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Congress Plays Nice?; Social Issues Take Center Stage; and Buzzfeed's Ben Smith

Thursday, February 23, 2012

President Barack Obama greets workers following a speech at the Master Lock factory on February 15, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Getty)

Episode #7: Brian Lehrer is on vacation, so Buzzfeed's Ben Smith steps in to compete with Todd Zwillich and Anna Sale to play the week's most revealing clip. Todd isn't buying President Obama's enthusiasm about bipartisan progress in Washington; Ben can't believe everyone is talking about "transvaginal sonograms"; and Anna sees race and affirmative action on the 2012 horizon.

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Was the President Obama and Senator Reid in a "constitutional tizzy" when they swore an oath to defend it?

Notice how they do not describe what a "transvaginal sonograms" shows. It is not a religious term but a scientific medical term and science is supposed to trump religion in public policy, right? So why are "progressives" denying scientific knowledge to the pubic?

"Don't tell me what to do" unless its Obamacare and thousands of other new regulations that tell you what to do?

Has not this administration have a long track record of creating a crisis to advance themselves politically with help of their friends in the media?

Feb. 23 2012 01:22 PM

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Each week Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale and Todd Zwillich compete to play the most revealing soundbites they can find -- from the ones that help define major policy to the ones that made everyone say “Wait, what?!” It's also your chance to join the fun with games, tweets, surveys, and -- of course -- your vote on who you think brought the best clip. Every Thursday from now until election day.

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