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Rep Chris Smith (R, NJ) breaks out the big guns on Cuba

Wow. David Freddoso reports this at NRO’s the corner.

Fireworks on House Foreign Relations

With an unusually dramatic display of placards bearing the photographs of Cuban political prisoners, Rep. Chris Smith (R, N.J.) began by urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to demand their unconditional release. This was the calm, bipartisan moment before the fireworks.

Smith then questioned her rather vigorously over her reception of a Planned Parenthood award named for that organization’s founder, Margaret Sanger, complete with several quotes from Sanger’s writings on the need to rid the human stock of “undesirables” and “delinquents.” I’ll post the full exchange when I can.

This is obviously a topic on which Rep Smith has strong feelings.