Growing up near Vancouver and the Canada-U.S. border, my friends and I often hopped over to the U.S. in search of a bargain. During one such trip, some pals were caught with dozens of cheap American chocolate bars hidden in the glove compartment of the car. Instead of paying the duty, they chose to consume all of the chocolate on the spot. Believing that they were sticking it to those customs officials, they really just made themselves violently ill.
That episode was not unlike a scenario currently playing out in the U.S. — just substitute members of Congress for my buddies and Russian President Vladimir Putin for the customs officials they think they're sticking it to.
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