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“The fight over Obamacare now is over implementation. There are inherent problems in the law itself, which will raise popular ire, but the battle now is over exchanges and other aspects of implementation,” the professor says, adding that 13 states have taken steps to set up the exchanges, 17 have not.

TRIBAL ENTREPRENEURS

Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John Hoeven of North Dakota, plus Rep. Don Young, Alaska Republican, join Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn and regional tribal and business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday to launch the Native American Enterprise Initiative, intended to promote the economic promise of tribes and tribal entrepreneurs around the nation.

Up for discussion are economic and networking strategies for Native American enterprises, “foreign direct investment on tribal lands,” and an advocacy agenda before Congress and the administration.

On Wednesday, meanwhile, representatives from all 566 federally recognized tribes head for the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference, staged at the Department of the Interior’s Sidney R. Yates Auditorium. President Obama is expected to deliver remarks.

POLL DU JOUR

• 42 percent of Americans say they belong to the “middle class”; 50 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats agree.

• 31 percent of Americans overall say they are “working class”; 26 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of Democrats agree.

• 13 percent overall say they are “upper middle class”; 16 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Democrats agree.

• 10 percent overall say they are “lower class”; 6 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Democrats agree.

• 2 percent of Americans overall say they are “upper class”; 1 percent of Republicans and 3 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,009 U.S. adults conducted Nov. 9-11 and released Friday.

Ballyhoo and bewilderment to jharper@washingtontimes.com