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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will share “ongoing efforts and new strategies to bolster security along the Southwest border and enforce our immigration laws,” the agency says, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She’ll be joined by heavyweight law enforcement: National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton, Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar and Major Cities Chiefs Association President Robert Davis.

CROSSFIRE

There has been no formal announcement from Comedy Central indicating that the cable network will abandon plans to air “JC,” a cheeky cartoon show that depicts the rollicking adventures of Jesus Christ in Manhattan. But the chances it will air are low, says the Media Research Center.

“After an intense period of writing and then calling hundreds of sponsors, the results are clear. In fact, the verdict is unanimous: There is no advertiser support for anti-Christian bigotry such as that embraced in Comedy Central’s ‘JC’ project. The sponsors understand what the programming department at Comedy Central does not: Religious bigotry is bad business,” says L.Brent Bozell III, president of the conservative watchdog group.

“With literally zero advertiser support for this program, the only reason Comedy Central would put it on their broadcast schedule is in an effort to offend Christianity and Christians,” he adds.

POLL DU JOUR

c 64 percent of Americans are “optimistic” about life in the next 40 years.

c 61 percent are optimistic about the future of the U.S.

c 56 percent say the U.S. economy will be stronger.

c 53 percent say our role in the world will be “less important.”

c 50 percent say health care will be more affordable.

c 50 percent say life will be discovered elsewhere in the universe.

c 41 percent say Jesus Christ “will return.”

Source: A Pew Research Center survey of 1,546 adults conducted April 21-26 and released Tuesday.

c Tips, quips, flippant observance to jharper@washingtontimes.com