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I SWEAR TO GOD THIS IS HOW THEY WERE DRESSED.

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The right’s newest poster children, James O’Keefe III and Hannah Giles, are getting a lot of publicity these days. A comment on this story says that O’Keefe was partly responsible for the Rutgers affirmative action bake sale – the one where cookies cost different amounts depending on your ethnicity. And Hannah Giles, well…she’s a young, conventionally attractive woman who’s embraced Republican ideology. It’s pretty easy to guess what the reaction might be in the right blogosphere.

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But seriously, having seen the picture of how they were dressed, I can’t imagine how anyone ever took them seriously enough to not laugh them out of the office. What’s next – will ACORN be caught aiding an escaped fugitive? Offering advice to a serial killer? Or tax shelters to a giant rabbit? Until absolutely proven otherwise, I say that every ACORN employee including the ones in the “most damning” video were, at worst, trying not to upset the crazy people.


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US artist’s holiday park sculpture fetches millions

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A huge sculpture by American artist Alexander Calder sold at auction in Paris on Wednesday for over 4.9 million euros, auctioneers Artcurial said, after nearly six decades on display at a holiday park in southern France.

The influential sculptor is known primarily for his colorful and abstract mobiles, of which he made thousands over the course of his career.

But he also made "stabiles" -- the opposite of mobiles -- one of which remained concealed from the general public in La Colle-sur-Loup village, a few dozen kilometres from the ritzy city Cannes.

The black steel 3,5 meter (11 foot) structure was made by Calder in 1963.

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Joe Shapiro’s wife disputes Mary Trump’s claim her husband took SATs for Trump

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Mary Trump's upcoming tell-all book alleges that President Donald Trump's sister did his homework and friend and fellow University of Pennsylvania graduate, Joe Shapiro, took his SATs for him.

ABC News reported Wednesday that Pam Shriver, Shapiro's widow, said that he would never have done something like that.

"He always did the right thing, and that's why this hurts," said Shriver.

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Kayleigh McEnany says she has no ‘data’ on whether Tulsa rally increased COVID — but city official says it likely did

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At Wednesday's White House briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was confronted with the fact that President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma led to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. Her reply was to plead ignorance: "I have no data to indicate that."

However, according to a health official in Tulsa, the pattern of cases indicates it is "likely" that it did just that.

"President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests 'likely contributed' to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday," reported Sean Murphy for the Associated Press. "Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high, and another 206 cases on Tuesday. By comparison, during the week before the June 20 Trump rally, there were 76 cases on Monday and 96 on Tuesday."

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