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New sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein — and the story behind a decade-old plea deal

Matt Zapotosky reports on the new abuse charges against well-connected multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Michael Kranish talks about how Donald Trump got into Wharton. Plus, Chico Harlan on Italy’s cheese-authentication wars.
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What a wealthy sex offender has to do with the Trump administration
Jeffrey Epstein is as well connected as he is well off. With pals like Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, Epstein has kept powerful people around him.

In federal court in New York, Epstein is facing new charges of sex trafficking and abuse of underage girls. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to state charges in Florida of soliciting prostitution in a controversial arrangement that allowed him to resolve far more serious federal allegations of molesting young girls.

National security reporter Matt Zapotosky says the prosecutor who made the plea deal that allowed Epstein to spend just 13 months in jail (leaving daily for work) is now in the Trump administration — and at the center of this renewed controversy. 

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‘I certainly was not struck by any sense that I’m sitting before a genius.’
For years, President Trump has claimed he is a “super genius,” as evidenced by his bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. It’s only now that we’re finding out how exactly he got into the prestigious school. 

Post national political investigative reporter Michael Kranish interviewed retired admissions officer James Nolan — who, at the time, had been close friends with Trump’s older brother, Fred Trump Jr. — about how Trump was admitted to Wharton in the first place.

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Italy wants to be the only Parmigiano-Reggiano maker
Investigators in Italy are working hard to crack down on cheese fakes around the world. Rome-based reporter Chico Harlan interviewed these investigators about how they’re trying to crack down on fake cheese like the kind they spotted in Ukraine.

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