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Brownback's save-Sudan plan: a traveling basketball team

Seems like everyone has their own idea about how to solve the crisis in South Sudan and get more international attention for the people suffering there. What's Kansas Senator Sam Brownback's plan? Have them send a basketball team to the United States.

Seriously.

In today's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Brownback lamented that representatives of South Sudan's government can't get attention or publicity in the United States, let alone a meeting with President Obama.

"I even urged them, I've said, ‘Why don't you get a basketball team together and start traveling America with the southern Sudanese?' It's Dinka tribe-dominated -- and they're very tall," Brownback explained.

"They've got 10 guys over 7 feet tall playing basketball in southern Sudan. So I'm saying just show up. You may get beat by 40 points, but everybody is going to say, ‘Where did these guys come from?'"

Clinton responded to Brownback with a non-committal "Mm-hmm," and confirmed that yes, the Dinka tribesman of southern Sudan are in fact "very tall."

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