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July 3rd, 2014

Political Pop Quiz

    Happy July! Let's see how well you can do on this Halfway Through the Year Political Quiz:

    1. Chris Christie has spent several months wrestling with Bridgegate. One of the key players in the fiasco, David Wildstein, went to high school with the governor. Christie said that although they knew each other as teenagers ...

    A) "We had a different lunch period."

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Porsches, Potholes and Patriots

    The anti-tax crusader pulls out of his driveway in his Porsche, hoping that the neighbors are watching. He's proud that it's the most expensive car on his block. "That's the greatness of America," he muses. "That's what we should celebrate on July 4! I spend money so much more wisely than government."

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Republicans tentatively unfurl the impeachment flag

    Some Republicans in Congress, having wasted the 2012 election trying to get rid of President Obama with Obamacare as their bludgeon, are now talking about crippling him in the 2014 midterm cycle by crying impeachment.

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Risky Business in Ukraine

    Thanks to Iraq’s latest woes, it’s getting pretty hard to pay attention to all that unrest in the former Soviet Union.

    Remember those poor Ukrainians? All they want is to be independent and left alone. Or at least that’s what they claim.

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The High Cost of Cheap Shrimp

    The Guardian recently revealed shocking results from a six-month investigation of the Thai fishing industry: Much of the shrimp sold in American and British supermarkets were produced with slave labor.

    While shrimp sold to U.S. consumers hail from a number of different countries, including our own, Thailand is the world’s biggest shrimp supplier. Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods, the corporation at the heart of this story, is Thailand’s largest shrimp farmer.

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The Media vs. Hillary Clinton

    Exactly why the Washington press clique has always had it in for Hillary Clinton has never been entirely clear. Only that their collective sneer has been the single constant in her political career ever since she and Bill Clinton descended upon the capital from darkest Arkansas more than 20 years ago.

    That and her own dislike and mistrust of the press, which she makes only a perfunctory effort to hide. And boy, has she earned it.

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After Hobby Lobby

    It's not often that social and corporate conservatives come together, but the five right-of-center justices on the U.S. Supreme Court fashioned exactly this synthesis in their Hobby Lobby decision this week. In a religious freedom case related to birth control, the majority focused on the liberties of the company's owners, not of those who work for them.

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Is the Medium the Menace?

    An aspiring rapper posts his lyrics on Facebook, suggesting a Halloween costume with his estranged wife's "head on a stick."

    He goes on: "I'm not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts. Hurry up and die, bitch, so I can..." and so on and so forth.

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One of the worse Supreme Court decisions ever

    There have been some great landmark Supreme Court decisions: Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board of Education, U.S. v. Nixon, and Lawrence v. Texas, to name but a few. And there have been a number of doozies. Among them: Plessy v. Ferguson, Dred Scott v. Sandford, Korematsu v. United States and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. This week's Hobby Lobby decision now joins the ranks of the worst ever. It will be soon regretted and someday overturned.

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Obama stands firm on executive orders

    This Independence Day weekend is marked not only by patriotic, flag-waving parades and fireworks. It also features a sharp declaration of independence from Congress by a president frustrated by the legislative headlock its Republican members hold on him.

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