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First on his list? “Immediate reinstatement of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Glass-Steagall law, to be followed by the establishment of a credit system in the tradition of first Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton,” a spokeswoman says.

MAKE LIKE YOU’RE FRUGAL

Memo to Republicans: opportunistic Democrats can’t wait to frame GOP candidates as fat-cat spenders, awash with big bucks and hypocrisy. Witness Mitt Romney, taken to task by the Boston Herald for $5 million in campaign expenses in the past three months, “including blowing $80,000 on hotel rooms in Las Vegas, $50,000 on a security squad and $125,000 on private jets - despite a pledge to scale back on luxury travel.”

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul points out that his expenses are down compared with the 2008 race, saying, “We’re running a really lean campaign.”

Herald reporter Dave Wedge pored over campaign reports, checking off Mr. Romney’s $1.6 million for consultants and $79,000 for parties in Beverly Hills and Boston, among other things. New Hampshire and Iowa Democrats, meanwhile, are gleefully circulating the findings, revved up by Iowan annoyance that Mr. Romney opted out of the upcoming Iowa Straw Poll for financial reasons.

“Mitt Romney saying he can’t compete in Iowa because he can’t afford it is about as credible as Mitt Romney saying he’s ‘unemployed.’ The only thing Romney can’t afford is getting hard questions from Iowa voters,” says Megan Jacobs, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Democratic Party.

SCIENCE CORNER

More than half of all Alzheimer’s disease cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes and managing certain chronic medical conditions, says San Francisco VA Medical Center psychiatrist Deborah Barnes, who analyzed global data involving hundreds of thousands of participants.

The biggest “modifiable risk factors” for the disease are physical inactivity, depression, smoking, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, low education and diabetes, which account for 51 percent of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide and 54 percent in the U.S.

“What’s exciting is that this suggests that some very simple lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity and quitting smoking, could have a tremendous impact on preventing Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” Dr. Barnes says.

POLL DU JOUR

• 92 percent of Americans give Congress a negative rating.

• 93 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of Democrats agree.

• 62 percent overall give President Obama a negative job review.

• 92 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of Democrats agree.

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