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FreedomWorks’ president Matt Kibbe will act as the genial host as guests celebrate the author’s classic novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” a cautionary tale of overbearing government. Mr. Kibbe also is sending a copy of the book to every member of the U.S. House and Senate. That’s a lot of books, like 535 of them. His guests get copies, too.

“They will be able to discuss the parallels between the events of the novel and the developments in present day America,” Mr. Kibbe observes.

RECOVERY BLITZ

It’s the “summer of recovery.” Get used to it. That’s the brand name this week. In the next 72 hours, President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and a cast of thousands - well - eight Cabinet level officials, anyway - will journey to green-minded electric-car factories, battery manufacturers and vehicle charging stations. All will likely repeat the mantra of Council of Economic Advisers chairwoman Christina Romer’s new analysis that insists, “For every Recovery Act dollar invested in projects that leverage private capital, the private sector is putting in at least 2.5 times as much.”

The journeys are far flung, and unless staged in electric cars, they will leave a considerable carbon footprint: Mr. Obama heads to Michigan, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will visit North Carolina, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu goes to Indiana, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan goes to New York City - and so on.

MESSAGE FROM W

In days of yore, the press was fond of accusing the George W. Bush administration of being secretive. Time marches on. The former president is eager to share the archives of his time in office. The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, in fact, will boast the largest digital archive in the nation’s history, including the “Freedom Collection,” a central repository for archives of political dissidents struggling to bring freedom and opportunity to their own nations.

There’s also a research-based policy institute in the works, a woman’s initiative chaired by Laura Bush, a Texas rose garden, a museum. The center is seeking charter members, says Mark Langdale, president of the George Bush Foundation. See the details at www.georgewbushcenter.com.

POLL DU JOUR

52 percent of New York City voters overall oppose the building of a Muslim cultural center close to ground zero.

82 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Democrats oppose the idea.

42 percent of voters overall say the building would be “an insult to 9/11 families.”

77 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of Democrats agree.

55 percent of voters overall say mainstream Islam is a “peaceful religion.”

32 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats agree.

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