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Donald Trump put on quite a show during a campaign speech in Greenville, South Carolina, on Thursday, where he read The New York Times from the podium and asked someone to join him on stage to inspect his hair.

Trump began by noting that he's "always on the front page of The New York Times now." He then put on reading glasses because "the print gets smaller and smaller and smaller as they lose more money."

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Recently I was giving my mother a hard time for having made a series of uncharacteristically awful decisions that gradually came to pile her under. These decisions had snowballed and put her health and finances in jeopardy. She was feeling as low as one can feel when finally faced with one's own stupidity. She pointed out that if she had it all to do over again, she certainly would not. She cried. Then she wiped her tears and told me to lighten up.

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Numerous stories over the past months have reported that the Israeli government is indirectly negotiating a long-term ceasefire agreement with Hamas, the Islamist militant group that rules the Gaza Strip. First reported in May by leading Israeli security journalist Amos Harel, last week it was revealed that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who recently stepped down as Middle East “Quartet” envoy, had served as a point of contact for the talks. In exchange for a long-term truce, Israel would significantly ease the siege that has strangled Gaza for nearly a decade, which has been a key demand of Hamas and a condition of past cease-fire agreements ending previous rounds of fighting, though one that has never been implemented.

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