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Showing posts with label Republicans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Republicans. Show all posts

Sunday, January 21, 2018

More Sleaziness From The Administration



“Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.”

Trump Immigration ad.  Seriously?




Yes, the ad reminds of what Republicans do with total disregard for decency and politics without racism. Watch and listen to a Karl Rove/Roger Ailes and Bush I ad with clear racial imagery.



As pf this morning it seems some White House officials are working to distance the White House from the ad. Huffington Post is reporting on the White House’s legislative affairs director, Marc Short's, visit with Meet The Press and Chuck Todd. HuffPo  linked.

Todd didn't exactly allow Short to pull a "trump."

It is as clear as the morning dew, Trump is rotten with racism and apparently has a tight group of White House (social) facilitators. Short may work the networks to call off the dogs on Trump's assertion of national murder perpetrated by Democrats, but it seems someone in the White House has the wherewithal to at any time affect overt slander with a slant towards racism. 

Despite our political correct tendencies to avoid comparing Trump to past dictators and nation-killing leaders, we cannot avoid thinking about a paragraph in an article from My Jewish Learning dot com:
Once in power, Hitler moved quickly to end German democracy. He convinced his cabinet to invoke emergency clauses of the constitution that permitted the suspension of individual freedoms of press, speech, and assembly. Special security forces — the Gestapo, the Storm Troopers (SA), and the SS — murdered or arrested leaders of opposition political parties (Communists, socialists, and liberals). The Enabling Act of March 23, 1933 — forced through the Reichstag already purged of many political opponents –gave dictatorial powers to Hitler.
The United States cannot survive years of Trump and his swamp in an around Washington DC. 


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Alternative Facts: The Reality (Lies)


"Alternative Facts"


The Republicans are masters at shaping language to facilitate fear, loathing and for leveraging of their agenda. I should add they are masterful technicians at developing facilitating language for feeding their GOP minions. Lexicon expansion is one item we do not need from the GOP. If you need an example of my point, consider Kelly Anne Conway's recent work in support of Trump's Press Secretary's lie regarding the size of the audience on inauguration day events.

The Sunday after Inauguration Day, Conway sat with MSNBC's Chuck Todd. 
Chuck Todd, of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” asked Conway early Sunday morning why Mr. Trump had Spicer utter a “falsehood” the first time he formally faced reporters from the White House briefing room. 
“Why did he do that?” Todd questioned, referencing Spicer’s incorrect assertion that the audience at Friday’s inauguration was the largest to ever witness the ceremony both in person and around the globe. “It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office on day one.” 
Conway dismissed the question. 
“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck,” she replied. “You’re saying it’s a falsehood and they’re giving -- Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.” 
“Alternative facts?” Todd shot back. “Look, alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods.”


"Alternative Facts"

Friend of the TPI, Benjamin T. Moore offers a few perspectives of Conway's phraseology.

Benjamin Moore Jr
SCIENCE DOESN'T DO






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Saturday, September 24, 2016

GOP Tax Plan



Always be aware of the GOP Trojan Horse.


David Ruccio

Chart Of The Day

Posted: 22 September 2016 
tax-plan

All eyes right now are on the U.S. presidential campaign (especially the narrowing gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump).

What that means is Americans’ attention is diverted away from other politics and policies, such as the House GOP’s tax plan—the so-called “Better Way”—which would overwhelmingly benefit the richest 1 percent. It would allow the tiny group at the top to keep, via tax cuts, more of the surplus they manage to capture.

The plan would reduce the top individual income tax rate to 33 percent, reduce the corporate rate to 20 percent, and cap at 25 percent the rate on profits of pass-through businesses (such as sole proprietorships and partnerships) that are taxed under the individual income tax. Individuals could deduct half of their capital gains, dividends, and interest, reducing the top rate on such income to 16.5 percent.

According to the Tax Policy Center,
Overall, the plan would cut the average tax bill in 2017 by $1,810, increasing after-tax income by 2.5 percent. Three-quarters of the tax cuts would benefit the top 1 percent of taxpayers and the highest-income taxpayers (0.1 percent of the population, or those with incomes over $3.7 million in 2015 dollars) would experience an average tax cut of about $1.3 million, 16.9 percent of after-tax income. Households in the middle fifth of the income distribution would receive an average tax cut of almost $260, or 0.5 percent of after-tax income, while the poorest fifth of households would see their taxes go down an average of about $50, or 0.4 percent of their after-tax income. In 2025, the top 1 percent of households would receive nearly 100 percent of the total tax reduction. Households in some upper-middle income groups would have tax increases on average, and households at other income levels would have smaller average cuts, relative to after-tax income, than in 2017.
And, since the plan would reduce total federal revenues (by $3.1 trillion over the first decade of implementation and by an additional $2.2 trillion in the second decade), it implies massive cuts to federal programs, many of which benefit working-class households, thus making the plan even more regressive.

The better way, it turns out, is just another version of conservative trickledown economics
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Is The GOP Going Extinct Or Suffering Paleozoic Flatulance?


Bill Moyers and Michael Winship on the dissolving GOP


The GOP on the Eve of Destruction

The following piece from Bill Moyers & Company originally appeared on the Bill Moyers's website
For reasons hard to fathom, the Republicans seem to have made up their minds: they will divide, degrade and secede from the Union.
Turn on your TV or computer, pick up a paper or magazine and you can see and hear them baying at the moon.

They will do so with bullying, lies and manipulation, a willingness to say anything, no matter how daft or wrong. They will do so by spending unheard of sums to buy elections with the happy assistance of big business and wealthy patrons for whom the joys of gross income inequality are a comfortable fact of life. By gerrymandering and denying the vote to as many of the poor, the elderly, struggling low-paid workers, and people of color as they can. And by appealing to the basest impulses of human nature: anger, fear and bigotry.

Turn on your TV or computer, pick up a paper or magazine and you can see and hear them baying at the moon. Donald Trump is just the most outrageous and bigmouthed of the frothing wolf pack of deniers and truth benders. As our friend and colleague Tom Engelhardt of Tom Dispatch writes, “There’s nothing, no matter how jingoistic or xenophobic, extreme or warlike that can’t be expressed in public and with pride by a Republican presidential candidate.”
Like the pronouncement of the Ministry of Truth in Orwell’s 1984, ignorance is strength, whether it’s casting paranoid fantasies about thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheering 9/11, or warning about terrorists in refugees’ ragged clothing and Mexican rapists slithering across the border.
Just four-and-a-half years ago, Washington mainstays Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein shocked the inside-the-Beltway establishment (especially the press, with its silent pact to speak no evil of wrongdoers lest they deny you an interview) when they published their book, It’s Even Worse than It Looks. The two esteemed political scientists wrote, “The Republican Party has become an insurgent outlier – ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”
In the years since, an ugly situation has only gotten increasingly dire, with right-wing radicals whipped into a frenzy by a Republican establishment that thought it could use their rage, only to find it running amok and beyond their control. In a recent interview with Francis Wilkinson of Bloomberg View, Norman Ornstein said, “The future still looks pretty grim.” And Thomas Mann noted, “The burden is on the GOP because they are currently the major source of our political dysfunction. No happy talk about bipartisanship can obscure that reality. Unless other voices and movements arise within the Republican Party to changes its character and course, our dysfunctional politics will continue.”
The fever is pandemic not only among the party’s presidential candidates but throughout the House and Senate right down to our state governments. Witness erstwhile GOP presidential candidate and current Wisconsin governor Scott Walker cutting off food stamps for the hungry and possibly bankrupting food pantries in his state just in time for Christmas – because many of those on the lowest rung of the ladder haven’t yet found a job.
And here’s multimillionaire Bruce Rauner winning the governorship of Illinois after spending some $65 million — half of which came from himself and nine other individuals, families or the companies they control. Now he’s calling once again on his wealthy friends and allies around the country who, The New York Times reports, “are rallying behind Mr. Rauner’s agenda: to cut spending and overhaul the state’s pension system, impose term limits and weaken public employee unions”– even though a majority of ordinary citizens in Illinois are opposed.
Meanwhile, with just a few weeks until they adjourn for the holidays, Republicans in the US Congress will try to cram in as much pettiness and vituperation as they can before they head back to their states and districts, no doubt to lead the home front in the fight against “the war on Christmas” launched this time every year by the Republicans’ propaganda arm (Fox News) and its shock troops on talk radio.
Congressional Republicans have vowed to free Wall Street from oversight and accountability and to prevent children fleeing the Syrian inferno from coming ashore on US soil. And yes, they will once again be in full throat against gun control (despite the latest tragedy in San Bernardino, California). They’re on constant attack against the science of climate change, with the latest salvo two House bills passed December 1 that undermine Environmental Protection Agency rules (the president will veto them). And believe it or not, once again they’ll try to scuttle Obamacare, as in Kentucky where the self-financed, wealthy Republican governor-elect has vowed to cut loose hundreds of thousands of people from health insurance.
All of these sad examples are but symptoms of a deeper disease – the corruption and debasement of society, government and politics. It is a disease that eats away at the root and heart of what democracy is all about.

Take a look at some of their other plans, including the riders congressional Republicans are contemplating for inclusion in the omnibus spending bill that must be passed by December 11. The whole mess is a Bad Santa’s list of loopholes benefiting High Finance, tax cuts for the rich, and budget cuts for everyone else, even as they drive the nation deeper into debt and disrepair.

All of these sad examples are but symptoms of a deeper disease – the corruption and debasement of society, government and politics. It is a disease that eats away at the root and heart of what democracy is all about. Remember the opening phrase of the Preamble to the Constitution committing “We, the People” to the most remarkable compact of self-government ever – for the good of all? The Republicans are shredding that vision as they make a bonfire of the hopes that inspired it and, in the process, reduce the United States to a third-rate, sorry excuse for a nation.
Why? For an analogy and an answer we have to go back to the slave-holding Democrats of the 1840s and 50s who were prepared to destroy the Union if necessary to protect and expand the brutal system of human slavery on which their economy and way of life were built. The extremism and polarization engendered made it impossible for politics peacefully to resolve the moral dilemma facing our country. If the Republicans – and the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln — had not championed and fought to preserve the Union and its government, the United States would have been no more.
Now it is the Republicans who are willing to wreck the country to maintain the gross inequality that divides us – inequality which rewards the party leaders and their donors, just as slavery rewarded white supremacists. They would tear the Republic apart, rip to pieces its already fragile social compact, and reap the whirlwind of a failed experiment in self-government.

Bill Moyers is the managing editor of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com.


Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and a former senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos. Follow him on Twitter at @MichaelWinship.
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Monday, August 17, 2015

TPI Gazette: Racism, Cop Abuse, Ben Carson, What no Trump?



Non-Progressive News...




Mother Jones (via The Progressive Mind) delves into the Ron and Rand Paul adviser who would buy an endorsement. If you think money in politics only relates to buying media advertisements and paying staff for legal responsibilities, you should think much deeper. We live with a shadowy and real world of political operatives and dirty-tricksters.  Why  does it not surprise the Pauls would find themselves immersed in one such case?
Feds Say Rand and Ron Paul Aides Planned to Smear Local Pol If Payoff Failed http://t.co/vHrBO3O4XV #UniteBlue pic.twitter.com/XQKXGTPz6G— The Progressive Mind (@Libertea2012) August 15, 2015

A former president announces he has advanced stage cancer and Fox News writers and producers reach to the lowest level of the gutter to entertain their conservative viewers.
More Fox simply claiming Hillary knew he email "were classified."  Just state it and it becomes reality. 
Despite Fox's unfounded speculation, the State Dept. has said the emails were in fact "not marked as classified" and may not actually have been classified at the time.Posted by Media Matters for America on Sunday, August 16, 2015

Strategy: Shout em down to prevent viewers from hearing another view point.  It seems so childlike, but with their audience safely in the sycophant fold Fox News is on safe ground.

Don't get fooled again.Posted by Democratic Party on Saturday, August 15, 2015 
80 years of Social Security and over a decade of Republicans trying to tear it apart.Posted by Democratic Party on Friday, August 14, 2015
Ben Carson seems to have serious cognitive issues.  He actually believes he can win the nomination of a party that relies on a southern strategy to win election after election. He fails to understand or fails to accept that the vast majority of overt racism exercised against African-Americans emanates from conservative America. The former Neuro-surgeon is so ridden with homophobia his led to a series of over-the-top anti-LGBT statements. He consistently uses analogies to slavery to make points that favor his severe Right political lean.
This just happened...Posted by Breitbart on Sunday, August 16, 2015
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson went after Planned Parenthood over fetal-tissue research ...... which makes his own record with fetal-tissue research a real problem.http://on.msnbc.com/1DQmtXnPosted by The Rachel Maddow Show on Thursday, August 13, 2015

Moderate Republicans; Radical Republican Progressives; Republicans for Responsible Reform...while this particular...Posted by Andrew Rei on Monday, August 17, 2015

The ever-present apology and yet another example of how, in America, the apology has come to serve those who are caught with their pants around their ankles with no viable explanation of why. It is perfunctory and its former aura of intent to abandon undesirable behavior is now nothing more than "get me out of this."  The following represents the perfect example of an apology to cover being placed out front as an unabashed racist.
NY pizzeria apologizes for promoting racist ‘Pic-a-Nika’ pizza - but some of those ingredients are suspect. Grio fam,...
Posted by TheGrio on Sunday, August 16, 2015
Would you like a quick peep at why some of us absolute abhor cops? 
A "Michael Brown Bonus" ? Posted by Mediaite on Saturday, August 15, 2015

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Posted by Larry Parsons on Saturday, August 15, 2015
When it comes to reducing unemployment, who has the more impressive record: Barack Obama or Ronald Reagan?Let's take a...
Posted by The Rachel Maddow Show on Thursday, August 13, 2015


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TPI Morning Gazette: Trump'd, Ben Carson, Veterans, Fox News,




Non-Progressive News...




Ben Carson
If you are in a position to listen to an audio of a candidate for the GOP nomination in 2016, take the time. I have long posited Ben Carson is inane. Maybe, one too many neuro-surgeries; in any case his mind is "full gone." He now states Planned Parenthood was chartered to eliminate Black People.

Carson's rhetoric is of course, ridiculous, but let's explore a couple of degrees of his insanity. First, Planned Parenthood provides service well beyond abortion. Are those services a cloaked operational reality to trick black people into facilities their facilities. Next, Carson's comments will certainly strike millions as an attractive prospect. Thus, Carson is suggesting a party with an anti-abortion platform would also provide a desired state of "eliminating Black People."  A bit in congruent in many ways.  Additionally, lest we forget, white women also seek abortion, from time to time.

Yes, Ben Carson is showing signs of mental degeneration. The former neuro-surgeon he has to come up with something to grab a piece of the spotlight from Donald Trump. Carson grabbed a debunked claim for a 2012 "crazy:" Herman Cain.



Politifact : "Cain claims Planned Parenthood founded for "planned genocide"
Cain
Said Planned Parenthood’s early objective was 
Pants on Fire!to "help kill black babies before they came into the world."  Herman Cain on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 in a talk at a conservative think tank

Right-wing Watch 
In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson, Carson responded with outrage to an audio clip of President Obama saying “God bless you” during a speech to Planned Parenthood. 
“You wonder if he actually knows the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger, who was trying to eliminate black people,” he said. “That was the whole purpose of it.”
Carson planned parenthood bent on eliminating black people



Generally speaking, the nation should have an expectation candidates for the White House secure their "news" from sources other than Right-wing media or right-wing nut jobs such as Herman Cain. 



Rand Paul (Yawn!)
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) vowed Friday that he would force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood in the wake of a viral video that showed its top doctor discussing fetal organs.

Paul could seek to attach a measure defunding the group to a highway funding bill the Senate must pass by a July 31, deadline. The House has already passed a short-term fix, and the upper chamber is working to draft and move legislation quickly.

In his statement, Paul did not specifically point to the transit bill, but said he would “use all legislative vehicles at his disposal.”

TRUMP'D
The current battle between Donald Trump and John McCain continues. Since, we published a piece regarding the core of the fight between the two, we will focus on Fox News and its efforts to carry the flag for the billionaire carnival barker. 
Fox's Greg Gutfeld on contempt for conservatives not criticizing Trump.  WOW!
"What's wrong with you?!"
Posted by Mediaite on Monday, July 20, 2015
For New's latest addition, Meghan McCain, on Trump's comment about here father. Didn't you know her time with NBC would be short-lived.   
"One of the Grossest, Most Disgusting Comments I've Ever Heard"
Posted by Mediaite on Monday, July 20, 2015
O'Reilly tried extract a bit of rational thought and empathy for the nations number one corporatist carnival barker. Remember, the carnival barker is sucking you i to a show that is not worth the price of admission.
"Come On!" Bill O'Reilly Confronts Donald J. Trump over John McCain Remarks
Posted by Mediaite on Monday, July 20, 2015
What follows from Fox News' Fox and Friends is chronic ignorance and an insult to anyone with a modicum of a brain power and who keeps-up with news and current events. "Trump was criticizing McCain's legislative record, not his war record?" Really?

 Fox is getting desperate.
Posted by Media Matters for America on Monday, July 20, 2015
Before we will the crazy confines of Fox News, let's visit with one of the most wacky segments imaginable. we realize reality TV has move into its annual Shark Week exhibitions, bur we didn't expect Fox News to join-in he utter craziness. Maybe we over estimate the psyche of Fox News early opening viewers.
REM
Fox’s Brian Kilmeade: Why aren’t we ‘clearing the waters’ of sharks so ocean swimming is safe? http://t.co/AfcF5KspGr pic.twitter.com/Ups1j55ktt— Raw Story (@RawStory) July 20, 2015

Yes, the Fox and Friends "went there!" Do you think anyone at the network believes their audience might have knowledge of and empathy for oceanic food chains, and the value of predators in oceans that cover two thirds of Earth? Well, on second thought and with consideration of the Fox and Friends audience, probably the segment hit safe ears and brains. 

Jon Stewart returned from vacation with his version of "TRUMP'D"





Why are Republicans depriving our Vets of the opportunity to sustain life via proper food stuffs. A grouping of "Your GOP" who receive Far Aid while voting to cut aid to Americans in need. If you need a reminder, know that to the person these folks are wealthy elected officials.

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Republicans are also working against out Vets regarding other legislation.

GOP budget cuts hurt the vets againPosted by Funding Shortfall on Monday, July 20, 2015

Did someone say the Confederate Flag is a symbol of heritage and pride. Well, 50% correct. It is obviously a symbol of "White Supremacist/Nazi" pride.

 

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Heritage?  Pride? 

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Monday, July 6, 2015

302 Obama Accomplishments With Citations



As we move into the last half of 2015, I appreciate Milt Shook's update of Obama Accomplishments since 2009. 

Milt Shook

A List of 302 Accomplishments by President Obama so far... With Citations

Many have done nothing but complain since the day President Obama was inaugurated in 2009. Basically, they scream because he's not perfect, and sound like petulant children; adults don't expect perfection. But when they claim he's no progressive, well, that's just an outright lie. What do these folks think "progressive" means? The root word is "progress,"…
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rafael Edward Cruz Is Eligible (Good For Democrats)





Politifact also confirms Rafael Edward Cruz's eligibility to run for President of the United States.....if we accept the loosely evolved definition of "natural born."

If you accept the current less historic definition (the "strict interpretation" Republicans so often evoke) the following will render the "Show me your birth certificate" game to an exercise for the GOP and sycophant followers of GOP dogma and dirty tricks.

Drum roll...... here it is!

In 2013, Politifact ran a piece on Cruz and his eligibility to run....

POLITIFACT

Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?



Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2013.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2013.

Can Ted Cruz run for president if he was born in Canada?
The Republican senator from Texas says he can. And just to be sure, he’s taking the extra step of renouncing the Canadian citizenship he says he didn’t even know he had.
Cruz -- full name: Rafael Edward Cruz --was born in Canada in 1970 because his father was working for the oil industry there. The senator’s recently released birth certificate shows his mother was born in Delaware and his father was born in Cuba. The Cruz family left Canada a few years later. Cruz grew up in Texas and graduated from high school there, later attending Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
By virtue of his American-born mother, Cruz, 42, considers himself a natural born citizen and eligible to run for president.
So is he eligible? The vast majority of legal thought and arguments indicate he is.
Is there the tiniest sliver of uncertainty? Yes, there’s that, too.
Constitutional requirements
The Constitution says any candidate for president must be 35 years of age, a resident within the United States for 14 years and a "natural born citizen."
We’ve looked at the question of natural born citizenship before. Back in 2008, people raised questions about the "natural born" citizenship status of both major party candidates.
We’ve fact-checked several statements about President Barack Obama’s place of birth and his birth certificate. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and his mother was a U.S. citizen. His father was Kenyan.
We also looked at the case of John McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone because his American father served in the military. McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, saw his standing briefly challenged in court.
Interestingly, both of McCain’s potential Democratic opponents -- Obama and then-Sen. Hillary Clinton -- co-sponsored a Senate measure to settle McCain’s eligibility. The April 2008 resolution said, "John Sidney McCain, III, is a 'natural born Citizen' under Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution of the United States."

Defining "natural born"
So what is a "natural born" citizen? The Constitution doesn’t specifically say.
In 2008, we reviewed research and polled several legal experts. 


The consensus was that someone is a "natural born" citizen if they have citizenship at birth and don’t have to go through a naturalization process to become a citizen.

If that’s the definition, then Cruz is a natural born citizen by being born to an American mother and having her citizenship at birth. (This same logic would apply to Obama, even if he were born in another country, which he wasn’t.)

The Congressional Research Service published a report on the issue after the 2008 election; the agency is tasked with providing authoritative research to all members of Congress. It, too, supported the thinking that "natural born" citizenship means citizenship held "at birth."

But the Supreme Court -- the ultimate arbiter of constitutional questions -- has never ruled on the matter. And that means a note of uncertainty remains.
Sarah H. Duggin, a professor of law at Catholic University, has written about and studied the issue extensively. She told us in 2008 that the question of natural born citizenship is "one of the most deceptively simple, complex issues."

We reached her again this week to ask about Cruz’s eligibility. "It would be reasonable to interpret the Constitution’s natural born citizenship provision to include children born abroad to U.S. citizens, including Senator Cruz, for a number of reasons," she said.

But is it 100 percent sure?

"Unfortunately, we cannot say for sure without either a definitive Supreme Court ruling, or an amendment to clarify the Constitution."


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