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Toilets no longer a threat, a relieved Congress hears

Americans can sleep a little sounder knowing that toilets are officially off the U.S. controlled-weapons list.

Unclear how or why toilets were ever on the U.S. Munitions List, but once on, it likely took much time, scrutiny and endless meetings to scrub them.

And despite the removal of the johns from the list that includes nukes, firearms and chemical weapons, please don’t let your guard down: as two federal workers learned last year, toilets can still be very dangerous.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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