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“As our country heads to fiscal ruin, why are we giving millions in taxpayer dollars to Chinese science — which benefits China and its institutions — when they hold more than $1 trillion in American debt?” asks Andrea Lafferty, president of the coalition, who also notes $367,686 went to a study on the lives of female prostitutes in southwestern China.

“It is good to fund certain types of medical research, provided it benefits those who pay for it — the American taxpayer,” Mrs. Lafferty observes. “We call on the Obama administration and Congress to enforce a moratorium on NIH grant-making while a special prosecutor or another impartial investigator conducts a full review.”


Along with celebrating our historic heritage, Americans also honor edibles and potables. In the month of July alone, the nation marked National Beans ‘n’ Franks Day, National French Fries Day and National Caviar Day. Most of these moments are developed in concert with very clever interest groups, lobbyists and PR shops. Which brings us to Wednesday, which is National Scotch Day. From the organizers at MBooth, “a global communications company,” comes cocktail recipes for the occasion that throw Scotch whisky in with chipotle syrup, vermouth and sherry, among other things.

Here’s the simplest recipe of the bunch, “The Smokey Scotsman,” which we present verbatim from the holiday mixologists who developed it:

“2 oz. of the Macallan 10 Years Old, one half ounce of fresh lemon juice and 3-5 fresh sage leaves. Muddle, add ice, shake and dirty pour into double rocks glass.”

No, Inside the Beltway does not know what “dirty pour” means, but good luck.


• 68 percent of U.S. voters say the news media are politically biased.

• 46 percent say journalists favor Democrats; 22 percent say they favor Republicans.

• 28 percent say the media are “reasonably balanced” in its approach.

• 57 percent think of the news media as “somewhat or very” unethical.

• 39 percent say the media are “somewhat or very” ethical.

• 44 percent say journalists are “too friendly” with politicians.

• 24 percent say their coverage of politicians is “appropriate.”

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