\ ˈpäl \

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Many of the city's residents have criticized local pols for their decision to close the public library.

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Yet the collaboration between this mismatched team of ambitious pols in the first decades of the 20th century transformed the Democratic Party and paved the way for the New Deal that remade America. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Frank and Al’ Review: A Friendship Forged in Albany," 25 Sep. 2018 Local pol Hitler Alba was mayor in the Andes town of Yungar from 2011 to 2014 and is running again for the seat. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "In Peru, Hitler earns ballot spot despite Lennin's challenge," 22 Sep. 2018 For at least two recent weeks, police and the bartenders at some of Washington swankiest hotels, which attract a clientele of pols, scribes and lobbyists, say the man with the British accent has come in. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "A stolen shot of $1,200 whiskey just the start of man’s bar travels across the District, police say," 29 Mar. 2018 What makes this drama so unusual is that every last one of these pols is a Democrat, part of a larger community that overwhelmingly votes Democratic. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Democrats’ Racial Fault Line," 25 June 2018 Replacing pols with citizens requires amending the state Constitution. John Baer, Philly.com, "Now's the time to press for real Pa. redistricting reform | John Baer," 21 Mar. 2018 But even in that event, pols will still have an important impact on where the lines are drawn. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Midterms Could Have a Big Impact on Redistricting," 24 May 2018 The comparison has clear fault lines: Pressley, the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council, is a more established pol than Ocasio-Cortez, and politically, Capuano is further to the left than Crowley. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Suddenly every Democrat is the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Just ask them," 13 July 2018 That’s what makes the pols and the public realize that humanity has all its eggs in one basket, and needs to colonize space. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: When History Abruptly Takes a Detour," 12 July 2018

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circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

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a complex dispute or argument

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