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“The share of Americans who describe themselves as angry with the federal government has nearly doubled since March, from 14 percent to 26 percent, while those who say they are basically content has fallen by half, from 22 percent to 11 percent,” the center notes.

CANDIDATE TRACKER

Of course, the path of Hurricane Irene may alter some of these plans. But here’s where the Republican hopefuls are popping up this weekend, at assorted town halls, meet-and-greets and fundraisers:

New Hampshire: Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson.

Florida: Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Iowa: Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, Mr. Paul.

South Carolina: Rick Santorum.

Georgia: Newt Gingrich

New York: Mr. Romney.

THE BABY CORNER

When serious academes say that people get “gaga for goo-goo,” we pay attention. That is the conclusion of Kansas State University associate psychology professor Gary Brase, who says that “baby fever” - the physical and emotional desire to have a baby - is very much a real phenomenon. More important, baby fever occurs in both sexes when they see cute infants and adorable little clothes, heed societal expectations and biological clocks, or are in touch with their squishy nurturing feelings. Some differences, though.

“How frequently a desire for a baby occurred varied according to gender. Women more frequently desired having a child than having sex. Men were the opposite and more frequently desired sex than having a child,” says the research, which was conducted over a 10-year period.

“We found this kind of ironic because sex and having a baby are causally related,” Mr. Brase explains.

POLL DU JOUR

c 49 percent of Americans overall disapprove of President Obama’s job performance.

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