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We’ve got global warming, a global village and a global economy, so we might as well have a global cookie. And just in time for all those chubby federal programs to combat obesity. New on the planet: The Triple Double Oreo cookie, which combines two layers of signature frosting — one chocolate and one original vanilla — with three layers of crunchy chocolate cookie.

“We are looking forward to engaging with Oreo fans as they share their twisting, licking and dunking moments,” explains Jessica Robinson, spokeswoman for manufacturer Kraft Foods, where the twisting of the cookie is called “an iconic ritual” in the U.S., and even China.

“The birthplace of Oreo is America, but it’s one global cookie,” observes marketing director John Ghingo; the cookie in question packs 100 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.


“This years crop of GOP presidential candidates includes strong conservatives, just like the top Democratic candidates four years ago — Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards — were all staunch liberals,” says Rich Noyes, research director of the Media Research Center.

“But a major, glaring difference between today’s campaign coverage and the early coverage of the 2007 Democratic nomination race is the impulse of journalists to repeatedly brand the 2012 GOP candidates as ‘conservative’ despite offering extremely few ‘liberal’ labels four years ago,” he continues.

Analysts at the conservative watchdog have heavy proof of this selective, influential labeling. After reviewing morning and evening news programs on ABC, NBC and CBS from January 1-July 31, they tallied 62 “conservative” labels for Republican presidential hopefuls.

“A check of the same broadcasts for the same time period in 2007 found a paltry three “liberal” labels for the Democrats running that year, a greater than 20-to-1 disparity,” Mr. Noyes says.


• 53 percent of Americans overall approve President Obama’s handling of terrorism.

• 36 percent of Republicans and 81 percent of Democrats approve.

• 29 percent overall approve his efforts in creating jobs.

• 10 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats approve.

• 26 percent overall approve Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy in general.

• 5 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of Democrats approve.

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