Inside the Beltway: Gun Appreciation Day

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Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

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333,964: Number of abortions performed in 2011.

995,687: Number of abortions performed from 2009-2011.

The source for the numbers is a Susan B. Anthony List analysis of Planned Parenthood’s annual report for fiscal 2012.

“As if these numbers weren’t already horrifying, Planned Parenthood has upped the ante even further by mandating that all affiliates provide abortions beginning this year. Americans are sick and tired of underwriting the nation’s largest abortion business. We call on Congress to immediately investigate and defund Planned Parenthood,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the aforementioned List, a pro-life interest group.

THE GATE GAGGLE

Now in production from the Discovery Channel, the network that brought you “Amish Mafia” and “Moonshiners,” behold, it’s “The President’s Gatekeepers,” a four-hour documentary showcasing 19 former White House chiefs of staffs, from Donald H. Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney to John Sununu and Mack McLarty.

“Chiefs of staff translate the presidents’ policies into reality. Or disaster. They are the inside eyewitnesses to history, and the confidants with whom the president, and the first lady, share their secrets,” the network says. “What experience as White House chief of staff does Dick Cheney blame for bringing on his first heart attack? Why was Rahm Emanuel so apprehensive about taking the job?”

Answers revealed when the show airs in July.

TOYLAND

A few journalists have used unmanned, minuscule drones for stealthy news gathering purposes, creating a stir and prompting the new genre of “fly-by media.”

Yeah, well. Now comes “The Phantom” from DJI — the industry’s first ready-to-fly, satellite-navigated, “consumer quadcopter” with camera mount, auto pilot, “intelligent orientation control,” dramatic LED displays and other electronic niceties. It’s $679, and ready to go, the maker says, “right out of the box.” See it here: dji-innovations.com, under the “flying for fun” section.

POLL DU JOUR

• 57 percent of Americans say President Obama “got what he wanted” out of recent tax legislation to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

• 74 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of Democrats agree.

• 20 percent overall say House Republicans got what they wanted out of the legislation; 11 percent of Republicans and 26 percent of Democrats agree.

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