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What would prompt Bloomington mayor Gene Winstead to vogue down a Mall of America runway modeling a t-shirt and Zubaz? Nothing short of the unveiling of the official line of Republican National Convention clothing, which took place at the mall’s rotunda Tuesday. Cyndi Lesher, president of the convention’s local host committee, said she’d wear the pink polo shirt she had on again. “It’s a decent color,” she said. She’s right–and what kind of quality is that for a convention outfit? The clothes, made by Minnesota company St. Croix Promotions and Retail, sport plenty of the aforementioned fashion don’ts, but in a restrained way–almost too restrained. One sky-blue T-shirt’s screenprint is a colorful drawing of the St. Paul skyline with a little airplane toting a “MSP 2008″ sign. On another shirt, a donkey and an elephant hold a communal sign reading “Let’s Party!”
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Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
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A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Number of free condoms handed out by the Brazilian government in advance of Carnival this year:
The best way to measure happiness is simply to ask people how happy they are.
Following three weeks of clashes between protesters and government forces that killed at least 17 people, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a two-day extension of Carnival. “Happiness will conquer the embittered,” he said during an appearance at a recreation center.
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”