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In a couple of weeks, Keeneland will open its fall horse racing season. What a lot of people consider the most beautiful racing facility in the United States only races 2 months out of the year–October and April. This fall Keeneland goes back to a natural dirt racing surface after using the synthetic track for several seasons.Keeneland is going back to this surface so they can host horse racings’ version of The World Series. (Breeder’s Cup) These series of races have always been, and will continue to be, contested only on natural surfaces.If you are looking for a nice fall excursion, you should think about going to Lexington. If you are not a gambler, the beauty is worth the trip. The Lexington area has a lot of horse farms that are worth the visit as well. Keeneland is one of the few tracks left where people actually have dress requirements for the Clubhouse area. Since Keeneland also has the famous yearly sales of young thoroughbreds, many of the world’s richest find their way to Keeneland every fall. It is one of the few tracks where you will see as many limousines as you will see pickup trucks.Again, just walking the grounds of Keeneland and its surrounding hillsides will make the drive worthwhile.
North-central Iowa congressman Steve King says he wishes the impeachment of Donald Trump didn’t happen, but the charges that House Democrats are arguing in the Senate’s trial are baseless.“The charges that they used don’t exist anywhere in law or anywhere in the Constitution. The charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, nobody ever wrote a law against that. It’s like saying you’re guilty of collusion. Well what’s the definition of collusion? If we collude together to do something that’s good, that shouldn’t have a negative connotation on it should it? So anyway those words got bandied about, and in the end they decided that they were going to impeach the president,” he says.King says any previous president likely could have been charged with abuse of power under the Democrats’ definition. “Abuse of power can be just something for them, just as certainly as if you disagree, and they believe the president should have done some different things in a different sense of timing. Under those standards, any president can be impeached anytime.”King says a motion by Senate Republicans to dismiss the charges would leave a bad taste in Americans mouths, thinking Republicans were hiding something. He says a full-length trial wouldn’t be the best thing either. “To have a long, drawn-out trial, with all kinds of witnesses to tell a long narrative story, I wish the American people could absorb all of the things that need to be brought out in this, but I don’t think that’s also very prudent to hang out for months at a time. Let’s get it done and get on with the business of our country. “King hopes in the end the Senate will conduct what Americans will think is a fair trial. “Hopefully in the end, the objective is so that everybody in America thinks there was legitimate trial, that with due process, and that treated the president fairly with a verdict and reflects the actual truth and perhaps even the will of the American people, I hope it is.”King, a Republican from Kiron, made his comments earlier this week during a town hall meeting in Clear Lake. You can listen back to King’s town hall meeting via the audio player below
There was no sign of any Israeli military buildup that would indicate plans for a serious intervention into chaotic Gaza, though a few tanks and soldiers moved just across the Gaza border. Israel’s government said its attacks were intended solely to discourage rocket attacks on southern Israel. “Israel will take every defensive measure to stop these rocket attacks. We will defend our citizens against the rockets, against the weapons, against the Iranian-backed Hamas who are attacking Israel,” government spokeswoman Miri Eisen said. Analysts said Israeli officials were likely trying to walk a narrow line to avoid uniting Palestinian factions into a common front against Israel. Hamas mounted accusations on its Web sites, radio and TV that Abbas-linked forces were working with Israel – a charge dismissed as absurd by a Fatah spokesman. Although Israel said it wasn’t taking sides, the airstrikes made it harder for Hamas gunmen to move around, and that could help Fatah’s fighters, who appeared to have been outfought in the latest round of battles. Hamas fighters have clearly been more motivated in the current fighting and earlier battles in December. In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Israel had shown “great restraint” in exercising its right to self-defense and warned Hamas it would never achieve a Palestinian state unless it chose peace and worked with Fatah. “They’re not going to see it by launching Qassam rockets into Israel. They’re not going to see it by attacking the legitimate security forces of the Palestinian Authority. They’re not going to see it by sending young people armed with suicide vests to blow up other Israeli youngsters,” McCormack said. A day after bombing two Hamas targets, Israeli aircraft struck a Hamas command center, a trailer housing bodyguards and two vehicles Thursday, citing the firing by militants of more than 50 rockets at the Israeli border town of Sderot over three days. Busloads of Sderot residents sought shelter away from the frontier. Israeli media said more than 2,000 of the town’s 24,000 people had left.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel pounded more Hamas targets with airstrikes Thursday and early today, killing 10 people and wounding dozens as it stepped deeper into fighting between the Islamic militants and the rival Fatah fighters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas and Palestinian doctors said the latest attack came this morning as Israeli aircraft fired missiles east of Gaza City, killing four Palestinians – at least three of them Hamas militants – and wounding six people. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Two other strikes followed, but there was no word of any casualties, the doctors said. A series of Israeli air attacks Thursday, the airstrikes today and the reported movement of a handful of tanks a few hundred yards into the northern Gaza Strip came after days of Hamas rocket barrages into Israel. Street fighting between the Palestinian factions, which has gripped Gaza since the weekend, calmed under a truce agreement, but clashes still killed at least four people a day after 22 died in the worst battles during a year of factional bloodshed.