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The GOP hopefuls in a convivial mood following their Monday night forum in New Hampshire. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Identity crisis: Warriors or polished politicians at the big Republican debate?

- The Washington Times

Ten Republican presidential hopefuls are now huddling with strategists, advisers, wardrobe consultants, vocal coaches, maiden aunts, Labrador Retrievers and anyone else who could give them an edge during the first official debate in a mere 24 hours, a prime-time broadcast on Fox News before a bodacious audience. Does this audience crave combat?

Republican hopeful Donald Trump has a moment with his fans during a stop in Iowa. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump's powerhouse constituency throws rivals off their game

- The Washington Times

"Republican support for Donald Trump just continues to grow with no clear sense of who his constituency really is. This makes it very difficult for his opponents to figure out how to take him on in the upcoming debate," says Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute which released yet another survey on Monday.

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio, not Donald Trump, charms the 'very conservative'

- The Washington Times

The "very conservative" Republican is a much coveted voting bloc among the GOP presidential hopefuls, who officially number 17 now that Jim Gilmore has declared his candidacy. Yes, yes -- all the candidates aspire to win over New Hampshire and Iowa voters, that's a given. But staunchly conservative GOPers are also at the top of the wish list.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, will be one of the keynote speakers at Thursday's National Whistleblower Day Lunch. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

A celebration of whistleblowers

- The Washington Times

Tell it like it is. Thursday is National Whistleblower Day, and time to party -- or at least pause to celebrate those conscientious folk who have stepped forward to report waste, fraud and abuse.

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton meets with a group of supporters in the backyard of a Beaverdale, Iowa, home on Saturday, July 25, 2015. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP) ** FILE **

The Clinton itinerary: 14 fundraisers in 8 states

- The Washington Times

The next 48 hours are a logistical challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign, but one with financial incentives. The Democratic presidential hopeful personally appears in four private fundraisers, some in grass-roots territory. Admission prices range up to $2,700 a person, and all are billed as "conversations with Hillary."

Talk radio host Mark Levin is calling for the resignations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner. (Associated Press)

Conservatives warn: Beware of Republicans acting like Democrats

- The Washington Times

Grappling between the GOP establishment and irked conservatives continues as lawmakers scramble to tidy up the loose ends before departing on their August recess at week's end. Critics are particularly vexed with House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and they have some ultimatums.

The official White House portrait of Dwight Eisenhower, 34th president

An Eisenhower moment: David Keene joins the mission to build a new memorial to the 34th president

- The Washington Times

The Eisenhower Memorial Commission Advisory Committee has a new member. Washington Times opinion editor David Keene has joined the six-man team now shepherding the mission to ensure that a national memorial to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes a reality, and one that properly reflects both a president and a citizen devoted to public service, leadership, integrity, a lifelong work ethic and the values and processes of democracy. Congress approved the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial in 1999, and the effort was signed into law by President Clinton.

FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

50 senators have plans for Planned Parenthood

- The Washington Times

Fifty senators from both sides of the aisle have acted quickly after the release of two undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood officials referencing the harvesting and sale of fetal tissue for profit. Sen. Joni Ernst, who organized the effort, has 50 signatures on a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, seeking an investigation of the dismal practice.

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina was the most succinct of any critic who was shocked and dismayed by the second Planned Parenthood video that referenced potential harvesting and selling of aborted fetal tissue for profit. (ASsociated Press)

Fetal parts, the dismal sequel

- The Washington Times

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina was the most succinct of any critic who was shocked and dismayed by the second Planned Parenthood video that referenced potential harvesting and selling of aborted fetal tissue for profit. "It doesn't matter whether you think you're pro-choice or pro-life. Every woman, every man has to look at these videos and think, what has gone wrong in our nation?" asked Ms. Fiorina in her own video reply, produced just as she embarked on a 12-city tour of Iowa beginning Wednesday. Ms. Fiorina had much company.

A leaner, more aggressive Jeb Bush begins a series of heavy policy speeches on Monday, starting with a talk titled "Taking on Mt. Washington." (Jeb2016 campaign)

Leaner, meaner: Jeb Bush starts his climb

- The Washington Times

Monday marks the first in a series of speeches by Jeb Bush "that will outline what his priorities will be as president, beginning with taking on Mount Washington and reforming the way D.C. works" -- this according to his campaign. The inaugural speech itself is titled "Taking on Mount Washington," in fact.

Sen. James M. Inhofe, unhappy about the Iran nuclear deal, says the American military must remain at Cold War-era levels of readiness. (U.S. Air Force)

Advice on Iran from the Reagan era: Trust but verify -- or else

- The Washington Times

Skeptical critics of the U.S. nuclear agreement with Iran have deemed the diplomatic deal a historic mistake, a disaster, a catastrophe and a surrender, among many other things. While the toxic fallout continues, one lawmaker recommends the U.S. at least consult the lessons of the Cold War, when finesse, guts and common sense were paramount -- along with a few fully loaded B-52s.

Citizens United for Israel is in the nation's capital for a major conference that includes 5,000 attendees and plenty of input from presidential hopefuls, pastors, activists and lawmakers. (Citizens United for Israel)

Christians United for Israel draws 5,000 to Washington for summit, GOP hopefuls, some truth

- The Washington Times

Christians United for Israel is now midway through its 10th annual summit in the nation's capital -- a major two-day event that has drawn 5,000 attendees and a wide spectrum of speakers that includes Sens. Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, John Cornyn, and Tom Cotton; Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Rick Santorum, with video messages from Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.