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Noted and passed for Dec. 6, 2010
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• We’re glad to see that the U.S. Congress has passed a bill which will prohibit television networks from jacking up the volume when commercials are shown. For decades, viewers have been forced to reach for the remote control device when the sound spurted during ad pitches. We also propose a tongue-in-cheek amendment to the new law: that whenever politicians appear on TV with too much blathering, the volume gets automatically cut down to zero. • Rep. Charlie Rangel, who was censured on the House floor last week for his multiple ethics violations -- including not paying taxes on rental property for almost two decades -- said his treatment was “very, very political.”

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