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BREAKING: McConnell will not reconvene Senate for emergency session impeachment vote

The Senate will not be reconvening early in order to impeach President Donald Trump before he leaves office.

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BREAKING: McConnell will not reconvene Senate for emergency session impeachment vote

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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the office of Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday that the Senate will not be reconvening early in order to impeach President Donald Trump before he leaves office.

The latest attempt to impeach Trump comes after he was accused of inciting a riot on Jan. 6 which led to the storming of the Capitol in Washington, DC by pro-Trump protesters under the belief that the 2020 election was rigged in Biden’s favor.

McConnell said that the Senate would only be reconvening if there was unanimous consent among elected Senators, a likely unreachable target as most Republicans oppose impeachment, The Hill reports. Trump has barely a week left in office.

The report of McConnell’s statement contradicts words Schumer delivered on Tuesday where he said he and McConnell may agree to reconvene the Senate in an emergency session. It also brings questions to reports that McConnell was pleased with the impeachment effort under the belief that it would make it easier to purge the Republican Party of Trump and Trumpism.

“There was legislation passed in 2004 that allows the Senate minority and majority leader to jointly reconvene the Senate in times of emergency. This is a time of emergency,” Schumer suggested. “I’ve asked him to call the Senate back — all he needs is my agreement, I’m still minority leader.”

The House of Representatives is debating and voting on the order of impeachment on Wednesday. If those articles are approved, they would need to pass the Senate with a majority vote before the president would lose his post. If the Senate does not reconvene, it doesn’t matter how many Republicans or Democrats in the House vote for Trump’s ouster.

The Senate is not scheduled to reconvene until Jan. 19, one day before President-elect Biden is set to be sworn into office.

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Bill Gates biggest owner of U.S. private land.

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Bill Gates biggest owner of U.S. private land.

ORIGINAL STORY AT FORBES: Bill Gates, the fourth richest person in the world and a self-described nerd who is known for his early programming skills rather than his love of the outdoors, has been quietly snatching up 242,000 acres of farmland across the U.S. — enough to make him the top private farmland owner in America.

After years of reports that he was purchasing agricultural land in places like Florida and Washington, The Land Report revealed that Gates, who has a net worth of nearly $121 billion according to Forbes, has built up a massive farmland portfolio spanning 18 states. His largest holdings are in Louisiana (69,071 acres), Arkansas (47,927 acres) and Nebraska (20,588 acres). Additionally, he has a stake in 25,750 acres of transitional land on the west side of Phoenix, Arizona, which is being developed as a new suburb.

According to The Land Report’s research, the land is held directly and through third-party entities by Cascade Investments, Gates’ personal investment vehicle. Cascade’s other investments include food-safety company Ecolab, used-car retailer Vroom and Canadian National Railway. 

While it may be surprising that a tech billionaire would also be the biggest farmland owner in the country, this is not Gates’ only foray into agriculture. In 2008, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced $306 million in grants to promote high-yield, sustainable agriculture among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The foundation has further invested in the development and proliferation of “super crops” resistant to climate change and higher-yield dairy cows. Last year, the organization announced Gates Ag One, a nonprofit to advance those efforts.

It is not entirely clear how Gates’  farmland is being used, or whether any of the land is being set aside for conservation. (Cascade did not return Forbes’ request for comment.) However, there is some indication that the land could be used in a way that aligns with the foundation’s values. Cottonwood Ag Management, a subsidiary of Cascade, is a member of Leading Harvest, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture standards that prioritize protections of crops, soil and water resources. MORE FOR YOUDid You Get A Second Stimulus Check Today? Here’s WhyTrump Signs Executive Orders To Extend COVID-19 Economic Relief, Includes Unemployment Benefits, Eviction MoratoriumSwatting North Korea’s Rockets Is A Waste—South Korea Could Target The Launchers

Gates is not the only billionaire on The Land Report’s list of top private farmland owners. Wonderful Company cofounders Stewart and Lynda Resnick (net worth: $7.1 billion) ranked number three with 190,000 acres. Their farmland produces the goods for their brands including POM Wonderful, Wonderful Pistachios and Wonderful Halos mandarins.

While Gates may be the country’s biggest farmland owner, he by no means is the largest individual landowner. In its list of 100 top American landownersThe Land Report gives the top spot to Liberty Media Chair John Malone, who owns 2.2 million acres of ranches and forests. CNN founder Ted Turner ranked number three with 2 million acres of ranch land across eight states. Even Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is investing in land on a large scale, landing the 25th spot with his ownership of 420,000 acres, mainly in west Texas.

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Breaking News!! President Trump is declassifying Obamagate documents.

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