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Hillary Clinton referred to civil rights icon Medgar Evers as Medgar Evans in a Monday speech before the American Bar Association's annual meeting in San Francisco. And here we thought messing up names was Joe Biden's job. ... The Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans was allowed to infiltrate the Mt. Washington Senior Center on Thursday to supposedly set the record straight about Social Security, which turned 78 on Wednesday. “Social Security is not ‘broke' as its opponents would have us believe,” alliance president Jean Friday said in a statement announcing the visit. The alliance wants to tax people even more in an attempt to keep the unsustainable sustainable. It not only has no understanding of what Social Security really is — there is no “trust fund,” Ms. Friday — but no shame as well. ... A federal appeals court has ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission violated the law by letting the Obama administration shut down the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. The key phrase in the ruling was “flouting the law,” which is a metaphor for this administration. ... The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2012 “was among the 10 warmest years on record.” But as climate blogger Pierre Gosselin notes, the report fails to mention that last year was one of the coolest of the decade. “(T)he report gives the ... impression that warming is galloping ahead out of control. But (NOAA's) data show just the opposite.” There's “science” and then there's science.

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