OMG, I Want This House: Venice, Italy

Casa Codussi, Siena, Italy (Merrion Charles): If you’re finally planning a visit to Venice after a long two years going nowhere special, you are required to do it right. That means packing your finest runway looks, making only the best dinner reservations, and, most importantly, staying in an authentic palazzo that will make you feel like the last reigning Doge of Venice. Enter Casa Codussi, the palace of your travel dreams.

Courtesy Merrion Charles

Let’s get one of the most impressive stats out of the way first: 36. That is the number of windows in Casa Codussi.

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OMG, I Want This House: Venice, Italy

Casa Codussi, Siena, Italy (Merrion Charles): If you’re finally planning a visit to Venice after a long two years going nowhere special, you are required to do it right. That means packing your finest runway looks, making only the best dinner reservations, and, most importantly, staying in an authentic palazzo that will make you feel like the last reigning Doge of Venice. Enter Casa Codussi, the palace of your travel dreams.

Courtesy Merrion Charles

Let’s get one of the most impressive stats out of the way first: 36. That is the number of windows in Casa Codussi.

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Democrats’ time for magical energy thinking is over

OPINION:
Unfortunately for the United States, one of its political parties has become the home of magical thinking about energy. Here’s a hint: It’s not the Republicans.
Despite the Biden administration’s hopes to create a world in which solar panels and wind turbines power an all-electric automobile fleet, just last week, President Biden announced that the administration is considering a 20-year delay of new mining operations in northern Minnesota.

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Democrats’ time for magical energy thinking is over

OPINION:
Unfortunately for the United States, one of its political parties has become the home of magical thinking about energy. Here’s a hint: It’s not the Republicans.
Despite the Biden administration’s hopes to create a world in which solar panels and wind turbines power an all-electric automobile fleet, just last week, President Biden announced that the administration is considering a 20-year delay of new mining operations in northern Minnesota.

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Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas Convicted of Campaign Finance Crimes

Lev Parnas, the businessman from Florida who is an associate of Rudolph Giuliani, was convicted Friday of campaign finance crimes, including funneling money from a Russian entrepreneur to U.S. political campaigns. The jury took only a couple of hours to decide that Parnas was guilty on all six felony counts. They determined that Parnas committed fraud by making donations to state and federal candidates that were paid for by a Russian financier.

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Why Hollywood is Reluctant to Stop Using Real Guns as Props

On Thursday afternoon, a cinematographer named Halyna Hutchins was killed on the New Mexico set of a film called Rust when a prop gun loaded with blanks and discharged by the actor Alec Baldwin misfired. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that, just hours before the accident, a number of camera crew workers walked off the set, citing mistreatment and poor working conditions. One person told the Times that the gun had misfired three times in the days before the accident and that there had been a “serious lack of safety meetings.

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Why Hollywood is Reluctant to Stop Using Real Guns as Props

On Thursday afternoon, a cinematographer named Halyna Hutchins was killed on the New Mexico set of a film called Rust when a prop gun loaded with blanks and discharged by the actor Alec Baldwin misfired. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that, just hours before the accident, a number of camera crew workers walked off the set, citing mistreatment and poor working conditions. One person told the Times that the gun had misfired three times in the days before the accident and that there had been a “serious lack of safety meetings.

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Biden has power to make Jordan’s King Abdullah release a US citizen

It’s time for President Joe Biden to get tough with King Abdullah of Jordan.
For weeks, Abdullah has been in the United States, living in luxury as his nation struggles. The leaked Pandora Papers detail what appear to be, ahem, highly questionable financial dealings by the king. Meanwhile, as explained in two columns in July, Abdullah is holding a U.S. citizen in prison after a trial in which the citizen, Bassem Awadallah, was afforded no chance to call his own witnesses or provide exculpatory evidence, denied private meetings with his attorneys, and allegedly tortured.

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Biden has power to make Jordan’s King Abdullah release a US citizen

It’s time for President Joe Biden to get tough with King Abdullah of Jordan.
For weeks, Abdullah has been in the United States, living in luxury as his nation struggles. The leaked Pandora Papers detail what appear to be, ahem, highly questionable financial dealings by the king. Meanwhile, as explained in two columns in July, Abdullah is holding a U.S. citizen in prison after a trial in which the citizen, Bassem Awadallah, was afforded no chance to call his own witnesses or provide exculpatory evidence, denied private meetings with his attorneys, and allegedly tortured.

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Biden has power to make Jordan’s King Abdullah release a US citizen

It’s time for President Joe Biden to get tough with King Abdullah of Jordan.
For weeks, Abdullah has been in the United States, living in luxury as his nation struggles. The leaked Pandora Papers detail what appear to be, ahem, highly questionable financial dealings by the king. Meanwhile, as explained in two columns in July, Abdullah is holding a U.S. citizen in prison after a trial in which the citizen, Bassem Awadallah, was afforded no chance to call his own witnesses or provide exculpatory evidence, denied private meetings with his attorneys, and allegedly tortured.

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