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Republican hopeful Donald Trump will be staging a jumbo rally in Sarasota, Florida, followed by another on Monday in Georgia, followed by yet another Tuesday in New Hampshire and still another on Wednesday in Virginia. (Associated Press)

What holiday? The campaigns crank back up, Trump and Cruz lead the way

- The Washington Times

Hubbub resumes. Thanksgiving is already in the rearview mirror for many presidential hopefuls meandering back on the campaign trail following their respective family feasts. Things get particularly busy by Sunday, when the candidates will go scrambling, willy-nilly, for voter attention in battleground states. But that's next week.

Americans say they personally are more watchful for terrorism this Thanksgiving weekend, a poll finds. At such travel hot spots as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia, the extra presence of law enforcement is apparent. (associated press)

Americans watchful but grateful this Thanksgiving

- The Washington Times

A little jittery? You are not alone. While the turkey roasts, while family and friends gather, most Americans will "have their eyes open" for the potential threat of terrorism Thursday — and well into the weekend. Fifty-one percent say they will be more watchful for possible terrorist attacks this Thanksgiving weekend than they have been in the past, says a new Rasmussen Reports survey.

Sen. Rand Paul wants action on money and funding fueling the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul's prescription for America: Don't just attack ISIS 'symptoms'

- The Washington Times

"As a doctor, I know that attacking symptoms isn't the same thing as finding a cure. I'm also mindful of what the Cold War official and nuclear strategist Paul Nitze said: 'One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.' If we are to eradicate ISIS once and for all, it's time to take a hard look at what is fueling its growth: money," GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul says in a forceful new voter outreach.

John R. Bolton has determined five fundamental questions for voters to ask presidential candidates who aspire to lead the nation in a dangerous world. (Associated Press)

John Bolton has five questions for anyone who wants to be president

- The Washington Times

"As of 2010, there were 4.8 million Muslims in Germany (5.8 percent of the country's population) and 4.7 million Muslims in France (7.5 percent). In Europe overall, however, Russia's population of 14 million Muslims (10 percent) is the largest on the continent," reports Pew Research Center demographer Conrad Hackett.

Former President Bill Clinton will joint his wife, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, on the fundraising trail this week. (Associated Press)

Bill and Hillary Clinton's to-do list: 10 fundraisers in a row

- The Washington Times

The money trail beckons more than the campaign trail this week for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Beginning Tuesday, the campaign has 10 fundraisers scheduled in New York, Wisconsin, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas and Ohio -- and yes, some of these "conversations with Hillary" events have single ticket prices of $27,000 and up.

Sarah Palin has written "Sweet Freedom: A Devotional" which was published Monday by Regnery Faith. (Regnery Publishing)

Sarah Palin: Pray for America

- The Washington Times

On bookshelves Monday: A new book by Sarah Palin titled "Sweet Freedom: A Devotional" -- well-timed, considering the unsettled state of the planet in the last 72 hours. The compact, Bible-based volume offers 260 meditations from the former Alaska governor's own life and times, with suggested readings from both the Old and New Testaments.

Donald Trump has appointed Katrina Pierson as his national campaign spokeswoman; she is a Texas-based tea party official and former adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Donald Trump's tea party connection

- The Washington Times

An interesting hire: Donald Trump has named Katrina Pierson as his national campaign spokeswoman. She ran for Congress in Texas, is a former adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz, a member of the Dallas Tea Party and Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Board and founder of the Garland Tea Party. The Trump campaign calls her a "passionate advocate for freedom" and a heavyweight thinker on state and federal budgets, civil liberties, community organizing and health care. She's got appropriate style for the marketplace.

Oh, those pesky polls: Approval of Congress at 41-year low

- The Washington Times

Alas, a new Gallup poll reveals that 86 percent of Americans disapprove of the U.S. Congress, tying a 41-year record for such negative sentiments. The survey was conducted after Rep. Paul Ryan took over as new House speaker, incidentally. A paltry 11 percent of the respondents actually approve of the lawmakers; that includes 8 percent of Republicans, 13 percent of independents and 11 percent of Democrats.

Dust Off air evacuation crews showed great heroism in the Vietnam War and other conflicts, and the heroes are being recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal for their service.

Voting vets: 14.7 million strong, mostly Republican

- The Washington Times

Analysts tend to quibble over whether military veterans vote primarily Republican. The unembellished numbers suggest that they do. According to National Election Pool final exit polls, 59 percent of veterans voted Republican in both the 2014 congressional elections and the 2012 presidential election, compared to the 39 percent who voted Democratic in both elections.

A hefty majority of Republicans maintain that America is still the greatest nation on Earth. Democrats, not so much. (National Park Service)

According to Republicans: U.S. still 'greatest nation on Earth'

- The Washington Times

Those annoyed with repeated claims that America's best days are in the past can take comfort in the fact that 61 percent of Republicans still maintain that the U.S. remains the greatest nation on earth -- compared to 34 percent of Democrats. For all Americans, the number is 40 percent.

Ben Carson has overtaken Donald Trump on the Republican favorability scale this week, the polls say. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Civility: Ben Carson's secret weapon

- The Washington Times

Following GOP presidential polls is like following the stock market; candidate stock goes up and down, and woe to the White House hopeful who dwells on their negative numbers. Even-tempered Ben Carson is now surging in the Republican ratings, and is No. 1 in three polls, to the annoyance of his more outspoken rival Donald Trump.

Independent media maven Glenn Beck says he could organize a historic debate for the Republican Party which could draw 41 million viewers and listeners. (Mercury One)

Glenn Beck's plan to overhaul the GOP debates

- The Washington Times

The GOP debate wars continue. In an open letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, independent media maven Glenn Beck points out that the mainstream media treat the GOP debates as "comedies, as propaganda and as ratings and revenue opportunities, even as they mock conservative candidates." Mr. Beck also notes that his online empire -- which includes Blaze TV, and the Blaze Radio Network -- now reaches, at a minimum, 41 million viewers, listeners and readers.

You're fired? Donald Trump makes a strong case for Republicans pushing back against the news media. (Associated Press)

Republicans prepare to fire the media

- The Washington Times

Voters must wonder if the 2016 presidential debates are entertainment, a sports match or a significant public affairs event. Overcome with ratings lust, the pushy broadcast media has packaged the debates as brash combat, complete with whirling graphics and monumental sets. Moderators have taken liberties with candidates and content. Now comes the pushback. GOP front-runner Donald Trump -- who knows the business better than the broadcasters -- has announced he will negotiate directly with the networks over the fate of debates, which could benefit from less raucous frills and more gravitas and authenticity. Mr. Trump's rivals are having their say as well.