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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Badge of Honor.

PETER SAGAL, host: We want to remind everybody that they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Illinois. For tickets and more information, go to or you can find a link at our website:

Right now, Panel, of course it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Amy, for the first time in more than 20 years, the Girl Scouts are updating the badges girls can earn on their uniforms. Now, next to art, first aid and naturalist awards, Girl Scouts may be pinning on a badge for what?

AMY DICKINSON: Best surfer web browsing.

SAGAL: No, they do have one for web design, but that's not the one we're asking you about. I mean, girls are like, oh, I'll never get this badge because my high balance brought me from 850 to 530.

MO ROCCA: Cholesterol?

DICKINSON: Your cholesterol badge?

SAGAL: Well, if they pay off their balance every month...

DICKINSON: Oh, your credit score badge.

SAGAL: Yes, you get a good credit badge in the Girl Scouts.


SAGAL: It's one of many financial badges available to Girl Scouts now. They include money manager, budgeting and customer loyalty badges. Girl Scouts of USA hope to modernize the organization. They want to prepare young girls in the off chance there are any jobs for them when they grow up.


SAGAL: They should be having badges in like scavenging for food in the wasteland. That'd be more useful.


DICKINSON: How to steal a transmission from someone else's car.

SAGAL: Exactly.


SAGAL: Look, I got the badge for stripping copper from abandoned houses.



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