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Afghan policemen handle confiscated weapons displayed during a ceremony in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2013. A private security company called Jefa dissolved by Afghan officials of the interior ministry and around 12 weapons confiscated from the center of the dissolved private company, police officials said.

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In the long era of anti-abortion demagoguery, “babies” have been the enduring symbol of Republican caring. They want to defend the rights of babies as persons even before they are born. Or, as former Congressman Barney Frank quipped, “From their perspective, life begins at conception and ends at birth.”

And yet Congressional Republicans proved beyond doubt this week that they regard living, breathing babies solely as political props, not real human beings with actual needs. True to compassionless form, nearly every Republican in the House voted no when the chance came to feed infants, living ones.

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Abortion is the new protection racket.

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