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Kathleen Falk and Topf Wells up; Paul Ryan down

UP: Kathleen Falk and Topf Wells. Dane County proposes naming 466 acres it recently bought along the Sugar River after former county executive Falk and her chief of staff, Wells. If the name is approved by the full county board, the areas would be known as Falk Wells Sugar River Wildlife Area.

DOWN: Paul Ryan. In trying to make a point that welfare programs damage the poor, Wisconsin's Republican congressman recounts an anecdote he heard from Eloise Anderson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Ryan says Anderson met a poor school kid who preferred to have his lunch in a brown paper bag rather than get a free school lunch, because the brown bag showed he was loved. But the anecdote embarrassingly turns out to have been taken -- and its meaning distorted -- from the book An Invisible Thread. The book's author, Laura Schroff, tells the Huffington Post: "I don't care about Republicans and Democrats. But we are talking about children that need to be fed. Cutting school lunch programs doesn't accomplish that."

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