Eye Opener: Maggie Simpson Wins Stamp Poll
It's the Friday of a three-day holiday weekend, so what the heck: Maggie Simpson, the all-but mute member of the Simpson Family, bested her parents and older siblings in a just-completed online poll of stamp fans. The U.S. Postal Service issued stamps for each of the animated stars in early May after launching an online survey of to pick the favorite new stamp in early April. Homer's youngest daughter beat him by more than 8,000 votes out of the more than 916,000 votes cast, or with 28.8 percent of the vote. Bart placed third, followed by Marge and Lisa.
The 916,927 votes cast falls short of the 1.1 million votes submitted in 1992 when Americans voted for a “younger vs. older” Elvis stamp, according to the Postal Service. The results come at the end of a busy week that included the three-day National Postal Forum and another request by USPS officials to lawmakers to consider dropping one day of mail delivery per week.
• Cabinet and Staff News: Meet Obama's ten foreign policy power players. Kathleen Sebelius teams up with Elmo today to fight swine flu. If Janet Napolitano goes to the Supreme Court it could help her home state's junior senator. A Post profile of Ed Montgomery, Obama's point man to help auto workers and communities that depend on the sector.
In other news...
• Obama Curtails Bush's Policy of 'Preemption': He reverses his predecessor's policy of "preemption" that used federal regulations to override state laws on the environment, health, public safety and other issues.
• White House Rolls Out Data.gov: The site will post data that can be culled by Web developers to make new Web and cellphone applications. The WhiteHouse.gov homepage also becomes a repository for citizen suggestions and discussion.
• Abramoff Should Forfeit Tax Refund, DOJ Says: The convicted lobbyist should not be allowed to use the more than $500,000 to pay back his lawyers, accountants and others.
• Belle Of the Mall: The Smithsonian's deal with Twentieth Century Fox for "Night at the Museum" includes a licensing fee, location fees for four days of filming and payments if the film reaches certain benchmarks at the box office.
• NOAA Predicts Average 2009 Hurricane Season: The first this year will be christened Ana. There could be as many as 14 more. And some of those might be deadly and destructive.
• Two-Year Funding for VA Appears Likely: Momentum has gathered behind the idea of advanced appropriations for the department to the point that a chief supporter of says he would be stunned if anything derails what has become the top priority for veterans groups.
• White House Takes Food Safety Online: The sleek, new site, www.foodsafetyworkinggroup.gov, provides information on the latest activities of food safety group set up by the administration.
• Army Recruiters: Don't Call Us...: Army National Guard recruiters reportedly have been given a monthly quota of zero.
• FAA Probes Trainer of Commuter Pilots: Gulfstream International Airlines Inc. faces a $1.3 million civil penalty for allegedly falsifying flight-time records, forcing crews to fly more hours than federal safety rules permit and providing substandard aircraft maintenance.
• A Gay Pride Party at the Baghdad Embassy: Prizes will be awarded for two contests: Best Dressed Gay Icon and Best Lip Synch Performance.
• TSA Unions to Use Rankings as Bargaining Chip: AFGE and NTEU emphasize the bad end of the agency's Best Places to Work results.
• No COLA for Federal Retirees Next Year: Here's an explanation why.
• Domestic Partner Benefits Bill Introduced: A bipartisan group of legislators has introduced House and Senate bills that would grant the domestic partners of gay and lesbian federal employees the same health and retirement benefits as the spouses of heterosexual workers.
• Small Businesses Struggling to Win Recovery Act Contracts: Ninety-four days after the economic stimulus became law, federal agencies have awarded small businesses only 10 percent of stimulus contracts.
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