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‘North Sumatran land mafia offered me $21m to win election — then hand over control of government’
When Abdon Nababan, one of Indonesia’s foremost indigenous rights activists, sought election for governor in his home province, he was provided an unprecedented…
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From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered
WASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia…
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Does Facebook Need a Constitution?
Photo: Image courtesy of The Athenaeum/Getty Images In a lengthy interview published today , Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attempted to explain to Recode’s Kara…
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Inside the Growing Men's Rights Movement in India
VICE Staff Jul 18 2018, 4:26pm In the early 2000s, India started to push toward gender equality with new laws aimed at protecting women from sexual assault and…
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Bulletin: Ocasio-Cortez’s Blueprint for a New Politics
Issue 29 1968 Check out our new issue Our spring issue , looking at the democratic revolts of 1968, is out now! Subscribe or renew today. Sometimes history…
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Setting Boundaries
Sleeping with the Enemy cozies right up to the hard truth that abusers are everywhere. A still from Sleeping with the Enemy . Every domestic thriller is the…
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Dear Fuck-Up: My boyfriend can’t manage his “anxiety”
Brandy Jensen, The Outline’s social media editor, has made a lot of mistakes in her life. Has she learned from them and become a wiser person as a result?…
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Freedom to Bash Heads | David Neiwert
The Proud Boy, wearing camouflage body armor and a bright red ballcap (emblazoned not with the usual “Make America Great Again” but rather a big “45”), had a…
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Historic Win and the Future of the Democratic Party
“I smoked this race,” Ocasio-Cortez says. “I didn’t edge anybody out. I dominated. And I am going to own that.” Photograph by Mark Peterson / Redux for The New…
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A Stabbing On Samish Island: The Radicalization Of Lane Davis
Nearly everyone on Samish Island knew Chuck Davis, a bighearted retiree who lived in the handsome gray shingle house with the best view of Samish Bay. But…
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Mariia Butina, Who Sought ‘Back Channel’ Meeting for Trump and Putin, Is Charged as Russian Agent
WASHINGTON — A Russian woman who tried to broker a pair of secret meetings between candidate Donald J. Trump and the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin,…
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Strikes, Boycotts, and Outages Mar Amazon Prime Day
Prime Day, which began Monday, is one of Amazon’s biggest promotions of the year, when the retailer offers deals to subscribers to its Prime service. This year,…
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‘She was like a novelty’: How alleged Russian agent Maria Butina gained access to elite conservative circles
Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd at a 2013 rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow.…
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The SIM Hijackers
It seemed like any other warm September night in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. Rachel Ostlund had just put her kids to bed and was getting ready to go to sleep…
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Amazon sellers say they were unfairly suspended right before Prime Day, and now have two bad choices
On July 9, Amazon put out a press release saying that Prime Day, the giant upcoming shopping extravaganza, "has proven to be a huge growth opportunity for many…
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MGM Resorts Sues Victims of Las Vegas Mass Shooting
MGM Resorts International has reportedly filed federal lawsuits against hundreds of victims of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas in an apparent bid to…
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LRB · Terry Eagleton · Lunging, Flailing, Mispunching: Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins Bantam, 406 pp, £20.00, October 2006, ISBN 0 593 05548 9 Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of…
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Whatever happened to Seymour Hersh?
Hersh in the Dispatch offices, Washington DC, in 1970. Photo: MAGES COURTESY PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE Seymour Hersh’s first big scoop—before the revelations about…
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Gwen Stefani Is Still An Extraordinary Contradiction
Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Getty Images In 1995, No Doubt were asked to perform alongside Primus and Fishbone at a Roe v. Wade anniversary show. It was the…
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For the love of goddesses, stop deifying women
According to new age types who care about this sort of thing, divine feminine energy is on the rise. Both this year and last were dubbed the year of the Sacred…
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Opinion | The battered aspirations of the American working class
“Lathe operator machining parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas,” (1942) by Howard R. Hollem. (Library of…
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Tommy Robinson Has Become a Hero to the Global Far-Right
The stars and stripes, Union Jacks, Hungarian, UKIP and Generation Identity flags – as well as a blow-up sex doll, with a print-out of Sadiq Khan's face…
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“He Should Have Defended Us”: Even Fox News Is Sick of Trump’s Putin Worship
By Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images. Strains of doubt began filtering into the dialogue on the right early Monday morning, shortly after Donald Trump tweeted…
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Elon Musk Joins the Fringe Right in Calling His Foe a ‘Pedo’
The Tesla CEO’s insult for a rescue diver working on the Thai cave rescue comes straight from the depths of Pizzagate. Getty When Elon Musk accused a rescue…
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The MAGA Trolls Meet Their Match In Sacha Baron Cohen And "Who Is America?"
Showtime Gun rights activist Philip Van Cleave helps Cohen make a "Kinderguardians" video, marketing guns to children. While many journalists have risen to the…
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The Anthony Bourdain Interview
Anthony Bourdain had started smoking again, was the first thing I noticed as he sat down with me last February. He was a bit hung over from a recent working…
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Games aren’t always fair, the magic lies in making you think they are
I asked fellow game designers to tell me the hidden tricks and mechanics they use to give players their desired experience. That situation got a bit out of…
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On Liars, Politics, Michiko Kakutani, Martin Jay, and Hannah Arendt
A long piece by Michiko Kakutani on “the death of truth” is making the rounds. In it, she quotes Arendt: Two of the most monstrous regimes in human history came…
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The Secrets of Leonard Leo, the Man Behind Trump’s Supreme Court Pick
A Catholic fundamentalist who controls a network of right-wing groups funded by dark money has put three justices on the court. He’s about to get a fourth.…
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Opinion | What Elon Musk Should Learn From the Thailand Cave Rescue
Silicon Valley moguls seem to believe they can fix most anything, and they appear befuddled when their attempts to do so aren’t met with unbridled enthusiasm.…
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Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child’s Days in Detention
Adan Galicia Lopez, 3, was separated from his mother for four months. Credit Victor J. Blue for The New York Times Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do…
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Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains
Corporate profits have rarely swept up a bigger share of the nation’s wealth, and workers have rarely shared a smaller one. The lopsided split is especially…
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Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion
To understand the political risks for the Trump administration in starting a trade war, not to mention in undermining Obamacare or celebrating its tax overhaul,…
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Blood, Breastmilk, and Dirt: Silvia Federici and Feminist Materialism in International Law (Part One) — Miriam Bak McKenna
If the politics of gender have been dragged front and centre into public discourse of late, this shift seems to have evaded international legal scholarship, or…
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How the Trump Administration Deploys Female Pain as Punishment
Last spring, Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress worked together to pass a bill that would have gutted the Affordable Care Act. That piece of legislation…
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This Christmas, Let's Remember George Michael Was a Communist Who Fought for Coal Miners' Rights
George Michael died almost exactly one year ago. Of course, we miss him, but after his death, lots of good things came out about him. For example, he was a…
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Glitch Capitalism: How Cheating AIs Explain Our Stagnant Present
Of all the buzzy 21st-century tech phrases, “machine learning” threatens to be the most important. Programming computers is slow, but we’re nearing the point…
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The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids – Richard Freed – Medium
How psychology is being used as a weapon against children Donald lain Smith/Blend Images/Getty Images “ W e called the police because she wrecked her room and…
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The Creator of the Largest Gamergate Subreddit Rage Quits, Says it’s ‘Infested With Racism and Sexism’
The creator of the biggest Gamergate community on Reddit, r/KotakuinAction (KiA), staged a brief one-man coup on Thursday night, setting the subreddit to…
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Murder on the Installment Plan
The Hedgehog Review : Vol. 20 No. 2 (Summer 2018) Becca Rothfeld The Hedgehog Review: Summer 2018 (Volume 20 | Issue 2) Issue TOC >> Print Article >> Subscribe…
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Hunting the Con Queen of Hollywood: Who's the "Crazy Evil Genius" Behind a Global Racket?
For more than a year, some of the most powerful women in entertainment — including Amy Pascal, Kathleen Kennedy, Stacey Snider and a 'Homeland' director — have…
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The Barrett Brown Review of Arts & Letters & Civil Decline: Down With Thomas Friedman
[This is an informal, editor-free continuation of my old column The Barrett Brown Review of Arts & Letters & Prison, which won the 2015 National Magazine Award…
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Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments
Image A screen grab of Emily Graslie's channel, The Brain Scoop, from a recent episode about skunk dissection. Credit via YouTube Science, technology,…
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The woman in the #PlaneBae saga breaks her silence — she says that she's been 'shamed, insulted and harassed' since the story went viral and asks for her privacy
Chris Brignola/Unsplash Last week, the #PlaneBae saga went viral, as one Rosey Blair documented what she presented as a love connection between a man and a…
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How the Kremlin crafted a popular brand: Putin
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In Vladimir Putin’s push to build Russia’s global influence, one of his most potent weapons is his own image.
Two decades of efforts by Kremlin…
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A Necessary Trauma: Ottessa Moshfegh on <i>Eileen</i> and Rising Above "the Shit"
Ottessa Moshfegh is comfortable with discomfort—especially yours. After running laps around the competition on the short story circuit and catching praise from…
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Neo-Nazi Who Wanted To 'Save The Train From The Black People' Cops To Terrorism Charge
WASHINGTON ― An armed white supremacist who brought an Amtrak train passing through Nebraska to a screeching halt after setting off an emergency brake pleaded…
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Ottessa Moshfegh’s Painful, Funny Novel of a Young Woman’s Chemical Hibernation
In “My Year of Rest and Relaxation,” Moshfegh turns her withering attention to the absurdities of pre-9/11 New York City, where everyone but the narrator is…
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Wall Street managers have cost Americans more than $600 billion over the past decade
View photos Thanks to an unfortunate combination of high fees and poor performance, U.S. pension funds have lost $624 billion over the last 10 years. Over the…
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The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It
You would be forgiven for not immediately noticing the economic impact of Trump’s burgeoning trade war with China. The stock market dipped on Wednesday, but it…
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Fortnite Has Become the Instagram of Video Games
When Kylie Milligan met her boyfriend in their high school’s parking lot in May, she found him holding a sign that would be nearly incomprehensible to anyone…
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Did the Enlightenment Give Rise to Racism?
Race as we understand it—a biological taxonomy that turns physical difference into relations of domination—is a product of the Enlightenment. Racism as we…
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Crushed By HR: A Sexual Harassment Horror Story
Inhuman Resources July 12, 2018 Inhuman Resources July 12, 2018 Mike Picarella wanted to protect a co-worker from humiliating sexual harassment. He didn't…
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China and the world: how Beijing spreads the message
The latest issue of the UK-Chinese Times, one of the mainstays of Britain’s nearly 400,000-strong Chinese-speaking community, splashed on the House of Fraser’s…
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Meet The Man — And Progaganda Machine — Behind The Hammond Pardon
The last call Oregon rancher Dwight Hammond Jr. made before heading to federal prison on two counts of arson in 2016 was to a man he hardly knew. Forrest Lucas,…
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Worker Surveillance and Class Power
Brishen Rogers — Companies around the world are dreaming up a new generation of technologies designed to monitor their workers—from Amazon’s new employee…
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Former Obama Officials Are Riding Out The Trump Years By Cashing In
The last 18 months have been difficult for former members of the Obama administration. They’ve been replaced by a regime, which, in the words of former Domestic…
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Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google
At 6:40 in the morning, a klaxon horn sounds three times. “Gas!” a man in a hard hat and fluorescent vest yells out. There’s a hissing noise, and the helium…
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Who owns the space under cities? The attempt to map the ground beneath our feet
A tunnel under Los Angeles built by Elon Musk’s Boring Company.Photograph: The Boring Company Just over a year ago I was sent a photograph of a tunnel-boring…
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China Exposes Rampant Data Fraud in Provinces
After a decade of crackdowns on statistical fraud, the accuracy of China's economic data has gotten no better and may be getting worse, official findings…
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The World’s Worst Industrial Disaster Is Still Unfolding
T. R. Chouhan was a plant operator in Bhopal at the time of the disaster. Raj Sarma I n old Bhopal , not far from the small Indian city’s glitzy new shops and…
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Trading blows: NU versus PKS
Activists linked to Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) have savaged the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) online, comparing it to the outlawed Indonesian Communist Party (PKI)…
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Emily Wilson and Maria Dahvana Headley on goddesses and monsters - Document Journal
When Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey was published last November, it not only made the text feel sprightly and alive in ways that connect with…
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Why Paper Jams Persist
For printer engineers, solving paper jams is “the ultimate challenge,” combining physics, chemistry, and programming. Illustration by Daniel Savage Audio:…
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The Haunting Doubts of Mr. Rogers and Paddington Bear
Fred Rogers on the set of his show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood from the film, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Jim Judkis/Focus Features MY NEIGHBOR Television was an…
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A Crime Writer Interrogates Her Love of Raymond Chandler in the #MeToo Era
Raymond Chandler, Megan Abbott. Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Harry Ranson Humanities Research Center, UT–Austin, Drew Reilly. In April, the New…
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Spy For Us — Or Never Speak To Your Family Again
ISTANBUL — Spying on behalf of the Chinese state went against everything O. believed in. Yet even as he sat thousands of miles away in a quiet town in Sweden,…
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How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System
California is the future of the United States, goes the oft-cited cliché. What the US is doing now , Europe will be doing in five years, goes another. Given…
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Woman gets damages over 12-year campaign of harassment
A woman is to receive damages from the man who harassed her for 12 years after they met through an online dating website. Paul Curran’s campaign against former…
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Europe is using smartphone data as a weapon to deport refugees
Thomas Campean /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Smartphones have helped tens of thousands of migrants travel to Europe. A phone means you can stay in touch with…
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Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?
Byford wants people to imagine an “Under New Management” sign hanging across the system. It can be a tough sell. Illustration by Ben Wiseman On a cold Tuesday…
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'Dirty money' is destroying Vancouver's civic fabric—and causing lasting damage - Macleans.ca
It’s the opposite of an American rust-belt wasteland of shuttered factories, and it’s nothing like one of those seething immigrant banlieues of Paris. But Metro…
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11 days ago
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?
A gray wolf in northeastern Washington State. Credit David Moskowitz Y ou might not guess from looking at him that Rob Wielgus was until recently a tenured…
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Two Years Ago, Revolution Messaging Helped Bernie Raise Millions. Now They’re In Crisis.
In 2016, Revolution Messaging was breaking fundraising records for Bernie Sanders. Two years later, after a period of rapid growth that embodied the rise of the…
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The rise of 'pseudo-AI': how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots' work
Some companies use humans to train AI systems; others secretly depend on them while claiming to have scalable AI tech.Photograph: Westend61/Getty…
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Been Down So Long It Looks Like Debt to Me | M.H. Miller
On Halloween in 2008, about six weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, my mother called me from Michigan to tell me that my father had lost his job in the sales…
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12 days ago
Putting a Face (Mine) to the Risks Posed by GOP Games on Mueller Investigation – emptywheel
I’d like to put a human face — my own — to the risk posed by GOP gamesmanship on the Mueller investigation. Sometime last year, I went to the FBI and provided…
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13 days ago
How Far-Right Campaigns Are Pressuring Universities to Censor Speech
The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. (Photo: Ken Lund/Flickr) On November 16th, 2017, Tariq Khan, a United States Air Force veteran, father of three,…
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Israel’s Secret Operation to Recover the Watch of a Legendary Spy
TEL AVIV — The news came in a brief announcement on Thursday from the Israeli prime minister’s office: a watch belonging to a legendary Israeli spy had been…
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14 days ago
Survival of the Richest – Future Human – Medium
L ast year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by…
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Opinion | Conservatives will always call socialists hypocrites. Ignore them.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Seth Wenig/AP) Shortly after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old democratic socialist, pulled off a surprise left-flank victory…
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