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Don’t believe the White House on Manafort

Bloomberg journalists were hosting a series of breakfasts with national political reporters at the Republican National Convention last July and wanted an influential guest for the opening morning. With Donald Trump unavailable, the next best choice was clear: his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

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FBI must follow trail, wherever it leads

The FBI is investigating whether persons involved with President Donald Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russian officials to help Trump win the election. Let that sink in for a moment. Then take a deep breath, exhale, and try to imagine where this might lead.

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Trump’s foreign-policy test: North Korea

Every president has an early foreign policy test, and Donald Trump is no exception. Trump’s test is actually already in progress, and it bears some resemblance to the one faced by a young President John Kennedy. Indeed, Trump’s crisis has best been described as a “slow-motion Cuban missile crisis” – only the crisis-driver is not Fidel Castro, but North Korea’s bizarre despot, Kim Jong Un.

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Steve Bannon’s preposterous ‘Rosebud’ moment

White House strategist Steve Bannon understands how narrative works. In Hollywood films, at least the assembly-line models, plot points are inserted to send the hero off on a quest and, later, to send the action veering in an unexpected (well, sort of) new direction. They explain the hero to himself and others, give him a goal and erect obstacles (drama!) in the path of achieving it.

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GOP health-care bill recycles tired moralizing about the poor

Conservatives are a curious bunch. They profess a sunny faith, most of the time, in the unique power of free markets to lift society’s poor and afflicted. Yet when markets fail and government steps in to deliver social goods or services, to alleviate suffering or poverty or misdistribution, conservatives switch their tune to moral outrage.

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Goodbye Trump spin, hello raw dishonesty

The latest big buzz is about Jeff Sessions, the attorney general. It turns out that he lied during his confirmation hearings, denying that he had met with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. In fact, he met twice with the Russian ambassador, who is widely reported to also be a key spymaster.

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Dominique Hawkins: End of my career, but I have a bright future

Kentucky senior Dominique Hawkins was disappointed with the loss to North Carolina but proud of what the team accomplished.
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Dominique Hawkins: End of my career, but I have a bright future

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UK fans react to final moments of UK/UNC game

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Fire department makes quick work of couch fire on Forest Park Road

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Humphries: Loss upsetting, but happy he could contribute