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Two-Bit Napoleon
Things get worse by the day in our country.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is seeking congressional approval for development of a new weapon able to strike distant targets an hour after they are detected, a newspaper reported on Monday.

The International Herald Tribune said the weapon would be a non-nuclear version of the submarine launched Trident 2 missile and be part of a president’s arsenal when considering a pre-emptive attack.

The president’s arsenal? But… but… that old, outdated, quaint Constitution, which we were foolishly taught to revere as the highest law of the land, makes the now laughable claim that only Congress has the power to declare war — and that the President of the United States is not a King.

Evidently our republic is finished. Oh well.

—Ralph    |   |

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Iran releases Canadian
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India begins campaign at United
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Iran downplays chances of
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Brazil police arrest ex-finance
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Bosnian Serb leader summoned
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Azerbaijan holds referendum
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Rhode Island man found alive
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Sky divers drop from
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German broadcaster files complaint
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EU launches program to issue
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Prominent southern China
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Gunman injures several in
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UK government must spell out
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Ex-IMF head Rato stands trial
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Air strikes pound
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Oman court jails journalists,
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Charlotte protesters march for sixth
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