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So That’s What It Looks Like When A Journalist Refuses To Let Politicians Off The Hook

In the hours leading up to the gov't shutdown, which could furlough as many as 800,000 federal employees, CNN's Ashleigh Banfield asked Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) what you'd think would be an easy question: In light of the government shutdown, would you be willing to classify yourselves as "non-essential employees" and forgo your $174,000 congressional salaries? Their infuriatingly smug non-answer tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the current state of Congress.

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In one of the most glaringly hypocritical moves in recent history, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum is suing black blues singer Anita "Lady A" White, to use her stage name she's performed under for over three decades.

Lady Antebellum announced it had changed its name to Lady A on June 11 as part of its commitment to "examining our individual and collective impact and marking the necessary changes to practice antiracism."

Antebellum refers to an era in the American south before the civil war when black people were held as slaves.

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