MAKE LIKE YOU’RE FRUGAL
Memo to Republicans: Opportunistic Democrats can’t wait to frame GOP candidates as fat-cat spenders, awash with big bucks and hypocrisy. Witness Mitt Romney, taken to task by the Boston Herald for $5 million in campaign expenses in the past three months, “including blowing $80,000 on hotel rooms in Las Vegas, $50,000 on a security squad and $125,000 on private jets — despite a pledge to scale back on luxury travel.”
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul points out that his expenses are down compared with the 2008 race, saying, “We’re running a really lean campaign.”
Herald reporter Dave Wedge pored over campaign reports, checking off Mr. Romney’s $1.6 million for consultants and $79,000 for parties in Beverly Hills and Boston, among other things. New Hampshire and Iowa Democrats, meanwhile, are gleefully circulating the findings, revved up by Iowan annoyance that Mr. Romney opted out of the upcoming Iowa Straw Poll for financial reasons.
“Mitt Romney saying he can’t compete in Iowa because he can’t afford it is about as credible as Mitt Romney saying he’s ‘unemployed.’ The only thing Romney can’t afford is getting hard questions from Iowa voters,” says Megan Jacobs, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Democratic Party. atrist Deborah Barnes, who analyzed global data involving hundreds of thousands of participants.
The biggest “modifiable risk factors” for the disease are physical inactivity, depression, smoking, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, low education and diabetes, which account for 51 percent of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide and 54 percent in the U.S.
“What’s exciting is that this suggests that some very simple lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity and quitting smoking, could have a tremendous impact on preventing Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” Dr. Barnes says. be Tim Groseclose, political science professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, who reveals all in his new book, “Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind.” He measures the “SQ,” or “slant quotient” of the press through news content, and quantifies the “PQ,” or “political quotient” of voters and politicians, based on their answers to real congressional roll-call votes. Determine your own “PQ” online at http://timgroseclose.com/calculate-your-pq.
Meanwhile, Mr. Groseclose concludes that “(1.) all mainstream media outlets have a liberal bias; and (2.) while some supposedly conservative outlets — such as The Washington Times or Fox News ‘Special Report’ — do lean right, their conservative bias is less than the liberal bias of most mainstream