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Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

The New York Times says the Obama administration will "dispatch Cabinet officials" and "senior advisers at the White House" to urge campaign donors to support Priorities USA Action, the Democrats' top "super PAC." So, why isn't the Federal Election Commission investigating the administration for clearly violating the Hatch Act and laws against campaigns coordinating efforts with "independent" political action committees• ... Most of that "Detroit comeback" Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler (or was it for the Obama administration?) featuring Clint Eastwood was filmed in New Orleans and Los Angeles. Nothing like truth in advertising, eh• ... No, it wasn't appropriate for singer M.I.A. to flip her middle finger in an obscene gesture during the Super Bowl halftime show. But, truth be told, one is more likely to see that gesture more often -- and for a far longer duration -- on one's daily commute to work. ... Next time you hear about the American Medical Association weighing in on this subject or that, consider this: Dr. Richard A. Armstrong reminds in The Washington Times that the AMA now represents only 15 percent of the nation's practicing physicians. Dr. Armstrong's point -- the AMA really doesn't represent American doctors.

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