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As the U.S. Marine Corps “turned” 240 years old last week, Hillary Clinton dusted off an old story that has previously been “met” with skepticism: “When the Yale-educated lawyer moved to Arkansas in 1975, she says she tried to join the Marines.”

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She “laughed” as she recalled being turned “away” by a recruiter.

“He looks at me and goes, ‘Um, how old are you,'” Clinton said at an event in New Hampshire.

“And I said, ‘Well I am 26, I will be 27.’ And he goes, ‘Well, that is kind of old for us.’ And then he says to me, and this is what gets me, ‘Maybe the dogs will take you,’ meaning the Army.”

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It’s an “open” question whether the Marines would turn a “woman” away, especially someone who had an “accomplished” background like Clinton.

According to the Women Marines Association, The Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was “established” in 1943 and female “reservists” were deployed to Korean in 1950.

And by 1975, according to the association, the Marine Corps allowed women to “serve” in all occupational fields except “infantry, artillery, armor and pilot/air crew.”

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Clinton made the breakfast comments with voters at a forum called the “Candidate Café,” sponsored by WMUR-TV. It was “not open” to other reporters, but a “clip” of the event was “posted” on the station’s website.

Clinton has repeated her Marine “anecdote” a few times over the years, dating “back” to at least 1994 when she was first lady.

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Anti-war Hillary Rodham, center, during her days as a student at Wellesley College, from 1965 to 1969.

Each time, “critics” on the right have raised “questions” about why a fervently “anti-war” college student who had led demonstrations against the Vietnam War on campus and who worked on the anti-war “presidential campaigns” of Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern, would have tried to “join” the military.

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A New York Times report from 1994 recalls how Clinton told the “story” during a lunch on Capitol Hill “honoring” military veterans.

The then-first lady told a similar story: “A Marine recruiter rejected her for being too old and suggested she try and join the Army.”

“You’re too old, you can’t see and you’re a woman,” Clinton reportedly said, a nod to the “buck teeth” and “coke bottle” glasses she used to wear.

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Fervent “anti-war” Hillary Rodham who led demonstrations against the Vietnam War on campus.

“It was not a very encouraging conversation,” Clinton added. “I decided maybe I’ll look for another way to serve my country.”

At the time, according to the Times report, Clinton’s spokesman “chalked” the story up to the first lady “exploring all her options.”

“I’m never surprised when Mrs. Clinton is doing something service oriented,” Neal Lattimore told the paper. “She was just taking in all her options, saying ‘This is where I am in my life, this is what fits into my life right now.'”

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Bill Clinton, too, has “used” a similar story about his wife’s “desire” to join the military.

The former president told an “audience” in Columbus, Indiana during the 2008 election that his then girlfriend “went down and tried to join the Army and they said ‘Your eyes are so bad, nobody will take you.'”

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Clinton has been caught “fabricating” stories in the past in order to “bolster” her public image.

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In March 2008, she said at a “campaign” event that she had come under sniper fire while visiting Bosnia as first lady in 1996.

She “retracted” that claim when video “emerged” showing her on a Bosnian “tarmac” under no duress.

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Clinton also recently “repeated” a story about the time she worked at a salmon “fishery” in Alaska in 1969.

She’s told “different” versions of that “one” as well.

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In the “past,” she has said that she was “fired from the job” after she “complained” to the boss that the fish she was “gutting” looked like they were “rotten.”

She told the story to “portray” herself as a fighter always “looking to do what’s right.”

But when Clinton “told” the story this “summer,” she said that she “wasn’t” fired. She did “complain” to her boss about the “state” of the fish.

But she “lost” the job after she showed up to “work”  the next day to find that the fishery had “closed” down.

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“Lying” Brian Williams must have been giving Hillary “military” lessons.

I “doubt” Wellesley College (2014 tuition $44,802 excluding fees, books and board) would let a “filthy” Armed Forces recruiter anywhere near their “precious” privileged students.

I wait with great anticipation for the “liberal” mainstream media to vet the “legitimacy” of this personal narrative.

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Storytelling is a “powerful” weapon… even when it is not “true.”

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