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Preparation: Preheat the oven to 250 F. In a large bowl, combine the cereals, pepitas, pistachios, and pretzel sticks. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients until well incorporated. Pour this mixture over the cereal mixture and toss well to coat but gently so as not to break the cereal and pretzels. Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring gently every 15 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, let the mixture cool, and serve, or serve in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

TEA PARTY STILL BREWING

It’s business as usual for the tea party. The grassroots movement is not heeding repeat warnings from the news media or Democratic strategists that the tea party is weakened, ailing, dying or dead. Nope. The half dozen larger tea party umbrella groups, in fact, are forging ahead — staying on unapologetic message, organizing public events, drumming up donations and singling out their chosen candidates.

The Georgia-based Tea Party Patriots is a good example.

“The tea party movement was created by ordinary citizens who banded together to take their country back. And we’ve been very successful,” notes Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of the Tea party Patriots Citizens Fund, a political action committee, in an outreach on Sunday.

“Now, however, we need to go toe-to-toe with the establishment politicians and their political action committees. We need to defeat big-government politicians in primaries and general elections and send a new crop of limited government leaders to Washington,” she says.

And they are succinct. The group has endorsed 18 candidates in House and Senate races, including he re-election efforts of Republican Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Jeff Sessions of Alabama plus Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Justin Amash of Michigan and Tom McClintock of California.

And among the House hopefuls: Igor Birman of California and Curt Clawson of Florida. Among Senate hopefuls: T.W. Shannon of Oklahoma, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Sam Clovis of Iowa and Alex Mooney of West Virginia.

POLL DU JOUR

75 percent of Americans say the “war on terror” is still going on; 96 percent of Republicans and 74 percent of Democrats agree.

10 percent say the U.S. has “lost” the war on terror; 6 percent of Republicans and 8 percent of Democrats agree.

6 percent say the U.S. has “won” the war on terror; 3 percent of Republicans and 6 percent of Democrats agree.

58 percent overall say it is “acceptable” to have unidentified remains of those who died in the 9/11 attacks at ground zero interred at the National 9/11 Museum in New York City; 58 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats agree.

36 percent overall say it is acceptable to have 9/11 brands and commercial merchandise; 40 percent of Republicans and 39 percent of Democrats agree.

33 percent overall say a gift shop at the 9/11 museum is unacceptable; 30 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of Democrats agree.

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