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Energy is connected to everything in our economy. Access to affordable and secure energy is key to economic growth, which in turn is key to job growth. Energy is the building block of our economy. The President is purposely weakening that building block and weakening our country. 2012 can’t come soon enough.

Sarah Palin

via Facebook ( facebook.com/sarahpalin )

At this point, I’m wondering why Michele Bachmann wouldn’t run for president. Unlike Sarah Palin — who would be reduced by a presidential campaign that fizzled — Bachmann has all upside: getting more national exposure and building a bigger fundraising base. Any showing that beats low expectations will help her, and she could be a real force in Iowa. If Palin doesn’t run, Bachmann is a natural contender for a piece of that slot in the field.

Rich Lowry

from The Corner ( nationalreview.com/corner )

Protesters who marched at the home of Wisconsin state senator Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) were met with something of a surprise on (March 12). Mrs. Hopper appeared at the door and informed them that Sen. Hopper was no longer in residence at this address, but now lives in Madison, WI with his 25-year-old mistress. … (T)he conservative Republican’s much-younger new flame is currently … a lobbyist for right-wing advocacy group Persuasion Partners, Inc., but was previously a state senate staffer who worked … alongside Mr. Hopper. … Hopper is one of the Republican politicians named in a massive recall effort spearheaded by Wisconsin Democrats.

David Ferguson

from The Raw Story ( rawstory.com )

Sen. Schumer called us “Scott Walker Republicans?” That’s the nicest thing anybody has said about me in a long time!

U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.

via Twitter ( twitter.com/RepMikePence )

Birmingham Science City commissioned a survey “to see how blurred the lines between science fact and fiction have become.” … (It) found that over a fifth of Britons believe that lightsabers are real. And 24 percent of respondents believe people can be teleported. … My favorite, though: 18 percent of adults believed that “they can see gravity.”

Charlie Jane Anders

from io9 ( io9.com )

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