Netanyahu fails to form Israeli government – Now it’s Gantz’s turn

By Josef Federman | Associated Press

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of political uncertainty.

In a statement, Netanyahu said he had worked “tirelessly” to establish a unity government with his chief rival, former military chief Benny Gantz, but been repeatedly rebuffed. Facing a Wednesday deadline, Netanyahu said he was returning the “mandate” to President Reuven Rivlin, who will now ask Gantz to try to form a coalition. Gantz, however, could face an equally difficult task.

While Netanyahu remains at the helm of his Likud party, his announcement marked the second time this year that he has been unable to form a government. With Israel’s attorney general set to decide in the coming weeks on whether to indict Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, the longtime Israeli leader could come under heavy pressure to step aside. One party rival, Gideon Saar, has already indicated he would challenge Netanyahu if Likud holds a primary.

In last month’s national election, Netanyahu fell short of securing a 61-seat parliamentary majority. But Rivlin gave Netanyahu the first opportunity to form a government because he had more support — 55 lawmakers — than Gantz, who was supported by only 54.

Netanyahu had hoped to form a broad “unity” government with Gantz, who heads the centrist Blue and White party. But Netanyahu insisted that his coalition include his traditional allies, a collection of hardline and religious parties, drawing accusations from Gantz that he was not negotiating in good faith.

“Since I received the mandate, I have worked tirelessly both in public and behind the scenes to establish a broad, national unity government. That’s what the people want,” Netanyahu said in a …read more

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This is one of the biggest guitar manufacturers in the US.

Taylor Guitars was founded by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug in 1974.
They are one of the largest guitar manufacturers in the US, producing over 700 guitars a day.
We visited their factory in El Cajon, CA to see how it’s done.

The following is a transcript of the video:

Caroline Aghajanian: Taylor Guitars was founded by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug in 1974. That’s fairly new considering some of its competitors, like Gibson or Martin Guitars.

Today, big music names like Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz, and Zac Brown strum to the tune of a Taylor guitar.

Hi, I’m Caroline, and today we’re taking you inside the Taylor Guitars factory, where they combine craftsmanship and automation to produce hundreds of guitars a day.

The company has two factories. One in El Cajon, California, and the other in Tecate, Mexico. In 2017, they made over $102 million in revenue.

Chris Wellons: Currently, we’re producing over 720 guitars a day between both of our factories. We’re slated to build over 160,000 guitars this year alone.

Caroline: Taylor guitars range between $350 to more than $9,000. So, why such a high price tag? Well, a big factor is the type of wood and materials used. They currently have over 35 species of wood in house to choose from. Their factory in El Cajon makes their guitars out of all solid wood instead of laminate construction. Some models require advanced woodworking techniques or greater decorated detail work, which can also increase the price. If the guitar is well maintained, the sound will continue to improve as the guitar’s wood ages, making it sound richer and more resonant.

The factory runs 24 hours a day, five days a week. They have over 900 employees building guitars with the help of some robotics.

Chris: We blend robotics and automation with lots of handwork. I think automation …read more

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This bookstore has a very special collection of rare and expensive books

The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles is home to over 250,000 books.
It’s most famous for its collection of rare and expensive books.
Their books can cost anywhere between $1 and $2,000.

The following is a transcript of the video:

Sydney Kramer: Welcome to The Last Bookstore, a sprawling shop in Los Angeles where the written word is still alive. At 22,000 square feet, it’s the largest bookstore in the entire state of California. You can get almost anything here, but they’re most famous for their collection of rare and expensive books, and we’re here today to find out how much one of those pricey page-turners will cost you.

Katie Orphan: There are a lot of factors that go into a book’s rarity, and there are a few different ways that it happens. Obviously, titles that become significant. So, you’ve got things like “The Sound and the Fury” or “The Grapes of Wrath,” titles that are older but people value highly, still talk about, still read. If you can find an intact first edition, first printing with a jacket, that’s worth a lot of money because that book is significant to someone. If a title itself, or an author themselves, becomes precious to a reader, that can increase the value of a book because that reader is willing to spend a lot to have an important artifact.

Sydney Kramer: They carry anything from contemporary titles to rare, out-of-print copies. This first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” costs $1,200. The cost is partially due to an errata on page 181, where the word “stopped” is spelled with three Ps.

This is all so cool, I’m like, “Oh, my God, was that, like, a first edition Jack Kerouac?” “Is that a first edition William S. Burroughs?”

Orphan: Yes. Kramer: Oh, my God.

Orphan: Yes, to both.

Kramer: The most …read more

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Dennis Quaid, 65, is marrying a 26 year old, and his ‘Parent Trap’ costar just made the best joke

Dennis Quaid and fiancee Laura Savoie at Midway premiere Getty Images

Actor Dennis Quaid, 65, is engaged to a 26-year-old doctorate student named Laura Savoie.
Elaine Hendrix, who played Quaid’s 26-year-old fiancée in the movie “The Parent Trap,” tweeted out a joke that was a reference to the movie’s plot.
“Watch out for those twins,” Hendrix tweeted.
Hendrix’s character Meredith Blake was chased away from the engagement by Parker’s twin daughters Hallie and Annie (played by Lindsay Lohan).

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Dennis Quaid, 65, proposed to his 26-year-old girlfriend Laura Savoie, according to a new interview with “Extra.” As the news made its way around Twitter, Quaid’s former costar from “The Parent Trap” joined in the conversation with a reference to the plot of their iconic 1998 movie.

“Watch out for those twins,” actress Elaine Hendrix tweeted along with the “twins” emoji.

Watch out for those twins. 👯‍♀️

— Elaine Hendrix (@elaine4animals) October 21, 2019

In “The Parent Trap” (which was a remake of Disney’s original 1961 movie), Hendrix played Meredith Blake — the 26-year-old fiancée of Quaid’s character Nick Parker. She was eventually chased away from the relationship by Parker’s twin daughters Hallie and Annie, who were memorably played by Lindsay Lohan.

Hendrix took advantage of the coincidental age of the real-life Dennis Quaid’s new fiancée in order to make her joke about the engagement news.

Read more: 50 celebrity couples with huge age differences between them

Within just three hours, Hendrix’s tweet had nearly 36,000 likes and close to 6,000 retweets.

Since joining Twitter in 2009, Hendrix has used her account to frequently joke with fans about her role in “The Parent Trap.” Her avatar is even an image of Meredith Blake.

I will ship every one of you brats off to Switzerland. 😈

— Elaine Hendrix (@elaine4animals) June …read more

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