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With the advent of another Republican misadventure in Washington, late-night comics may again provide the penetrating and focused reporting that we all need. Seth Meyers brought it on Tuesday with “A Closer Look” at the foibles of the troubled Trump transition; he has sharp words for the Donald, special adviser Steve Bannon, and even daughter Ivanka — who apparently sees the constitutional transfer of power as a great opportunity to peddle her branded jewelry.

They’re incompetent, inelegant, malevolent, and dangerous — but they’re still good for a laugh.

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How To Stop Monopolies From Milking Us Dry

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For the past several years, monopolistic price fixing by two multibillion-dollar milk processing behemoths — DFA (an outfit deceptively named Dairy Farmers of America) and Dean Foods — has squeezed thousands of dairy farms out of business, paying farmers less for a gallon of milk than it costs them to produce it. The Big Two controlled some two-thirds of all raw milk processed nationwide, essentially forcing farmers to sell on the processors' terms.

Last year, then-President Trump's Justice Department ("justice") allowed the $14 billion DFA empire to devour the $8 billion Dean conglomerate, leaving individual farm families at the mercy of one domineering colossus. DFA now controls 70 percent of our nation's entire raw milk supply.

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