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Paul Manafort

Alternative Fact of the Week: Collusion allusions, illusions, delusions

Alternative Fact of the Week: Collusion allusions, illusions, delusions

In the world of alternative facts, context is your best road map. People may say things that are blatantly untrue — and when caught lying, say them again only louder (or, in the case of Twitter, in ALL CAPS) — but if you can at least understand why some umbrella salesman claims it’s raining outside when there’s hardly a cloud in the sky (or something like that). The point is that self-interest is almost always at the heart of alternative facts.

This lesson was writ large this week after Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, received a near-doubling down of his federal prison sentence on Wednesday, increasing from 47 months to seven and a half years the time he’s...

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