And now the most telling two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
Coalition Forces 'Badly Needed'
A new poll out of Iraq shows that 98 percent of Iraqis condemn attacks against coalition forces, with 65 percent believing the coalition is -- "badly needed." Accordingly, the poll -- conducted throughout Iraq by the Independent Institute for Administration and Civil Society Studies, one of the first market research firms there -- indicates that 53 percent of Iraqis say the situation in Iraq would worsen if coalition forces withdrew.
Moveon.org -- the liberal activist group that crusaded against President Clinton's impeachment and has helped turn outsider Howard Dean into the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 -- has posted new advertisements on its Website comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler.
The ads, Moveon.org says, will hopefully -- "enlighten viewers and help them understand the truth" behind President Bush. They are part of a contest, ultimately judged by such celebrities as Michael Moore (search) and Janeane Garofalo (search). But the Hitler-inspired ads didn't make it to the final round, and have since been taken down from the Website.
Dean of Professors
Meanwhile, a new study shows that college professors around the country are donating more than twice as much money to Howard Dean's presidential campaign than any other Democratic candidate's. Professors donated $719,000 to Dean in the past year, followed by Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry with a distant $325,000.
In addition, the study -- conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics -- shows that the school whose employees have donated the most to Dean is the University of California, followed by Harvard University. As for President Bush, employees at the University of Texas have donated the most to him, followed by employees at the University of Cincinnati.
And finally, a new poll out just as the New Year begins shows that 95 percent of Americans say they are happy. That's slightly up from 93 percent one year ago. More specifically, 55 percent say they are -- "very happy," up from 49 percent one year ago and up from 47 percent at the end of the Clinton administration.
What's more, the Gallup poll shows, 62 percent of Republicans say they are very happy, compared with only 50 percent of Democrats who say that. Both of those numbers have been on the rise since dropping right after the 9/11 atrocities, but Republicans have been happier than Democrats nearly every year since 1996.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX's weekly public affairs program, "FOX News Sunday" on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Click here for more information on Brit Hume.