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Asks Dan Calabrese, writing in Canada Free Press on the Obama administration's move to create seven Agriculture Department “climate hubs” to help farmers deal with climate change: “What do you think are the chances that anyone working in one of these ‘hubs' will ever make a recommendation of any kind that does not involve the expansion of government?” The answer, of course, is zero. ... Organizing for Action (OFA), the White House's political arm, has been forced to retool an online commercial shilling for an increase in the minimum wage. It seems one of the scenes depicting hardworking Americans — a woman riding a commuter train as she clutched her cup of coffee — actually was stock footage of a British woman riding London's Overground train. Responded OFA: “(T)his does not change the fact that Americans deserve a raise,” London's Daily Telegraph reports. Pay no attention to the idiots behind the curtain, eh? ... A Florida court has upheld the City of Orlando's eminent domain seizure of private property — not for public use but for two private entities — Major League Soccer and Orlando City SC — to build a soccer stadium. Floridians undoubtedly are longing for 1966, the year the Florida Supreme Court rejected Deerfield Beach's proposal to build a spring training facility for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As Forbes.com reminds, the court said the attempt violated the state's public purpose doctrine because the “benefits” of the facility were primarily private and any public benefit was mostly “incidental.” Ah, those were the days.

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