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When Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) tweets, the world takes pause.

The senator's Twitter updates have long captured many on the social media platform, perhaps most notably, those related to his run-ins with deer that once inspired the meme "assume deer dead."

On Friday afternoon, Grassley shared with his followers a way to more efficiently cut grass. It's a mechanism that, he claimed, saves money and time. And all you have to do is attach two push mowers to a riding mower, according to the senator's Twitter account.

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Donald Trump filed a $10 million lawsuit on Friday against chef Jose Andres for a breach of contract after the restaurateur cancelled plans to open a restaurant in Trump's new hotel in Washington, D.C., Washingtonian reported.

Andres pulled out of the deal after Trump made inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants, calling them "rapists" and drug dealers.

"More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests. And, as a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status," Andres said earlier in July while explaining why he would cancel plans for the restaurant.

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The White House confirmed that President Obama would veto any budget legislation that included a Planned Parenthood defund measure, setting the stage for a government shutdown fight if Republicans decide to attach such a provision in a government spending proposal set to be debated this fall.

"What we have indicated in the past continues to be true today, that we have routinely opposed the inclusion of ideologically-driven riders in the budget process," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. "And certainly a rider that would on a wholesale basis defund Planned Parenthood, which is the proposal of some Republicans in the House, is certainly something that would draw a presidential veto."

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A federal judge in Danville, Va., on Friday ruled that the state is allowed to stop issuing license plates with Confederate flag symbols, according to the Danville Register and Bee.

After the deadly shooting at a historic black church in Charleston sparked a national debate on Confederate symbolism, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) directed the state to begin the process of removing Confederate flags from state-issued license plates.

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