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Friday, June 20, 2014

The Mike Huckabee Is Finished Edition

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM


Jason Rapert’s discriminatory dog and pony show, Mike Huckabee’s hopefully career killing speech at a marginal rally to oppose same-sex marriage, whether a special session of the state legislature is coming and what it’ll look like and the middle class as a campaign trope — all covered on this week's edition.

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