The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - / Bruce Tins­ley

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://tim­grose­­cu­late-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

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