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“It’s pretty obvious the Brits are sending a message,” says an International Business Daily editorial, deeming the slight “eyebrow-arching” because U.S. presidents have always been on rarified guest rosters.

“Maybe it’s that Britain, America’s closest ally, has been subject to an unprecedented string of insults by the Obama administration,” the publication insists, brandishing the London Telegraph’s laundry list of perceived “Top 10 Insults” committed by the White House - from diplomatically favoring France over Britain to Mr. Obama’s gift of an iPod to Queen Elizabeth II.

Yeah, well. We can send a nice gift to the royals. And, uh, it’s in our national interest to stand fast with the British. The business daily, meanwhile, brims with schadenfreude:

“Now it’s payback time. The Brits seem to have had their fill of the Obamas and are letting it be known. The Obamas’ absence will be noticed as TV cameras pan the spectacle as billions around the world watch. The message? Actions have consequences.”

POW NO MORE

Not forgotten: The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office has announced that Army Cpl. John W. Lutz will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, almost six decades after he died during the Korean War. The 21-year-old soldier served with 1st Ranger Infantry Company, which was attacked and isolated by North Korean troops near Chaun-ni, along the Hongcheon River Valley. Cpl. Lutz went missing on May 19, 1951 as his unit tried to infiltrate enemy lines. He was taken prisoner, marched north and died of malnutrition on July 31 in a POW camp in Suan County, North Korea.

Defense analysts developed leads on the soldier with information spanning more than 58 years. Using forensic identification, circumstantial and DNA evidence, they identified Cpl. Lutz’s remains, which had been returned to the U.S. by North Korea in the 1990s.

POLL DU JOUR

• 77 percent of Republicans “would like to see” Mike Huckabee run for president in 2012; 72 percent of conservatives and 71 percent of tea party supporters agree.

• 67 percent of Republicans cite Mitt Romney for a presidential run; 70 percent of conservatives and 71 percent of tea party supporters agree.

• 58 percent of Republicans cite Sarah Palin; 61 percent of conservatives and 57 percent of tea party supporters agree.

• 53 percent of Republicans cite Newt Gingrich; 55 percent of conservatives and 61 percent of tea party supporters agree.

• 51 percent of Republicans cite Donald Trump; 57 percent of conservatives and 55 percent of tea party supporters agree.

Source: A CNN/Opinion Research survey of 382 Republicans, part of a larger survey of 824 adults conducted April 9 and 10.

Lost invitations, scintillating numbers to jharper@washingtontimes.com.