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And it’s about time

The US Senate has finally turned its attention from such trivial matters as health, education, immigration and Iraq to the most important issue facing our nation today: the raging, uncontrolled epidemic of flag-burning.

Washington Post columnist Dana Millbank writes:

The Citizens Flag Alliance, a group pushing for the Senate this week to pass a flag-burning amendment to the Constitution, just reported an alarming, 33 percent increase in the number of flag-desecration incidents this year.

The number has increased to four, from three.

Update: The Senate fell one vote short of the two-thirds needed to send the anti-flag-burning amendment to the states for ratification, but not before sponsor Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, said it was indeed the most important issue the Senate could be dealing with.

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