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Comedian Bill Maher reveals NY Mets ownership stake

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Comedian Bill Maher, a New York native and life-long supporter of the New York Mets, revealed that he has purchased a minority ownership stake in the Major League Baseball club.

The 56-year-old television show host said he made the purchase months ago, but would not say for how much. Shares of the club were put up for sale after the Mets suffered financial setbacks in theBernie Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal.

“I think it’s a great investment,” Maher said.

Maher was on the field for a pre-game ceremony on Sunday, his first in-person look at his investment, one in which he plans to be a silent partner despite his reputation for taking on any controversial topic.

“It’s the first time I’ve been in New York since then,” he said. “I have enough stress in my real job. I don’t need to worry about this.”

The Mets revealed in March they had sold 12 minority stakes in the club for $240 million, a boost that allowed the club to repay a $25 million loan from Major League Baseball, a $40 million bank loan and have operating funds.

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Trump considering withdraw from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report

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President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.

So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.

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Rep. Ted Lieu: Impeachment is coming — and so is a Democratic president

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Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.

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US kicks off Mideast plan, with Palestinians boycotting

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After a wait of two and a half years, the US administration is launching its Middle East peace plan Tuesday -- with an economic initiative that the Palestinians are boycotting.

For this most unconventional of US presidents, Donald Trump's Middle East peace-making bid is unlike decades of previous US attempts.

There is no talk of land swaps, a Palestinian state or other political issues that have vexed diplomats for decades.

The Trump administration says it will get to the political issues later.

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