Inside Politics Weekend: Heartbeat away

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Today also marks a singular moment in footwear. Vexed with the Cold War, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev pounded a shoe on the dais during a dispute at a U.N. General Assembly on this day in 1960.

And score one for Old Glory: The U.S. House of Representatives approved a statutory federal ban on the destruction of the American flag on this day in 1989.

And we have two other anniversaries never to forget. Today also marks the eighth anniversary of the attack on the USS Cole in Aden Harbor, Yemen, which killed 17 crew members and injured 39. Visit the ship here: www.cole. navy.mil. Today also marks the sixth anniversary of terrorist bombings in Bali, which left 202 dead, 200 injured.

Quotes of note

“She’s a really tough Western woman.” — Laura Bush, on Gov. Sarah Palin, to CNN.

“No pit bull, no dog, nor any other animal for that matter is as dangerous as you are.” — actress Brigitte Bardot, in a letter addressed to Mrs. Palin.

“Obama bores his way to victory.” — headline in The Daily Beast, a new blog from former New Yorker maven Tina Brown• .

“Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Lenin and Stalin.” — from the top 12 list of “Russia’s All-Time Greatest Citizens,” a survey conducted by Rossia, state-owned TV; from the Moscow Times.

By the numbers

We’re all sweating the economy and the election. Junior’s college tuition looms. The price of dog food is escalating. But some things, somehow, persevere. Here are America’s top five most expensive ZIP codes, according to Forbes Magazine - plus a few entries further down the list:

33109 (Miami Beach, median home price $3.8 million)

07620 (Alpine, N.J., median home price $3.6 million)

11765 (Mill Neck, N.Y., median home price $3 million)

92657 (Newport Coast, Calif., median home price $2.8 million)

11976 (Water Mill, N.Y., median home price $2.7 million)

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