the bedroom – we’ve not had any work done on the house, and I can’t think of any other way they could have got there”.

The second man says, “I think my wife is having an affair with a carpenter. Last night I found a tool belt in the laundry basket, and we’ve not had any renovations to the house in years…”

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The third man with blonde hair says, “I’m in the same boat, but I don’t think you two have it as bad as I do… My wife is having an affair with… (stops for dramatic effect) a horse!”

The two other man both look at him with a confused look and demand an explanation. Has he gone insane?! Has she?! What the heck was he talking about?

The third man lies back and says: “It’s very simple, boys, when I got home last night, I found a jockey hidden in the wardrobe.”

In Syria, Trump’s Red Line May Be Holding

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis claimed Wednesday that the Syrian regime has drawn back from plans to conduct another chemical attack, following a warning by the Trump administration of serious consequences if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces followed through with their plans.

U.S. intelligence detected “active preparations for chemical weapons use” at the same air base from which the regime allegedly had launched its prior chemical attack last April that caused mass casualties. President Trump had responded to the April chemical attack with a barrage of cruise missiles targeting that air base. The White House issued its public warning to the Assad regime on Monday in unambiguous terms, declaring that Assad and his military would pay a “heavy price” if his regime conducted another chemical attack.

“It appears that they took the warning seriously. They didn’t do it,” Mattis told reporters.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, went even further in crediting the Trump administration for stopping Assad at least for now. “I can tell you that due to the President’s actions, we did not see an incident,” Ambassador Haley claimed at a House of Representatives foreign affairs committee hearing. “I would like to think that the President saved many innocent men, women and children.”

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The Telegraph – Brexit Bulletin

Good evening.

Theresa May is facing her biggest test yet at the head of her DUP-aided administration as Parliament prepares to vote today on her legislative programme laid out in the Queen’s Speech. Mrs May fended off Labour’s attempt to force a public sector pay cap onto the agenda, but now faces three more amendments from Stella Creasy, Chuka Umunna and Jeremy Corbyn. The Government has tried to pre-empt the Creasy amendment by announcing that it will fund abortions in England for women arriving from Northern Ireland, in the hope that it will either persude Tory MPs enough to ensure her amendment falls, or that she decides to withdraw it.

Chuka Umunna, the former Shadow Business Secretary, has tabled an amendment that would commit Britain to fully remaining in the customs union and single market- both entities that the Tories pledged to leave in their manifesto. Labour has been more ambiguous about this. Opposition MPs are being whipped to abstain on this amendment, and they used to rebel under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership regularly before the election. Now they think he is a winner, will they do so in the same numbers? Tory Europhiles have been tempted by Mr Umunna’s amendment, although Nicky Morgan – who only last night was musing on the BBC about when Mrs May should go – suggested she wouldn’t back it. Heidi Allen spoke for a good few Tory MPs  by venting her anger about the DUP deal, but made clear she would back the DUP-endorsed Queen’s Speech. Discipline in the Tory ranks is holding up, even if MPs are feeling free to sound off. (Incidentally, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has set out in today’s paper why the deal will strengthen all of Britain).

The amendment Team Corbyn would like MPs to back is one he and his fellow shadow cabinet members have put forward, which would introduce elements of the Labour manifesto and add that Britain should try to keep the “exact same benefits” of the European Union’s single market and customs union after leaving. Given that free movement – something Labour has acknowledged will end in its manifesto – is meant to be one of the “benefits” of being in the single market, that may not be practical. “For Britain to retain all the exact same benefits of EU membership that it currently enjoys would demand no change,” writes former Labour MP Tom Harris. “If that is what Labour’s view is, can they please just tell us now, so we can have a proper debate about it?”

Four votes will take place soon, on the three amendments and then on the main Queen’s Speech. We’ll have the results once they emerge on our liveblog.

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Janus and Worker Freedom

The Friedrichs lawsuit should have done the trick. The case—full name: Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association—which would have made belonging to a public-employee union optional as a condition of employment nationwide, was set to pass muster with the Supreme Court last year. But when Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, the almost certain fifth and deciding vote went with him, thus keeping half the country’s government workers forcibly yoked to unions.

But now a case similar to Friedrichs is upon us. On June 6, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation asked the Supreme Court to hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case involving plaintiff Mark Janus, a child-support specialist who works for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and is compelled to send part of his paycheck to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, even though he says that the union does not “represent his interests.” Right-to-work proponents are optimistic that the Court will hear the case and that Neil Gorsuch, Scalia’s replacement, will come down as the fifth vote on the side of employee freedom and overturn the 40-year-old precedent established in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, in which the Supreme Court held that states may force public-sector workers to pay union dues, while carving out an exception for the funds that unions spend on political activity. Not surprisingly, the squawking from the union crowd has already begun. At Education Week, Mark Walsh refers to the litigants as “anti-union.”

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Bangladesh Turning More Radical

The government of Bangladesh, led by historically known secular political party Awami League, has completely surrendered to the country’s radical forces regarding the demands, made by Hefazat-e-Islam and some other Islamic political and religious organizations, including the removal of the sculpture that was designed with the theme of the Greek goddess of justice. The statue was installed in last December following a decision taken by the Chief Justice. On May 26, at night, Bangladeshi authorities, in the name of the “consent of the chief justice”, removed the sculpture from the front side of the Supreme Court. The current chief justice, incidentally, is the ever first non-Muslim to hold the constitutional post.

In reaction, the next day, after Friday prayers, Islamists, led by Hefazat-e-Islam, arranged a rally and expressed joy and satisfaction over removal of the sculpture and demanded further removal of all existing idols/statues/sculptures — whatever one might call them — across the country. “Bangladesh is a Muslim country, no culture of statue establishment would be allowed by the people here… all of them must be removed,” said Nur Hossain Quashemi, the president of Dhaka branch of Hefazat-e-Islam, to the media.

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‘I’m a Bitcoin Millionaire’

If you’d spent just $5 on Bitcoin seven years ago, you’d be a multimillionaire today.

This factoid circulated throughout the internet last month, and it left many people kicking themselves for having not invested in the cryptocurrency when it was still a nascent phenomenon. But the truth is, Bitcoin was still considered a passing fad in 2010, and you needed a considerable amount of faith and know-how to invest in it.

Cassidy, a 41-year-old legal professional living on the West Coast with his wife and daughter, was one of those fortunate dreamers. Since being introduced to Bitcoin in 2012, he has obtained more than 2,000 units of the currency, which together are worth more than $5 million.

As the pseudonym implies, Cassidy is a deeply private man who asked to remain anonymous to protect his investment. “Forgive my caution,” he says. “You may not realize, but [Bitcoin holders] are regularly targeted by identity thieves. I’ve had many people try to obtain my phone number in an attempt to socially engineer my phone company into transferring my number to an account of their holding.”

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Father of Migrants

On the edge of the promised land dust storms rise out of the desert, obscuring everything, even the migrants waiting at the gate in front of a complex surrounded by a chain-linked fence topped by barbed wire. But Father Javier Calvillo Salazar is from Juárez, Mexico and he is used to it all, and to those who arrive after what is sometimes thousands of miles and hundreds of days with a collection of scars, broken bones, and missing limbs to match the inhumanity encountered along the way. They arrive weeping, they arrive stony-faced, they arrive pregnant, they arrive with venereal diseases—sometimes they arrive telling García Márquez-esqe stories of witnessing a crocodile eat a newborn baby in one swift bite.

Nicole was delivered at a hospital into the arms of her mother, Ana Lizbeth Bonía, 28, who arrived at the shelter in Juárez after spending nine months traveling north from Comayagua, Honduras. She showed up at the migrant shelter Casa del Migrante Diócesis de Ciudad Juárez with her husband Luis Orlando Rubí, 23, and her underweight son, José Luis, 2, who had saucer-like eyes that glistened with emotion. Ana, who had grown up selling vegetables in the street since the age of 4, had never finished elementary school.

The migrant shelter in Juárez is so close to El Paso, Texas that migrants feel the bittersweet pull of land they can see but likely never legally inhabit. The shelter has 120 beds for men, 60 for women, 20 for families, and one separate area where transgender migrants can stay if they choose. Most migrants who arrive at the shelter are single men, and in interviews migrants mentioned that President Trump’s threat of separating women from their children had led to a decrease in migration by those groups. Each migrant is initially limited to a three-day stay, but they can extend that time depending on their condition, as in the case of Ana, who needed time to rest and recuperate after giving birth to Nicole.

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