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Republicans no longer care how obvious they are about passing legislation exclusively for the benefit of the wealthy. They have no further need to hide this or anything else, because the likes of Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh and hundreds of other right-wing radio and tv presenters all over the country are able to spin whatever their favored politicians may happen to say into electoral gold.

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Los Angeles passes law banning
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Romania's PM Ponta to go on
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taken down over suspicious activity

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Boy Scouts lift blanket ban on
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U.S. Republican House panel demands
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U.S. Navy investigates report
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Texas toddler dies after father leaves
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Magnitude 7.0 quake hits
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NYC grade school principal who
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