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Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Offers one of the wags with whom we regularly converse: “How can people get to polling places if they cannot get to an ID center or driver's license office to get a picture ID? Oh, I forgot, Democrats will gladly drive them to the polls but have no interest in driving them to get an ID.” Ouch. ... State Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, an ardent critic of voter ID, visited the Trib last week. We asked him to produce a photo ID to get in. Yukety-yuk-yuk-yuk. ... The Los Angeles Times reported that the 85 richest people on Earth own nearly half of all global wealth. Sorry but no. As it was forced to later concede, the globe's 85 richest people own about 0.7 percent of the world's wealth. Whoopsieday. ... Lots of pols of varied stripes are boasting that the new federal budget deal increases funding for Head Start by $1 billion. Given that the program's cognitive benefits are, as one scholar recounts repeated studies, “feeble and transitory,” this nation's federal baby-sitting service just got a whole lot more expensive. ... Democrat gubernatorial hopeful John Hanger is promising to create 65,000 jobs by, in part, quadrupling wind power in Pennsylvania. Maybe he'll use all the birds killed by all those wind turbines to feed the poor, too. ... Democrat Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says Republican opponent Greg Abbott “hasn't walked a day in my shoes.” Mr. Abbott has been a paraplegic for nearly three decades. Ms. Davis obviously graduated from the Joe Biden School of Placing Foot in Mouth.

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