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Lincoln, Rhapsody in Blue, L.L. Bean, buckets of money
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Published Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 7:02 PM EST
Feb 11 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Monday, February 12, the 43rd day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 322 days remaining.

This is the 388th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 93 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $52,683,630. There are 1,074 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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(from the 1945 film Rhapsody in Blue)

Rhapsody in Blue is a 1924 musical composition by American composer George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects.

Commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman, the piece received its premiere in the concert, "An Experiment in Modern Music", which was held on February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano.

The editors of the Cambridge Music Handbooks opined that "The Rhapsody in Blue (1924) established Gershwin's reputation as a serious composer and has since become one of the most popular of all American concert works."

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Also on this date: In 1793, the first US fugitive slave law was passed, which required the return of escaped slaves; in 1876, Al Spalding opened his first sporting good shop in Chicago; in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded; in 1950, Senator Joe McCarthy claimed to have a list of 205 communist government employees; in 1999, United States President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.

More of what happened on February 12 from On This Day and Wikipedia.

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Among other things, today is Clean Out Your Computer Day, National Freedom to Marry Day, Oglethorpe Day, Lincoln's Birthday, National Plum Pudding Day, Safety Pup Day, Hug Day, NAACP Day, Oatmeal Monday, Shrove Monday, International Darwin Day, National Lost Penny Day, and Paul Bunyan Day. (from Checkiday.com)

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Florida man who hid $22M in Home Depot buckets will keep $4M in plea deal.

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Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War- its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, paved the way for the abolition of slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy. (Full Wikipedia article.)

Quote of the day:

"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
-Abraham Lincoln

(Click here for more quotes.)

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NASA budgets for a trip to the moon, but not while Trump is president. The administration is also looking to end American payments for the International Space Station by 2025. The space station is currently scheduled to operate through 2024, but the expectation was that it would be extended through at least 2028.

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Officials confirm that a cyber attack took place during the Winter Olympics opening ceremonies. Officials won’t say where the attacks originated.

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Equifax breach may have exposed more data than first thought. Equifax told the US Senate Banking Committee that more data may have been exposed than initially determined. The hack may have compromised more driver's license info, such as the issuing data and host state, as well as tax IDs. In theory, it would be that much easier for intruders to commit fraud. In the meantime, the newly appointed head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has reportedly steered the agency away from a full investigation of Atlanta-based Equifax for its failure to protect Americans’ data. ,

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The US is running out of truckers. The trucking industry is unique because it's the lifeblood of moving goods around the country, representing 70 percent of the nation's freight volume by weight. Without enough trucks and drivers on the road, some combination of things is going to happen: Shipments will be delayed, and producers will have to pay higher prices to get goods to market.

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Why a simple, lifesaving rabies shot can cost $10,000 in America. Untreated rabies is always fatal- but key drugs leave families with thousands in medical debt. In England, the drug to treat rabies exposure costs $1,600. Here, hospitals charge $10,000.

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NSA sent coded messages through Twitter. It's unknown how common this practice is, both on other social networks and from other agencies. However, it wouldn't be surprising if there have been other instances. This lets intelligence bureaus orchestrate clandestine communications with little effort, and no way of knowing about the secret meaning (outside of leaks like this, of course) if you're not directly involved.

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End of an era: L.L. Bean revises its return policy.

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Where is Elon Musk's space Tesla actually going? In a big circle around the sun every 18.8 months, maybe for millions of years.

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Lies, damned lies, and statistics... The Labor Department reported US jobless claims dropped to a near 45-year low. But unemployment stats don't include situations like this.

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