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“This is a test of the Democrat Faux Outrage System. Had this been an actual outrage, then someone of consequence would be making these claims,” observes a parody headline at Fark.com, an online news aggregator.

RETURN TO SENDER

Former Republican congressman Christopher Lee of New York is refunding $734,000 in leftover campaign money to 1,100 donors, following his resignation last month after his flirtatious come-ons and a pin-up photograph on Craiglist were revealed by a potential date.

“I regret very much how my actions affected my family, staff and constituents. I make no excuses for my behavior. It was wrong,” the married Mr. Lee said in a letter to donors. “Now, as a private citizen, my first priority is to try and pull back together a life for my family. God willing, with the continued support of family and friends, it will happen.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 50 percent of Americans predict that gas will increase 75 cents or more a gallon this year.

• 26 percent say it will increase 50-75 cents; 15 percent say from 1-50 cents.

• 1 percent say gas prices will stay the same.

• 37 percent say gas eventually will be priced from $3.75-$4 per gallon.

• 27 percent say it will hit $5 or more.

• 22 percent say the price per gallon will range from $4-$4.99.

Source: A Gallup Poll of 1,021 adults conducted March 3-6.

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