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“They’re definitely interested,” the paper notes, citing an unnamed source.

Naturally, no one has a comment. Yet. Mrs. Hasselbeck, 35, was a co-host on “The View” for six years and first popped up on public radar as a finalist on the reality TV show “Survivor” in 2001.

SARTORIAL PROOF

“We petition the Obama administration to require congressmen and senators to wear logos of their financial backers on their clothing, much like NASCAR drivers do.”

— From a new petition filed Wednesday with the White House “We the People” website; it drew more than 9,000 signature in 24 hours.

WEEKEND REAL ESTATE

“Another American small town is for sale. This one is Searchlight, Nevada, best known as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s hometown and a popular gambling casino,” reports TopTenRealEstateDeals, a national realtor website that tracks the fate of splashy properties around the nation.

“Reid was born here in 1939 and still has a home in Searchlight. Reid talks about Searchlight a lot and has even written a book about the town. It has a Harry Reid Elementary School, a population of around 500 people, and is located an hour south of Las Vegas. Included in the sale are the casino, a motel and a former brothel. Asking price is $5 million, which Sen. Reid said is a bargain. However Sen. Reid also says he is not interested in buying Searchlight,” the group says.

POLL DU JOUR

• 91 percent of Americans say they’re being “squeezed” by gas prices, 90 percent are squeezed by food and consumer goods prices.

• 71 percent say the federal budget deficit is affecting their household finances.

• 53 percent have confidence in President Obama to deal with the deficit; 13 percent of Republicans and 86 percent of Democrats agree.

• 39 percent have confidence in Republican leaders: 63 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Democrats agree.

• 27 percent overall say the U.S. economy is recovering; 9 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Pew Research Center survey of 1,501 U.S. adults conducted March 13 to 17.

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