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Publisher Al Regnery, Heritage Foundation president Edwin J. Feulner and former attorney general Ed Meese are among an armada of conservative heavyweights who will fete author and ace political strategist Craig Shirley Tuesday, on the release of his new book “Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign that Changed America.”

The 600-page volume is a definitive insider examination of Mr. Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign; the book won praise from Newt Gingrich and Mark Levin.

“I hope that readers will come away with a greater appreciation for practical idealism and that while political consultants can help a candidate, they can also do great harm,” Mr. Shirley tells Inside the Beltway. “Also, I hope readers will learn never to edit a word document inside an e-mail. It could cause them to lose a month’s worth of work which could cause them to cry and then cause them to get drunk.”

Well, OK.

“There is no truth to the rumor that the White House dinner crashers will show up,” adds a waggish source who will be in attendance.

HEATED DISCUSSION

Climategate critics continue to assail British and American scientists who manipulated global warming statistics to sway the global agenda.

“They ‘let the polar bear out of the bag’ on their questionable tactics used in gathering and analyzing the data,” says Matt Harrison, founder of the Prometheus Institute, a California-based public policy think tank.

“While the global warming science was already cloaked in uncertainty, the current controversy only further undermines the authority of the scientific ‘consensus’ that dominates the debate,” Mr. Harrison tells the Beltway.

“We’re about to turn our nation’s economy and world’s economy upside down based upon faulty and questionable science with the cap-and-trade bill now before Congress and measures to be debated in Copenhagen next week,” Mr. Harrison continues, fretting that one particular demographic group will bear the weight of the legislation.

“It’s a thinly-disguised tax on young Americans who’ll spend the rest their lives struggling under oppressive taxes thrust upon them by unscrupulously opportunistic scientists and their unthinking supporters,” he adds.

POLL DU JOUR

• 42 percent of Americans would advise their members of Congress to oppose heath care reform legislation.

• 35 percent want them to support the legislation; 22 percent are undecided.

• 86 percent of Republicans would advise lawmakers to oppose the legislation.

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Jennifer Harper INSIDE THE BELTWAY

Jennifer Harper INSIDE THE BELTWAY

A graduate of Syracuse University, Jennifer Harper writes the daily Inside the Beltway column and provides additional coverage of breaking national news, plus long-term trends in politics, media issues, public opinion, popular culture, Hollywood foibles and “eureka” moments in health and science.

She has been a frequent broadcast commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Voice of America, Citadel Broadcasting, ...

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