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House passes Contentious Tax bill, Sets Up Showdown with White House

Prospects for a year-end congressional compromise on key tax and spending legislation grew more complicated, as the Republican House passed a controversial version of a payroll tax cut extension despite a veto threat from the White House.

(WashPost) - Washington - The increasingly contentious tax dispute threatens to derail what had been an emerging compromise on separate legislation to fund the government through next September, raising the specter of a possible government shutdown this weekend if the conflict is not resolved by Friday.

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What Elephant Intelligence Can Teach Humans About Getting Along

Experts say that understanding how the giant mammals weigh risk and reward could help prevent clashes with people.

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Wild elephants at Manash National Park at Manash in Baksa district of Assam India

Mridula Chari

In 2018, news spread around Saroj Duru’s village that four elephants had gathered at a nearby lake. Such creatures didn’t typically visit her region in central India — they were known to stay further north in more forested habitats — and so, out of curiosity, Duru and her neighbors walked down to see them.

The elephants rested in the water as people jostled at the shore, trying to get a closer look. Others climbed trees for a better view. After an hour of savoring the thrill of seeing such large animals, Duru headed back home. She was not sure when she would see them again.

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