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When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life
Monika Glennon has lived in Huntsville, Alabama, for the last 12 years. Other than a strong Polish accent, she fits a certain stereotype of the All-American…
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How three conspiracy theorists took 'Q' and sparked Qanon
In November 2017, a small-time YouTube video creator and two moderators of the 4chan website, one of the most extreme message boards on the internet, banded…
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3 days ago
Exclusive: Hacked Emails Take Us Inside the Billionaires’ Club Around Vladimir Putin
exclusive How a little-known lawyer is at the center of a complex nexus of connections between Western fixers, Russian oligarchs, Vladimir Putin—and even Donald…
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4 days ago
The Kek Wars, Part One: Aristocracy and its Discontents - Ecosophia
Every month or so since the 2016 presidential election campaign hit high tide, somebody has asked me to say something about the weirdest and most interesting…
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8 days ago
Pitch Battles - Believer Magazine
I n 1988, more than a dozen of opera’s greatest superstars—including Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Birgit Nilsson—added their names to a petition…
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9 days ago
I’m done with Twitter
After 12 years, I’ve decided to hang it up on Twitter . I started using the site in 2006, when it was all texts sent to your phone, and I remember my first…
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9 days ago
⛵ Learning Meaning in Natural Language Processing — The Semantics Mega-Thread
Krabi, Thailand by Mo Baghdadi In which Twitter talked about meaning, semantics, language models, learning Thai and Java, entailment, co-reference — all in one…
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9 days ago
It's Looking Extremely Likely That QAnon Is A Leftist Prank On Trump Supporters
"What the fuck is wrong with boomers?" There's a growing group of Trump supporters who are convinced that Donald Trump is secretly trying to save the world from…
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11 days ago
Structure
I had done all the research I was going to do, assembled enough material to fill a silo. And now I had no idea what to do with it. Construction by Stephen Doyle…
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16 days ago
Los Angeles in Buildings: Scientology Pacific Area Command Base
It isn't always obvious who owns Los Angeles' notable old buildings, but 4833 Fountain Avenue requires no research more intensive than an upward glance. There,…
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17 days ago
Death of a Godfather: Peter ‘Sana’ Ojeda Reshaped the Mexican Mafia and Paved the Way for SoCal's Gentrification ~ L.A. TACO
D ressed in his best flannel Pendleton, Peter “Sana” Ojeda can be seen at El Salvador Park weidling his will over a collection of Southern California’s most…
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17 days ago
Ancient dreams of intelligent machines: 3,000 years of robots
This dulcimer-playing automaton from the 1770s, attributed to clockmaker Joseph Möllinger, mimics human movements to play eight compositions. Credit: M.S. Rau…
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18 days ago
Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not
Sometime in the late Eighties, I participated in a meeting organized by the Honda Foundation in which a Japanese professor—I can’t remember his name—made the…
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18 days ago
Molly McKew “Information Warfare Expert?” – Dustin Giebel – Medium
Information Warfare Experts are hard to come by, they are specialists who understand the integration of cyber warfare and psychological operations so they can…
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20 days ago
China's Xinjiang Province: A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
Johannes Eisele / AFP Police patrol a night food market near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in Chinas Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. In western China, Beijing…
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20 days ago
A New Voice of the Southwest
ACID WEST IS a bit of a chameleon: it changes its color and character from one sort of book to another, depending on how one encounters it. Or, to be truer to…
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24 days ago
The QAnon Conspiracy Is the Oldest Scam Out There
In October 2017, President Trump posed with a group of high-ranking military officers and cryptically declared that it was “ the calm before the storm .” Most…
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26 days ago
Tron
The very first shot of Tron seems to depict a digital humanoid being compiled from its constituent digital parts. We don't see a face though, so perhaps we are…
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4 weeks ago
Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture - Charlie's Diary
While I'd like to write SFF or rewrite Hot Earth Dreams , this year I'm stuck spending most of my energy fighting developers who decided not to let a good…
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5 weeks ago
High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too
One of the best-selling T-shirts for the Indian e-commerce site Myntra is an olive, blue and yellow colorblocked design. It was conceived not by a human but by…
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5 weeks ago
Stacey Camp Digs into the Mexican American Labor History of Mount Lowe Resort and Railway
Stacey Camp Digs into the Mexican American Labor History of Mount Lowe Resort and Railway FIGURE 1: Mount Lowe’s Incline Railway courtesy of the Los Angeles…
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6 weeks ago
New model predicts that we’re probably the only advanced civilization in the observable universe
Any comments, suggestions or just looking for a chat about this subject? Don't hesitate and leave a comment on our improved comment section down below the…
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7 weeks ago
Social Media and Influence Companies Related to the Trump Russia Story
Chart and highlights of companies reportedly involved with influence campaigns supporting Trump including SCL/Cambridge Analytica, Psy-Group, Black Cube, Data…
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7 weeks ago
I Went On A Hunt For The Best Pakistani Food In The U.S.
In a college dorm full of Pakistanis lazily singing along to Qawwali, I experience two firsts: one, I see a group of my people getting high for the first time,…
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9 weeks ago
Self-Publishing a Book for Fun and Profit
I wrote and self-published a book called Atomic Design , and I’m really pleased with how the whole thing turned out. I want to share my experience largely…
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9 weeks ago
India WhatsApp 'child kidnap' rumours claim two more victims
Indian police have arrested 16 people after two men became the latest victims of hysteria over WhatsApp rumours of child kidnappers. The men had stopped to ask…
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9 weeks ago
This is how Donald Trump is getting away with the biggest scandal in American history
Chip Somodevilla/Pool via CNP via AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The other evening I was on a cable news show to cover…
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10 weeks ago
‘Out!' Boyle Heights activists say white art elites are ruining the neighborhood...but it’s complicated
A century ago, if you'd uttered the word "artist," chances are it would have been accompanied by the modifier "starving." Consider the tubercular waifs of…
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11 weeks ago
LA's Art Community and Activists React to the Closing of 356 Mission
Wu Tsang, The Luscious Land of God is Sinking installation view at 356 Mission, Los Angeles, 2016 (photo by Brica Wilcox, courtesy the artist and 356 Mission)…
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11 weeks ago
These Tricks Make Virtual Reality Feel Real - Issue 32: Space - Nautilus
I am standing a few feet away from a conference table, about to test something called a “Holojam.” It is made of head-mounted displays, motion capture cameras…
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11 weeks ago
The King of Wrong: Final Words (Many of Them)
Those who are not into reading long self-referential articles can content themselves with the short version of this article posted two days ago. If I’d known…
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may 2018
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock claimed Americans needed to wake up to government plot to seize guns - NY Daily News
A man who met Stephen Paddock less than a month before the Las Vegas massacre said the mass shooter ranted about a government plot to confiscate guns and called…
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may 2018
4chan users seize Internet's power for mass disruptions
One morning in June, Google's list of the top global searches began to fill up with random words: "fried chicken," "comic book stores," "gyms." Before anyone…
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may 2018
Absolutely everything you need to know to understand 4chan, the Internet’s own bogeyman
A protester at a 4-chan organized anti-Scientology rally, in 2011. (Melisa Toh/Flickr) 4chan , that most elusive of Internet beasts, has seen a whole lot of…
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may 2018
Science news: Octopuses came to Earth from space as frozen eggs millions of years ago
The extraordinary claims were made in a report entitled Cause of Cambrian Explosion – Terrestrial or Cosmic? which was co-authored by a group of 33 scientists…
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may 2018
Kumiho. — ethanmarcotte.com
Yesterday, Google announced Duplex , a new product that can conduct natural-sounding conversations over the phone, and can complete “real world” tasks while…
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may 2018
Reflections on Random Kitchen Sinks
Ed. Note: Ali Rahimi and I won the test of time award at NIPS 2017 for our paper “Random Features for Large-scale Kernel Machines”. This post is the text of the…
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may 2018
The Last Word On Nothing | How Things End
Some of the best shows on television should have ended before they did. Dexter, Weeds, some even think The Office dragged its feet out the door a few seasons…
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may 2018
People think she’s a Parkland ‘crisis actor.’ It’s terrifying.
Emma Jane Gonzalez has been dragged into a bizarre Internet conspiracy. People think she is a “crisis actor” portraying the Parkland, Fla., teen with the same…
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may 2018
Beyond Engagement: the Content Performance Quotient
Recently, Josh Clark , Gerry McGovern and I have been questioning our industry’s pursuit of “engagement.” Engagement is what all our clients want all the time.…
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may 2018
The Terribly Thin Conception of Ethics in Digital Technology
Thanks in part to ongoing revelations about Facebook, there is today a louder discussion than there has been for a while about the need for deep thinking about…
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may 2018
What can a fake gorilla teach us about the search for space aliens? | SETI Institute
SETI Institute Home For Scientists For Educators and Students Projects Our Scientists Colloquium Careers at the Institute For Educators Programs GGTM Science…
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may 2018
Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now
There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of…
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may 2018
Why 'Stories' Took Over Your Smartphone
Robert Daly / Caiaimage / Getty Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, made a remarkable announcement during a keynote at the company’s big conference…
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may 2018
Laura Steenberge: Humble Objects, Imaginary Sounds, and Ancient Myth in Los Angeles
All photos taken by jen byers’ at Steenberge’s apartment. Credit: jen byers (Instagram: @cl.ou.dy) Laura Steenberge is a particular artist. Her work is…
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april 2018
When Science Gets Demoted: The Case of Vitamins
Proponents of science-based medicine are fond of saying that there’s a name for alternative treatments that pass scientific tests: medicine. But what they don’t…
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april 2018
How I Accidentally Wrote the Antithesis of a Spielberg Blockbuster
I’M USED TO the comparison. Nearly all of the reviews of my new novel Bash Bash Revolution (2018) mention Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (2011). But, when the…
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april 2018
“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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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april 2018
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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march 2018
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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march 2018
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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march 2018
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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march 2018
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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march 2018
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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march 2018
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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march 2018
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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march 2018
‘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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march 2018
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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march 2018
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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march 2018
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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march 2018
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