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How Many Checkout Scanners Do You Own?

Jonah, quite right on how bogus the checkout scanner story was. In contrasting the McCain housing story with the Bush Sr. hullabaloo below, I should of course have pointed out that the checkout counter story was itself an urban myth. So maybe the McCain story is not so different after all. Here is the background from Snopes. (And thanks to reader Gary Frank for holding my feet to the fire on that one.)

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.


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