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Once free-loving hippies, 44 percent of baby boomers now say they are conservative; a third describe themselves as moderates, and 21 percent are liberal. (Associated Press)

Gallup says Baby Boomers have turned conservative: This is a 76.4 million-member voting bloc

- The Washington Times

The hippies of yore would never believe it. A jumbo-sized Gallup poll now reveals that baby boomers — who once espoused free love, flower power and took to the streets to protest most anything — now constitute a conservative stronghold. Among those born between 1946 and 1964, a sizable 44 percent say they are conservative; a third describe themselves as moderates, and 21 percent are liberal. In comparison, 38 percent of Americans overall are conservative, 36 percent are moderates and a quarter are liberals.

Air Force One over Mount Rushmore. (u.s. air force)

Analysts track Air Force One to reveal White House itinerary: $6.8 million flight to India

- The Washington Times

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation continues to update its ongoing Presidential Travel Study that tallies the cost of President Obama's journeys aboard the magnificent but pricey Air Force One. The president's trip to India and Saudi Arabia brings his grand total to 38 trips to 85 nations — or 150 days spent abroad, the watchdog group says. This particular trip cost tax payers $6.8 million, incidentally, based on the $228,288 per hour price of operating the aircraft. In comparison, former President Bill Clinton made 34 trips to 86 countries, and spent 158 days abroad at this same point in his presidency, while George W. Bush went on 36 visits to 93 countries, for a total of 143 days abroad, also in the same relative time frame.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, wife Tonette and their two sons, Matt and Alex, are all Harley Davidson fans. (Office of Gov. Scott Walker)

Scott Walker flexes muscles, forms American Revival PAC

- The Washington Times

Our American Revival: The title suggests camaraderie, patriotism and purpose. It is also the name of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's new political action committee, launched Tuesday and raising the volume on rumors he would run for president in 2016. Well, sure. Mr. Walker has been delicately developing his political brand, starting with "Unintimidated: A Governor's story and a Nation's Challenge," his 2013 memoir. But it's a very crowded marketplace, and memoirs plus PACs are very much a part of the equation.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes a question about the "epic" incoming snowstorm, with help from Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and other officials. (associated press)

Brent Bozell: Broadcast networks ignored March for Life - and prefer hipsters to pro-lifers

- The Washington Times

The march for what? Nineteen pro-life organizations and the Media Research Center have joined together to call out the "Big Three" broadcast networks for essentially ignoring the Annual March for Life, which drew thousands of participants, four lawmakers and a host of significant activists to the National Mall last week. CBS was the sole broadcaster that acknowledged the event in a single 15-second segment. NBC and ABC were mum.

'American Sniper': Middle America's $100M blockbuster powered by a heartland audience

- The Washington Times

How did this movie galvanize the national audience and bring in $26 million every 24 hours following its recent debut? Here is an explanation, which also illustrates why both Republicans and Democrats ardently pursue the middle class: Both side know the undeniable and traditional force of its bedrock power. "Middle America turned out in force to see American Sniper," points out Hollywood Reporter analyst Brian Porreca.

Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, addresses a crowd of supporters while introducing New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown at a farm in Stratham, N.H., in this July 2, 2014, file photo. Romney told a small group of Republican donors that he's eying a third run at the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Hey, Mr. Romney: Lose the suit, speak the truth and grab the bully pulpit

- The Washington Times

Now that Mitt Romney must face cranky critics and the rigors of the campaign trail, he might consider changing his approach to a White House run. "I have a solution for Romney. He should throw caution to winds — be the president now," says Roger L. Simon, founder of PJ Media. "Why do I say that? Because America doesn't have a real president at the moment and we are at war with radical Islam."

All political signs would indicate Mitt Romney is primed for another long haul presidential campaign, such as this scene from the 2012 race. (Associated press)

Mitt Romney fires up the election machine

- The Washington Times

There's a big to-do list on Mitt Romney's desk now that he's advanced into the I'm-maybe-sort-of-running category of presidential hopefuls, which is viable enough to command major news coverage — and a poll, of course.

A French army soldier patrols under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Tuesday Jan. 13, 2015. France on Monday ordered 10,000 troops into the streets to protect sensitive sites after three days of bloodshed and terror, amid the hunt for accomplices to the attacks that left 17 people and the three gunmen dead. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Even after Paris attacks: Worries about terrorism in America 'little changed' since 9/11

- The Washington Times

"In the aftermath of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris — and months after the start of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS — there has been little change in the public's worries about an imminent terrorist attack in the United States. One-in-four are very worried about a domestic terrorist attack happening 'soon,' while about four-in-ten (39 percent) are somewhat worried; 36 percent are not too worried or not at all worried. That balance of opinion has not significantly changed since last July. The long-term trend on terrorism concerns has been fairly stable, except on a few occasions, since the fall of 2001," reports a Pew Research Center survey released Monday.

Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul share the stage on behalf of  the Republican Party. Both will speak on conservative strengths at an upcoming summit. (Associated Press)

Cruz, Paul, Lee, Labrador and 20 more: Conservative stalwarts fight for Main Street

- The Washington Times

While news outlets bustle with activity over terrorism and the incoming White House agenda, a core group of conservative lawmakers continue to stay focused and fight the good fight. The two-day Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit begins Monday in the nation's capital, showcasing over 20 Republican lawmakers with much on their minds — including Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul, and Reps. Jeb Hensarling, Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, Raul Labrador, Todd Rokita and Tom Price.

Bruce Willis is selling his Sun Valley ski estate, built in 1984 on Flying Heart Lake in Hailey, Idaho, for $7 million. (Associated Press)

Mavericks? Independents far outnumber Republicans and Democrats - and it's recordbreaking

- The Washington Times

Republican, Democrat — and Maverick? We already know that Americans are weary of Congress, the White House, gridlock and government. Now that ire has inspired voter defections: The number of self-described 'independents" is at a record high level says substantive new Gallup research. "An average 43 percent of Americans identified politically as independents in 2014," says analyst Jeffrey M. Jones, who also reports the number is the highest since the pollster began tracking the phenomenon in 1988.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears to be edging closer to announcing a White House run. (Associated Press)

And so it begins: Jeb Bush's first fundraiser

- The Washington Times

Jeb Bush, both the brand and the man, has officially launched. Mr. Bush now commands a spiffy new political action committee named The Right to Rise, which promises a leg up for small business, free enterprise, a strong defense and entrepreneurship. Its mission cites hard work and earned success as the "central moral promise of American economic life." The group espouses tempered optimism about future opportunity, "but we know America is falling short of its promise," Mr. Bush says.