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Communique: Hannah Kol's Album Celebrates Cole Rassin's Music-And His Life

Julius Cole Rassin-called Cole by his family and many of his friends-passed away at the age of 22 in February this year. Cole was an actor, a musician, and a prolific songwriter. He left behind so much music, and his friend Hannah decided to record six of his songs in tribute to his life and talent.

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A Veteran of Burma Shave sign days, Nan Graham, a card carrying sign-reader, thinks the Bible Belt has a real flair for epigrammatic wit.

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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi vowed this week to demand President Trump's tax returns if Democrats win control of the House of Representatives next month.

Pelosi, seeking to regain her gavel as House speaker after elections in November, told The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board that the move "is one of the first things we'd do — that's the easiest thing in the world. That's nothing."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a message for Republican voters who are celebrating the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh: Get to the polls in November if you want more conservatives sitting on judicial benches.

"Lose the Senate, and the project of confirming judges is over for the last two years of President Trump," McConnell said in an interview with NPR in his Capitol Hill office. "That, I think, is a scary prospect to the people who like what we've been doing on the judge project and I hope will help us hold on to our majority."

When Mohammed bin Salman became Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince in 2015, just before his 30th birthday, it created a wave of optimism that he could modernize a kingdom that has long resisted change.

Change has come rapidly indeed. Women can now drive, the powers of the religious police have been scaled back, and Mohammed has sketched out plans to overhaul and diversify the oil-based economy.

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