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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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By contrast, bloviating pols, hack journalists and garden-variety academics never stop writing books about Churchill. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Please, Santa: Not Another Tome About Churchill," 20 Dec. 2018 Robert Duvall is Jack’s decrepit pol father, Tom Mulligan, living proof that an empty shell can still resonate with wild anger. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Widows’ Review: Mourning Loss, Seizing Power," 14 Nov. 2018 That boys’ club, however, appears shaky these days, as women pols have risen to prominence in recent years — bringing with them fresh clout amid the wave of female activism and candidacies set off by the election of President Trump. Victoria Mcgrane, BostonGlobe.com, "These women are leading the charge against Trump in Mass.," 3 Mar. 2018 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

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circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

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an act or instance of returning to life

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