Inside the Beltway: The political subplots of Syria

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For those who have a meaty relationship with their vehicles or life in general: Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday it is now selling generously sized, vinyl “Bacon Racing Strips” to affix on the hood, side, roof or rear of cars and trucks.

Prices begin at $78 for four; the company is intent on marking International Bacon Day, which is Saturday. Information here: Fordcustomgraphics.com

FORT HOOD FOLLOW-UP

On the way: A trio of Texas Republicans plan to announce legislation to honor the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood. On hand Monday in the town of Killeen: Sen. John Cornyn and Reps. John R. Carter and Roger Williams will reveal the details of the “Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act,” which gives both military and civilian victims of the shootings the same status granted to 9/11 victims.

All of the victims would be eligible for a Purple Heart or the Department of Defense civilian award equivalent. The legislation also would officially label the attack as a “terrorist attack on the United States.”

ANTHONY WEINER’S LAST HURRAH

Well, so much for the New York City mayoral campaign of Anthony D. Weiner, at least according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll. Mr. Weiner has garnered only 8 percent of the vote, and ranks fourth in the race, just a dozen days shy of the Democratic primary. Public advocate Bill de Blasio is in the lead with the support of 36 percent of likely voters, followed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (21 percent) and City Comptroller William Thompson (20 percent).

“The political cliche that the most liberal candidate wins the Democratic primary in New York seems to be alive and well,” says poll director Maurice Carroll, citing Mr. de Blasio’s proposal to “tax the rich,” among other things.

“Voters seem to be getting bored with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Almost two-thirds want a new direction by the next mayor,” Mr. Carroll notes.

POLL DU JOUR

81 percent of Americans have heard about the Affordable Care Act through print, broadcast or online media.

49 percent don’t trust the information “at all,” 28 percent trust it “a little,” 16 percent trust it “some,” 3 percent trust it “a lot.”

57 percent of Americans disapprove of defunding the health care law; 34 percent of Republicans and 81 percent of Democrats agree.

36 percent approve of defunding the law; 60 percent of Republicans and 15 percent of Democrats agree.

34 percent of Americans say they trust information about the law they receive from federal agency sources; 21 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats agree.

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