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Although the big news out of this story is that Sarah Palin believes that teaching kids about nutrition is the rough equivalent of marching them towards an enviro-friendly gulag, this is what stood out to me:

She was the guest speaker last night at a fundraiser at Plumstead Christian School in Plumstead Township.

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School officials hope her appearance in the end will bring in several hundred dollars. Palin’s appearance fee, thought to be $75,000, was reportedly covered by private donors.

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You know, sometimes you have to spend money to make a lot less money.

So, let’s make this clear. Private donors raise $75,000 to bring a woman who likely earns three separate paychecks just for breathing. (Or, more likely, having an employee breathe under her name.) The fundraiser she appears at earns several hundred dollars. If you, like me, wonder why the donors didn’t just donate the $75,000 to the school and skip over Palin getting pissed about the lack of nacho cheese fountains in sixth grade, well…I heard there’s nothing to uplift the soul like Sarah Palin’s nasal whine cutting through a school cafeteria.


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Failure to immediately impeach Trump ‘puts the republic in grave danger’: constitutional scholar

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As a former co-prosecutor in the impeachment of Arizona Governor Evan Mecham, Paul Eckstein always believed that the definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors" is both "less and more than criminal conduct."

"It is less because a crime need not have been committed by the impeached officer," Eckstein writes in recent op-ed for AZCentral. "It is more because to be impeachable, an act of omission must be an 'abuse of some public trust.'"

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Lindsey Graham backs up Trump’s widely condemned impeachment tirade: ‘A lynching in every sense’

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President Donald Trump's widely condemned comparison of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry to a "lynching" has the support of at least one Republican senator.

As reported by The Hill's Alex Bolton, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday agreed that with the president's characterization of the House Democrats' efforts to hold him accountable.

"This is a lynching in every sense," Graham said.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) similarly agreed with Graham that House Democrats' efforts to impeach the president amount to a "lynching," as reported by Politico's Burgess Everett.

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Donald Trump is mirroring the career path of Vladimir Putin: Scientology doc maker Alex Gibney

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According to the director of the "Going Clear," the definitive documentary on Scientology, the rise of both Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin neatly mirror each other in the way that they have propelled themselves into office by using media manipulation as their most potent weapon.

As part of a discussion with the Daily Beast about his latest work, Citizen K, a look at the life of Russian dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Alex Gibney said Putin's career trajectory became a major part of his story -- and he noticed extraordinary parallels with Trump.

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