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With the welcome news that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be phasing out the elephants used in their shows — ushering them off to a comfortable retirement in the next few years — it’s also worth remembering that it is still possible for an individual animal to enjoy performing for people — if it’s what they want to do.

Perhaps the greatest example of this is Carrie la Perrita Bailarina, a beautiful and very intelligent canine from Chile who is known for dancing with owner José Fuentes.

Here’s a great appearance by Carrie in 2011, when she and José visited The Late Show with David Letterman. The key things to look for, which separate Carrie from circus animals: Her great open smile, and the bright sense of life projecting from her eyes. And those attributes are what make all the difference.

Video via José Fuentes/The Late Show with David Letterman.

Photo by skpy/ CC BY-SA 2.0

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

A new, heavily redacted filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia revealed on Tuesday that the Justice Department is seriously investigating a potential "bribery conspiracy scheme" relating to a presidential pardon. The document were first publicized by CNN.

The names of individuals involved in the investigation have been redacted throughout the documents since they haven't been charged at this point with any crimes. President Donald Trump's name does not appear in the filing. But of course, only a president can issue a presidential pardon.

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