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We’re waiting for the “Refund-Tini”, but no matter. The Texas de Brazil restaurant franchise is now offering the “Tax-tini” for patrons worrying over 1040 forms and Tax Day woes. The $7 libation features tequila, pomegranate and lime juices plus pomegranate liqueur and is available in locations in 11 states until the end of April.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS

CNN is debate hungry, and the Grand Old Party is only too happy to oblige. The network has added a third Republican presidential debate to its schedule this year, pairing with the Western Republican Leadership Conference to host a debate at the swank Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas on October 18.

The network also co-hosts a debate with the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester on June 7, and with the Tea Party Express in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 12, at the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

The Western Region includes Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. All will play an “important role,” said former Nevada congressman Jon Porter, now chairman of the conference.

PEACE = MONEY?

Lawmakers are noticing the U.S. Peace Index reported in The Washington Times on Wednesday. The research contends that a peaceful nation has a better economy. The massive, semi-annoying but nonetheless interesting study ranked the relative “absence of violence” in all 50 states based on statistics alone, claiming a more peaceful U.S. could save $361 billion a year.

“The index sheds much-needed light on yet-unrealized savings,” says Rep. Michael M. Honda, California Democrat, who asserts that the “answer” is in the research. Judge for yourself here: www.visionofhumanity.org.

“The unfortunate tendency for many in America is to pursue policies that primarily react to violence, not aim to prevent it. As a result, not only is America less economically prosperous, it is less peaceful. The way forward is to learn from what the index is telling us. A peace dividend is possible,” Mr. Honda declares.

POLL DU JOUR

• 68 percent of likely U.S. voters say changes to Medicare and Social Security should be approved by a vote of the American people.

• 22 percent say this is unnecessary.

• 64 percent believe “America is overtaxed”; 24 percent disagree and 11 percent are undecided.

• 59 percent say a federal tax increase should be approved by a vote of the people; 26 percent say it’s unnecessary, 15 percent are unsure.

• 71 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats favor a vote.

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