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Question of the Day

Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.?

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“It will consist of a new multimedia presentation created by Al Gore and delivered once per hour for 24 hours, representing every time zone around the globe,” explain production notes.

Yeah well. If curiosity comes to call, see it here: http://climaterealityproject.org. Mr. Gore, incidentally, has attracted plenty of partners — 51 in fact, ranging from the Hip Hop Caucus to the National Wildlife Federation, Greenpeace and Rock the Vote.

WE THE PEOPLE

“We want our children and grandchildren to be taught the meaning and significance of the fundamental documents that created our great nation,” the Tea Party Patriots have declared. That in mind, the coalition, which represents 3,500 local tea party groups, are reminding public school administrators about some overlooked legislation.

Passed by Congress seven years ago, Public Law 108-447, section 111 states that “each educational institution that receives federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students.”

Many administrators are simply unaware of the law, and not in compliance. Tea partyers in Ohio, Nevada, California, North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado and other states have contacted school officials and media about the law, suggested some appropriate curriculum. The results, as Constitution Day approaches Saturday? “Overwhelming success,” the participants say.

That success could hinge on their wise civility. “Be very polite and not demanding,” the official project guidelines advise.

POLL DU JOUR

• 68 percent of likely U.S. voters say it is unlikely that a third party candidate will win the White House in 2012.

• 53 percent say it’s likely a third party candidate could win the presidency in the next 10 to 12 years.

• 65 percent of unaffiliated voters, 62 percent of tea party members and 58 percent of Republicans agree.

• 38 percent overall say this prospect is unlikely.

• 47 percent of Democrats agree.

• 46 percent overall say 2012 is not a “good time” to consider a third-party candidate.

• 51 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Democrats agree.

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