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There are 23 players on the Democratic team, 38 on the Republican team this year, incidentally.

Sens. Rand Paul and Tim Scott plus Rep. Joe Barton are among the Republicans, while Sen. Joe Donnelly plus Reps. Jared Polis and Linda T. Sanchez — the sole female — are among the Dems. The game benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Literacy Center and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. Many details here:


He has emerged from the cranky, manufactured chaos of the political landscape: that would be Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who offers something of the old can-do spirit of America that should be revisited. Mr. Snyder is fed up with the wheel-spinning and whining of the current discourse, and has barred it from his state.

“One of the other basic principles we operate under here is relentless positive action — no blame, no credit, simply solving problems. And that’s made a huge difference here in Michigan, because we don’t waste time on the blame game,” Mr. Snyder tells the Ripon Society, a centrist Republican group.

“Think about Washington. If people stepped back and said no one would blame anyone and no one would take credit. The press might have to find something else to write about, but they’d have a whole lot more time where they’d actually be solving problems. And I think people are fed up with that,” the governor says.


56 percent of Americans say NSA surveillance programs are “acceptable”; 52 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of Democrats agree.

41 percent overall say the practice is unacceptable; 47 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of Democrats agree.

52 percent overall say the federal government should not be allowed to monitor emails to prevent possible terrorism; 51 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats agree.

45 percent say the monitoring emails is acceptable; 45 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of Democrats agree.

27 percent of Americans are following the NSA story “very closely”; 32 percent of Republicans and 24 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Pew Research Center poll of 1,004 U.S. adults conducted June 6-9.

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