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Term Sheet -- Thursday, October 20

Fortune

Peter Thiel has always been something of a Silicon Valley lightening rod, but in the past week he's become its litmus test.

For the uninitiated, Thiel is a venture capitalist and longtime Republican with libertarian leanings, who earlier this year endorsed Donald Trump for president (after first donating to Carly Fiorina). He spoke at the RNC in Cleveland, and then donated $1.25 million to Trump's campaign after the infamous Access Hollywood tape (plus many of the subsequent sexual assault accusations). Thiel has not publicly commented on Trump's sordid past, instead focusing on the candidate's promise to slash government bureaucracy and inefficiency without being beholden to Republican dogma.

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