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Only in the nation’s capital, perhaps. The Project on Government Oversight’s monthly Muckrakers’ Happy Hour at a svelte watering hole on Wednesday features the usual cast of journalists, nongovernmental organization do-gooders and Capitol Hill staffers swirling their dirty martinis around and talking shop, with an added incentive.

“Thanks to a grant from the Fund for Constitutional Government, light appetizers will be provided,” the group advises prospective revelers.

But wait. There’s an hors d’oeuvres grant floating around out there, like for Sevruga caviar and, oh, foie gras? Uh, these are journalists we’re talking about here.

“It is not that big of a grant, so it usually gets you some barbecue wings and nachos,” explains spokesman Keith Rutter.

WHAT’S UP, DOC?

The “tea party” idea is handy enough to go beyond Colonial themes. Witness the National Doctors Tea Party rally in Salt Lake City on Saturday, staged in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Senate hopeful Sharron Angle from Nevada is the featured speaker and the attending docs and nurses have been told to wear their white coats or scrubs. The rally calls “for total defunding and repeal of ObamaCare,” organizers say.

“It is time to let people know why physicians believe the Obama administration is taking medicine in the wrong direction,” says spokesman Dr. Wayne Iverson, a California cardiologist.

POLL DU JOUR

- 57 percent of Americans say Iraq is “better off” now than before U.S. troops arrived in 2003.

- 19 percent say the nation is “worse off”; 24 percent are not sure.

- 49 percent say the war in Iraq was “worth fighting.”

- 38 percent say it was not worth fighting; 14 percent are not sure.

- 39 percent say the war made the U.S. “safer.”

- 35 percent say it is now “less safe”; 26 percent are not sure.

Source: BBC World News/Harris Poll of 2,340 adult Americans conducted Aug. 19-23 and released Tuesday.

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