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The former Republican hopeful - who rode the crest of favorability polls last autumn - now bills himself as “the new voice - CEO, businessman, accomplished speaker, media personality.”

Indeed, Mr. Cain has already returned to talk radio, appearing several times a week with syndicated host Neal Boortz. And he has not forsaken his gospel singing, either. Mr. Cain’s “Sunday Morning” collection of 13 gospel and Christian tunes remains on sale at iTuness and Amazon.

JUST SAYIN’

Speaking English: Of 16,344 employed adults in 26 countries, 67 percent of workers who deal with people beyond their borders said English was the language used most often, says a Reuters/Ipsos Global Public Affairs survey released Wednesday. Spanish is a distant second at 5 percent.

“The most revealing aspect of this survey is how English has emerged as the default language for business around the world,” says Ipsos CEO Darrell Bricker.

RESEARCHATOPIA

The Department of Defense has awarded $155 million in research funds among 63 academic institutions that will now tangle with 23 projects. It’s all part of the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, says Zachary J. Lemnios, assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, who speaks fondly about “new areas of scientific inquiry” and “future capabilities that will benefit our joint forces.”

Oh, yeah. Rock on. Go for it. But the scope of it is, well, mind-boggling. A sampling of the official research titles that won the big bucks:

Embedded humans: provably correct decision making for networks of humans and unmanned systems; Dynamics of multifunction brain networks; Multivariate heavy-tail phenomena; Novel nanostructures for the controlled propagation of electromagnetic energy, Evolution of cultural norms and dynamics of socio-political change; Slippery liquid-infused poroussurfaces for turbulent drag reduction at high Reynolds number.

POLL DU JOUR

• 91 percent of Republican voters in Wisconsin are “absolutely certain” they will vote in the June 5 recall election for Gov. Scott Walker.

• 83 percent of Democrats are “absolutely certain” they will vote in the recall.

• 88 percent of Republicans say Mr. Walker has these traits: “is honest, decisive, cares about people, is fair, inspiring and provides strong leadership.”

• 23 percent of Democrats agree.

• 76 percent of Democrats say those traits describe Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic challenger.

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