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Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Federal government types claim that for every $1 spent on unemployment benefits, there's a $1.85 return to the economy. Well, if that's the case, why not simply put everybody on unemployment and really “boost” the economy? It's this kind of “progressive” illogic that is bankrupting America. .... A forthcoming book by neurologist Richard Saul claims attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD, does not exist, reports the New York Post. It's not a “disease,” Dr. Saul insists; it's a collection of symptoms. And he says the symptoms can arise from relatively simple things (such as kids needing glasses and becoming frustrated, to adults not getting enough sleep) to the more complex — genetic mutations to fetal alcohol syndrome. The howls you hear come from the makers of Adderall and Ritalin. .... President Obama continues to be the best salesman for guns. The FBI says it performed more than 21 million background checks for firearms in 2013. That's 8 percent higher than 2012. (Factor out checks for those seeking concealed carry permits and the number is just under 15 million.) The Washington Times' Emily Miller reports that background checks have increased 66 percent since Mr. Obama took office. If this keeps up, gun manufacturers will have to pay the president royalties. Oh, and in case gun enthusiasts are still wondering why there has been a yearlong run on ammunition, this is why.

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