Secret Service Investigates Facebook Poll on Obama Assassination

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The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a user-generated Facebook poll Monday after a blogger took screen shots of it and encouraged readers to report it. The poll asked if “Obama should be killed” and offered several responses, including “if he cuts my health care.” After hearing from the Secret Service, Facebook disabled the “Polls” application, an add-on created by a third-party developer. The developer responded to the blogger who reported the incident, saying he deletes hateful polls as quickly as possible.

US Secret Service Investigates Facebook Poll [The Guardian]

 

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Bush Officials Denied Rowling Medal Because Books ‘Encouraged Witchcraft’

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Former George W. Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer has been making waves and drawing fire the past two weeks with the dishy revelations in his new memoir, “Speech Less: Tales of a White House Survivor.” Bush predicted Sarah Palin’s crash-and-burn exit and remarked on the size of Hillary Clinton’s “keister.” But as politicos and bloggers make their way through the book, they’re finding even stranger bits, like the news that Bush officials denied British author J.K. Rowling a Presidential Medal of Freedom because her “Harry Potter” books “encouraged witchcraft.”

The Bush administration also passed up Sen. Ted Kennedy because he was a liberal, Latimer writes. (Kennedy received the medal from President Obama in August.) Among others, Bush presented medals to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, author Harper Lee and boxer Muhammad Ali. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the United States’ highest civilian award, and is given to citizens who “have contributed to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

 

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Washington in 60 Seconds: Tom Delay’s Near-Miss; the Obamas’ Olympic Games

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Good morning, Capitolists! President and Mrs. Obama have announced that they will make their very own hometown pitch to the International Olympic Committee this week for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Games. What athlete wouldn’t want to sit down to a training table full of brats and beer?

Here’s what else is making news in Washington today:

* President Obama and SoS Clinton meet with the NATO secretary general at the White House this morning. Does that make you wonder who the secretary general of NATO is? It’s Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Stick with us, Caps.

* Michelle Obama heads to Copenhagen to sell Chicago to anyone who’s buying. (Burkina Faso, we’re looking at you.) Next, President Obama goes to Copenhagen on Thursday, despite his earlier statement that health care was too important to abandon for a trip to bid for the Games.

* Strap on your protective head gear for the start of the Senate Finance Committee’s debate over the public option this morning. Fireworks and hot rhetoric expected.

* The full Senate debates funding for the Pentagon, including troop levels in Afghanistan and the future of Gitmo detainees.

* The Wall Street Journal previews the new court session that starts on Monday. On the docket are life sentences for minors; whether a cross can stay in the Mohave Desert; First Amendment rights in depictions of animal cruelty; and rearranging the swivel chairs to make room for a new associate justice.

* The BBC reports: At least 128 people were killed when troops in the West African nation of Guinea fired on protesters Monday, rights groups and opposition figures claim. Yikes.

* And if the suspense is killing you, Tom Delay almost dropped his lady partner last night on “Dancing With the Stars.” Politico watched so you didn’t have to, and they’ve got a little montage for you HERE.

 

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Kennedy’s Successor Supports Public Health Insurance Option

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As supporters of a public health insurance option try to bring it back from the dead this week, the newest U.S. senator, Paul Kirk (D.-Mass), has confirmed his support.

“Senator Kirk believes there should be a public option to keep costs down and keep insurance companies honest,” says Keith Maley, a spokesman for Kirk, who replaced the late Ted Kennedy last week. “[D]uring his short service in the United States Senate, he looks forward to seeing what can be done to reach that goal.”

Democrats were already well aware of Kirk’s stance, but the senator’s confirmation ensured that a 60th vote on health care reform would not have to be Republican Olympia Snowe’s, and that Democrats may have more room to work a public option into the legislation.

Kennedy’s Successor Confirms His Support for Public Option [TPMDC]

 

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Number of Americans Closely Following Political News Grows

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Gallup says that 36 percent of Americans are following political news “very closely,” the highest number outside a presidential election year since its poll began tracking news interest in 2001, according to a survey conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 2. In 2008, which was a presidential election year, 43 percent said they were following political news very closely.

 

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Most Believe Economy Will Improve, But Still Harbor Fears

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Eighty-four percent of Americans believe the economy is still in recession, but 65 percent believe it will improve over the next year, according to aUSA Today/Gallup poll conducted Sept. 11-13. Twenty-three percent predict the economy will remain in a recession in the next year and 12 percent expect it to get worse.

 

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Midlife and Beyond: Bringing Lincoln’s Lessons Home

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I just read my children a bedtime story that was probably too young for them, but I liked Ruth Krauss’ “A Hole Is to Dig” just as much tonight as I did when I was 3. It’s full of big-hearted definitions, including, “A brother is to help you,” “Rugs are so dogs have napkins” and “Mashed potatoes are to give everybody enough.”

 

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