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May, 3, 2016

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Last weekend, Cabinet ministers from Tsai Ing-wen's incoming administration gathered in Yangmingshan for a "boot camp" to prepare themselves for their jobs.
 
Our readers may not know who Jessie Chen (陳育賢) is. She is a photographer for TWIMI (獨立媒體), one of Taiwan's social media outlets. She has developed a large following of fans by taking thousands of pictures of Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party who will be sworn in as president on May 20.
 
There is no question that Japan, as a world power, has pushed its small neighbor Taiwan into a corner, as we have seen in the days following Japanese authorities' seizure of a Taiwanese fishing boat and the detainment of its captain.
 
We all do stupid things all the time, so the chances of one person doing something just as stupid as you are rather great. Perhaps you are so intelligent as to never make mistakes, and we want to encourage you to keep up the good work, while reminding the rest of us to never say "never again" in the face of disasters like the Chernobyl Incident of April 26, 1986.
 
Our special investigation team of 10 senior judicial officials charged with bringing 45 Taiwanese cyber fraud suspects back from Beijing returned to Taipei crestfallen last Thursday.
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The United Kingdom had a dramatic weekend as cannon fire resounded throughout the nation. It was not the booms saluting Queen Elizabeth II, who marked her 90th birthday last week, but rather the exchange of verbal bombardment carried out by detractors and supporters of Brexit, the UK' s withdrawal from the European Union.
 
The Taiwanese media's penchant for salacious gossip is not old news. It has been criticized for its excessive reporting and a certain type of coverage, more often than not at the expense of more important news.
 
The Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for Cheng Chieh, the notorious murderer who went on a stabbing spree on a Taipei MRT train, killing four passengers and injuring 24 others in 2014. It remains uncertain when he will be executed, but it certainly will fuel the perennial debate on whether the death penalty should be abolished.
 
The ongoing season of the local Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) is heating up after it officially kicked off in late March, when a record high number of baseball fans rushed into ballparks around the island to support the 27-year-old pro league.
 
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton scored big after their New York wins, casting themselves as inevitable as their respective parties' presidential nominees.
 
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