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  • None of it makes sense, except as a thinly-veiled justification for systematic political corruption.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Washington Against Heroes: The Post Attacks Eric Schneiderman

  • It was a thinly-veiled campaign ad for his run for the governorship, and a lot of his fellow Republicans cried foul.

    Crist In the Race

  • Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport reacted to the legislation, calling it a thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Catholic Church on the important issues of the day, such as same-sex marriage.

    The State of Connecticut attacks the Catholic Church

  • Unfortunately, I think some well-intentioned, unhappy Catholics from Darien are being used as pawns by Senator McDonald and Representative Lawlor in a thinly-veiled attack on the Church.

    The State of Connecticut attacks the Catholic Church

  • Some funding might help fill short-term budget gaps, but we've seen time and again that these quick fixes won't produce self-sustaining results, said Clinton in a thinly-veiled criticism of China.

    Hillary Clinton declares US support for aid initiative

  • In the piece, Brooks spins a decades-old, nationally celebrated sexuality education event series for university students (aka adults) into a thinly-veiled "think of the children!" outcry.

    Dr. Logan Levkoff: Sex Educators Unite to Support University Sex Weeks

  • Many conservative critics regard the national environmental movement as a thinly-veiled front for democratic liberalism and socialistic values.

    Edward Flattau: Eco Hollywood

  • My analysis: The episode is an obvious and thinly-veiled allegory of a probable first contact scenario on Earth and our lack of readiness for inter-planetary reality.

    Karen Talavera: The Longing for Home

  • When I was assigned to her creative writing class senior year, she praised my lame post-nuclear bomb survival story “Applejack” with words that, in retrospect, were a thinly-veiled attempt at seduction.

    Born Too Soon: America's Hottest Teachers

  • In a thinly-veiled criticism of the government's communication strategy during the crisis, Mr. Franz said "the German government would be well advised to discuss its position on the rescue fund behind closed doors, and in small circles and speak publicly with one voice."

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