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Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

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Well, why not? Election secrets are now guarded by media figures, and one chef. The Amazing Kreskin — “the worlds foremost mentalist” — has looked into the great beyond and recorded his predictions of who will secure the Republican nomination for president and who will ultimately win the White House next year.

“I spent a total of 28 hours preparing my prediction for the 2012 presidential election,” says Mr. Kreskin, who correctly predicted the Canadian elections in 2004 and President Obama’s win in 2008. “I am very certain that I am correct and stand by this prediction. Theres no turning back now.”

But no revealing yet, either. Mr. Kreskin locked his predictions into diminutive boxes, then gave them to NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon; New Jersey talk-radio hosts Jessie Frees and Julie Briggs; Las Vegas celebrity guru Robin Leach; and Sal Scognamillo, executive chef of Patsys Italian Restaurant in Manhattan. In true cliffhanger fashion, Mr. Kreskin will reveal the secret of the little boxes on Nov. 7, 2012 — the day after the election.

HUFFINGTON’S COMEUPPANCE

Can Arianna Huffington count on future freebies from creative types? Maybe the cachet of appearing in the $315 million Huffington Post just won’t cut it anymore. The publication has long relied on bloggers to supply free content; with that in mind, perhaps, editors recently asked readers to offer a “cool idea for a logo that screams ‘awesome politics coverage.’ ” For free, of course.

But AntiSpec, a grass-roots group that frowns on big media shops taking advantage of designers through gratis “speculation” projects, took the HuffPost to task, launching an immediate social-media campaign against the something-for-nothing logo contest. After sympathetic Tweeters and bloggers were done, the instant campaign got results in 24 hours.

“The Huffington Post was forced to make a statement, and they closed the spec competition,” says organizer Mark Collins. “Power to the little people.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 77 percent of likely Republican primary voters have a favorable view of Mitt Romney.

• 71 percent have a favorable view of Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota; 69 percent favor Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

• 70 percent agree that “any one of the Republican candidates” would make a better president than President Obama.

• 29 percent would vote for Mr. Perry if the 2012 election “was held today.”

• 18 percent would vote for Mr. Romney, 13 percent would vote for Mrs. Bachmann.

• 9 percent would vote for Rep. Ron Paul of Texas; 6 percent for Herman Cain; 5 percent for Newt Gingrich; 1 percent for Jon Huntsman Jr.; and 1 percent for Rick Santorum.

Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely Republican primary voters conducted Aug. 15.

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