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Then there’s Sonny Albarado, president of the Society of Professional Journalists: “The Justice Department’s secret acquisition of two months of the business and personal phone records of AP’s reporters and other employees is shameful and outrageous.”

A REMINDER

“Question: On what two days does federal law require American flags to be flown at half staff?” asks the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “Answer: Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, and May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day.”

This solemn tribute to American law enforcement officers on Wednesday is part of a crime bill that President Clinton signed into law in 1994.

A LOTT TO CONSIDER

Do they know something Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not know? Well, maybe.

In the nation’s capital Wednesday: former Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle, who headline a main event that showcases wisdom from another era. Or a reasonable facsimile therein. The 43rd annual meeting of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress “will focus on eliminating dysfunction in Congress,” organizers say.

Among the bipartisan group of Capitol Hill alumni on hand: John Breaux, Connie Morella, Blanche Lincoln, Mickey Edwards, Norm Dicks and Mark Kennedy. They may or may not have the answers for a divided, contentious Congress with little to show for their disagreement.

But they’ll have a publication. Once the conference is over, the association will publish “Making Congress Work: A Guide for Senators, Representatives and Citizens,” targeted, they say, for members of the 2014 Congress.

POLL DU JOUR

79 percent of Americans say it would be “cheating” if a partner sent sexy text messages or pictures to someone else; 85 percent of women and 74 percent of men agree.

60 percent say if a partner formed a deep emotional connection with someone else, it would constitute infidelity; 70 percent of women and 50 percent of men agree.

48 percent would consider it cheating if a partner kissed someone else on the lips; 56 percent of women and 40 percent of men agree.

24 percent would consider it cheating if a partner reached out to an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend; 26 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of Democrats agree.

21 percent say it would be cheating if a partner went to a strip club; 35 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of Democrats agree.

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