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“Dire forecasts of a culture diminished by the demise of public television ring increasingly hollow. No more Lawrence Welk Show? No more reruns of aerobic Irish clogging? No more prissy purple dinosaur cult? No more hectoring fund drives and auction marathons? Hey, the death of public broadcasting is starting to sound pretty good, isn’t it? Maybe we can survive without our daily mix of hauteur and schmaltz,” muses Bob Duplantier, editor of Politickles.com.

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“Are we going to be a country with a constitutionally limited government? Are we going to be a country that limits the burden of taxation on individuals and families and businesses? Or are we going to become Europe? … I represent the people of Utah. And I can tell you that they do not wake up in the morning and say ‘You know what? Americans would be much better if we were more like France.’ “

Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, from a Senate floor speech Wednesday.

TWEET FEATS

“Americans have one message for their elected leaders: Cut spending now.” (House Speaker John A. Boehner, in a Twitter entry addressing the federal budget deficit.)

“Americans want us to responsibly cut spending and not tank the economy.” (White House spokesman Jay Carney’s response, when asked to confabulate a theoretical reply Twitter at Wednesday’s press briefing.)

POLL DU JOUR

• 42 percent of Americans say Islam is not “more likely than other religions” to encourage violence.

• 61 percent of liberal Democrats and 53 percent of blacks agree.

• 37 percent of evangelical Protestants and 45 percent of Catholics agree.

• 24 percent of tea party members and 21 percent of conservative Republicans agree.

• 40 percent of Americans overall say Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence.

• 66 percent of conservative Republicans and 29 percent of liberal Democrats agree.

Source: A Pew Research Center poll of 1,504 adults conducted Feb. 22-March 1.

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