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And now some fresh patriotic pickings from the political grapevine this fourth of July.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting some flak for presided over the annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest weigh in on Tuesday.
Weeks after banning large sugary drinks and his city citing health risks Bloomberg defended the competition saying everything is okay in moderation.
Defending champion Joey chestnut won again by -- against 68 hot dogs and buns.
That comes -- to eight and a half pounds of hot dogs a -- not counting the bonds more than 21000.
Calories at all.
The American Medical Association says competitive eating is unhealthy and even dangerous.
Those -- the fireworks industry say -- stagnant economy coupled with massive wildfires means a slump in sales that is the worst since the Vietnam War era.
At least 100 communities have decided to skip the pyrotechnics this year.
One executive -- local governments for cutting out firework shows just to save a few thousand dollars saying quote.
It's like taking on mom and apple pie.
And finally lawmakers are pushing a bill that would require the federal government to purchase only American flags that are actually made in America.
US flag imports were valued at over three and a half million dollars last year with the majority coming from China.
One of the bill's sponsor says quote we should do all we -- to support American manufacturing and job creation.
Especially when it comes to our most treasured -- patriotic symbols the American flak.
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