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1.) The Groper bashes the Hoper — At the event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, President Bill Clinton slammed the man who currently occupies the Oval Office in a not-so-subtle way. TheDC’s Katie McHugh reports

“Former President Bill Clinton told the March on Washington audience Wednesday that Dr. Martin Luther King ‘did not live and die to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock.’ ‘Oh, yes, we face terrible political gridlock now. Read a little history; it’s nothing new. Yes, there remain racial inequalities in employment, income, health, wealth, incarceration, and in the victims and perpetrators of violent crime. But we don’t face beatings, lynchings and shootings for our political beliefs anymore,’ Clinton said in his commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech on Wednesday. ‘And I would respectfully suggest that Martin Luther King did not live and die to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock,’ he continued. ‘It is time to stop complaining and put our shoulders against the stubborn gates holding the American people back.'”

BOOM! President Clinton may have stumped hard for Obama in 2012, but it doesn’t appear that he respects him all that much.

2.) This actually happened — There were some good things at Wednesday’s commemoration of the March on Washington — and there were some mind-blowingly weird things. TheDC’s Christopher Bedford reports:

“If you’re like us, you kept an eye on the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday, where tens of thousands of Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. And if you’re like us, you had zero clue what was going on when a bunch of armed, naked, tattooed warriors ran onto the steps and started making choreographed intimidating gestures and primitive noises. Turns out they’re a traditional dance troop from Destiny Church, New Zealand (that’s a place, not a church). And if our rugby memories serve us well, they’re doing the haka, a traditional war cry from Australia’s neighbor. What war — or near-naked men from New Zealand — have to do with Dr. King’s dream is beyond us, but hey, we’re just reporting.”

Click on the story to watch the video.

3.) Debate Syria’s fate —  Rand Paul says Congress should have a say on whether America intervenes in the Syrian civil war. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports: 

“As the Obama administration moves closer to launching strikes on Syria, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is arguing there’s no ‘national security’ rationale for doing so. ‘The war in Syria has no clear national security connection to the United States and victory by either side will not necessarily bring in to power people friendly to the United States,’ Paul said Wednesday in a statement provided by his office. ‘The United States should condemn the use of chemical weapons,’ the Kentucky Republican added. ‘We should ascertain who used the weapons and we should have an open debate in Congress over whether the situation warrants U.S. involvement. The Constitution grants the power to declare war to Congress not the President.'”

4.) Russia the weak — When the leader of a country can’t handle being portrayed wearing pink underwear, we are not dealing with a strong state. The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Brendan Bordelon reports:

“Say what you want about Vladimir Putin, but the man sure can rock a pink negligee. The Guardian reports that police in St. Petersburg removed a painting of the Russian president clad in women’s underwear from an art gallery on Monday, claiming that the portrait broke Russian law. In the satirical showcase, Putin wears pink lingerie while brushing the hair of former President Dmitry Medvedev, who gazes shamelessly at the viewer while wearing nothing but a lacy blue bra and panties. A St. Petersburg politician, who was himself mocked in another confiscated gallery painting, said the images were ‘of a distinctly pornographic character.'”

5.) Tweet of Yesterday  Jim Antle: You don’t have to like Obama’s politics to like what his election did for many American children’s sense of what’s possible.

6.) Today in North Korean News — BREAKING: “Military Attaches Corps, Russian Embassy Officials Visit Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum”

VIDEO: Watch Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

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