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He is a canny pioneer and a gentleman, indeed. Edwin J. Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation, knew that the idea of a conservative think tank was a sound one, with huge potential. The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation agree with him, and have awarded Mr. Feulner one of four 2012 Bradley Prizes, to be awarded in June. Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

“Ed Feulner has elevated the influence of conservative research institutions since co-founding the Heritage Foundation in 1973 and serving as its president since 1977,” says Michael W. Grebe, president and CEO of the Bradley Foundation. “Under his guidance, the Heritage Foundation has become a bastion of ideas that are an integral part of the national conversation and that have shaped public policy.”

Among the judges on the official selection committee: Pierre S. du Pont, Charles Krauthammer, Shelby Steele and George F. Will.

MISUNDERSTOOD

“I have not endorsed either Gov. Romney or President Obama. It’s no secret who and what I am and what I believe in. I am socially liberal. And I am a fiscal and foreign-policy conservative. Translation = I am an American. That’s my political party. I find both parties lacking in all sorts of areas. And many Americans agree. Which is why sometimes Republicans rule the roost. And sometimes Democrats do.”

Rock icon Gene Simmons, in a personal blog titled “I have not endorsed Mitt Romney for president” — despite much media coverage to the contrary

POLL DU JOUR

• 72 percent of Americans say Iran’s nuclear capabilities pose a threat to the U.S.; 83 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats agree.

• 56 percent overall say that if Israel acts against Iran’s nuclear program, the U.S. should support Israel; 70 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of Democrats agree.

• 45 percent overall say Israel should take action to destroy the program; 59 percent of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats agree.

• 45 percent overall say the U.S. should not take military action to destroy the program; 38 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats agree.

• 21 percent say Iran has a right to continue working on its nuclear program; 20 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,451 U.S. adults conducted March 12-19 and released Tuesday.

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