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SAN FRANCISCO -- China is flexing its muscles and preparing for military conflict in Asia, the outgoing intelligence chief of the US Navy's Pacific Fleet recently warned.

A bribe, by any other name, is still a bribe. Call it “reward,” “incentive,” “bonus,” “gift” or some other name, it is the same banana.

For more than 10 years, a good number of lawmakers, with the aid of the fixers who assisted them, were able to pocket the entire cash value of their Priority Development Assistance Fund, without anyone in government publicly protesting that there was anything wrong in what they were doing. That is astonishing. It reveals a high tolerance for corruption that contradicts all the norms of modern government enshrined in our Constitution. It exposes the feebleness of our institutional control…

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