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The Republican Party likely will never fire Donald Trump. He will be the keynote speaker at the Lincoln Day Dinner to be hosted by the Oakland County Republican Party in Michigan, which has been celebrated for 124 years. The billionaire is most gracious.

“As the oldest, largest and one of the most influential Lincoln Day dinners in the country, I could not have been more pleased to receive this invitation,” Mr. Trump says.

“We are thrilled,” notes the dinner’s chief organizer David Trott, who last year hosted Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Snyder as the political celebrities of note. Local party Chairman Jim Thienel, in the meantime, praised Mr. Trump for “his unyielding enthusiasm for   causes.”


Drone pilots, heads up. The Defense Department has announced the arrival of the Distinguished Warfare Medal, meant to recognize “extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor in combat, directly impacting combat operations of other military operations,” according to a memo from Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.

The new “DWM” ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross, but above the Bronze Star. The brass pendant features a laurel wreath encircling a domed and grid-lined globe. There is no geographic limitation on the award, and the domain for the award includes air, land, sea, space and cyberspace. It cannot be given for actions before Sept. 22, 2001.

“I have seen first-hand how modern tools like remotely piloted platforms and cybersystems have changed the way wars can be fought,” Mr. Panetta says. “We should also have the ability to honor extraordinary actions that make a true difference in combat operations, even if those actions are physically removed from the fight.”

“This new medal recognizes the changing character of warfare and those who make extraordinary contributions to it,” notes Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


• 67 percent of Americans favor limiting the number of days local post offices are open from six days to five; 70 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of independents agree.

• 63 percent of Americans overall favor eliminating the delivery of residential mail on Saturday; 69 percent of Republicans, 56 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of independents agree.

• 41 percent overall approve raising the price of postage stamps; 40 percent of Republicans, 40 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of independents agree.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,025 U.S. adults conducted Feb. 11 and 12.

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