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Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican, and Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, are among many lawmakers and military brass gathering Wednesday at the Library of Congress to laud a hefty donation with Hollywood roots. Newmans Own Foundation — as in the late Paul Newman — will award $2.5 million to nine nonprofits that support U.S. service members and their families — including Fisher House, the Armed Services YMCA, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation and Outward Bound for veterans. On the menu: “Kickin’ Crab Dip and Teriyaki Sliders, made with Newman’s Own ingredients,” a source notes.


Yes, presidential hopefuls are already trudging around Iowa. And here is fare for the political junkies who follow their every move, released Wednesday: “The Iowa Precinct Caucuses: The Making of a Media Event, Third Edition,” from the University of Iowa Press, by Hugh Winebrenner and Dennis J. Goldford — who say they “explain the political phenomenon that may well propel the careers of some political hopefuls and crush the dreams of others in 2012.”

The authors promise they’ve added new goodies from the 2000, 2004 and 2008 election seasons to the “tried-and-true tome.” See the tome’s tried-and-true information at


- 63 percent of adults in military families say Congress should not overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” act.

- 61 percent of Army family members and 62 percent of Navy family members agree.

- 68 percent of Marine Corps family members and 66 percent of Air Force family members agree.

- 77 percent of those who support the “tea party” agree.

- 70 percent overall support “traditional marriage,” 62 percent are pro-life.

- 50 percent oppose requiring military medical facilities to provide elective abortions.

Source: A Family Research Council/Center for Security Policy survey of 10,528 adults in military families that include active duty members or veterans, conducted Nov. 22 to 27.

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