It's the Fourth of July, and it would be unpatriotic to write words for the Internet today—that would distract from the twin goals of patriotism and beer-drinking. Instead, I'll share this story about the GOP's satisfying yet short-sighted strategy of total opposition to the laws Obama's already signed, and I'll share this:
TODAY IN SLATE
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