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The “big three” broadcasters have a soft spot in their hearts, apparently, for the Congressional Budget Office, which has “been dramatically wrong” reporting on health care and other major policy issues since President Obama took office, says new research.

Still, only 16 percent of ABC, CBS and NBC news stories mentioning the CBO included even an iota of criticism about the office during that time period, according to a substantial study of the phenomenon released Monday by the Media Research Center.


American legends, heroes and special effects are morphing one into the other these days. In theaters come summertime: “Cowboys and Aliens,” a Steven Spielberg extravaganza with a cast of Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and other he-men cowboys battling extraterrestrials in the Wild West, circa 1875.

Also rushed into theaters by June: Twentieth Century Fox’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” based on the Seth Grahame-Smith novel — to be produced by Tim Burton. Who is screen-testing for the role of young Abe Lincoln? That would be: Benjamin Walker, James D’Arcy, Adrien Brody, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Josh Lucas.

“It’s a very interesting mix of semi-knowns and unknowns, stage and screen vets,” notes Deadline Hollywood founder Nikki Finke. “The movie is a 3D re-imagining of Lincoln’s life that depicts the 16th president as an ax-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires, an obsession of his since those bloodsuckers supposedly took the life of his mother. Taking revenge, Lincoln wreaks havoc on the vampires and their slave-owning protectors.”


78 percent of Americans say there has been “significant progress” made toward Martin Luther King’s dream of racial equality.

64 percent think race relations in the U.S. are “generally good.”

63 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats, plus 63 percent of conservatives and 66 percent of liberals agree.

58 percent of blacks and 66 percent of whites also agree.

57 percent of Americans overall approve of the way President Obama “is handling race relations.”

34 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of Democrats, plus 35 percent of conservatives and 79 percent of liberals agree.

• 81 percent of blacks and 53 percent of whites also agree.

Source: A Quinnipiac College Poll of 1,647 registered voters conducted Jan. 4 to 11.

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