Inside the Beltway: No Oscar for ‘2016: Obama’s America’

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“The Tea Party Patriots dare the government to cut just one penny from each dollar the government spends — this year, next year, and for five years — to balance the budget. And this time, start the cuts first,” she explains, adding, “Americans have come to expect the worst from our government, including that a backroom deal will be made between the Obama administration and Congress without the knowledge or support of the American people. We dare the government to take fiscal and personal responsibility. For a change.”

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CHENEYTOPIA

Dick Cheney journeys to Manhattan on Thursday to the swank Pierre Hotel to be feted by the Hudson Institute, and for good reason. He will receive the group’s annual Herman Kahn Award, “for his decades of high-level public service during some of the most fraught and critical moments in recent American history.” In review, he served as White House chief of staff for Gerald R. Ford; as a six-term congressman from Wyoming; as secretary of defense; and as vice president for eight years in the George W. Bush administration.

Mr. Cheney, incidentally, has picked up a snappy book contract with Scribner for a practical but intensely personal second memoir about his three-decade battle with heart disease, to be penned with his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner. The good-hearted Mr. Cheney plans to donate a portion of his proceeds to charity.

POLL DU JOUR

• 57 percent of Americans say they understand the implications of “going over the fiscal cliff.”

• 61 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of Democrats agree.

• 41 percent overall say they do not understand the implications; 37 percent and 41 percent of Democrats agree.

• 49 percent of Americans overall say President Obama and Republicans in Congress will not reach a deal on the fiscal cliff.

• 69 percent of Republicans and 36 percent of Democrats agree.

• 40 percent of Americans overall say an agreement will be reached between the two sides; 22 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats agree.

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