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Hey, fat chance that a cer­tain Gar­den State guy is go­ing to eat his way right out of the 2016 elec­tion. Crit­ics who hope New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has weight-re­lated health is­sues that will squash a White House run need to find another com­plaint. Though his wife, Mary Pat, is the only one who knows ex­actly how many pounds her spouse has lost since un­der­go­ing lap-band surgery nine months ago, Mr. Christie has been get­ting con­sis­tently good med­i­cal re­ports in re­cent days, and he says he’s even sleep­ing bet­ter.

A no­tice­ably leaner gov­er­nor made the rounds of the Sun­day talk shows, dis­miss­ing a child­ish Time mag­a­zine cover that re­ferred to him as “the ele­phant in the room.” Mr. Christie is more bear­like at this point, and could one day emerge as a lion — good for a roar, and seek­ing the prover­bial big tent of voter sup­port.

“If I’m both­ered by jokes about my weight, it’s time for me to curl up into a fe­tal po­si­tion and go home, OK? If they think that’s clever, great for them,” the gov­er­nor, said on ABC’s “This Week” when con­fronted with the cover im­age on cam­era. “They run the mag­a­zine, they get to make the de­ci­sions. …

“The way peo­ple in New Jersey look at this, their gov­er­nor’s been on the cover of Time mag­a­zine twice in one year, we must be do­ing some­thing right,” Mr. Christie con­cluded. split­ting the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides,” points out Jonathan Tobin, a colum­nist for Com­men­tary mag­a­zine.

“Any Ira­nian deal that doesn’t defini­tively end their chance of build­ing a weapon, whether via ura­nium or plu­to­nium, is a scam, not a diplo­matic tri­umph. In­sis­tence on this point doesn’t make the deal’s crit­ics war­mon­gers. It makes them re­al­ists,” Mr. Tobin adds.

Law­mak­ers will be pars­ing the sit­u­a­tion Wed­nes­day at a House For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee hear­ing ex­am­in­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions, and the state of Iran af­ter Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani’s first 100 days in of­fice.

“In­stead of tough­en­ing sanc­tions to get mean­ing­ful and last­ing con­ces­sions, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion looks to be set­tling for in­terim and rev­ersible steps,” ob­serves Rep. Ed­ward R. Royce, com­mit­tee chair­man.

“A par­tial freeze of en­rich­ment, as we’re hear­ing, is not a freeze. As called for in U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, all of Iran’s en­rich­ment — the key bomb-mak­ing tech­nol­ogy — should be ceased,” the Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can con­tin­ues. “We now run the risk of se­ri­ously weak­en­ing the sanc­tions struc­ture painstak­ingly built up against Iran over years. Once weak­ened, it will be harder to ratchet up the eco­nomic pres­sure on Iran than it will be for the Ira­ni­ans to ratchet up their nu­clear pro­gram.” more sta­tions have fol­lowed suit. The the­ory is that such sea­sonal cheer is a rat­ings and rev­enue boon. But is it? Amer­i­cans say “bah, hum­bug” to such pro­gram­ming, says Cricket Wire­less, the phone ser­vice provider, which asked more than 1,000 would-be Scrooges their opin­ion on it all.

They found that 55 per­cent of 30- to 44-year-olds dis­ap­proved of play­ing the mu­sic be­fore Thanks­giv­ing, along with two-thirds of the 45- to 65-year-old set and a cur­mud­geonly 71 per­cent of those older than 65. Only those younger than 30 seemed more tol­er­ant: 44 per­cent said they were fine with “Jin­gle Bells,” even be­fore Hal­loween.

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