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“And it’s true about red power ties,” the study adds, noting that “red might make men more likely to strut their stuff. A man who wears red may feel dominant, which influences his self-confidence and behavior and in turn may impress women.”

‘THE VIEW’ DIGS IN

Some viewers grumbled that President Obama’s cozy appearance on ABC’s “The View” last week was scripted. Boy Scouts wondered why Mr. Obama opted to visit the daytime talk show rather than make a traditional presidential appearance at their annual jamboree. And in rare agreement, both Sarah Palin and Rosie O’Donnell criticized the president’s appearance on the “fluffy” show, as Miss O’Donnell put it.

Jubilant network executives, however, say Mr. Obama drew 6.6 million viewers, making it the most watched episode in the program’s history. And, while the gaggle of girly hosts continue to interrupt each other and indulge in petty argument, the show is emerging, the players insist, as must-do TV on the campaign trail.

“The ratings indicate that our show continues to break new ground. ‘The View’ has proven to be an important stop for political candidates and is appointment television for our loyal audience who value our opposing views,” says host Barbara Walters.

POLL DU JOUR

62 percent of U.S. voters trust their own judgment more than President Obama’s when it comes to economic issues.

48 percent blame Obama administration policies for the nation’s current economic problems.

47 percent blame the policies of the George W. Bush administration.

47 percent rate Mr. Obama’s handling of economic issues as “poor.”

37 percent approve of the way he has handled the economy.

Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted July 30-31.

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