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Filmmaker and progressive gadfly Michael Moore chafes at the idea of capitalism and denies he’s part of the dreaded, well-heeled “1 percent” of the population. This is what he told CNN host Piers Morgan, anyway.

“The top 1 percent means you’re a person with an adjusted gross income of roughly $380,000. Michael Moore’s net worth is estimated to be around $50 million. Which means he’s closer to being in the top one-tenth of 1 percent of earners in America,” observes Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and a contributor to Commentary magazine.

“Michael Moore, icon of the left, established beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is both a hypocrite and a liar, though not a terribly good one. He’s clearly not Clintonesque when it comes to delivering repeated lies. Being a left-wing ideologue is bad enough. Being an unprincipled one is worse.”

RATING THE SOLICITORS

America is teeming with lawyers, and engaging one is, well, a complex decision. To help the curious: U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers - a peer review publication - have released their second annual “Best Law Firms” rankings of nearly 10,000 firms, with a handy-dandy online tool to explore the findings. Find it all at BestLawFirms.USNews.com; the national “first-tier rankings” will be featured in the Nov. 15 issue of the U.S. News and World Report.

ON THE RADAR

The National Center for Policy Analysis’ first-of-its-kind conference Wednesday will explore the direct link between the U.S. supply of rare-earth minerals and the nation’s safety. Canny mineral experts have long warned that those nations with ample supplies of such critical metals could one day hold the U.S. hostage because of our paltry supply. Among the many luminaries in attendance: Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican.

POLL DU JOUR

• 44 percent of U.S. voters say they “would like to see a Republican elected to the White House.”

• 49 percent of whites and 30 percent of “non-whites” agree.

• 42 percent overall want President Obama re-elected.

• 38 percent of whites and 79 percent of “non-whites” agree.

• 43 percent would like Democrats to regain control of the House.

• 38 percent of whites, 56 percent of “non-whites” and 34 percent of independents agree.

• 41 percent would like Republicans to remain in control of the House.

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