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Former CIA Agent Trying to Reveal How the U.S. Runs Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Is in Jail

Posted on Sep 17, 2015

A retired CIA analyst claims the U.S. government is trying to frame him in order to quiet his tell-all book on drug smuggling in Afghanistan; Ronald Reagan’s offspring send Donald Trump a message; meanwhile, a Los Angeles man wakes up from a coma speaking ancient Hebrew. These discoveries and more below.

Retired CIA Agent: ‘We Run the Afghan Opium Trade’
A retired CIA agent recently convicted of possession of child pornography accuses the US government of trying to frame him as he is about to release a book that will “blow the lid off the CIA’s drug smuggling operations in Afghanistan,” reveals the Cheyenne Herald this morning.

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Analysis: Why It’s So Hard To Understand 2016 With Numbers Alone
The new breed of cool analytical election observers — from Nate Silver to the folks at the Upshot or Monkey Cage — roll their eyes and sigh deeply at the frenzy of coverage about Donald Trump, the media scrum about Hillary Clinton’s emails, and the speculation about whether Joe Biden will enter the presidential race.

How Social Media Is Revolutionizing Debates
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Will the Smartphone Foment an Ultra-Orthodox Revolution?
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When a Degree Is Just the Beginning
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Amnesiac Man Wakes from Coma Speaking Only Ancient Hebrew
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