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“No question. I would clean his clock. Just one knock on the head. It’s done.”

— Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele’s predicted outcome, should he ever face current Chairman Reince Priebus in a steel-cage wrestling match, to Talk Radio Network host Andrea Tantaros.

CAVUTO’S WARNING

What’s happening in Cyprus could happen in the U.S., says Fox Business news anchor Neil Cavuto.

“While no one’s taxing our bank holdings, thanks to Obamacare, they are going after some of our other assets. Remember that 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on investment sales larger than $250,000? Surprise. The next time you try to sell your house, trust me, you’ll be hitting the roof. Think about that. A tax not on your income, earned or unearned, but your assets. Your tangible assets,” Mr. Cavuto observes.

“Homes here. Bank accounts there. Is there really a difference? No. Just like there’s no difference between an American government taxing you for medical devices and what it deems an excessively generous medical insurance plan. Let me be very clear here: Taxing you not on what you make, but what you have. The stuff you’ve attained through a life of work,” Mr. Cavuto continues.

“To government, all it sees is that you’ve got it now. And it wants it now. And it wants you to pay up now. So feel for these Cyprus citizens who can’t get access to their money and now have to wait until at least Friday to get a crack at getting their money. More time, I suspect, for the government to sort out how it’s going to steal their money.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 66 percent of Americans say Israel and Arab nations will not settle their differences and live in peace; 78 percent of Republicans, 74 percent of conservatives, 54 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of liberals agree.

• 49 percent of Americans overall say the U.S. should support Israel if it attacks Iran over nuclear weapon issues; 63 percent of Republicans, 62 percent of conservatives, 42 percent of Democrats and 34 percent of liberals agree.

• 46 percent overall consider Israel an ally of the U.S.; 63 percent of Republicans, 58 percent of conservatives, 33 percent of Democrats and 37 percent of liberals agree.

• 33 percent overall say Israel is “friendly but not an ally”; 18 percent of Republicans, 26 percent of conservatives, 39 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of liberals agree.

Source: A CNN/ORC poll of 1,021 U.S. adults conducted March 15 to 17.

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