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Interesting. Where did that impression come from?

“In the months since the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school in December, the public is paying close attention to the topic of firearms,” the study said, citing Pew analysis released last month that found “no story received more public attention from mid-March to early April than the debate over gun control.”

CHRISTIE’S POLITICAL HEFT

The debate rages: Did New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have specialized gastric surgery to lose weight for political reasons, or for his personal health? A reader poll from the Newark-based Star-Ledger, a statewide news organization, reveals that 53 percent of the respondents said it was “all about politics, plain and simple. A fitter Christie is a better candidate.” Forty-six percent agreed Mr. Christie was dropping the pounds “for his health, and to be there for his family. How dare haters question his motivation?”

A Republican state lawmaker has his own take.

“I’m not going to second guess his motives, but let me tell you this: He’s 50. As I get older and he gets older, we all look at our mortality a little more closely,” State Assembly Minority Leader Jon M. Bramnick told the newspaper. “I support him for governor and I would support him for president. I’m assuming he’s doing this to be healthy, and that I also support.”

POLL DU JOUR

79 percent of senior investment advisers say enacting tax reform that “raises no additional revenue for the federal government tax reform” would most help the stock markets.

71 percent say enacting broad tax reform laws would help the stock markets.

50 percent do not expect tax reform to be enacted in the next two years.

33 percent say tax reform will be enacted.

50 percent say such laws will include tax rate reduction and tax break cutbacks.

46 percent say they will include only tax break cutbacks.

Source: A Potomac Research Group survey of 24 senior investment advisers conducted Monday.

Hue and cry, murmurs and asides to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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