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(Cirebon, supporters of PNK react excitedly to the election results being broadcasted)
MineLegotian Canterlot - After four years of an NC-PNK-IRU-SC-LNU coalition in parliament, at the tail end of their administration, the parties which made up this massive coalition which made up 60.5% of the vote within the National Parliament split as a scandal uncovered thanks to the Independent Commission of Anti-Corruption’s recent operation, Operation: Sick Bird, uncovered a scandal which indicted several prominent politicians from the ranks of the Partai Imperialrenundunity (The Empire & Unity Party - IRU), Partai ArbeitenUnionisch (The Working Unions Party - AU), and the Partai Modernjingpu (The Progressive Party - MJP). This has shaken trust between the people and the Progressive Leaning Parties.
This has resulted in yesterday’s election to allow a massive shift towards the Conservative Parties within Parliament. The most massive loss in yesterday’s election was from the AU, who lost in total 194 seats, most notably in their former stronghold in the Province of Hoofington. Where usual results would turn in an average of 50-60% of their party, has resulted in them only receiving 12% of the vote. Not enough to even secure a single seat in the province.
Former Opposition Leader, Joseph Liukaman (AU), has stated in an interview with the Ponyville Times that he was “severely disappointed” with the members of his party, and has resigned from his position within the AU. Stating once more “I cannot simply, for the integrity of my God-given heart, serve [the working class] if those I work with do not intend to serve them.”
Despite the mass shaking of trust within the progessives, the Partai Syndicalsarbeiten (Worker’s Syndicalist Party - SA) has gained an impressive 34 seats in various provinces in the state of New Mareland. Party Lead Lily Kronen (picture right) has stated in a recent press conference that “It is clear now the inherent corruption found in the Unions, it is clear that in order to properly represent the interests of the Working Class, we must enact various reforms in the Unions, lest we let such scandals occur again.”
Yesterday’s election has flipped several states from the usual progressive parties to the hold of the conservative party base. University of Crystallia’s Leading Political Expert, Loren Eldritch Wuehi, has stated that such a flip would not be reversed for quite some time unless a new progressive party enters to replace the vacuum left by the IRU, AU, & MJP, the Conservative Parties would have a grip on the legislative branch of the Empire for the foreseeable future, with the most popular of the parties - the Partai NationalConservative or NC - gaining gained 48 seats and its allies, the Partai ProvinsiNicheKa or PNK and the Partai SocialConservative or SC, gaining an astounding 116 and 120 seats respectively.
Several other leading Political Experts, like the Imperial University of Faust’s professor Wang Fei Cassinida PhD, have predicted that the newly formed socially conservative alliance of the NC, LNC, SC, PNK, and NSF may begin pushing to overturn some of the leeway given by the previous administrations to the various Commonwealth Nations. Most notably was the leeway given in 12/05/2298/252/098 - “Freedom to Choose for various Topics for the nations of the Commonwealth”, which gave the nations of Commonwealth a choice to decide for themselves on several decisive topics, notably the legality of same-sex marriage, civil unions, and the rights of the so-called “Transgenders”. It has been placed on suspect that the coalition’s agenda might include the overturning of said legislation, which would put the deciding power in the hands of the legislators in MineLegotian Canterlot.
“It is a great fear of mine that the lives of potentially millions of same-sex couples may be overturned by the Conservatives.” Spoke an anonymous Hyper Equestrian Rakyatyihad Representative. He added that such a move would face almost no opposition in his nation with the recent 2345 Hyper Equestrian Election, which saw the socially conservative Libertarian Party win control over both the Senate and House of Commons, along with the Presidental Election.
While progressives continue to fear for the same sex couples, various Conservative, Libertarian, Nationalist, and Syndicalist aligned people across the commonwealth celebrated. Most notably was the Mleocunese Rakyatyihad Majority Leader Gerald Lieb Eye, who has notably commented on popular social media site InMesPo, “Bing Bong the Progressives have been smashed! #ImperialElection2347 #conservativewave”.
The Commonwealthian Conservatives welcome the so-called “Conservative Wave”, with many hoping for the overturning of various social programs which many see as a waste of money and only additional funds to fund continuous degeneracy within their various nations.
“I’m hoping we get a war, when the Conservatives are in power we always get a war,” commented Mleocunese Equestrian Rakyatyihad Member Jessica Muda, happily waving a miniature Mlecounese Equestrian flag, “It also means we can get more land and integrate more into the Empire!”
With excited warhawks and commonwealthian Conservatives backing and celebrating their allies victory in the Fatherland, many expectations are up in the air for the administration-elect. So far we are unable to reach the new Coalition for any comments. Suspicions are in the air of them discussing their agenda for their upcoming term.
The new administration will be sworn in on the 10th of September, two weeks from now. The Coalition needs to quickly set up an agenda and strengthen ties among themselves less the coalition falls apart into a hung parliament.
Neu Canterlot - Recently, ICP (Inter-Commonwealth Police) Force Spokesgriff Stanisław Cheov have announced that a joint EUS-MLT (Equestrian Unions States, MineLegoTiponyian) Task Force has successfully busted a child trafficking ring and freed 17 children of various species.
“It is a great success,” Spoke Stanislaw during last night’s press conference, “We’ve been planning this [operation] for the last few months, and I’m glad to see what we’ve managed to do recently.”
Operation Huowind, had successfully busted a child trafficking ring operation near the MineLegotiponyian border. Arresting in total twelve different perpetrators of such an operation, due to them being arrested on MineLegotiponyian territoriy, they are expected to be facing several charges that may end with the death penalty.
Stanislaw stated that this was merely the beginning of several dozen more operations that the ICP have planned for the following weeks, promising that updates will be given about their operations cracking down on various child trafficking rings.
“I promise you, there will be more,” Stainslaw said.
LuNeib - Reports are finally coming in concerning a plane crash within the territory of the southwest of the Dominion of Calavaria. The Calavarian Aeronautics Society has released an official report concerning the crash. Stating that the crash has taken the lives of 46 creatures.
So far, the report wrote down that the possible cause for the crash is the clogging of various equipment tubes within the plane, or possible pilot error which resulted in the crash. The leading investigator declared that a proper investigation will be conducted into the reason behind the crash.
“Our prayers go to the families of the victims,” said investigator Rien Len, “we will get down to the reason behind this incident.”
In other news related to the incident, Calavarian Airlines stock has dropped by 17%.
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The perfect baked potato is crispy on the outside and pillowy in the middle. Cracked open and still steaming, it’s ready to receive anything from a sprinkle of cheese to last night’s stew.
Baking a potato in the oven does require a little more time than zapping it in the microwave, but it’s mostly hands-off. You can walk in the door, throw a few potatoes in the oven, and carry on with your after-work routine until they’re ready to eat. Just don’t forget to set a timer! Here’s how to make an absolutely perfect baked potato every time.
How to Bake a Potato in the Oven
What’s the Best Potato for Baked Potatoes?
Russets are the best for baking in the oven. The skins are thicker and the starchy interior has a sweet flavor and fluffy texture when baked. Russets are also usually large (about 6 to 8 ounces). One potato per person makes a good side dish or meal on its own.
Do I Need to Wash a Potato Before I Cook It?
Yes, you should scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water — a vegetable brush is great for this — and pat them dry. You don’t have to remove the eyes, but trim away any blemishes with a paring knife.
How Long Should I Cook a Baked Potato?
About 50 to 60 minutes at 425°F (220°C).
What’s the Best Way to Store a Baked Potato?
Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To reheat the potatoes, place them directly on the oven rack in a 325°F oven until warmed through.
Heat the oven to 425°F. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 425ºF while you're preparing the potatoes.
Scrub the potatoes clean. Scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water and pat them dry. You don't have to remove the eyes, but trim away any blemishes with a paring knife.
Rub the potatoes with olive oil. Rub the potatoes all over with a little olive oil. It's easiest to use your hands, but a pastry brush also works fine.
Season the potatoes. Generously sprinkle the potatoes on all sides with salt and pepper.
Prick all over with a fork. Prick the potatoes in a few places with the tines of a fork. This allows steam to escape from the baking potato.
Bake the potatoes. You can bake the potatoes directly on the oven rack, or you can place them a few inches apart on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake the potatoes for 50 to 60 minutes. Flip them over every 20 minutes or so and check them for doneness by piercing them with a fork. The potatoes are done when the skins are dry and the insides feel completely soft when pierced.
To cut down the baking time, microwave the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes in the microwave before baking.
For softer skins, wrap the potatoes in foil before baking.
For extra-crispy skins, brine the potatoes. Stir 2 tablespoons kosher salt into 1/2 cup water until dissolved. Soak each potato in the brine. Drain and bake directly on the rack as instructed above. Brush with oil during the last 10 minutes of baking.
How We’ve Re-tested This Recipe
In November 2019, we pitted six of the most popular baked potato methods from around the web against one another to determine the best. The winner was a technique heralded by America’s Test Kitchen, in which the potatoes are brined before they’re baked. Around the same time, we fell in love with a recipe for British-style jacket potatoes from Cup of Jo, which are baked for two hours, split, then baked again.
Given these newfound methods, we felt it was time to look at our own baked potato recipe to see how it stacked up. To determine whether Kitchn’s oven-baked potato recipe needed an update, I spent an afternoon comparing it to the other two methods.
All three of the recipes — Kitchn’s, Cup of Jo’s, and America’s Test Kitchen’s — baked up crispy-crackly on the outside and tender on the inside. The jacket-style potatoes and the brined potatoes, however, required more time and attention than Kitchn’s. For that reason we still feel our method stands up as the best way to make a basic baked potato.
After further testing, we did decide to streamline our recipe, however. We’re now calling for baking the potatoes directly on the oven rack. This means the air flow is unobstructed, so flipping every 20 minutes isn’t necessary, and it reduces cleanup, too. As a nod to America’s Test Kitchen’s winning technique — and because we really did fall for that seasoned, extra-crispy skin — we’ve included brining instructions in the recipe notes should you want to take that extra step.