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It’s hard to take Michele Bachmann seriously when she bases her entire presidential campaign on repealing President Obama’s health care plan, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

When she dropped out of the race on Tuesday, she claimed that her zeal for repeal wasn’t a cliché.

Watch the video below — a record of every reference to “Obamacare” in her rather short concession speech — and decide for yourself:

Photo by Mediamodifier from Pixabay

Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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