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“The new narrative — the first rough draft — is expressed in this column by Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times, a mainstream media mainstay. The title says it all: ‘VA scandal fits an established Obama narrative: skilled politician, lousy manager,’” Mr. Mirengoff observes.

SAVE THE PROPELLER

The SS United States Conservancy has valiantly tried to preserve the 990-foot historic vessel, dubbed “America’s Flagship.” Indeed, the SS United States remains the fastest passenger ship ever built, and the largest ever made in the U.S. It took its maiden voyage in 1952, carried celebrities, presidents and troops, and is currently docked in Philadelphia. The caregivers are determined to repurpose the famous ship as a museum or tourist destination.

Yes, the United States is bigger than the Titanic.

Up for sale to raise some quick upkeep money: one of the ship’s 18-foot diameter, four-blade, 60,000-pound propellers crafted of nickel, aluminum and bronze, the design so innovative that it was classified as “Top Secret by the U.S. government,” the group reports. If a buyer is not found in six days, the conservancy will be forced to sell it to a recycler.

“In so many ways, we’ve never been closer to realizing our vision of saving America’s flagship,” says Executive Director Susan Gibbs, whose grandfather designed the powerful, elegant ship. “However, our time grows perilously short. We agonized over this decision, but the proceeds from this sale of the propeller will buy us some crucial time to finalize promising negotiations with investors.”

Four additional propellers are currently preserved in museums and other institutions in New York and Virginia. See the ship here: SSUSC.org. Anyone interested in the propeller should contact media@SSUSC.org.

POLL DU JOUR

93 percent of Americans give the U.S. Congress a negative job performance review; 94 percent of Republicans, 90 percent of Democrats and 96 percent of independents agree.

95 percent of conservatives, 91 percent of liberals and 93 percent of moderates also agree.

62 percent overall give President Obama a negative job review; 91 percent of Republicans, 31 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of independents agree.

87 percent of conservatives, 33 percent of liberals and 60 percent of moderates also agree.

65 percent overall give Mr. Obama a negative review for his handling of the U.S. economy.

48 percent expect the economy to “remain the same;” 27 percent predict the economy will get worse. 26 percent expect it to improve.

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,286 U.S. adults conducted May 14-19.

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