Inside Politics Weekend: Chez Limbaugh

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Are you experienced? Radio Hanoi broadcast Jimi Hendrix’s screamin’ guitar version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” across the nation of North Vietnam 38 years ago today. And in a different vein, President Reagan called the Soviet Union an “evil empire” on this very day 26 years ago — using the term for the second time in his career.

Meanwhile, the decade was not called the “go-go ‘80s” for nothing.

The IRS announced on March 8, 1985, that 407,700 Americans were millionaires — more than double the total from just five years before. As a somewhat disquieting aside, according to TNS Global Financial Services, 9.9 million Americans now claim to have more than $1 million net worth.

Quotes of note

“The real problem is that there is no control on the way people gossip now. There are no editors, publishers — the Internet is just wild. So these kids who are running or Perez Hilton, they are very clever and they deserve a lot of credit for making fabulous careers for themselves. But I don’t believe a word any of them write.” — syndicated columnist Liz Smith, to CNN.

“CIA following Bin Laden on Twitter.” — parody headline from the Andy Borowitz Report.

“He looks like an Eastern European gangster.” — David Letterman on Rush Limbaugh, to CBS News.

“Market to Obama: I’m just not that into you.” — James Pethokoukis, U.S. News & World Report.

By the numbers

Who are America’s heroes? Here are the top names mentioned spontaneously by 2,634 adults in a Harris Poll released Feb. 26.

President Obama

Jesus Christ

Martin Luther King Jr.

Ronald Reagan

George W. Bush

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