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Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news.

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PETER SAGAL, Host:

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Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Kyrie, like a lot of Republican candidates this year, Alaskan Senate candidate Joe Miller is concerned about border security. This week, he referenced the success of the past as a model for how we might secure our borders. What country did he point to as an inspiration?

KYRIE O: Oh, let me guess, because I don't know the answer. Somebody who's really good with their borders?

SAGAL: Mm-hmm. Oh yeah, very secure borders.

CONNOR: Very secure borders.

SAGAL: Very secure. Barbed wire, guard towers.

CONNOR: Oh, that could be a lot of places.

SAGAL: So good, they had to bring in supplies by air lift.

CONNOR: German, Berlin?

SAGAL: Yes, East Germany actually was what he referenced.

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SAGAL: You and I think of East Germany, we think of a totalitarian state that imprisoned its own citizens. Joe Miller says, sure. But, you know, they had very few Mexicans.

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SAGAL: Keep in mind that Miller is an Army veteran who actually served on the East German border as you listen to this, quote, "East Germany was very, very able to reduce the flow. If East Germany could, we could," unquote. So we imagine him, he's standing there, right? Looking at the barbed wire and the guard towers and he does not realize that they are there to keep people in.

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SAGAL: You know, oh, that person running toward me while being shot at by border guards must be an illegal with a very poor sense of direction.

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PETER GROSZ: Whenever he's at the zoo, he's like, oh man, I wish these cages weren't here. I'd really love to get at those animals.

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SAGAL: Kyrie, Green Party candidate Rich Whitney is facing an uphill battle in the race for Illinois governor. Things got worse for him when his name appeared on electronic voting machines with a typo, listing Rich Whitney as what?

CONNOR: Rich Whitey.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: The error appears on machines in 23 wards, many of which are in predominately African American areas.

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SAGAL: This is true. Being listed as Rich Whitey put him at a dead heat in the polls against his rival, Councilman Dumb Cracker.

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SAGAL: Officials say the error can't be fixed before Election Day. Whitney suspects foul play. He says, quote, "I don't want to be identified as a Rich Whitey." Mitt Romney replied, don't worry, it's not that bad.

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