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WHOOPS

The Transportation Security Administration is reminding military troops that “explosives” are not allowed on commercial flights.

The agency revealed Tuesday that its security teams occasionally encounter soldiers who have packed inert grenades in their luggage, often as a “keepsake” from the battlefield. Uh, thanks, but no thanks.

“We always look forward to partnering with our service members during the security screening process as we strive to achieve our mutual mission of protecting our homeland,” notes a discreet spokeswoman.

PAPA JON

The women have spoken: Comedy Central “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart does not run a sexist “boys’ club” where female staffers are demeaned, as reported recently by Irin Carmon of Jezebel.com.

“Recently, certain media outlets have attempted to tell us what its like to be a woman at “The Daily Show.’ We must admit it is entertaining to be the subjects of such a vivid and dramatic narrative. However, while rampant sexism at a well-respected show makes for a great story, we want to make something very clear: The place you may have read about is not our office,” the 31 women said in a statement released Tuesday.

They conclude, “The Daily Show isn’t a boys’ club or a girls’ club, it’s a family — a highly functioning if sometimes dysfunctional family. And we’re not thinking about how to maximize our gender roles in the workplace on a daily basis. We’re thinking about how to punch up a joke about Glenn Beck’s latest diatribe, where to find a Michael Steele puppet on an hour’s notice and which chocolate looks most like an oil spill.”

POLL DU JOUR

64 percent of Americans say illegal immigration is an “extremely or very serious” threat to the future well-being of the country.

62 percent say illegal immigrants “cost taxpayers too much.”

78 percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Democrats agree.

50 percent overall say “halting flow of illegal immigrants” should be the main focus of government action.

67 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats agree.

32 percent overall say illegal workers will “become productive taxpayers.”

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