Inside the Beltway: Choosing the dream

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“Americans’ confidence in television news is at a new low, with 21 percent of adults expressing a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in it. This marks a decline from 27 percent last year and from 46 percent when Gallup started tracking confidence in television news in 1993,” says Gallup analyst Lymari Morales.

It’s tough all over.

“Liberals and moderates lost so much confidence in television news this year - 11 and 10 points, respectively - that their views are now more akin to conservatives’ views,” the analyst says. Actually, their views are worse: 19 percent of liberals, 20 percent of moderates and 22 percent of conservatives say they still have that coveted confidence.

COW POLICE

Remember all the alarmist claims that cow flatulence causes global warming? Now it’s the cows who are victims. A line from a new University of Washington study tells all: “Got milk? Climate change means stressed cows in southern U.S. may have less.” Lead author and economist Yoram Bauman, who compared high-resolution climate data and county-level dairy industry data, presents his findings Friday at the 4th International Conference on Climate Change.

HOLA, AMERICA

“Quiero decirles como es mi padre, Mitt Romney. El es un hombre de grandes convicciones.”

(Translated: “I want to tell you about my father, Mitt Romney. He is a man of great convictions”).

And so says Craig Romney in a new Spanish-language campaign spot on behalf of his father. The bilingual Craig Romney, the youngest of the five Romney sons, learned the language as a missionary in Chile. The campaign also has launched a new website to woo the Hispanic voting bloc, which numbers about 31 million registered voters. The feisty new site is www.juntosconromney.com — the address meaning “Together with Romney.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 36 percent of Americans say President Obama is “very liberal”; 20 percent say he is liberal; 21 percent say he is moderate.

• 17 percent are not sure of his ideology; 4 percent say the president is conservative; 1 percent, “very conservative.”

• 28 percent say Mitt Romney is conservative; 19 percent say he is “very conservative”; 24 percent say he is moderate.

• 23 percent are unsure of his ideology; 4 percent say Mr. Romney is liberal; 2 percent, “very liberal.”

• 33 percent of American currently describe themselves as political moderates.

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