5.20.2019

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Taiwan Approves Same-Sex Marriage.
Taiwan's Parliament approved a law legalizing same-sex marriage late Friday, becoming the first nation in Asia to allow LGBTQ couples to wed. The vote comes just ahead of a deadline set by the island nation's highest court, which ruled in May 2017 that the prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, giving lawmakers two years to devise a solution. The bill, which is expected to be signed into law by President Tsai Ing-wen, was the reportedly the most progressive of three bills introduced - it was the only bill to offer limited adoption rights. The vote follows other high-profile decisions to legalize same-sex marriage, including Austria at the beginning of 2019, and Australia and Germany, who both passed legislation in 2017. 

See a global snapshot of same-sex marriage rights around the world
Modi Heads for Reelection.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have won reelection, according to early returns from exit polls yesterday. The election was viewed by many as a referendum on Modi, who won convincingly in 2014 but has overseen a slowing economy - though one still growing at 7% annually - and unemployment above 6%, the highest it has been in nearly five decades. Modi has also been criticized for encouraging the rise of Hindu nationalism in the country to bolster his political support, which has lead to a rash of violence between supporters and religious minorities. The election, which took place in seven phases over the course of almost six weeks, was the largest democratic vote in human history, with almost 900 million eligible voters. An official announcement of the vote count is expected on Thursday.

Elsewhere, Australia's ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory, defying opinion polls saying it had fallen out of favor in the run-up to the election. 
Abuse Scandal Rocks Ohio State.
A university sports doctor at the Ohio State University abused at least 177 male athletes over the course of two decades, according to a report on Friday. At the center is Dr. Richard Strauss, who treated athletes from 16 sports between 1979 and 1997 - Strauss committed suicide in 2005, nearly a decade after retiring with honors. The investigation, carried out by the University (read full report), also found that various officials were aware of complaints early in Strauss' tenure, but no formal action was ever taken against the doctor. Ohio State is the nation's third largest university, with over 65,000 students and half-a-million alumni living around the world. The scandal recalls similar high-profile abuse cases at the school's Midwestern peer institutions Michigan State, where Dr. Larry Nassar was convicted of molesting over 250 girls as a gymnastics physician, and Penn State, where former coach Jerry Sandusky carried out prolific sexual abuse of young boys using team facilities. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Brooks Koepka wins second consecutive PGA Championship, becomes first golfer in history to hold back-to-back titles at two different major championships simultaneously (More)
> The Netherlands wins Eurovision Song Contest for first time since 1975 (More) | What is Eurovision? (More)
> Manchester City defeats Watford 6-0 to win English FA Cup (More) | Bayern Munich wins Bundesliga (German soccer league) title for 7th consecutive year (More)
Science & Technology.
> Google suspends majority of business with Chinese telecom giant Huawei after White House blacklisting of the firm; company has been accused of facilitating Chinese government espionage via its technologies (More)
> MIT neuroscientists identify brain circuitry in the frontal cortex that breaks down complex problems by assigning confidence measures to various outcomes (More)
> Global standards and measurement body unveils a new standard definition for the kilogram; will be based on the Plank constant, replacing a chunk of man-made platinum kept in a Paris vault (More) | Read the fascinating backstory here (More)
Business & Markets.
> Machinery manufacturing giant Deere misses expectations for 5th straight quarter, shares slide 6% (More)
> Luckin Coffee - the "Starbucks of China" - shares up 20% on first day as public company (More) | Gig economy & freelancer marketplace Fiverr files for IPO (More)
 
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Politics & World Affairs.
> White House lifts tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico, clearing way for passage of updated North American Free Trade Agreement; Canada, Mexico to lift retaliatory tariffs (More) | Auto tariffs on EU, Japan for six months (More)
> Administration expected to roll out first phase of its Middle East peace plan, reportedly including large-scale infrastructure investments in the Palestinian territories (More)
> Former Ukrainian TV star and new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy dissolves Parliament on first day in office (More)
Etcetera.
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Facts and myths about America's political independents.
Watch a riderless horse run in Saturday's Preakness Stakes.
A former college football wide receiver stops an armed student in a high school parking lot.  
A drinking game for professors reviewing their course evaluations.
Fighter pilot ejects as F-16 crashes into warehouse in Southern California
Taco Bell is opening a hotel and resort
Clickbait: Arnold Schwarzenegger got drop-kicked in South Africa (w/ video).
Historybook: Christopher Columbus dies (1506); Charles Lindbergh makes first non-stop flight across the Atlantic (1927); HBD singer-songwriter Cher (1946); 1st photograph from space sent from Hubble Space Telescope (1990).
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