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“There’s a saying that ‘a hit dog hollers.’ That can be applied to whoever tried to cut off access to Voice of America news by attacking the domain provider on Monday. The fact that the sites were redirected to the Iranian Cyber Army certainly raises an eyebrow or two. Technology is chipping away at the stranglehold on free and fair information inside Iran.”

(Former White House spokeswoman Dana Perino now a Fox News contributor and a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors reacting to the surprise hack attack on the federal agency’s home page, covering it with images of an Iranian flag and an AK-47 assault rifle.)

DEAN’S LIST

Last we heard, former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean had organized a lottery to offer some lucky donor a chance to dine with him in scenic Burlington, Vt. Now his attention has turned to “Dean Dollars,” says American Spectator contributing editor Jeffrey Lord.

“Mr. Dean, a one-time presidential candidate, is the founder of a group that by mid-day of Presidents Day had raised over $100,000 in a slush fund to ‘back’ the on-the-lam Wisconsin Democratic state senators,” explains Mr. Lord, who was privy to a Democratic fundraising e-mail.

“Dean Dollars are being specifically funneled to the Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee the SSDC an apparent violation of Wisconsin election law that pointedly says, according to the Wisconsin Election Board’s Legal Counsel in a 2005 decision, that the ‘SSDC may not accept a contribution of more than $6,000 from a single committee in a calendar year.’ Of note: the Election Board is now called the ‘Wisconsin Government Accountability Board,’” Mr. Lord continues.

“The money is being solicited in $14 contributions through the Dean-founded, million-member Democracy for America, a grass-roots organizing group … . There are no prohibitions on more generous donations of any amount,” he adds.

POLL DU JOUR

• 66 percent of Americans say the U.S. should play a major role in trying to solve international problems.

• 25 percent say the U.S. should play a minor role.

• 7 percent say the U.S. should not be involved at all.

• 68 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of independents say the U.S. should play a major role.

• 85 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of independents felt that way five years ago.

Source: A Gallup Poll of 1,015 adults conducted Feb. 2-5 and released Tuesday; plus Gallup historic records.

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