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“Now that Paul Manafort had re-emerged among us, it might be useful to remind ourselves who he is. Currently occupying a solitary cell in a Virginia jail, he is the blow-dried preening lobbyist and political consultant who lavished $1,369,655 on his wardrobe in ill-gotten funds laundered from phony front companies on the island of Cyprus. For nearly 40 years, he ran successful con jobs across the globe. His lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., which he ran along with fellow Republicans Charlie Black and Roger Stone, represented dictatorships all over the world, according to a profile published by The Atlantic last March. “The firm’s client base grew to include dictatorial governments in Nigeria, Kenya, Zaire, Equatorial Guinea, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia, among others,” The Atlantic reported.
Manafort, Black and Stone also took on the Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and then rehabilitated the murderous Angolan guerrilla fighter Jonas Savimbi, whose civil war against the government in that country cost hundreds of thousands of lives and “committed atrocities against children and conscripted women into sexual slavery,” according to The Atlantic.
Manafort advised the political campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bob Dole, and while he was at it, got involved with an arms dealer from Lebanon named Abdul Rahman Al Assir, who at the time was the brother-in-law of arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian billionaire involved in the Reagan administration arms-for-hostages scheme that became the Iran-Contra scandal.”
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"Not even what one might think of as the most basic tenet of any religion, a belief in the existence of God, is a prerequisite: Agnosticism is a key principle of at least one major school of Hindu philosophy."
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"After news that a judge allegedly provided sexual favors to Bar Association president Efi Nave in exchange for her appointment, several politicians said in their responses that the Judicial Selection Committee needed to be the “Holy of Holies.”"
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"Popular music is shrinking. From 2013 to 2018, the average song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. "
"Here in the good old U.S. of A, the third annual Women's March planned for Jan. 19 is in serious trouble, thanks to irreconcilable political disagreements."
"Nature, however, with its endless cycles of death and rebirth, fascinated her. Walking in the woods, she developed a method that has become the hallmark of her poetry, taking notice simply of whatever happens to present itself."
"Modern parents haven’t stopped playing favorites; they’ve just stopped doing it openly. Though few parents today will admit they have a favorite child, studies indicate that about two-thirds of parents do."
"The first science-based diet that tackles both the poor food eaten by billions of people and averts global environmental catastrophe has been devised."
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"How YMHAs, followed by synagogue-centers, and finally JCCs have tried—in different ways—to balance Judaism and Jewishness, by bringing Jews together in intellectual, spiritual, and physical pursuits"