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FEAR FACTOR

Don’t break out the potassium iodide tablets and Geiger counters quite yet. Though nine-out-of-10 likely U.S. voters are tracking the news of Japan’s ongoing nuclear disaster, the majority — 56 percent — say they are not concerned about radioactive fallout drifting to these shores. This is amazing, considering the often alarmist and inaccurate coverage from some news organizations. Meanwhile, 43 percent of the respondents disagree, and are getting nervous.

Thank you, Rasmussen Reports, for a nuclear cultural moment. The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Monday and Tuesday.

NOW HEAR THIS

After all the hubbub over resignations at National Public Radio in recent days, legislation is now on the table that would annhilate the broadcaster’s federal funding. That would be H.R. 1076, a bill introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn to “prohibit federal funding of National Public Radio and the use of federal funds to acquire radio content.” The House is expected to vote on it Thursday.

It wasn't that long ago that Sharron Angle was running for a U.S. Senate seat from Nevada. Now she's announced for a House seat. (Associated Press)

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“I wish only the best for NPR. Like many Americans, I enjoy much of their programming,” says the Colorado Republican, who previously led efforts to strip federal money from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“I believe that they can survive, even thrive, in the free market without the crutch of government subsidies,” he adds.

IN THE NO

“No.” “No.” “No.” “No.”

(Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s one word replies to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer after he asked whether she would serve a second term in office if President Obama is re-elected, and if she would want to be secretary of defense, vice president, or run for president again.)

A NEW ANGLE

“The Obama administration has made it clear that it intends to pursue unconstitutional legislation like Obamacare, job-killing policies, new regulations and increase federal spending at a level that paralyzes our nation’s economic health,” says former U.S. Senate hopeful Sharron Angle, in announcing she plans to run for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican.

“I look forward to working with the many other conservative voices currently serving in Congress. This campaign and subsequent election will be about hitting the ground running,” she observes.

CEAD MILE FAILTE*

Ireland’s newly elected Taoiseach (otherwise known as the prime minister and head of government) Enda Kenny — deemed “Edna” in one recent Reuters gaffe — arrived in Washington on Wednesday and already has met with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley whose kin hail from County Galway, and Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, whose family comes from County Mayo. Mr. Kenny breakfasts Thursday with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., then ventures to the Capitol for lunch with House Speaker John A. Boehner and a friendly visit with Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat.

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