Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

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Communist Party supporters burn Israeli flags at a rally to protest ongoing talks with #Israel, at the Lebanese southernmost border area of #Naqura, #Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)
Communist Party supporters burn Israeli flags at a rally to protest ongoing talks with Israel, at the Lebanese southernmost border area of Naqura, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)
Construction workers rehabilitate an old building damaged by the August 4 port blast, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Construction workers rehabilitate an old building damaged by the August 4 port blast, in Beirut, Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Members of #Hezbollah take part in a Martyr's Day parade in #Baalbek, #Lebanon. (AFP)
Members of Hezbollah take part in a Martyr’s Day parade in Baalbek, Lebanon. (AFP)
Déa Hage-Chahine, right, hugs a #Kenyan migrant outside a shelter where they help to repatriate migrant workers who have been stranded in #Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
Déa Hage-Chahine, right, hugs a Kenyan migrant outside a shelter where they help to repatriate migrant workers who have been stranded in Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A person selling balloons along the Corniche seaside of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Carla Henoud / L’orient Le Jour)
A person selling balloons along the Corniche seaside of Beirut, Lebanon. (Carla Henoud / L’orient Le Jour)
A demonstrator holding up an image of ex-minister Gibran #Bassil, in #Lebanon. (Ramzi Hage / Nidaa Al Watan)
A demonstrator holding up an image of ex-minister Gibran Bassil. (Ramzi Hage / Nidaa Al Watan)
Families of the #BeirutPort explosion victims gather in front of the Palace of Justice to mark the 100 day anniversary of the blast and to call for a full investigation and for compensation for the victims' families, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Abby Sewell)
Families of the Beirut port explosion victims gather in front of the Palace of Justice to mark the 100 day anniversary of the blast and to call for a full investigation and for compensation for the victims’ families, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Abby Sewell)
Fall colors are seen on leaves in #Ehden, a mountainous town about 100 kilometers north of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
Fall colors are seen on leaves in Ehden, a mountainous town about 100 kilometers north of Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
Anti-government protesters carry banners and shout slogans against the policy of the Central Bank during protest in front of the Central Bank of Lebanon in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Anti-government protesters carry banners and shout slogans against the policy of the Central Bank during protest in front of the Central Bank of Lebanon in Beirut, Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
A boy stands by a news stand with newspaper headlines featuring the 2020 #US general election results in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
A boy stands by a news stand with newspaper headlines featuring the 2020 US general election results in Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
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