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 “In fact, I’d like to offer to order pizza for them and have it delivered to the White House,” the chairman observes. “If we’re lucky, maybe the pizza will serve to illuminate an important economic point for President Obama. Instead of redistributing the slices, the best way to make everyone happy is to make the pie bigger. It’s as true for dinner as it is for economic growth and opportunity.”

LET THEM EAT CASSEROLES

Cheddar cheese, macaroni, mushroom soup, bread crumbs — why, life will be just one big casserole on Wednesday afternoon for nine Minnesota lawmakers who will vie against each other to win the third annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hot Dish Competition. 

Yes, it’s all meant to celebrate the state’s hearty culinary traditions; all will gather in a Capitol Hill office and submit their dish and a recipe, including Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann and Erik Paulsen, plus Democratic Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and Democratic Reps. Collin C. Peterson, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison, Timothy J. Walz and Richard M. Nolan.

This is serious PTA and church supper fare: Mr. Franken won the title last year with his “Mom’s Mahnomin Madness.” Ms. Klobuchar won in 2011 with something called “Taconite Tater-Tot Hotdish.”

Mr. Franken says the recipes will be posted at his website in the aftermath (franken.senate.gov).

POLL DU JOUR

56 percent of American say the U.S. government should take North Korea’s threats “very seriously”; 64 percent of Republicans, 52 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents agree.

47 percent overall say North Korea is willing to follow through on its threats; 58 percent of Republicans, 37 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of independents agree.

47 percent overall say a North Korean nuclear missile could reach the U.S.; 52 percent of Republicans, 47 percent of Democrats agree, and 45 percent of independents agree.

Source: A Pew Research Center poll of 1,003 U.S. adults conducted April 4 to 7.

Ballyhoo and caterwaul to jharper@washingtontimes.com.