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Donald Trump Jr. just did something colossally stupid. It's actually unfathomable to think that he actually did what he just did, which, to be quite fair is saying a lot. It is quite difficult to make any sense of why this happened, and many in the know are also confused. In an attempt to pre-empt a New York Times piece detailing direct contact and solicitation between the Trump campaign last year and the Russian government—believed to be working...
The Girl from the Metropol Hotel, Russian writer Lyudmilla Petrushevskaya’s memoir of her childhood, opens with a series of events that will sound familiar to anyone with a basic knowledge of Soviet history: in the 1930’s, her grandmother’s siblings and their spouses, all prominent Bolsheviks, were arrested in Moscow. Officially sentenced to “ten years of hard labor without the right to correspondence,” they were never seen again. The rest of the family escaped arrest...
It’s easy to slip into a vicious cycle of comparing and despairing once summer rolls around, and you remain a constant in your cubicle while friends barrage you with accounts of their exotic vacations and adventures. But it’s important to remember that you could do a whole lot worse than being a compulsory captive in Brooklyn, where just by walking down an avenue or two, you can find yourself in Poland—i.e., Greenpoint—feasting on kielbasa...
Imagine merging onto the Manhattan Bridge at dusk, only to look overhead and see a floating image of Vladimir Putin's face looming in the sky. That's exactly what happened to people sitting on the upper level of a tour bus crossing the bridge earlier this week, as a video captures the harrowing countenance of Russia's president, formed by an enormous flock of birds. If you have trouble believing that hundreds of birds could unknowingly meld a near picture-perfect...

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