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“She Paid for Everything”: How a Fake Heiress Made My $62,000 Disappear
Anna, in Marrakech’s medina on May 16, 2017. Photograph courtesy by Rachel DeLoache Williams According to my closest friends and various suspect Internet…
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2 days ago
On Surveys
Surveys are the most dangerous research tool — misunderstood and misused. They frequently straddle the qualitative and quantitative, and at their worst…
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2 days ago
The 9 Rules of Design Research
All Nine Puppies by Kathleen Borgmeyer Lately, I’ve noticed a lot more ambient enthusiasm for research among both early stage start-ups and established…
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2 days ago
Europe Was Once Obsessed With Fake Dilapidated Buildings
If you walk through Belvedere House Gardens and Park in Westmeath, Ireland, a dramatic sight rises through the trees: an enormous, shattered abbey, a staircase…
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7 days ago
Have Algorithms Destroyed Personal Taste?
The message of many things in America is “Like this or die.” — George W.S. Trow, Within the Context of No Context , 1980 The Seeing Robot The camera is a small,…
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8 days ago
Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?
It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me. Schmidt is the director of NASA ’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a…
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10 days ago
Sources: Mueller has evidence Cohen was in Prague in 2016, confirming part of dossier
The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague…
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11 days ago
FootPrints Service Core - Pomona Service Desk
76534 IMPORTANT Please change DNS for edtech.pomona.edu to externalhost4 at 50.28.105.115 When DNS has resolved, this page --…
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12 days ago
Facebook Uses Artificial Intelligence to Predict Your Future Actions for Advertisers, Says Confidential Document
Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted in March, Facebook has been attempting to make a moral stand for your privacy, distancing itself from the…
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12 days ago
Social Bots: The Emerging Social AI Market – IQT – Medium
By Nick, IQT Staff Mobile messaging platforms and social networking services combined with recent advancements in natural language understanding and processing…
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12 days ago
One extra glass of wine 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'
Health benefits from drinking alcohol? Sorry, but it’s just another case of something that is too good to be true, say experts.Photograph: Inti St Clair/Getty…
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13 days ago
Moonshot: That Time American Intelligence Collected Soviet Communication Signals Via the Moon
A U-2 spy plane captured a strange photo in 1960; the Soviets had built a massive new antenna near a missile test range. The CIA and others immediately…
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13 days ago
Frolicsome Engines: The Long Prehistory of Artificial Intelligence
Defecating ducks, talking busts, and mechanised Christs — Jessica Riskin on the wonderful history of automata, machines built to mimic the processes of…
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13 days ago
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Log in Sign up Patrick @ TrickFreee Longtime 'Donkey Kong' record holder gets high scores stripped away. Billy Mitchell was used to create the character "Eddie"…
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13 days ago
How Every Campaign Will Have a Troll Farm of Its Own
Mark Zuckerberg heads to the nation’s capital this week for some lashings from America’s legislators. On Tuesday, he’ll appear in front of joint sessions of the…
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15 days ago
Opinion | The Conspiracy Theory That Says Trump Is a Genius
Opinion Last week Roseanne Barr — who, with the hit reboot of her show, has become one of the most prominent Donald Trump supporters in the country — tweeted…
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18 days ago
Why believing conspiracy theories feels so good
In the days after the Parkland Shooting, the term “crisis actor” started circulating on Youtube, with one momentarily top-trending video claiming that survivors…
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18 days ago
When conspiracy theories become weaponized
For a brief, unsettling moment this past weekend, one of the internet’s nastiest conspiracies bubbled to the surface. Like most terrible things, it began with a…
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18 days ago
These Messages Show Julian Assange Talked About Seeking Hacked Files From Guccifer 2.0
Jack Taylor / Getty Images Twitter DMs obtained by BuzzFeed News show that in the summer of 2016, WikiLeaks was working to obtain files from Guccifer 2.0, an…
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20 days ago
Comfort Measures – Member Feature Stories – Medium
We use euphemisms to talk about death, clichés worn smooth with use. We say things like “passed away” or “gone home” or “departed” or “at peace,” all to make it…
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20 days ago
As gentrification closes in, immigrants in Lincoln Heights find their American dream slipping away
F idela Villasano’s entire world was upending. In August, her landlord sold the tiny clapboard bungalow where she had lived for 55 years, and the new owner…
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22 days ago
AdviceToWriters - Advice to Writers - Vonnegut's Rules for the Short Story
Recommended Books A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation by Noah Lukeman Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman APE: Author, Publisher,…
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25 days ago
Tragically Lost in Joshua Tree’s Wild Interior
Philip Montgomery for The New York Times Dark Zones By GEOFF MANAUGH Photographs by PHILIP MONTGOMERY MARCH 22, 2018 In June 2010, Bill Ewasko traveled alone…
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27 days ago
Why so many Mexicans revile the Colonial Californiano architectural hybrid that spread from SoCal
It is Mexico as filtered by California and then re-appropriated by Mexico in a different guise. The story of the architectural style known as "Colonial…
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27 days ago
This Is So Much Bigger Than Facebook
After five days of silence, Mark Zuckerberg finally acknowledged the massive data compromise that allowed Cambridge Analytica to obtain extensive psychographic…
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28 days ago
Zuckerberg Hits Users with the Hard Truth: You Agreed to This
By Daniel Biskup/laif/Redux. After embarking on exactly the kind of cringe-inducing apology tour one would expect following the revelation that Cambridge…
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29 days ago
Political Feelings: The Purest Kind of Ideology — The Revealer
Pitt Rivers Museum Facebook Cover Photo The organizing principle for the collection at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England is simple: everything. Spawned…
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4 weeks ago
My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data
For a spell during 2010 and 2011, I was a virtual rancher of clickable cattle on Facebook. It feels like a long time ago. Obama was serving his first term as…
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4 weeks ago
What Took Facebook So Long?
On Friday night, Facebook suspended the account of Cambridge Analytica, the political-data company backed by the billionaire Robert Mercer that consulted on…
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5 weeks ago
‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower
The first time I met Christopher Wylie, he didn’t yet have pink hair. That comes later. As does his mission to rewind time. To put the genie back in the bottle.…
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5 weeks ago
Does Recovery Kill Great Writing?
I didn’t vomit or black out or even embarrass myself. I just loved it. I loved the crackle of Champagne, its hot pine needles down my throat. We were…
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5 weeks ago
Melody Mixer: Using Deeplearn.js to Mix Melodies in the Browser
This experiment came from a simple idea: what would it sound like to blend between two different musical melodies? What if we asked a computer to start with one…
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5 weeks ago
How A Player In The Trump-Russia Scandal Led A Double Life As An American Spy
In the sprawling Trump-Russia investigation, one name constantly pops up: Felix Sater. In story after story, Sater is described as Donald Trump’s former…
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6 weeks ago
Stop Calling Women Nags — How Emotional Labor is Dragging Down Gender Equality
For Mother's Day I asked for one thing: a house cleaning service. Bathrooms and floors specifically, windows if the extra expense was reasonable. The gift, for…
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6 weeks ago
Twitter’s Great Depression
I left Twitter on January 1st. Yet, I am jonesing. I’ve been on Twitter for over 10 years. I’ve met a ton of great people on there. And up until recently it’s…
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7 weeks ago
Retweets Are Trash
Acouple of months ago, I made a small tweak to my Twitter account that has changed my experience of the platform. It’s calmer. It’s slower. It’s less…
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7 weeks ago
The Perfect Man Who Wasn't
By the spring of 2016, Missi Brandt had emerged from a rough few years with a new sense of solidity. At 45, she was three years sober and on the leeward side of…
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7 weeks ago
Creating a twitter bot with Blender and a Raspberry Pi
Recently I wrote my first twitter bot. Since I know a little of Blender and Python I thought I would combine the two of them to make something. As I could not…
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8 weeks ago
#84: Staying Focused Long Enough to Write a Novel
Hi, Story Nurse, I want to get this novel written. Badly. Or not necessarily THIS novel, but A NOVEL. (Though THIS novel would be a really good one, except for…
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8 weeks ago
Why can’t we recognize fat anger?
On owning anger & seeing it in others. Photo by Wang Xi on Unsplash It was nearly midnight when I first read about Zeta Beta Tau’s so-called “pig roast” at…
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8 weeks ago
The Earth Harp turns an L.A. skyscraper into world's longest stringed instrument
William Close is getting ready to string a skyscraper. As the inventor of the Earth Harp, which holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest stringed…
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8 weeks ago
Artists And Criminals: On The Cutting Edge Of Tech
Like a lot of science fiction fans, I read William Gibson's visionary novel Neuromancer not long after it came out in 1984. It painted a dystopian world where…
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9 weeks ago
Listening to the Dolphins: Leo Szilard on Nuclear War
LEO SZILARD’S short story “The Voice of the Dolphins,” published in 1961, imagines a history of the world written in 1990. The story begins with the sentence,…
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9 weeks ago
Why Would a Tech Journalist Be Friends With a Neo-Nazi Troll?
The New York Times opinion section announced a new hire Tuesday afternoon: Quinn Norton, a longtime journalist covering (and traveling in) the technology…
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10 weeks ago
William S. Burroughs and the Dead-End Horror of the Centipede God
Mark Dery takes a deep, dark look at the world of Chilopodophobia, compliments of William Burroughs. In the annals of centipede phobia, William S. Burroughs…
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10 weeks ago
The Reality of Twitter Puffery. Or Why Does Everyone Now Hate Bots?
The Reality of Twitter Puffery. Or Why Does Everyone Now Hate Bots? Flickr: Rosa Mendoza A friend of mine worked for an online dating company whose audience was…
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10 weeks ago
He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.
In mid-2016 , Aviv Ovadya realized there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet — so wrong that he abandoned his work and sounded an alarm. A few…
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10 weeks ago
Los Angeles, Houston and the rise of the unreadable city
This is not going to be a column about all the things the New York Times got wrong about the Los Angeles Times in its recent front-page story by Tim Arango and…
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10 weeks ago
Why most scientists don't care about these incredible UFO videos
If you've been online recently, you've probably seen this. This is one of two clips released by the Department of Defense. Both videos show a thermal image of…
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11 weeks ago
The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time | Pitchfork
Wallpaper music? None here. These are the albums that have shifted moods and created new worlds Pitchfork Lists & Guides Electronic Rock Experimental Global…
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11 weeks ago
This Ancient Civilization Was Twice As Big As Medieval England
View Images View Images Laser technology known as LiDAR digitally removes the forest canopy to reveal ancient ruins below, showing that Maya cities such as…
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11 weeks ago
The Plot Against America
I. The Wisdom of Friends The clinic permitted Paul Manafort one 10-minute call each day. And each day, he would use it to ring his wife from Arizona, his voice…
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11 weeks ago
How the Industrial Age Fuels Our Belief in UFOs | Essay | Zócalo Public Square
In 1896, newspapers throughout the United States began reporting accounts of mysterious airships flying overhead. Descriptions varied, but witnesses frequently…
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12 weeks ago
Democrats should lose sleep over their inability to Internet
If Casper can turn 20-somethings into mattress evangelists, why can’t Dems turn out more voters? Image by Wesson Wang via Unsplash November of 2016 was a weird…
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12 weeks ago
‘The Shed at Dulwich’ was London’s top-rated restaurant. Just one problem: It didn’t exist.
Oobah Butler, a freelance writer who created a fake restaurant listing as a hoax that he wrote about for Vice, taking a call from someone he said was hoping to…
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12 weeks ago
“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral
Zuckerberg photographed at the Samsung Electronics Co. Unpacked event in 2016. By Pau Barrena/Bloomberg/Getty Images. Years ago, long before Mark Zuckerberg…
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january 2018
Truth Decay: Fighting for Facts and Analysis
RAND is studying “Truth Decay”—the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life. As a nonpartisan institution that seeks to advance the public…
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january 2018
Ulysses vs. iA Writer: A New Comparison – Marius Masalar
IN-DEPTH: Perfecting the minimal writing environment It’s novel season, which has me thinking about the ways we write and the tools we use to get it done. A…
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january 2018
Negroni Season
by Evelyn Everlady It’s been a long time since we’ve heard one of Evelyn Everlady’s horrifying true stories about The Worst Boyfriend in the World . So before…
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january 2018
Good Writers Borrow, Great Writers Remix
This morning I took my cup of coffee and laptop to a desk to work on an old short story I’ve been kicking around when I made the greatest mistake any writer can…
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january 2018
RUBBISH!
It's past midnight. Over the whump of the wipers and the screech of the fan belt, we lurch through the side streets of Southeast Portland in a battered white…
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january 2018
How Kickstarter Is Changing Publishing – Electric Literature
The crowdfunding platform lets authors skip the hurdles of traditional book publishing—but is it worth it? L aura Olin raised the money to publish her book in a…
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january 2018
Salary Negotiation: Make More Money, Be More Valued | Kalzumeus Software
[ Editor’s note : At nearly 7,000 words, you probably don’t want to try reading this on an iDevice. Bookmark it and come back later.] Imagine something a wee…
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january 2018
I Want You To Know That I’m Tyrion Lannister
In 1948, Bertram Forer was teaching a class on introductory psychology in the department of medicine and surgery at Los Angeles’s Veterans Administration. A…
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january 2018
How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt
George Papadopoulos was working as an energy consultant in London when the Trump campaign named him a foreign policy adviser in early March 2016. via Agence…
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december 2017
» After a Year of #MeToo Impacting the Hacker Community, We Still Have Far to Go The Road Less Traveled By
This tumultuous year, 2017, is drawing to a close. Many of us have weathered the holiday season and have sat through the attendant family dinner table…
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december 2017
Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program
WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost…
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december 2017
Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America | Atlas Obscura
Within the expansive Apiaceae family are some of the tastiest and most versatile food plants in the world: carrot, celery, cumin, dill, fennel, parsley, anise,…
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december 2017
Astronomers to Check Mysterious Interstellar Object for Signs of Technology
The email about “a most peculiar object” in the solar system arrived in Yuri Milner’s inbox last week. Milner, the Russian billionaire behind Breakthrough…
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december 2017
The Ethereum Blockchain is Congested by Cats - Bitcoin News
Altcoins 1 day ago | By Kai Sedgwick - | 16929 | Even though Bitcoin is much larger than Ethereum it isn’t the only blockchain to suffer scaling issues: the…
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december 2017
Your Local Pizza Place Pays 4 Companies to Play 1 Song. That's Stupid.
If you don’t have contracts with multiple PROs, your tiny shop can be sued for infringement. But why does this have to be so complicated? I managed three…
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december 2017
Why 'Get Out' Is the Best Movie Ever Made About American Slavery
G et Out is a kind of taut Universal romp, as if Alfred Hitchcock had finally contemplated the existential terror of race. Get Out is really a masterwork of…
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december 2017
Mind the Gap
I spent the last several years on an extended tangent exploring land use policy, the dynamics of a shifting economic and political landscape, and popular…
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december 2017
How Social Media Is Leveling the Playing Field Between Governments, Militants, and Ordinary People
Decades before smartphones, the internet, and social media, the philosopher Marshall McLuhan, who worked on media theory, predicted a future world war fought…
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november 2017
The Truth About 'Blue Whale,' an Online Game That Tells Teens to Self Harm
A version of this article appeared on Motherboard Italy. On May 14, 2017 an episode of the satirical Italian TV program Le Iene (or "Reservoir Dogs" in English)…
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november 2017
Watch This Doc on Alien Gangsters and the 'Biggest Story Never Told'
This article is part of the Motherboard Guide to Cinema , a semi-regular column exploring foreign and obscure speculative films. In 1992, a now infamous study…
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november 2017
A Threshold Is an Opening
“GRAB THE CLOSEST BOOK to you, turn to page 56 and post the 5th sentence as your status. Don’t mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status.” This…
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november 2017
Your Open Floor Plan is a Death Trap
We live in a neighborhood of early 20th century bungalows. Sadly, homeowners and house flippers have ruined most of these old houses by removing walls and…
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november 2017
The Making of an American Nazi
O n December 16, 2016, Tanya Gersh answered her phone and heard gunshots. Startled, she hung up. Gersh, a real-estate agent who lives in Whitefish, Montana,…
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november 2017
The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow
Marty Lederhandler/AP Photo In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union. The KGB almost certainly made the trip happen. It was 1984 and…
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november 2017
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