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• “Spin” has become an inexorable part of the political process, and if you hear President Obama tell it, his bus tour through Iowa isn’t a campaign trip, saying instead that it’s a way to take the pulse of the country. But it has all the trappings of a political hoorah, and of course that’s what it is. We’re not blaming the president for that, only noticing that when it comes to spin, the White House is as accomplished at it as any politician at any level. • Speaking of spin, we couldn’t help but chuckle -- although with a dose of disgust -- the explanation of an Arkansas woman who was arrested for allegedly stealing 185 copies of a newspaper so she could clip the coupons for discount shopping.

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