Inside the Beltway: Network silence

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“Even though Weiner’s appearances are relatively few, the folks behind the film intend on making Weiner a large part of their marketing campaign,” notes Hollywood Reporter analyst Paul Bond.

CULTURAL MOMENT

“Should the Obama administration designate 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev an ‘enemy combatant’ bent on waging war against the U.S.?” asks The Washington Times online poll conducted Monday. The answer: 70 percent of some 1,700 respondents said “yes” 27 percent disagreed.

HIGH-TECH IMMIGRATION

Immigration reform is a flexible forum for one and all, apparently. An interesting quintet gathers in California on Tuesday to discuss the implications for what’s this? High-tech industries? Indeed. On the dais in Menlo Park: Condoleezza Rice, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, former Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and former Govs. Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania.

They gather in the name of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s immigration task force, hoping to “identify ways to engage with high-tech industries in building bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform and its implications for the tech community.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 63 percent of Americans say that airline passengers should be required “buy a second seat” if they can’t fit into a standard seat because of personal weight issues.

• 59 percent do not support passengers being charged and ticketed according to their personal weight and luggage combined; 25 percent say it’s a good idea.

• 42 percent would feel “humiliated” if they had to be weighed publicly; 40 percent would not mind.

• 25 percent of “small”-sized people would not mind being weighed publicly; 19 percent would mind.

• 23 percent of “large”-sized people would feel humiliated by a weigh-in; 15 percent would not.

Source: A YouGov Omnibus poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted April 12 to 14.

• Small asides and weighty words to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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