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What It’s Like to Need Hardly Any Sleep

Most people who think they hardly need any sleep are kidding themselves, but a select few are “short sleepers” who get by on six or fewer hours of sleep per night. Jenn Schwaner, a 43-year-old from Port Ritchie, Florida, is one, and she talked with New York Magazine about what it’s like.

.. I always said I was made to have children. It never bothered me when I got up in the middle of the night. It didn’t matter if it was every two or three hours, and I nursed all my kids. And then I started taking in foster children. A lot of the babies were born addicted to drugs — meth or prescription meds — and they need somebody to cuddle them and hold them in the middle of the night when they are going through withdrawal. I felt like I didn’t sleep at night anyway, and I knew that these kids really needed someone who wouldn’t get frustrated being up with them all night.

Trump fined for payoffs to Florida’s attorney general

Donald Trump contributed $25,000 to the campaign of Florida attorney general Pam Biondi, after which she dropped the fraud investigation against Trump University and went to work for his campaign.

The contribution was illegal, and not reported accurately on tax records. Officials working for Trump said the whole thing was an honest mistake.

He was fined $2,500 by the IRS, which is a pretty good deal for Trump.

David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post

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Charles Kinsey, an employee at an assisted living facility, was trying to retrieve an autistic young man who had wandered away and was blocking traffic. Police challenged Kinsey, and he got down on the ground with his empty hands in the air. Police shot Kinsey anyway. Then the police handcuffed Kinsey and left him bleeding on the pavement in the hot Florida sun for 20 minutes until help arrived.

Michael E. Miller and Mark Berman report for The Washington Post.

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Journalist McKay Coppins is often blamed for the Trump candidacy following a blistering 2014 profile. Now he looks at what makes Trump tick.

Trump is still the young man whose father and grandfather made it big in the outer boroughs, desperately trying — and failing — to get taken seriously in Manhattan. An episode later in Trump’s life in Palm Beach, when he bought an estate called Mar a Lago and tried to get accepted by high society, shows what’s like being Trump:

“You know, in Palm Beach there’s an in-crowd and an out-crowd and no matter how much money he has, he will never be a part of Palm Beach’s inner circle,” socialite Marlene Rathgeb told the Miami Herald in 1986, adding, “The fact that Trump is Jewish and because he’s nouveau riche turns a lot of people off.” When a rumor circulated that he’d been denied membership to the exclusive Bath & Tennis Club, Trump furiously disputed the claim, insisting even decades later, “I can get in if I wanted to. If I wanted to, I can get anything. I’m the king of Palm Beach.”

When the whole nasty ordeal was finally over and Mar-a-Lago was his, Trump looked endlessly for ways to take revenge on his stuck-up neighbors. He had DJs blast music loud enough for all the “stuffy cocksuckers” in town to hear. In 2006, he installed an 80-foot flagpole in brazen defiance of local zoning ordinances, and then left it up for six months — a towering middle finger to the Palm Beach pooh-bahs who were heaping fines on him.