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“The media as we know it, politics as we know it, is over. It is going to change. My message to you is to think out of the box. and the way to think out of the box is to just tell the truth,” Mr. Beck added, noting that his support for Israel has “deepened” since the 9/11 attacks.

He returns to Israel Aug. 24 for “Restoring Courage,” a public rally similar to a large scale patriotic event Mr. Beck staged at the Lincoln Memorial last year.

PATRIOTIC TWADDLE?

Hyperbole over White House antics could harm a certain Republican hopeful, proclaims one New Hampshire newspaper.

“Can presidential candidate Mitt Romney emerge as the grownup who disavows such ideological excesses? If not, he may become his party’s nominee, but he won’t appeal to the voters in the middle who decide elections,” proclaims a Concord Monitor editorial. “Judging by Romney’s performance in New Hampshire so far, he has a long way to go.”

The newspaper advises Mr. Romney to stop with the “ping-ponging, spinning, qualifying and denying,” lest he lose the confidence of voters.

“To be taken seriously by the independents who decide New Hampshire elections Romney will have to give up the hyperbole and blame game and offer real ideas, not patriotic twaddle, bankrupt trickle-down promises, and calls for tax cuts and deregulation,” the Monitor says.

OLDIES DO GOODIES

Maybe frantic politicians and journalists need a dose of Frank Sinatra. Bruce Houston, president of Metro Radio, is convinced that the Washington area needs “oldies and easy listening” music to soothe all the savage beasts out there. Just launched: 1420 AM WKCW, based in Northern Virginia, and the sole refuge for nostalgic fare near the nation’s capital.

“It’s songs and artists you don’t hear anymore on the radio,” Mr. Houston says, noting the format is being produced “in house” rather than from a syndicated service. Listen live at www.metroradioinc.com.

POLL DU JOUR

• 77 percent of Americans are “very or somewhat” concerned that raising the debt limit would lead to more government spending and a bigger national debt.

• 73 percent are very or somewhat concerned that not raising the limit would force a government default and hurt the economy

• 47 percent are more concerned about raising the debt limit and increasing spending and debt.

• 66 percent of Republicans, 46 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats agree.

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