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Sketchy Firm Behind Trump Dossier Stalling Investigators

Paul Sperry, NY PostA secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratâ?¦ … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Sketchy Firm Behind Trump Dossier Stalling Investigators

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Science 

Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?

[embedded content] Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Truth And Lies. About Carrie Poppy’s TED Talk After visiting a bookstore, Carrie Poppy started feeling odd: pressure on her chest and auditory hallucinations. She thought it was a spirit – until she found another explanation for her symptoms. About Carrie Poppy Carrie Poppy is a writer, comedian, and podcast host. Her show, Oh No, Ross and Carrie, explores fringe science, spirituality and claims of the paranormal in our world. After believing she was haunted — and subsequently finding a…

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Behind the Dems’ Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump

Jeffrey Toobin, The New YorkerThe nerd caucus of the United States Senate is currently headed by Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat, who clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun on the Supreme Court before serving for two decades as his state’s attorney general. (Other members of the group include Mike Lee, of Utah, who clerked for Samuel Alito before he was appointed to the Supreme Court, and Ted Cruz, a law clerk for William Rehnquist, who aspires to greater political heights than caucus membership usually allows.) Still, for all of Blumenthal’s legal…

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Politics 

Behind Risch’s Defense of Trump in Senate Russia Probe

James Arkin, RCPAt the blockbuster Senate Intelligence Committee hearing featuring the televised testimony of former FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, the honor of opening statements and initial questioning went to the panel’s chairman and vice chairman. The next senator to have the floor wasn’t Marco Rubio, the former presidential candidate — or Tom Cotton, the freshman senator with the outsize national profile. And it wasn’t either member of Republican leadership on the committee. Instead, it was Jim Risch, junior senator from Idaho, the second-longest-serving Republican on… … Read…

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