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THE T-WORD

“I’ll be darned if I’m going to set that aside now because a few teabaggers want to somehow muzzle my voice. We don’t have to sit back and allow a minority in the Congress, known as the tea party, to dominate the discussion in our households,” Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis recently told an enthusiastic audience at the Florida Democratic convention, citing federal assistance that once helped her family.

“Teabagger is a pejorative term used to refer to a certain sexual act. Liberal talk show hosts such as Rachel Maddow brought the phrase into the mainstream in 2009, using it as a tongue-in-cheek insult,” recalls F. Vincent Vernuccio, a labor policy counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and BigGovernment.com contributor.

“The tea party versus unions and Democrats divide will become even more striking as the 2012 election heats up. However, insults such as the ones used by Secretary Solis have no place in civil political discourse.”

GLORIA, GRETA

Memo to the crabby liberal press: Grit your teeth, gird your loins and tune into Fox News. That’s sound advice, perhaps, to gleeful journalists critical of presidential hopeful Herman Cain, who is still fending off claims he sexually harassed two unnamed women more than a decade ago. He’ll have stalwart help now. Mr. Cain’s wife, Gloria, is set to appear with her husband on “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren” for a rare interview Friday night.

“You will meet my wife publicly in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning,” Mr. Cain says. “She will be introduced in terms of some limited exposure, but it’s not her style for her to be with me on every campaign stop.”

And of the spate of instant Cain polls: 85 percent of Washington Times readers say his campaign will withstand the accusations, while 91 percent of National Review readers agree that they will continue to support Mr Cain “the same” or even “more.”

A DEBATE NUDGE

How crowded is the Republican presidential debate schedule? Fifteen are wedged into the next 12 weeks. But there’s got to be a little give here and there. The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and CNN have decided to move an upcoming debate on foreign policy and national security from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22 “to accommodate this season’s crowded debating schedule.”

Organizers remain cheerful.

“The timing couldn’t be better. We’re setting the table for some lively family discussions at Thanksgiving. Nothing is more important to the future of our nation than how we approach national security and foreign policy,” says Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner.

UNIFORM REACTION

Sure to be a photo op for the Occupy Wall Street crowd: “Veterans of the 99%” will march Wednesday - in uniform - from Vietnam Veterans Plaza to Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, the veritable heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Their mission, organizers from the Iraq Veterans Against the War say, is to draw public attention to the plight of veterans re-entering civilian life after combat and during economic recession, plus cuts to veterans’ health care and other services.

MICHAEL MOORE’S MATH

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