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James O’Keefe — who was hailed as a hero by Republicans when he posed as a pimp and helped bring down the community organizing group ACORN— is “now a persona non grata within the Republican Party,” USA Today’s On Politics blog noted. That’s because O’Keefe and three other men were arrested this week for allegedly trying to interfere with the telephone system in an office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. If convicted, each faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
As was the case last year, the public’s top three priorities for Congress and President Obama are the economy (83 percent), jobs (81 percent) and terrorism (80 percent), according a new poll by the Pew Research Center. Next on the list are securing Social Security (66 percent), improving educational systems (65 percent), securing Medicare (63 percent) and reducing the budget deficit (60 percent). Meanwhile, the issues that consumed much of the focus in Congress over the past year are lower priorities for the public: Reducing health care costs (57 percent), providing health insurance to the uninsured (49 percent) and global warming (28 percent). As is to be expected, priorities varied among Republicans and Democrats, sometimes dramatically. For example, 75 percent of Democrats said that providing insurance to the uninsured should be a top priority, compared with 26 percent of Republicans.
Fresh off its starring role in former centerfold model Scott Brown’s Senate victory in Massachusetts, Cosmopolitan magazine is imagining seven other pols nude or at least shirtless, starting with Kansas Agriculture Secretary Josh Svaty: “It may be a cliche but the sexy secretary of agriculture proves that they sure grow ’em cute in Kansas. We wouldn’t mind seeing him in nothing but a row of corn.”
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