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August 19, 2016

Manafort’s man in Kiev

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In an effort to collect previously undisclosed millions of dollars he’s owed by an oligarch-backed Ukrainian political party, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been relying on a trusted protégé whose links to Russia and its Ukrainian allies have prompted concerns among Manafort associates, according to people who worked with both men. The protégé, Konstantin Kilimnik, has had conversations with fellow operatives in Kiev about collecting unpaid fees owed…

Why the GOP Will Never Accept President Hillary Clinton

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A long, long time ago (as recently as eight years, in fact) in a not-so-strange and distant land (our own, actually), it was not surprising that a candidate for president might have a kind word or two about his rival. Jimmy Carter could end a debate in 1976 by calling Gerald Ford “a good and decent man”; Bob Dole could remind the 1996 GOP convention that Bill Clinton is “my…

Time running out on Trump in North Carolina

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APEX, N.C. — On the floor of the Republican National Convention last month, an anguished attendee cornered Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions with an urgent message. “We need help in North Carolina,” the attendee told Sessions, a top Donald Trump ally. “We can get no information about anything. We don’t know who to go to. … We’ve got to get some boots on the ground, we really do. We have nothing.”…

Brittney Griner challenges DeMarcus Cousins to 1-on-1: ‘I’m better’

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Looks like Team USA Basketball doesn’t just have competition brewing against other countries, there’s a small rivalry between two key players of the Mens and Women’s Olympic teams. Brittney Griner, the 6′ 8 center for the Phoenix Mercury toldESPN “I mean I’m better, and I know that kinda gets at him. It’s OK. It’s OK, little man.” Who is the ‘him’ Griner refers to? DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings. This comes after Cousins…

Ex-NFL safety Darren Sharper sentenced to 18 years for rape of multiple women

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years and four months in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday, telling him she couldn’t understand how he did what he did, since he was college educated and obviously had grown up…

Chicago police chief recommends firing of 7 cops for false reports in Laquan McDonald shooting

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CHICAGO (AP) — Seven Chicago police officers accused of filing false reports in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014 should be fired, the police superintendent said Thursday, in a move aimed at repairing the reputation of a department dogged by decades of cover-ups and scandal. The release last year of official police reports that directly contradicted video evidence of McDonald’s shooting by a white police officer…