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“Once the suspects are apprehended, however, we should think twice before inviting terrorists into New York City to stand trial, affording them a further platform and audience to spew their venomous hatred. This latest threat is a function of our ongoing war on terror and as such, it is a military matter that should be handled in a tribunal setting,” Mr. Wildes says.

COMINGS AND GOINGS

Laura Bush has begun a 17-city tour through seven states for her new book “From the Heart.” But no big rush: The former first lady is taking eight weeks to do it.

Though Marco Rubio was in Washington this week for some serious fundraising, there are numbers the conservative hopeful for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida may heed more than donor dollars: A Rasmussen Reports survey of likely Florida voters finds his rival Gov. Charlie Crist with 38 percent of the support; Mr. Rubio garnered 34 percent and Democratic challenger Kendrick Meek 17 percent. Mr. Crist’s new campaign slogan: “People Above Politics.”

Meanwhile, is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a “good get” for TV talk bookers? Must be. PBS’ Charlie Rose spent an hour with him Monday, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos takes his turn Wednesday on “Good Morning America” when the pair discuss why Mr. Ahmadinejad doesnt fear an Israeli attack, and his theory that President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are at odds over Iran.

KNOWS THE DRILL

“All responsible energy development must be accompanied by strict oversight, but even with the strictest oversight in the world, accidents still happen,” says Sarah Palin, who ramped up oversight of the oil industry in her state and created a “petroleum systems integrity office” as Alaska governor.

“No human endeavor is ever without risk — whether its sending a man to the moon or extracting the necessary resources to fuel our civilization. I repeat the slogan ‘drill here, drill now’ not out of naivete or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills - my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences,” Mrs. Palin continues. “How could I still believe in drilling Americas domestic supply of energy after having seen the devastation of the Exxon-Valdez spill? I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 59 percent of Americans overall react negatively to the word “socialism.”

• 84 percent of conservative Republicans and 40 percent of liberal Democrats have a negative reaction to the word.

• 52 percent of Americans overall react positively to the word “capitalism.”

• 67 percent of conservative Republicans and 44 percent of liberal Democrats have a positive reaction to the word.

Source: A Pew Research Center poll of 1,546 adults conducted April 21 to 26.

Tips, quips, flip flops to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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Jennifer Harper INSIDE THE BELTWAY

Jennifer Harper INSIDE THE BELTWAY

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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