Meet Roy Cohn: The lawyer who taught Donald Trump how to be shameless

Donald Trump is a man who likes to think he has few equals. But once upon a time, he had a mentor: Roy Cohn, a notoriously harsh lawyer who rose to prominence in the mid-1950s alongside the communist-baiting senator Joseph McCarthy. His tactics would often land him in the papers, but Cohn was unafraid of being slimed by the press – he used it to his advantage. A devil-may-care-as-long-as-it-gets-a-headline attitude was Cohn’s trademark in life. Trump, in our time, has made it his.

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The myth of the self-made man: Using Donald Trump's father to understand Trump the candidate

The art of understanding Donald Trump is much in demand right now. What is his appeal? Why does he talk in that very recognizable cadence? What is his relationship with truth, exactly? And how does he manage to spout out such gibberish – especially in front of the editorial board of the Washington Post – and get away with it?

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'Black women unnamed': How Tanisha Anderson's bad day turned into her last

Anderson died during an encounter with Cleveland police as her family, who had called 911 seeking help, watched from their home. Like many of the 22 women killed by police this year, her story has been ‘erased’ from the spotlight

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The boy who didn't come back from heaven: Inside an evangelical bestseller's deception

When he wrote a blogpost in 2012, complaining about the explosively popular genre of books about near-death experiences, the evangelical writer and editor Phil Johnson did not know what he was getting into. He was voicing a concern common in the evangelical community about what he called the “Burpo-Malarkey doctrine” . Johnson believed that Colton Burpo, whose story was told in the hugely popular Heaven is for Real, and Alex Malarkey, who had co-written The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, drew false pictures of heaven in their books.

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