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Mr. Wallace’s first guest on the show was Howard Dean, incidentally. He also dismissed any ratings threats from CNN or MSNBC during that interview a decade ago. “Competition? What competition?” Mr. Wallace asked.

REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR

“In battle after battle, our troops fought with courage and honor. They took the Pacific theater island by island, and eventually swept through Europe, liberating nations as they progressed. Because of their extraordinary valor, America emerged from this test as we always do — stronger than ever before. With solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served.”

— from President Obama’s official proclamation recognizing Pearl Harbor Day, which is Saturday.

APOLITICAL PASTRY

What with Christmas dawning in 19 days, we deviate from the punditry path to offer a recipe shared by a certain famous pastry kitchen. Verbatim from the chefs at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., here is White House Cranberry Upside Cake:

For the bottom of the cake pan: 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup tightly packed dark brown sugar, 1 cup fresh cranberries.

Cake: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons orange juice, 2 large eggs, separated; 1/2 cup milk.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter and brown sugar together in a saucepan and pour into the bottom of a greased 9-inch cake pan with a parchment circle on the bottom. Add cranberries.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter with half the sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat in the orange juice. Add the egg yolks one by one, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk.

In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites with the other half of the sugar until the whites hold a firm peak. With a large spatula gently fold the beaten egg white into the cake batter in two additions. Pour the batter into the cake pan containing the sugar and cranberry mixture.

Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the top of the cake has browned, starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan and then flip the cake over onto your serving plate. Makes one 9-inch cake.

POLL DU JOUR

66 percent of Americans say the federal government rather than state or local governments is best suited to protect U.S. borders; 65 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Democrats agree.

58 percent say the federal government can best protect civil rights; 40 percent of Republicans and 69 percent of Democrats agree.

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