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Shutdown Theater: WWII Memorial edition
Shutdown Theater: WWII Memorial edition

We have now reached the stage of bogus indignation in the government shutdown. The leading example is the ruthless exploitation by House Republicans of World War II veterans brought to the World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall for a theatrical hand-wringing over the memorial's closure -- one of many impacts of the shutdown. You might think from the news coverage of this camera-ready event that it just happened. Not so. As Brian Rooney of the Rooney Report observes, "For two days reporters have covered veterans crossing barriers to visit the memorial, but failed to point out that the press was tipped to the event staged with the help of Republican politicians. Otherwise,...

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