Inside the Beltway: Gung-ho Republicans

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Find Mr. Cantor’s report here: http://majorityleader.gov/TheImperialPresidency/

CAMPAIGN COOLING

“It is very surprising to see three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate pass without a single mention of climate change. This is the first time this has happened since climate change hit the national stage in 1988,” observes Marc Morano, founder of Climate Depot, a dogged watchdog of alarmist trends.

Climate change activists are outraged, he says, particularly since it was publicly announced that yes, climate change would be a key campaign issue. What happened?

“The answer is clear. The man-made climate change fear movement never overcame having a partisan figure like Al Gore being its public face and suffered from having the scandal ridden and distrusted U.N. IPCC as the source of its science,” Mr. Morano says.

“Perhaps the most important factor in the climate silence in the 2012 presidential race was a result of the forced vote in the House to pass a cap-and-trade bill in 2009 which helped fuel the rise of the tea party movement in the U.S. No longer could a politician regurgitate the standard climate change claims of consensus and the need to ‘act’ without facing laughter and derision from angry crowds,” he adds.

TAKING IT TO CHICAGO

Former Polish President Lech Walesa, Andrew Napolitano, Rep. Joe Walsh, Illinois Republican; “Atlas Shrugged” producer Harmon Kaslow, American Spectator senior editor John Fund, Illinois Policy Institute President John Tillman, Reason Foundation polling director Emily Ekins.

(Among those joining FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe for “massive grass-roots activist training” on Friday for fiscal conservatives and limited-government fans in the greater Chicago area.)

POLL DU JOUR

• 1.9 billion: Number of emails sent and received by 40 primary U.S. government agencies every day.

• 79 percent of the federal agencies say cybersecurity is a top IT priority; 25 percent rate their email security with an “A.”

• 48 percent say “unauthorized data” leaves the agency via standard work email.

• 40 percent cite USB flash drives, 38 percent cite personal email, 23 percent Web-based work email.

• 47 percent of the agencies say they need better email security policies, 45 percent say employees don’t follow existing policies.

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