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Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.?

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“This actually is a question we have been asking from time to time since the 1990s. It is fascinating to see that Americans’ distrust of political figures is not limited to modern-day politicians, but historic ones as well, and that gives these numbers some important perspective. The percentages have remained consistently high over the years,” CNN’s polling director Keating Holling tells the Beltway.

If it is any consolation, 75 percent also said contemporary Washington officials are not honest either. The poll of 1,023 adults was conducted Feb. 12 to 15.


Republicans who hope another prominent Democrat will drop out of politics are in luck, at least according to hypnotist and psychic Blair Robertson.

“Watch for yet another Democrat to throw in the towel,” Mr. Robertson tells the Beltway, predicting that this event will happen by March 16.

Indeed, Mr. Robertson adds that “Democratic Party chaos” is also in the cards.


The world’s first “Online Tax Revolt” is now under way, led by the electronic avatars of “team leaders” Michael Reagan, Neil Boortz and other luminaries seeking tax reform as April 15 looms.

Visitors choose a snappy avatar of their own and “march” on a map toward the nation’s capital; see it all at So far, 35,000 have signed on for the virtual march.

“The Online Tax Revolt is open to every American who believes taxes and spending are out of control, harmful to our country and a threat to our nation’s future,” said chairman Ken Hoagland. “Our economic future and that of future generations is at stake. We need taxes that are lower and a tax structure that’s fair. This march is a wake-up call to everyone in Washington that the American people won’t be ignored.”

State-based and veterans’ teams are in the works, Mr. Hoagland says, with “other prominent team leaders” to come.


c 76 percent of Americans say it’s likely the Federal Reserve Board will raise “other interest rates” this year.

c 54 percent expect interest rates to be higher a year from now.

c 15 percent say the Fed’s decision to raise interest rates makes them “more confident” about the economy.

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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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