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Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories? (Jeff C.)
“Facts and rational arguments really aren’t very good at altering people’s beliefs. That’s because our rational brains are fitted with not-so-evolved evolutionary hard wiring,” this author explains.
All the Times Donald Trump Said US Should Withdraw from Afghanistan (Jimmy)
A Twitter and TV compendium of Donald Trump espousing withdrawal from Afghanistan
‘Muellers’ Across the Nation (Reader Steve)
Amatuer sleuths from across the nation are doing Bob Mueller’s job for him by investigating Trump-Russia connections.
I Spy a Trump (Russ)
Not too many people have focused on one Russian at the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Donald Jr – or are willing to say that he certainly fits the profile of a spy.
Secret Service Has Funding to Protect Trump Through September (Trevin)
The challenge protecting Trump is not only that he travels so often to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia, but also that there are more people to protect than in previous administrations.
GOP’s Tax Reform ‘Skeleton’ (Dan)
A tax plan sure to upset just about everyone.
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