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If The Law Says Scott Walker Has To Call Early Elections, The GOP Will Rewrite It

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Judge Napolitano: Susan Rice was trying to rewrite history

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The White House Loves To Rewrite Resumes Of Ex-Trump Aides Who Cause Trouble For Him

The White House Loves To Rewrite Resumes Of Ex-Trump Aides Who Cause Trouble For HimWASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Wednesday released a head-scratching statement in response to explosive comments by his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, detailed in a forthcoming book.



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Republicans Rewrite Portions Of Tax Bill Hours Before Vote

Republicans Rewrite Portions Of Tax Bill Hours Before VoteWASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans avoided the most embarrassing scenario for their tax bill Thursday ― an unexpected floor defeat that would have sent the legislation back to committee ― but they are still facing a significant stumbling block and, hours before a vote, are still changing portions of their bill.



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This ancient tablet might rewrite this history of math as we know it

This ancient tablet might rewrite this history of math as we know it

Thankfully, very few of us have to bother with trigonometry on a daily basis, but regardless of how much you may have dreaded studying it (or any math, for that matter) in school, it's still fundamental to our modern understanding of measurements. Hipparchus, a Greek mathematician and astronomer whose work dates to between 160 and 120 BC, is credited as the father of trigonometry, but a nearly 4,000-year-old stone tablet may be about to totally rewrite the history books.

The tablet, which is called Plimpton 322, was recovered in modern day Iraq roughly a hundred years ago. It's a mathematical table that is thought to have been written somewhere around 1800 BC, and it's one of the very earliest examples of Babylonian mathematics. In a new research effort led by a team from the University of New South Wales, the tablet is being hailed as one of the very first examples of trigonometric calculations. The group's research was published in the journal Historia Mathematica.

"We trace the origins of trigonometry to the Old Babylonian era, between the 19th and 16th centuries B.C.E," the paper explains. "This is well over a millennium before Hipparchus is said to have fathered the subject with his ‘table of chords’."

The tablet is undoubtedly an extremely important artifact, but it has a problem: it's not complete. The tablet is only a piece of what is thought to have been a much larger table containing over twice the number of rows and several more columns.

From what remains, the researchers have dubbed it one of the most accurate trigonometric tables ever, thanks to its reliance on ratio-based measurements instead of angles, but others aren't convinced.

Duncan Melville, a professor of mathematics at St. Lawrence University, told National Geographic that it's hard to determine the tablet is really based on trigonometric at all.

"Apart from the column headings, the tablet just consists of columns of numbers, and this invites a great deal of purely mathematical speculation," Melville told National Geographic. "Some of the different interpretations for construction of the tablet are mathematically equivalent and so just having the output on the tablet does not tell you much about the process used to generate that output."



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Chief prosecutor urges Venezuelans to reject Maduro's constitution rewrite

Chief prosecutor urges Venezuelans to reject Maduro's constitution rewriteMaduro ordered the national electoral council to convene the assembly, stating it was his constitutional right, a position the opposition rejects. Venezuela’s chief prosecutor has called the country’s people to reject President Nicolás Maduro’s push to rewrite the nation’s constitution and urged the supreme court to annul the process immediately, further deepening her divide with the government.



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Clashes in Venezuela as Maduro starts constitutional rewrite

Clashes in Venezuela as Maduro starts constitutional rewriteCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands of protesters were met with plumes of tear gas in Venezuela's capital Wednesday, just a short distance from where President Nicolas Maduro delivered a decree kicking off a process to rewrite the polarized nation's constitution.



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Travel ban rewrite: Should judges parse Trump motives as well as the text?

Travel ban rewrite: Should judges parse Trump motives as well as the text?As the Trump administration readies a revised version of its executive order restricting immigration to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, some of the reported changes in wording could address problems that caused the original order to be blocked by multiple federal courts. Although the full text of the order has not been released, the success of such lawsuits could still hinge on the question of whether statements from Trump and his surrogates during his presidential campaign could be used against him as evidence of an unconstitutional motive, even if the statements came before his election. According to news reports, the administration is working carefully to address some of the more glaring legal holes in its original order.



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