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A complaint too far
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NEW YORK -- It is almost clockwork: As a new presidential cycle winds around, the early primary state of South Carolina provides a defining issue for Americans and candidates to chew over. Whether it's a debate about where the Confederate Battle Flag should fly -- or the "real" meaning of secession -- the nation's most-stubborn state can be a tar pit for the incautious politician. Thus, almost to the day that South Carolina commemorated the 150th anniversary of the first shot of Civil War, the federal government lobbed a grenade into the Palmetto State, challenging a private industry's right to conduct business there.