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Americans are projected to spend $50 billion on holiday shopping Friday and into the weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. (Associated Press)

Shopping & politics: What's coming this weekend

- The Washington Times

It is a number to please both Republicans and Democrats: Americans are projected to spend $50 billion on Christmas and holiday shopping Friday, and into the weekend, this according to the National Retail Federation.

Recent polls show that a majority of Democrats are ready for a Hillary Rodham Clinton 2016 presidential bid, but is Mrs. Clinton ready for the White House? (Associated Press)

Is Hillary actually ready for 'Hillary'?

- The Washington Times

It is a lot of work to be a larger-than-life public figure, particularly one who has become a symbol for an entire political party. Such is the case, perhaps, with Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been first lady, U.S. senator, Secretary of State and now global-minded motivational speaker with an infatuated grass-roots following and some tall orders to live up to.

Do Americans still agree with "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses," as engraved on the Statue of Liberty? (National park Service)

Chuck Schumer's advice to Democrats: Embrace that big government

- The Washington Times

The Democratic Party has been fairly jaunty in the aftermath of the midterm elections, looking towards 2016 and either blaming Republicans for something, or pining for the end of the GOP's honeymoon with voters. Sen. Chuck Schumer has offered the first critique of his party, however.

Jim Webb has formed a presidential exploratory committee and brings a most interesting resume to the table. (Associated Press)

Why Hillary should worry about Jim Webb

- The Washington Times

Ready for Jim? We're talking Jim Webb here — said to be a populist, centrist Democrat with a rollicking resume, and one who just might transcend the dreaded campaign fundraising challenge. He's formed the first exploratory committee among the pack of potential presidential hopefuls, and has some spectacle to provide weary voters.

Fox News Channel will present the speech, followed by three hours of specially tweaked live programming and analysis by personalities including Megyn Kelly. (Associated Press)

Prime-time agenda: Immigration's blockbuster night

- The Washington Times

News of instant executive immigration reform is a call to arms for Republicans who cringe over the idea of White House interference in a complicated issue. But there will be a sizable percentage of the population who will be glued to the TV at exactly 8 p.m.

President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell have tried to distance themselves from economist's Jon Gruber's "stupid Americans" remark. (Associated Press)

Tales from Gruberland: Things get dumb and dumberer

- The Washington Times

"Are the American people too stupid to understand the true costs associated with Obamacare?" asks a point blank survey question from Rasmussen Reports. The pollster wonders if voters agree with MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, a key pointman behind the health care law, caught on video saying that lack of transparency is "a huge political advantage" and suggesting the cumbersome law itself was too complex for "stupid" Americans.

Mike Huckabee advises Republicans that their biggest challenge is other Republicans, and calls for a moratorium on the term "RINO." (associated press)

Mike Huckabee gets suddenly presidential

- The Washington Times

In the past 24 hours, considerable press now suggests Mr. Huckabee is striking a presidential pose, especially now that he's off on a European tour accompanied by 100 pastors, with a new book due out in 10 weeks.

Fans of Barry Goldwater will gather in the nation's capital on Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his 1964 campaign for president. (Associated Press/Agence France-Presse)

Republicans: Ditch that 'do nothing' image before the media reinvents it for you

- The Washington Times

Now hear this: The GOP must immediately fire up the engines, jettison old baggage and ride the post-midterm positivity wave. Some 53 percent of Americans now say they want Republicans in Congress to set the nation's course — compared to 36 percent who side with the White House and President Obama. So says a Gallup poll released Tuesday, which also bears a cautionary warning, "But after four years of partisan gridlock, most Americans are not optimistic that the election's outcome will improve things."

Actor Jon Voight is fed up with President Obama's "executive privilege" and now hopes Americans will also voice some outrage. (Showtime)

Jon Voight: President Obama ‘must be stopped’

- The Washington Times

Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight has issued a grass-roots call to arms as the nation honors its military with heartfelt thanks and thoughtful appreciation. He is fed up with President Obama's "executive privilege" and urges Americans to voice some outrage.

Sixty-three percent of Americans believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place, a number that has nearly doubled since 2000. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

63 percent of Americans: Guns make a 'safer home'

- The Washington Times

"The percentage of Americans who believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be — 63 percent — has nearly doubled since 2000, when about one in three agreed with this," reports Justin McCarthy, a Gallup analyst.