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Yeah, well. There were website glitches, the famous “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” the individual mandate. “The health care law has been the center of attention for some time,” Mr. Dugan says.

“But this has not translated into more Americans saying they are familiar with the ACA. This watershed legislation that will change the face of the U.S. health care system, for better or worse, remains somewhat of a mystery for a significant portion of the nation,” he adds.


This represents a slow and steady shift in the media tastes of the nation. American Rifleman, a publication of the National Rifle Association, has knocked Maxim — an edgy young male lifestyle monthly — right off the top-25 list of the most popular magazines in the U.S. “Maxim is out, a gun magazine is in,” noted Ad Age in an analysis.

Indeed, American Rifleman enjoyed a 29.3 percent circulation increase last year, says the Alliance for Audited Media, which tracks the details. Translation: American Rifleman is now included on the coveted roster of the most-read magazines.

It’s all due to “the Obama effect,” says Emily Miller, senior opinion writer at The Washington Times, author of the telling book “Emily Gets Her Gun,” and a kind Friend-of-Beltway.

President Obama’s second term effort to get Americans to hate guns has backfired. Not only did firearm sales in 2013 blow out all records, interest in learning more about Second Amendment issues has risen dramatically,” Miss Miller says. “We are a nation built on the belief that an armed citizenry prevents a tyrannical government. So the new NRA members and readers of ‘American Rifleman’ are telling Mr. Obama that they will not be disarmed.”


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Speaking of big tent thinking, the Fox News Channel has hired longtime, outspoken somewhat notorious Democratic strategist James Carville as a contributor, as of Thursday.

“James’ successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset to Fox News. We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network,” says Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming for the network.

He notes that Mr. Carville — spouse of the ever-ebullient Republican strategist and commentator Mary Matalin — will appear on a cross section of Fox programming. Mr. Carville ended his 10-year association with CNN last year.


53 percent of Russians say their nation did “the right thing” bidding for the Winter Olympics.

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