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Mueller’s Team Should Have Done More to Investigate Trump-Russia Links, Top Aide Says  The New York Times

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The Kleptocrats' Money-Laundering Middleman Who Did Deals With Trump  The Daily Beast

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Feds, NYPD: Ring smuggled $50M in electronic goods into Russia  Newsday

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Podcasts to Listen To: Gangland Wire and the best organized crime podcasts  Redwood Falls Gazette

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Netflix True Crime Doc Being Called 'Wildest S***' People Have Ever Seen  LADbible

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Semion Mogilevich: Where Is the Notorious Mobster Today?  Heavy.com

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How Russia began 'grooming' Donald Trump 40 years ago by saving him from financial ruin, book claims  Daily Mail
China Mac: From attempted murder to leading a protest movement  BBC News

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Was Trump a Russian Asset?  WhoWhatWhy

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Mobster Peter Gotti, brother of notorious Gambino crime boss John Gotti, dies in prison  CBS News

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BOOK REVIEW: Craig Unger's 'American Kompromat'  theberkshireedge.com

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5 of the biggest Mafia names also served in the US military  We Are The Mighty

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Russia Charges 3 Over Mobster's Murder in 2009  The Moscow Times

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Brooklyn DA, Dem party leader took campaign cash from reputed mobster  New York Post

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This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: Spies From Russia  Vulture

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Andriy Derkach Profile on Giuliani, Joe Biden, Russia | Time - TIME  TIME

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How Josef Stalin Became a Bolshevik  Jacobin magazine

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James Kallstrom, FBI agent who led investigation of TWA Flight 800, dies at 78  The Washington Post

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'Families of The Mafia' Full Cast List: Meet Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano and other stars of MTV show  MEAWW

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Transcript: The Rachel Maddow Show, 7/21/21  MSNBC

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Mt. Gretna 2021 summer events bring books talks, music, theater and art to region  Lebanon Daily News

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Russian mobster convicted in Brooklyn slay helped feds win fraud conviction: docs  New York Post

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New Songs; Johnny Cash, Angels & Airwaves, King Krule & more  Brooklyn Vegan

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Tall tales from Trump Tower: Gangsters, poker, spying, the Russians are coming  Stuff.co.nz

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From Brighton Beach to the Big Screen: An Interview With Actor Ari Barkan - Bklyner  BKLYNER

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How 'Tarzan' and a Cuban duo 'got in deep' with a cocaine cartel  New York Post

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A Brief History of Michael Cohen’s Criminal Ties  RollingStone.com

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Organized crime: Then and now in metro area  Downtown: Birmingham/Bloomfield news magazine

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Trump/Russia review: Le Carré meets Mario Puzo in Moscow and Manhattan  The Guardian

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Felix Sater: the business partner Donald Trump wants nothing to do with  ABC News

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What Is Felix Sater's Role in Russiagate?  Newsweek

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Small-town home health aide a big-time mob associate  Albany Times Union

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Smoke Signals from the Swamp: Michael Cohen – the early years  theberkshireedge.com

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How communism gave birth to the world's most vicious mafia  New York Post

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How Cohen's and Manafort's Ukraine Ties Tell the Deeper Story of Trump-Russia and the Mueller Probe  Hill Reporter

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New book claims Trump was compromised by Russian spies in 1987  New Zealand Herald
Bob Baer shares scoop on Trump and Russia  The Daily Planet

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Here's how the Russian mob used cash from a multi-billion dollar gas scam to get their hooks into Trump  Raw Story

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House of Trump, House of Putin and the immunity deal for Trump chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg  Straight.com
Pair of high-living Russian mobsters convicted for 6-year Brooklyn organized crime spree  New York Daily News

-Michael Novakhov's favorite articles on Inoreader

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James Kallstrom, FBI agent who led investigation of TWA Flight 800, dies at 78  The Washington Post

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'Families of The Mafia' Full Cast List: Meet Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano and other stars of MTV show  MEAWW

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Transcript: The Rachel Maddow Show, 7/21/21  MSNBC

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Mt. Gretna 2021 summer events bring books talks, music, theater and art to region  Lebanon Daily News

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Russian mobster convicted in Brooklyn slay helped feds win fraud conviction: docs  New York Post

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New Songs; Johnny Cash, Angels & Airwaves, King Krule & more  Brooklyn Vegan

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Tall tales from Trump Tower: Gangsters, poker, spying, the Russians are coming  Stuff.co.nz

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From Brighton Beach to the Big Screen: An Interview With Actor Ari Barkan - Bklyner  BKLYNER

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How 'Tarzan' and a Cuban duo 'got in deep' with a cocaine cartel  New York Post

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A Brief History of Michael Cohen’s Criminal Ties  RollingStone.com

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Organized crime: Then and now in metro area  Downtown: Birmingham/Bloomfield news magazine

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Trump/Russia review: Le Carré meets Mario Puzo in Moscow and Manhattan  The Guardian

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Felix Sater: the business partner Donald Trump wants nothing to do with  ABC News

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What Is Felix Sater's Role in Russiagate?  Newsweek

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Small-town home health aide a big-time mob associate  Albany Times Union

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Smoke Signals from the Swamp: Michael Cohen – the early years  theberkshireedge.com

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How communism gave birth to the world's most vicious mafia  New York Post

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How Cohen's and Manafort's Ukraine Ties Tell the Deeper Story of Trump-Russia and the Mueller Probe  Hill Reporter

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New book claims Trump was compromised by Russian spies in 1987  New Zealand Herald
Bob Baer shares scoop on Trump and Russia  The Daily Planet
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Here's how the Russian mob used cash from a multi-billion dollar gas scam to get their hooks into Trump  Raw Story

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House of Trump, House of Putin and the immunity deal for Trump chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg  Straight.com
Pair of high-living Russian mobsters convicted for 6-year Brooklyn organized crime spree  New York Daily News

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Yeezy-wearing Russian gangsters are found guilty of running a mob syndicate - get life sentences  Daily Mail

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Touring Michael Cohen’s New York  The New Yorker

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BOOK REVIEW: 'House of Trump, House of Putin,' the plot to put a Russian operative in the White House  theberkshireedge.com

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Cohen's Shady Family Business Dealings' Unexplored Links to Key Trump-Russia Figures Demand Scrutiny  Real Context News

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Who is Michael Cohen's father-in-law?  City & State

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Trump's Moscow Tower Problem | Trump, Inc.  WNYC Studios

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Meet Trump’s Other Partners on His Attempted Moscow Tower — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast  ProPublica
-Cohen's Shady Family Business Dealings' Unexplored Links to Key Trump-Russia Figures Demand Scrutiny - Real Context News

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Cohen's Shady Family Business Dealings' Unexplored Links to Key Trump-Russia Figures Demand Scrutiny  Real Context News

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Who is Michael Cohen's father-in-law?  City & State

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Trump's Moscow Tower Problem | Trump, Inc.  WNYC Studios

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Meet Trump’s Other Partners on His Attempted Moscow Tower — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast  ProPublica

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Trump’s businesses are full of dirty Russian money. The scandal is that it’s legal.  The Washington Post

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Craig Unger: Trump rose on Russian money. It was all legal.  Salt Lake Tribune

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Who is Felix Sater? The complex man at the center of the Mueller probe  Business Insider

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“Trump, Inc.” and Former FBI Deputy Chief Andrew McCabe Compare Notes  ProPublica

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‘I will answer every question’: Onetime Trump business partner Felix Sater is set to tell a House panel new details about Moscow project  The Washington Post

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The Last Jewish Gangster  Village Voice

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Felix Sater was a fed informant on bin Laden, Mafia: prosecutors  New York Post

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Aaargh - Edward Kosner  Commentary Magazine

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James Gray’s Journey from the Outer Boroughs to Outer Space  The New Yorker

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Trump loyalist troll Schiff with reminder of prank call from 'Ukrainians' offering dirt on president  Daily Mail

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Trump and Giuliani Connections to Ukraine Corruption Go Back Years  The Daily Beast

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The Brighton Beach Connection  NPR

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Next In Bad Company: The Story of Avtandil Khurtsidze, Mob Enforcer  Hannibal Boxing

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Russians have flocked to Donald Trump's Florida  The Economist

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The Alleged Russian Mobsters in Trump World's Orbit: A Dirty Dozen  The Daily Beast
Violent Russian mobster from Brooklyn gets 16-year sentence  New York Daily News


Michael Novakhov's favorite articles on Inoreader

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Janna Bullock: The Manhattan socialite at the heart of a Russian mafia scandal  MoneyWeek

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Crime in Progress,' an attempt to set the record straight, offers other side of story  theberkshireedge.com
Russian mobster explodes at Brooklyn sentencing  New York Daily News

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The immigrant era  Meduza

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Armed Civilian Group Formed To Guard Streets in Sheepshead Bay, Brighton, Midwood  Shorefront News
Do Black Lives Matter in Russia?  Russia Matters

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Trump among the kleptocrats  The Washington Post

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“Like a soap opera”: The glamorous life of El Chapo’s detained wife  Metro US

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BOOK REVIEW: Craig Unger's 'American Kompromat'  theberkshireedge.com

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NPR's Sarah McCammon talks to Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter about McCarrick facing charges in Massachusetts for alleged sexual abuse of a minor decades ago.

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CDC document reveals the danger of the delta variant. Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick is charged with sexually assaulting a teen. The Taliban are executing Afghans who worked with foreign troops.

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Pelosi and Sanders brace for Democratic upheaval over Biden agenda
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Bernie Sanders had an urgent plea at a meeting for Senate Democrats this week: We’re with you on this bipartisan bill, so you better be with us on our $3.5 trillion spending package, attendees said.

Shortly after Wednesday’s caucus meeting, Sanders called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reinforce her position of holding back the bipartisan deal until a massive domestic bill passes the Senate, according to a source familiar with the call.

During the call with Pelosi, Sanders also relayed his support for her ahead of what is shaping up to be a massive pressure campaign from moderate Democrats and Republicans to drop her position. And on Thursday, Sanders acknowledged the challenges he will face recruiting some members of his own party to support his $3.5 trillion spending vision.

“You’ve got 50 members of the caucus, all of whom have different views and are from different states with different needs. And my job is going to be to try and work it out,” Sanders said.

The episodes underscore the tensions in the Democratic Party as President Joe Biden’s agenda haltingly moves forward. The party will sink or swim together with Democrats’ two-track plan to spend $550 billion in new money on physical infrastructure and then supplement it with their own colossal party-line spending bill on social programs, which will require all 50 Democratic votes to pass the Senate.

But there’s growing worry the complex proposal could quickly turn into a 10-car pileup.

Sanders’ concern is just one piece of the multifaceted internal conflict in the Democratic Party as it rallies around Biden’s $4 trillion domestic spending plan. Once the Senate passes the bipartisan infrastructure plan, a new conflict will immediately replace it: How long should the House wait for its Democratic-only companion bill to arrive before the pressure becomes too much to withstand?


As progressives praise Pelosi and make public threats to sink the bipartisan bill if she buckles, moderates are already urging the speaker to drop her blockade of the upper chamber's infrastructure deal. It's a conflict that will test the strength of Democrats' House and Senate relations, with slim majorities spread out across a large ideological spectrum. And there's always the danger that the longer the process drags out, the more likely one or both tracks might collapse.

“Strike while the iron’s hot,” said Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), one of the several dozen House centrists who have been pushing for swift action on the Senate deal across the Capitol. “If you get a deal, and if it’s significant money, don’t let it sit. It does not age well.”

Some of that anxiety surfaced this week as Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) angered progressives with her concerns about the $3.5 trillion price tag for Democrats’ bill on social programs, even as the Senate prepares to send a bipartisan infrastructure bill she helped negotiate to the House. She’s one of several moderates in both chambers with outsized ability to shave down the package in the coming weeks. That bill can pass without GOP support in the 50-50 Senate, but it would need lockstep Democratic unity in the upper chamber.

And after all 50 Senate Democrats voted to move forward on the bipartisan package Wednesday, other Democrats are ready for “a little more definition about what level of cohesion we’re going to have as a caucus,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

Big bills always surface tensions between chambers of Congress. But given Democrats' ideological divides and their slim margins, the coordination of these two packages is an unusually delicate and fraught task.

“All [Sinema] did is ensure that we don’t have enough trust unless they both move together,” said senior progressive Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.). “We’ve been very clear and Nancy Pelosi has been very clear on that.”

And though Pelosi insisted again this week the infrastructure bill is going nowhere until she has the complementary $3.5 trillion party-line spending bill in hand, too, centrists are already pressuring the California Democrat to move Biden’s infrastructure deal as quickly as she can.



In addition to moderate Democrats’ hand wringing, Republicans have accused Pelosi of holding the bill as “hostage'' to the larger package that will spend trillions and raise taxes on the wealthy.

Meanwhile, senators from the progressive wing of the party are urging their House colleagues to stand firm.

“It would be nice if we didn’t need a backstop, that in the Senate we had our own adherence to our priorities among the Democrats. But she’s there,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). “I say: Good. Thank you Nancy.”

The House is set to go on recess for seven weeks starting Friday, though members expect they will need to return for a procedural vote to tee up the Democrat-only spending plan. And Pelosi and her top deputy, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), said little in private meetings this week about a potential schedule for the House to return from recess to move the Senate legislation, only calling the situation “fluid,” according to people in the room.

In the House, there's been a precarious accord between the Democrats' two divergent factions as they await details across the Capitol on the bipartisan plan. But as soon as the Senate passes that bipartisan deal, moderates are planning a full-throttle push for a swift vote.

Hours after announcing their bipartisan infrastructure deal, Senate negotiators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) privately briefed their counterparts in the House, a bipartisan group of about four dozen moderates called the Problem Solvers Caucus.

Both factions agreed that the biggest hurdle ahead for plunging $550 billion in new spending into roads, bridges and broadband was the House.

Democrats in the Problem Solvers Caucus are already growing more vocal in their demands for Pelosi to alter her tactics. And privately, some are discussing whether to band together to block a vote on the budget — stalling the Democratic-only spending bill — until they get what they want.


“I think we made it pretty clear. We want to do the bipartisan bill first,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), when asked if moderates would be willing to block a budget vote to pressure Democratic leaders on the Senate deal. “Let’s take something home for the summer that people will be proud of.”

Progressives, however, are certain that Pelosi will not break her pledge. And they say even if she tried, the roughly 100-member Congressional Progressive Caucus could sink the Senate measure on the floor.

“We currently do not have the votes to move the bipartisan bill, unless the reconciliation is moving simultaneously. And the speaker obviously knows that,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who serves as chief vote-counter for the left-wing caucus.

Pelosi’s headache will only grow later this week when her margin in the House shrinks by one more seat. After the GOP winner in this week’s Texas race is seated, House Democrats will only be able to lose three Democrats on any single floor vote.

Both publicly and privately, Pelosi has not veered from her stance that she will not put the Senate bipartisan deal on the floor until after the Senate has passed the sprawling party-line spending plan.

But there is faint hope in some corners of the caucus that Pelosi might clarify her stance to advance a highly popular Biden priority.

“I don’t know that she has issued an ultimatum about that,” said Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.). “I know she has stated what her preferences are, but I think she has a good sense of the fact that the American people really want to see, at long last, a real infrastructure bill.”

A spokesperson later clarified that Cartwright supports the speaker’s position.

Marianne LeVine contributed to this report.

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FBI: Infamous gangster 'Whitey' Bulger bribed jockeys and doped horses at Pocono Downs  Scranton Times-Tribune
Powerful ex-Cardinal charged with sexual assault

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts in 1974.

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Russian Foreign Ministry linked the Haitian President assassination with his negotiations with China
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Haitian President Jovenel was fatally wounded in an attack on his residence on the night of 7 July.
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Russian Foreign Ministry linked the Haitian President assassination with his negotiations with China — Russia Daily News
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The assassination of the President of Haiti may be related to his negotiations with the PRC on the supply of vaccines and the possible refusal to recognize Taiwan, says the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

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National Internet was tested in Russia in case of disconnection from the global network
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National Internet was tested in Russia in case of disconnection from the global network — Russia Daily News
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In June-July, regular exercises on the stability of the Runet were held in the conditions of the physical disconnection of the Russian segment from the global network.



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