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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.

This wonderful ease of use of the populace is just one of the many miracles made possible by having so large a proportion of uneducated and under-educated citizens. Remember that the American economy is driven by consumption. You only have to know how to eat.

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Afghan presidential rivals reach
unity deal after disputed vote: aides


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to seek answers to lost water


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giant street waterslide plan


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Brown says London must keep promise
to Scotland as political truce ends


Egypt upholds death sentence for
five in killing of policeman


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settlement on third day of clashes


Turkey secures release of
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Donetsk, buffer zone to be set up


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archbishop, key role in U.S. Church


Kentucky preservation society
cracking century old bourbons


Pennsylvania police shooter manhunt
near home of suspect's parents


Yemen TV building on fire as
clashes continue in capital


Britain must honor pledge to grant
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jumps White House fence, reaches doors


N.Korea says imprisoned American
tried to become 'second Snowden'


NZ's ruling National
Party to return to power


California governor rejects
bills to help men change diapers


Missing Texas deputy
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Falcon rocket launch


Weather helps crews make gains
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Texas gubernatorial candidates
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in Philippines, heads for Taiwan


As G20 chases growth goal, members
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Poisoned Texas doctor says lover
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Texas governor orders National
Guard to look for dead immigrants


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White House press, staff allowed
back in after brief evacuation


California lawyer faces discipline
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American Airlines reaches tentative
deal with flight attendants


Person of interest identified in
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to ensure Ukraine cease-fire


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Virginia storm temporarily halts
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separate from Islamic State conflict


NFL opens door for overhaul
after domestic violence crisis


Wisconsin governor candidate cuts
ties with consultant over jobs plan


Purdue University shooter gets
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California bill would help protect
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Protests planned to target U.S.
southern border entry ports


Man freed after ramming truck into
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NFL's Goodell signals major
shift in personal conduct policy


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Connecticut university sounds
'all clear' after bomb threat


Syria militants kill captive
Lebanese soldier, bomb kills two


North Carolina court releases money
in halted school voucher program


Mexican kingpin's brother among
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Texas triple murder suspect
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Russia critical of MH17
inquiry, wants bigger U.N. role


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Bahrain says parties find common ground
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Facing U.S. sanctions, Exxon winds
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Former Connecticut Governor Rowland
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Air France says pilots may
continue strike until September 26


Police check car, apartment in
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U.S. Congress urged to pass bill to
speed development of antibiotics


Iran can no longer stall in nuclear
talks: German foreign minister


University of California votes
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killing girlfriend's mother: police


Utah doctor sentenced to 15 years
to life for wife?s 2007 murder


Switzerland prepares to tighten
screws on whistleblowers


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handling of domestic violence


European Court agrees to hear
Berlusconi tax fraud appeal


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Rivals dash to support Apple
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Kenya detains two Iranians on
suspicion of planning attacks


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Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania
form joint military unit


White House anti-assault campaign
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regional water authority deal


Crews hope break in weather will aid
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Colombia wants more convictions
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$489 million fine for paying bribes


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Bomb kills two Lebanese
soldiers at Syrian border


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Uganda's Museveni ditches former
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in hope of easing troubled ties


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at Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport


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Scots vote in record numbers,
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U.S. Senate approves Sheets
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on Guinea Ebola education team


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for nationals fighting in Syria, Iraq


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bones sent to Japanese consulate


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leaders to join climate summit


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monitored computers in child porn probe


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23 in Shi'ite Baghdad districts


U.N. to deploy Ebola mission
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California triples tax
breaks for film production


JetBlue flight makes emergency landing
at California airport, four hurt


U.N. says five peacekeepers killed,
three wounded in Mali blast


New Slovenia government wins parliament
approval, aims to cut deficit


Man charged with arson in
Northern California wildfire


Greek police, protesters clash
during rally to mark rapper killing


It's not a small world after
all: world population will soar


'Gucci Grace, PhD' stirs up race
to lead post-Mugabe Zimbabwe


United States steps up pressure
on Guatemala over labor rights


New evacuations ordered as
California wildfire doubles in size


Slovenian parliament approves
new center-left government


U.S. says 7.3 million with Obamacare
health plans have paid premiums


Pennsylvania newlyweds get life
without parole in Craigslist killing


Nigeria police have special
'torture officers': Amnesty


Alibaba set to price IPO
shares amid investor frenzy


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IPOs are mega laggards


Toyota recalling 20,000 late-model
vehicles on potential fuel leak


Iraq loses U.S. appeal in
U.N. oil-for-food lawsuit


Hollande asks Europe for patience
with France, vows reform


Italian PM Renzi's father in
fraudulent bankruptcy probe


U.S. fines company $3 million over
bogus Ab Glider weight loss claims


Officers kill armed suspect in
St. Louis suburb, police say


Detroit policeman's negligence
led to girl's death: prosecutors


Bahrain releases prominent human
rights activist awaiting trial


Kurds issue call to arms as
Islamic State gains in Syria


Google, Mercedes, Audi get California
permits for self-driving cars


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oil to fuel its advances


France ready for greater EU
integration with Germany - Hollande


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team attacked in remote southeast


U.S. attorney general announces grant
to study police racial profiling


Islamic State releases video it says
shows British journalist John Cantlie


U.S. Senate to cast final
vote on arming Syrian rebels


Turkey announces strategy
to bolster EU accession bid


China separatism trial of Muslim
scholar ends, verdict next week: lawyer


Towboat sinks in Mississippi River,
Coast Guard sets safety zone


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suspended jail, lashes -website


Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic
State seeks to drop US legal appeal


Death toll in West Africa Ebola
epidemic reaches 2,630: WHO


Islamic State shows captive
British journalist in new video


Republican senator says 2015 could
be time for U.S. oil export bill


U.S. calls for Japan to buckle
down on Pacific trade pact


Thai PM apologizes for bikini comment
after murder of British tourists


Missing Virginia student seen on
videos, talked to man: police


Libya's elected parliament rejects PM's
new cabinet as oil sector takes hit


PKK militants call on Turkish Kurds
to fight Islamic State in Syria


Gaza war spurs more Palestinians to
risk dangerous migration to Europe


Congolese government clashes with
bishops over third-term debate


Venezuelan cartoonist says
fired for health satire


Scots vote on independence, United
Kingdom's fate on knife-edge


Norwegian mass killer Breivik getting
ever more extreme, father fears


Poland's PM designate says will
be personnel changes in cabinet


Israel believes Syria kept
'significant' chemical munitions


U.S. jobless claims data
point to firming labor market


Austria backs calls for joint
EU response to migrant crisis


China not warlike, says Xi, as
border standoff dominates India trip


Gunmen in Pakistan kill professor
who faced blasphemy accusations


After Mahmoud Abbas, who
will lead the Palestinians?


West tells Iran it must
address nuclear bomb fears


U.S. housing starts fall; prior
month's data revised higher


Swedish Social Democrat leader
asked to form government by Speaker


Syria conflict keeps 2.8
million children out of school


Saudi Arabia promises $500
million for Gaza rebuilding


Egypt targets last bastion of
Muslim Brotherhood dissent


U.S. wasted $6.5 million on
Afghan broadcast towers: inquiry


Russia's Putin says sanctions
violate principles of WTO


Islamic State seizes villages
in Syria as drone scouts skies


Detroit policeman faces retrial
in shooting death of girl in raid


Attorneys for accused Boston
bomber due in court on Thursday


Chinese hacked U.S. military
contractors: Senate panel


Armed Shi'ite rebels push
into Yemen's capital


EU 'disappointed' at little
progress by Iran on nuclear issue


Border standoff dominates
China Xi's visit to India


China official hangs himself after
being sacked in graft probe: Xinhua


Slovenia's new government committed
to cutting budget gap: PM Cerar


UK Muslim leaders call for release
of Briton held by Islamic State


China's house prices fall
further, economic gloom deepens


White House proposes new energy
efficiency rule in climate push


Reported rocket attack from Gaza
was false alarm: Israeli military


Australian PM says police raids
follow IS linked beheading plot


China investigates ex-chair of
Guangfa Bank on suspicion of graft


Drone seen over Islamic State-held
territory in Aleppo, Syria


Kurds say Islamic State seizes
Syrian villages near Turkish border


Assad's army stretched but still
seen strong in Syria's war


Scots start voting in
independence referendum


Japan minister denies ties to hate
speech group, government says


India's Mars mission enters last lap;
faces crucial test on September 24


As growth stalls, G20 seeks
closure on regulations


Unborn baby of U.S. suspect in
Bali suitcase murder gets a lawyer


Polo becomes hurricane off
Mexico's Pacific Coast


San Francisco lawmaker says he takes
anti-HIV drug, urges wider use


Wildfire in California's Sierra
Nevada menaces 2,000 homes


Former Mexico official pleads
guilty in corruption probe


China sentences four for
explosives, bid for 'jihad': report


South Carolina father accused of
killing kids feared them: report


Man charged in attempted fire bombing
of Missouri congressman's office


Australian 'counter-terrorism'
raids foil beheading plot: media


U.S. contractor gets seven years for
passing secrets to Chinese girlfriend


Australia says anti-terror raids aimed
at preventing random violence on public


U.S. senators call for federal
judge to resign over wife beating


House votes to
arm Syrian rebels


California governor signs
ridesharing insurance legislation


Texas executes woman convicted
of starving nine-year-old


Family of unarmed man shot by L.A.
police files civil rights suit


Alabama woman pleads guilty over
leaving baby in hot car: report


Boeing's 'space taxi'
includes seat for a tourist


USDA grants approval to Dow's
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Ingredion bans new GMO corn at
plant, mulls fate of second type


U.S. panel puts off decision on designs
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Divided, Scots prepare to vote
on fate of the United Kingdom


Boeing-Lockheed venture picks
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Five face federal charges over
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Pennsylvania ambush suspect belongs
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Chagrined NFL teams bow to
pressure on domestic abuse cases


U.S. advisers may take forward
positions in Iraq fighting


Police chiefs pledge more
transparency after Ferguson


Gunmen seize Lebanese soldier
in border town: source


NFL's Panthers puts Hardy on
leave pending settlement of case


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
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Oklahoma deputy sheriff accused
of sexual assault resigns


Florida city wants to ban medical
marijuana smoking in public


Humana CEO: New competition
curbs Obamacare plan prices


Australia police launch massive
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