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Only 46 states?
Of the 50 "states", 4 are "commonwealths", so technicly there are only 46 or so "states"? If that's the case, what exactly is a commonwealth and what makes it not a state, and why do we call them states anyway?

Why do Puerto Rican residents pay US federal taxes and not have any governmental representation, non-voting or otherwise? (Err.. taxation without representation to anybody???)

Why the hell does ex-President Bush make the freaking national news because of a sunburn?

ugh. it's 3 am so I guess I shouldn't try to think too hard.

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