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The nation’s capital is about to get shrugged: the Atlas Shrugged Society’s “Atlas Summit” begins Friday to laud individualism, freedom, reason and respect for human achievement — all hallmarks of Ayn Rand’s epic 1957 novel of the same name. The victory of Obamacare in the Supreme Court has added urgency to the three-day event; organizers are already citing the “chilling parallels” between the novel and the “current state of the world.”

The summit has drawn names of note. Among those in attendance: Rep. Allen B. West, Florida Republican; Fox Business News analyst John Stossel, Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson, Reason Foundation co-founder Robert Poole, and Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist.

There’s uncommon Hollywood afoot, too. Set to release “Atlas Shrugged, Part II” in October, film producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro will offer an update on their ambitious film project. See the big doings here:

“Atlas should shrug now,” advises Aaron Day, an entrepreneur who is also chief operating officer for the Washington-based Atlas Society. He plans to evaluate the Supreme Court health care ruling, and offer a “radical approach in response to this and other statist policies,” he says.


“I visualized world peace. Now what?”

- Bumper sticker spotted in Joplin, Mo.


• 89 percent of registered New Hampshire Republicans would vote for Mitt Romney if the presidential election were held today.

• 89 percent of registered New Hampshire Democrats would vote for President Obama.

• 83 percent of liberal New Hampshire voters would vote for Mr. Obama, 77 percent of conservative New Hampshire voters would pick Mr. Romney.

• 43 percent of registered New Hampshire voters overall would vote for Mr. Obama, 42 percent for Mr. Romney.

• 39 percent of independent New Hampshire voters would vote for Mr. Obama, 38 percent for Mr. Romney.

• 55 percent of Republican voters are “very enthusiastic” about the November election, 51 percent of Democrats feel the same way.

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