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Right now, panel, it's time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Jessi, the governor of Texas brought in the National Guard to defend against a possible takeover. Who was he worried might be invading the great Lone Star State of Texas?
JESSI KLEIN: Of Texas?
KLEIN: He brought in what?
SAGAL: Well, he alerted the National Guard to keep an eye on this because he's worried.
KLEIN: But they haven't come in yet, but look out.
SAGAL: Well, they're already among us. They look just like us.
KLEIN: I'm going to just say pregnancy brain is a real thing, so any answer that I give - is it aliens?
KLEIN: They look just like us.
SAGAL: They look just like us.
SAGAL: Do - any of you guys can help out the pregnant lady? Do you know?
PETER GROSZ: Is it other Americans?
SAGAL: Yeah, it's the American government.
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KLEIN: I feel a little embarrassed my first answer was aliens.
KLEIN: I will admit that's pretty far from the right answer.
SAGAL: The idea is that the U.S. Special Forces, the military, announced this very large military exercise all across the southwest. They do this all the time. But this time somebody leaked a map they had come up with for the military exercise, basically a war game where they pretend to be at war. And the entire state of Texas is labeled hostile territory for the purposes of the game. So all these people online were like aha, you see, the U.S. government is going to come in, and this is the theory - they're going to invade with Special Forces. They're going to seize all the guys with guns and put people into mass incarceration camps in abandoned Walmarts.
GROSZ: Also, if you were going to invade a state, wouldn't you pick the one that had the least guns as opposed to the one that has the most guns? Like, there's probably more guns in Texas than there are like in the Army...
SAGAL: I know.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA: ...I would imagine. What's like a - like Connecticut probably doesn't have that many guns.
SAGAL: Yeah, sure.
BIRBIGLIA: Let's go take Connecticut and Rhode Island.
KLEIN: It feels like Texas is like - Texas was a kid that was doing OK in school and then Texas started hanging out with Florida.
SAGAL: Yeah. Bad influence.
KLEIN: Bad influence.
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