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“This chair, the first of its kind in the nation, will be named in five years by the Program in Human Sexuality.”

The aforementioned Mrs. Elders — 77 and a pediatric endocrinologist — served as surgeon general of the U.S. for 18 months during the Clinton administration; she was fired in 1994 for condoning masturbation during a speech before a United Nations conference on AIDS.

SAME OLD SPENDING

Citizens Against Government Waste continues to comb through congressional spending bills in search of earmarks. Though they may heed a call for federal frugality, lawmakers are getting sneakier, the watchdog group says.

“While earmark spending has dropped in the House and Senate appropriations bills, transparency has declined as well. Since 2007, legislators have been required to attach their names to the projects they requested, but earmarks have once again become completely anonymous,” say analysts Courtney Frink and Luke Gelber.

“Much of the progress made in earmark reform is being washed away. Legislators have begun to incorporate earmarks into the language of bills, which obscures the recipient as well as the requester of the earmark and makes the specifics of the spending item extremely difficult to identify,” the pair note.

They add,”While taxpayers may owe less for politically motivated pet projects this year, the pork-barrel spending has gone underground, making it difficult to track or predict.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 82 percent of likely U.S. voters believe members of Congress should take a 25 percent pay cut until the federal budget is balanced.

• 14 percent disagree.

• 59 percent say lawmakers should not receive government pensions when they leave office.

• 25 percent disagree; 16 percent are unsure.

• 52 percent say President Obama should not receive a $200,000 annual pension when he leaves office.

• 39 percent say Mr. Obama deserves the amount.

• 48 percent say the president should take a 50 percent pay cut until the budget is balanced.

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