- Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin’s parents rally against Fla. ‘stand your ground’ law
- Hillary Clinton campaign got illicit funds from D.C. scandal figure
- Obama administration backs off plan to cut prescription-drug program
- Tickets linked to stolen passports purchased by Iranian middleman
- More than 3,500 police planned for Boston Marathon
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- Liam Neeson tells NYC mayor to ‘man up’ in horse carriage fight
- Real-life Dr. Doolittle to reveal how to talk to animals
- Climate change could bring back smallpox, researchers say
- Shoe-bomb witness to speak from London at N.Y. trial
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“The stepped-up rhetorical and physical attacks on the American Muslim community and Islam require a positive, proactive response that will help counter the almost hysterical campaign of misinformation by a vocal minority of bigots,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
SIGN O’ THE TIMES
Run for the hills. Ew. Ew. The Original Bed Bug Patch goes on sale nationally Wednesday to “combat a rising epidemic.” In Al Gore-like terms, the manufacturer says it repels “by reducing and offsetting the levels of CO2 emitted out through your skin. It puts to use Vitamin B1 to mask the bed bug attracting scent.”
IT’S ALL LOCAL
Politics is still excruciatingly local as midterm elections loom.
“We’ll start rolling out our Ohio poll results Wednesday, but there’s one finding on the poll that pretty much sums it up: By a 50-42 margin, voters there say they’d rather have George W. Bush in the White House right now than Barack Obama,” says Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling.
“Independents hold that view by a 44-37 margin, and there are more Democrats who would take Bush back (11 percent) than there are Republicans who think Obama’s preferable (3 percent),” Mr. Jensen explains. “A couple months ago, I thought the Pennsylvanias and Missouris and Ohios of the world were the biggest battlegrounds for 2010, but when you see numbers like this, it makes you think it’s probably actually the Californias and the Wisconsins and the Washingtons.”
POLL DU JOUR
- 78 percent of U.S. voters say pay raises for Congress “should be submitted to voters first.”
- 75 percent want members of Congress to take a pay cut until the federal budget is balanced.
- 61 percent say proposed tax increases should be submitted to voters before they become law.
- 54 percent say that “most federal workers” are overpaid.
- 24 percent disagree, and 22 percent are not sure.
Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Aug. 29-30.
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