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“This is the simple, tried and true formula for restoring the American Dream, creating good jobs at rising wages for the middle class, working people and the poor, and restoring the ladders of economic opportunity out of poverty that you say you want,” Mr. Ferrara concludes.

“But that will have to wait, Mr. President, for the liberation of America, and the election of a president who knows something about economics and how capitalism works.”


“I love Obamacare!”

— Bumper sticker spotted by an Inside the Beltway reader at Fort Myer’s Henderson Hall Commissary, an Army facility. The aforementioned reader notes that the sticker appeared on a Prius.


It’s delicious hybrid diplomacy, that’s for sure: 20 chefs who cook for world leaders are bound for the United Nations, the White House, the State Department and the National Press Club to parse out their role in both the big diplomatic doings or daily domestic concerns of the planet’s powerful.

Hosted by White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford, the chefs will be in New York and the nation’s capital this week; all are members of the Paris-based Club des Chefs des Chefs. That’s “chefs of the chiefs” if we translate — an elite group founded in 1977 and described by its membership as “the world’s most exclusive gastronomic society.”

They long to “discover American culture through its best products and representative chefs.” Former presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both hosted the group in years past.

Among the toque-wearing luminaries: Jian Zhong and Liu Qiang, chefs of the “Great Hall of the People” in Beijing; Machindra Kasture, chef of the president of India; Shalom Kadosh, chef in charge for the president of Israel; and Mark Flanagan, chef to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.


“The daily briefing has become a worthless chore for reporters, an embarrassing nuisance to administration staff, and a source of added friction between the two camps. It’s time to do the humane, obvious thing and get rid of it altogether.”

— Reid Cherlin, assistant White House press secretary from 2008 to 2011, writing about the daily press briefing, in The New Republic.


70 percent of Americans say federal collection of phone and Internet data is used for “other purposes” besides anti-terrorism efforts; 78 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of Democrats and 74 percent of independents agree.

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