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“The popular media narrative is that this country has shifted away from conservative ideals, as evidenced by the last two presidential elections. That’s what they think. That’s what they say. That might be true if Republicans had actually nominated conservative candidates in 2008 and 2012.”

— Texas Gov. Rick Perry, from the main stage of CPAC on Thursday.

SECOND THOUGHTS

Acerbic comedian and late-night host Bill Maher embarks on a 25-city tour March 23, bound for destinations that include Alaska, Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The tour theme: “Making Back My Million.”

Notes his PR team: “The title is, of course, a tongue and cheek reference to the million dollar donation Bill made last year to Obama’s re-election effort.”

TERRI SCHIAVO REMEMBERED

“The national controversy that erupted over the court-ordered decision that ended Terri Schiavo’s life by removing her feeding tube in 2005 has been channeled into a positive effort of awareness, education and advocacy,” say organizers of a new outreach that has named April 5 as “Terri’s Day.”

Sarah Palin will appear at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network’s Award Gala in Philadelphia to mark the event; Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate “The National Memorial Mass for Terri’s Day” at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

“Terri’s life and legacy continue to live on, as our nation is now aware of the immediate threat placed upon the hundreds of thousands of persons with cognitive disabilities,” says her brother Bobby Schindler, executive director of the network.

“We invite churches to hold memorial services and to educate their congregations about the dignity of every human life, despite any disability or disease,” he says. “We encourage the media and educational institutions to help dispel the myths and inaccuracies about Terri’s life and death by providing accurate, factual information. And we invite all people to reflect on the ethical considerations of caring for the weak and vulnerable.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 69 percent of Americans don’t know enough about sequestration to judge if it will affect them personally; 47 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats agree.

• 55 percent of Americans overall don’t know enough about sequestration to judge its impact on the nation; 39 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats agree.

• 27 percent overall say sequestration is “a bad thing” for the nation; 22 percent of Republicans and 28 percent of Democrats agree.

• 17 percent overall say sequestration is “a good thing”; 27 percent of Republicans and 8 percent of Democrats agree.

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