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The roster of luminaries who have received the award in the past is varied. Recipients include former President George H.W. Bush, Adm. William H. McRaven, Sen. John McCain, Robert Gates, Gen. David H. Petraeus, Henry Kissinger, former lawmakers Joe Lieberman, John Warner, John Glenn and Bob Dole plus the late Ike Skelton, Daniel K. Inouye and Ted Stevens; and Paul Wolfowitz, Caspar Weinberger andGen. Colin L. Powell.

Yes. Interesting.

A CONTRASTING HILLARY MOMENT

“I’m convinced that ‘the fix is in’ and that without a huge effort starting right now, Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States,” proclaims feisty Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a fundraising message for Stop Hillary PAC, an equally feisty political action committee launched in July.

“Her henchmen — James Carville and Harold Ickes — are busy greasing the skids, raising millions of dollars, buying off the competition, all designed to install her in the White House without a fight,” the lawman continues

“I don’t have to tell you the damage a Hillary Clinton presidency will do to the America we know and love. Building upon the dangerous Obama legacy, President Hillary Clinton will cement the disastrous policies of Obama into the fabric of America forever,” Sheriff Arpaio warns.

CHENEY’S COUNSEL: EMBRACE THE TEA PARTY

Democrats are often obsessed with portraying the Grand Old Party in a state of disunity, punctuated by squabbles with the tea party as the midterm and presidential elections approach. But, hey. Rifts come with the territory.

“Well, we do have a division, but that’s not new for the Republican party,” former Vice President Dick Cheney tells Larry King, host of RT America’s “Politicking,” in an interview airing at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on the news channel.

“I remember Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller, or Gerry Ford and Ronald Reagan. We’ve often had divisions in the past, and frankly, my experience with the tea party is this. The vast number of people who identify themselves as such are basically conservative Republicans who are just fed up with what’s happening in the country. They’re pretty much united in their opposition and hostility to the present administration,” Mr. Cheney tells his host.

“We want them in the party. I don’t want to see the tea party go spinning loose in some third-party movement. I think we need to be big enough as a party and broad enough in our thinking so that folks who are conservative, who believe in fiscal discipline, who are opposed to the expansion of government power — similar to what Obama’s doing — and believe deeply in the Constitution are welcome in the Republican Party,” Mr. Cheney concludes.

POLL DU JOUR

55 percent of U.S. voters oppose Obamacare; 93 percent of Republicans and 13 percent of Democrats agree.

53 percent of voters overall do not think the Obama administration has been “competent running the government”; 88 percent of Republicans and 13 percent of Democrats agree.

51 percent overall do not think President Obama “is paying enough attention to what his administration is doing”; 77 percent of Republicans and 21 percent of Democrats agree.

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