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The federal government has invented another euphemism for taxes. The IRS' final rule on ObamaCare's individual mandate uses the term “shared responsibility payment” more than 50 times, The Daily Caller reports. George Orwell would be proud. ... Sayeth Bill Clinton, “A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.” Neither should this great republic, which we are, but it doesn't. ... Speaking of guns, a new Harvard study concludes that more gun control does not necessarily lead to lower death rates (homicide and suicide) or violent crime. “(T)hose correlations are not observed when a large number of nations are compared around the world,” the study says. Translation: That dog won't hunt. ... Neither will Al Jazeera America. TV Newser reports that opening-day viewership for the mouthpiece for al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood was so low (How low was it?) that Nielsen could not accurately count how many people watched. Put another way, fewer people watched than attend a typical Steelers home game — by about 10,000 people. ... Jesse Jackson is having an incredible run of Loose Jaw Disease. Last week, he called tea partyers a “resurrection of the Confederacy.” And not long before that he said the murder of Australian Christopher Lane, in America on a college baseball scholarship, was “senseless violence (that) is frowned upon.” The more Mr. Jackson talks, the less relevant he becomes.

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