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Earlier this month, newspapers rightfully contained coverage of Donald Trump admitting — to a hot microphone in 2005—that he enjoyed taking advantage of his wealth and notoriety to sexually assault women whose physical appearance aroused him.

They also contained figures from a mounting death toll in Haiti, where Hurricane Matthew made landfall on Sept. 30. Among the homes that Haitians inhabit are some uncounted thousands funded by aid money but found to be unsafe and unsound. They were built by the Clinton Foundation. The foundation’s failures — and Hillary Clinton’s involvement — prompted a March New York Times review of Haitian resentment for Clinton, and Haitian incredulity toward her presidential aspirations.

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