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And of course, that monogram belongs to Ronald Wilson Reagan. The book will be published by Crown Forum on Tuesday.

NO REPUBLICAN CHAOS

Hungry for the next town-hall meeting, Republican presidential hopefuls are almost bumping into each other along the back roads of New Hampshire, with at least four of them handshaking their way through the Granite State on any given day. They kiss babies. They flip pancakes, they Tweet and blog, the campaign minutiae chronicled by a sarcastic press and voracious social media. Is it more chaotic than normal?

“This year is pretty typical,” University of New Hampshire political scientist and pollster Andrew Smith tells Inside the Beltway.

“It’s getting under way later than the 2009 cycle, but it’s shaping up to be similar to 2000 and 2008. I think the 24-hour news cycle is largely ignored by voters in New Hampshire, but it certainly is of interest inside the Beltway. What else explains the Mitch Daniels and Jon Huntsman boomlets?” Mr. Smith asks.

“In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion. If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth.”

— Jill Abramson, reflecting on her appointment Thursday as executive editor of the New York Times, replacing Bill Keller, who becomes a columnist.

POLL DU JOUR

57 percent of Americans say wealth should be more evenly distributed in the U.S., 35 percent say the distribution is “fair.”

49 percent say the government should not impose heavy taxes on the rich to redistribute wealth.

69 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 26 percent of Democrats agree.

47 percent say the government should impose heavier taxes on the rich.

28 percent of Republicans, 43 percent of independents and 71 percent of Democrats agree.

42 percent overall say the U.S. has “the right amount of rich people.”

31 percent say there are “too many,” 21 percent say there are “too few.”

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