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Republican elation at the moment Donald Trump won has continued: A Gallup poll finds the party with much optimism about money. (Associated Press)

It pays to be a Republican: 77% are happy with their finances says Gallup

- The Washington Times

"Republicans have become significantly more positive about their financial situation, while Democrats have grown more negative about theirs. Seven in 10 Republicans and Republican leaners are feeling 'pretty good' about the amount of money they have to spend, up from 44 percent in October 2016. Meanwhile, the percentage of Democrats and Democratic leaners feeling good about their money has dropped from 66 percent to 51 percent," reports Frank Newport, director of the Gallup Poll.

Some pundits are applauding President Trump's push to defund arts organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts, arguing that "culture" comes from the home and not from government funding. (Associated Press)

The yearn to return to 1950s-era culture

- The Washington Times

There's some hearty applause out there for President Trump's recent decision to defund the nation's large-scale cultural providers that have held sway over public broadcasting, environmental film festivals and other creative outlets for decades. Those opposed to the idea have already staged multiple public rallies and organized public petitions. MoveOn.org has taken on the cause. Those who will lose their funding now fear that America will revert back to the dark ages — or worse.

NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre has a clear message for his organization's 5 million members. (NRA)

Wayne LaPierre: 'Media has thrown out the rules of journalism and become part of the mob'

- The Washington Times

Along with other conservative stalwarts, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre was summoned to the White House in early February for a strategy session with particular focus on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. LaPierre was seated right next to President Trump. The significance was not overlooked.

We can still learn from Ronald Reagan, says Craig Shirley, a historian who has penned his fourth book on the 40th president. (Associated Press)

Staying power: Still learning from Reagan

- The Washington Times

Angry Democrats, biased news media, plus strategically manufactured outrage and "chaos" make for shrill politics these days. The political narrative appears to be constantly mutating from one thing to the next, willy-nilly. Luckily, there are still historians who pluck out valuable insights from those stalwarts who navigated difficult terrain in times past. Such is the case of Craig Shirley, whose fourth book on Ronald Reagan arrives Tuesday. Titled "Reagan Rising," it covers the pivotal events leading up to The Gipper's victory in the 1980 presidential election following a failed bid four years earlier.

President Trump is doomed to fail with his first major initiative on Capitol Hill, according to radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. (Associated Press)

Healthcare narrative strategically twisted against Donald Trump

- The Washington Times

It's a simple question: Why is health care legislation so difficult for a nation rumored to have the finest health care on the planet? That has frustrated talk radio kingpin Rush Limbaugh as lawmakers spin their wheels on Capitol Hill and take potshots over the American Health Care Act, commonly called TrumpCare, released just 10 days ago.

Conservative talk radio host Michael Savage has a new book titled "Trump's War: His Battle for America," arriving Monday. (Hachette Book Group)

Michael Savage does battle in new book 'Trump's War'

- The Washington Times

One of the nation's most outspoken conservative talk radio kingpins is also one of the nation's most prolific writers. Michael Savage has a new book arriving Monday that is timely indeed: "Trump's War: His Battle for America" - the author's 26th book. Mr. Savage himself spent much of 2016 parsing out President Trump's campaign for his 10 million listeners and motivating undecided voters to back Mr. Trump - a frequent guest on the show.

President Trump on Feb. 28 at his first address to a joint session of Congress. (Associated Press/File)

No shadow presidency: Voters reject idea of Obama undermining Trump

- The Washington Times

In recent weeks talk of a "shadow presidency" has been percolating in the news media, exploring the possibility that a potential "soft coup" against the Trump administration is underway. It is disquieting stuff, considering that President Trump has been in office for a mere seven weeks as of Friday. American voters, however, do not appear happy with the idea that the new administration could be undermined so quickly.

House Speaker Paul Ryan vigorously talks up the American Health Care Act at Republican National Committee Headquarters. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

One is actually readable: Obamacare 2,300 pages, Trumpcare 46 pages

- The Washington Times

Consider health care heritage: Once there was the Healthcare Security Act of 1993, otherwise known as Hillarycare. It went bye-bye when Republicans took over the House and Senate a year later. Next came Obamacare -- the 2,300-page Affordable Health Care Act that required a $200 million public relations campaign to get it rolling -- this according to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the Department of Health and Human Services by Judicial Watch in 2011.

A political strategist has advised that President Trump, like his predecessor, must learn the limits of governing by executive order. (Associated Press)

Keep it simple and you'll win, Mr. President: advice from a strategist

- The Washington Times

The political landscape grows ever more murky with questionable media coverage and partisan trickery meant to upstage President Trump's bona fide accomplishments. How can he counter such tactics and maintain the positive momentum he gained following his well-received speech before Congress? Ford O'Connell, an adjunct professor at George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, has a suggestion.

Protesters rallied in New York City last month against President Trump's initial executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations. More protests are on the way against the revised version. (Associated Press)

Insta-protest: Critics erupt over 'Muslim ban'

- The Washington Times

They're still not happy. Furious is more like it. President Trump's revised, temporary ban on refugee travel from six Middle Eastern nations continues to draw an immediate outcry from his very well-organized critics.

Talk radio hosts are taking note of President Trump's masterful command of his audiences, and advise making use of his style. (Associated Press)

The Trump Factor: Talk radio learns the art of audience connection from the master

- The Washington Times

"Love him or hate him, we in talk radio can learn a great deal from Donald Trump. Since he blasted onto the political scene, he's been a ratings juggernaut. Even the news media have to admit this guy is ratings gold. The assumption in talk radio is that being rah-rah Trump equals big ratings. That would be completely missing the point. The Trump factor is not whether you support him or oppose him. It's what you learn from him," says Phil Valentine, a syndicated radio host heard on the Westwood One Network, writing in Talkers, an industry publication.

The word on the tongues of Democrats like Nancy Pelosi has been "impeachment" during the still-young Trump administration. (Associated Press)

Voters to Democrats: Cooperate with Trump

- The Washington Times

The "i word" -- impeachment -- has already surfaced in the Democratic dialogue as the party rails against President Trump, its noisy message amplified by the mainstream media. In the words of Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, everybody is "fired up."

Why should he indulge his enemies? Trump wins praise for skipping White House Correspondents Dinner

- The Washington Times

President Trump is winning some accolades for his decision not to attend the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, just over eight weeks away. The jumbo gala attracts over 2,600 "correspondents" -- including celebrities, lobbyists, PR mavens, military brass and other high-profile folk. Squealing fans and spectators wait for sightings; there is considerable coverage of the event's red carpet walk.