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Spain finds 300 kilos of cocaine in pureed banana shipment

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Spanish authorities seized 300 kilos of cocaine worth 10 million euros ($11 million dollars) from a container loaded with pureed bananas that arrived from Costa Rica, the government tax office said Thursday.

Police and customs officers found the cocaine on Monday in the Mediterranean port of Valencia, Spain’s second busiest port, a tax office spokesman said.

There were 300 bricks of high quality cocaine in the container and each had a label with the word “éxito” (“success”) on it, he added.

Spanish authorities were trying to figure out the origin of the cocaine, which arrived on September 26 on a boat that departed Puerto Moin just east of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

Spain’s close ties with its former colonies in Latin America have made it the main entry point used by drug smugglers to bring cocaine to Europe.

The record amount of cocaine seized in a single year in Spain was set in 2005, when authorities confiscated just under 50 tonnes of the drug.

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The Hickenlooper paradox: Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

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OK, Democrats — you’ve had your fun. You grew up being told that everybody could run for president, and then everybody did. Except that this mad anthill scramble of presidential candidates, which resembles a bunch of kindergarteners descending on not enough cookies, really hasn’t been fun so far. All you’ve managed to do is put the fear of God — or the fear of the other guy, more like — into the voters, provoking widespread PTSD flashbacks to November 2016.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Conservative columnist Max Boot: ‘It’s reality that’s pushing for impeachment’

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Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, argued on Sunday that "reality" is "pushing for impeachment."

On CNN's Reliable Sources program, host Brian Stelter asked if it is the media's fault that the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump has become a topic of discussion.

"Journalist are doing their jobs and reporting the facts," national security analyst Samantha Vinograd insisted. "I don’t think that putting the press in one basket is helpful. Trump does that, but we shouldn’t do that."

Boot said that attacking the media over impeachment amounts to "blaming the messenger."

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New York Times drops the hammer on the ‘breathtaking arrogance’ of Kelleyanne Conway in brutal editorial

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Addressing a report from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel recommending White House counsel Kellyanne Conway should be fired for flagrant violations of the Hatch Act, the New York Times editorial board hammered President Donald Trump's confidante over her smirking response.

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