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There will be much guffawing and schadenfreude around the world if bedbugs are ever found lurking in the White House, the halls of Congress or the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the Big Apple already has bedbug crisis-intervention protocols in place.

“There is a misperception about a massive bedbug infestation in New York City hotels. The perception is simply wrong, triggered by reports of isolated incidents which have been professionally and thoroughly treated according to the most rigorous industry standards,” said Joseph E. Spinnato, president of the Hotel Association of New York City.

“This is not a hotel cleanliness issue. Bedbugs have been found in commercial, residential and industrial buildings. Some have attributed the resurgence in bedbugs to restrictions on the use of certain pesticides that have been banned,” Mr. Spinnato said.

“Our members are on high alert with respect to any condition that might disturb the comfort of our guests, including bedbugs.”


Heavens. It seems the British can’t keep their eyes off certain females in their former colony. A few headlines from the past 24 hours:

“March of the Mama Grizzlies: The glamorous, gun-crazy women with big game in their sights on November 2” (Daily Mail).

Sarah Palin’s ‘mamas’: more grisly than grizzly” (Guardian).

“Sarah Palin dominates U.S. campaign trail” (Daily Telegraph).

“Fame and Money: why Sarah Palin won’t run for the White House in 2012” (Independent).


- 89 percent of Americans give Congress a negative review.

- 94 percent of independents, 93 percent of Republicans and 81 percent of Democrats agree.

- 66 percent of Americans overall say the U.S. is “on the wrong track.”

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