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She knows what she didAs usual with these terrible betrayals of the public trust, it's not the crime -- it's the coverup. If First Lady Cindy McCain had "talked straight" with the American people years ago and said, Yes, I get all my recipes from the Blue Cross drug formulary, we could have moved on. But instead she engages in this dangerous dance of deceit, leaving a trail of broken dreams and cribbed recipes behind her. One intrepid sleuth just uncovered what may be the first documented incident from Mrs. McCain's life of shadowy food-crime -- an error that may end up costing John McCain precious votes with a once reliable constituency...


We refer, of course, to the Quakers.

Way back in December of 2007, Cindy McCain entered "her" No-Bake Cookie recipe in Yankee Magazine's Cookie Primary. There was just one problem: she had stolen the formula whole cloth from Quaker Oats.

The great irony here is that John McCain believes the government must actively enforce Americans' collective faith in the State by making a shameful spectacle out of those who would abuse the public trust. Thus, Wonkette looks forward to seeing Cindy McCain launched with great fanfare into Space, equipped with nothing but a sleeve of Saltines and a copy of the Federalist Papers to keep her company until she dies alone and ashamed.

Cindy McCain is a serial recipe thief! [Al's Blog]

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Well, goddamn it, a wonderful person we'd never heard of until last night is dead. Lyra McKee was 29, an investigative journalist who specialized in looking at the legacy of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She was murdered by someone shooting at police during rioting in Derry, or perhaps Londonderry, depending on who you want to piss off by using either name for the city. The rioting broke out after police "started carrying out searches in the area because of concerns that militant republicans were storing firearms and explosives" in advance of attacks planned to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Police are blaming the violence and McKee's death on the "New Irish Republican Army," a radical republican group formed a few years ago from several smaller groups. Despite the name, the group has no ties to the old Provisional Irish Republican Army, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was supposed to have brought peace to Northern Ireland, and kind of did, at least much of the time.

McKee is being remembered by colleagues and readers as a promising journalist who was expected to go far. A year ago, McKee signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber; the first of the books, The Lost Boys, an investigation of eight young men who disappeared in Belfast during the Troubles in the '60s and '70s, will be published next year. A 2016 Forbes profile said "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about." For instance, CNN reports, McKee spent five years investigating a story about the only rape crisis center in Northern Ireland and its long struggle to regain funding after the government eliminated it.

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