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“That means ‘Sitting Duck’ Warren will have to face a primary,” she adds.

HISTORIC MUDSLINGING

“Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”

- Ronald Reagan, in “A Time for Choosing,” a speech supporting Sen. Barry Goldwater’s presidential bid, Oct. 27, 1964.

FAT CHANCE

Well, at least the Internal Revenue Service can rejoice. The majority of Americans — 52 percent — say doing their taxes is easier than trying to lose weight.

“People think a great deal about the healthfulness of their diets and want to make improvements. Yet, 76 percent agree that ever-changing nutritional guidance makes it hard to know what to believe. And when it comes to making decisions about food, consumers today rely most often on their own research rather than third-party experts,” says a new analysis from the International Food Information Council Foundation.

“Clearly, there is a disconnect for many Americans, observes Marianne Smith Edge, senior vice president for nutrition and food safety at the foundation, found at www/foodinsight.org.

POLL DU JOUR

• 81 percent of American car owners say they would pay more for a fuel-efficient vehicle if they could recoup costs at the gas pump.

• 79 percent say “the government” should require automakers to increase fuel efficiency to 55 miles per gallon of gas.

• 75 percent say the government should offer tax rebates toward the purchase.

• 66 percent expect their next car to have more fuel economy.

• 37 percent say fuel economy is their leading consideration when shopping for a new car.

• 17 percent cite quality as their top consideration, 16 percent cite safety, 14 percent value, 6 percent performance, 6 percent design, 3 percent technology.

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