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Amount of aid Connecticut agreed in May to provide Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund:

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A survey of national narcissism found that Russians see themselves as responsible for 61 percent of world history, whereas the Swiss put themselves at 11 percent

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Marvel Entertainment’s CEO exerts influence over the VA; Mike Pence lays out plans for The Space Force; Paul Manafort’s trial reveals his tax evasion (and much more)

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“Rain 036,” a photograph by Yoshinori Mizutani

“Rain 036,” a photograph by Yoshinori Mizutani, whose work is on view this week in the exhibition Ni’homme at IBASHO Gallery, in Antwerp, Belgium. 

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The Festivals of Full Communism

The fate of fêtes: practical proposals for post-revolution jubilees

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“Untitled (May 15 1993),” a painted found photograph by Daisy Patton, whose work is on view this week at CU Art Museum, in Boulder, Colorado.

“Untitled (May 15 1993),” a painted found photograph by Daisy Patton, whose work is on view this week at CU Art Museum, in Boulder, Colorado. 

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