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News on the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' famed "Doomsday Clock" will be revealed at the National Press Club on Thursday. (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Amid promising news and GOP enthusiasm: The Doomsday Clock hovers at midnight

- The Washington Times

Let the handwringing begin. The iconic Doomsday Clock currently stands at three minutes to midnight, where it has been since 2015 -- a symbolic indicator of how close we are "to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making," according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which created the grim but influential measurement in 1947.

Pro-life demonstrators are lining up for the annual March for Life on Friday, yet many pro-life organizations and supporters are doubtful the media will give the march the kind of coverage that attended the Women's March on Washington over the weekend to protest the policies of newly installed President Trump. (Associated Press)

News media: You were there for Women's March, now cover the March for Life

- The Washington Times

"This past weekend we saw an incredible case of anti-President Trump, anti-conservative bias with the breathless coverage of the pro-abortion, noninclusive Women's March on Washington. This event received wall-to-wall coverage, with lionizing words like 'historic' repeated in headlines ad nauseam," says Terry Schilling, executive director of American Principles Project, a nonprofit supporting the nation's founding principles.

President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump attend a pre-Inaugural "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Federal workers have Trump jitters

- The Washington Times

Almost two-thirds of federal employees voted for Hillary Clinton during the presidential election, according to a new survey conducted by Government Executive. It may come as no surprise that some may jettison their jobs once incoming President Donald Trump assumes office. Almost a third of federal workers -- 28 percent -- "will definitely or possibly consider leaving ... after Jan. 20 when Trump is sworn into office and becomes leader of the executive branch," the survey analysis noted.

Jane Fonda will be hosting a "Love-a-Thon" public fundraiser for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU during incoming President Donald Trump's inauguration. (AP Photo)

Democrats have a new phobia: Fear of Trump's success

- The Washington Times

Although House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer will not be among them, 58 Democratic lawmakers -- and likely more -- plan to boycott incoming President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, right along with Secretary of State John F. Kerry. The practice is also much in fashion among celebrities like Jane Fonda, who will host a telethon to raise money for Planned Parenthood on the big day. What's driving it all?

In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel program "The O'Reilly Factor," poses for photos in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Bill O'Reilly's kindhearted army raises $625,000 and counting for spectacular Talladega band

- The Washington Times

Many Fox News viewers were concerned following a recent appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor" by Billy Hawkins, president of Talladega College, a historically black campus in Alabama. Mr. Hawkins let it be known to prime-time host Bill O'Reilly that the college's famed Marching Tornadoes band had garnered "mean-spirited" criticism and "nasty emails" following their efforts to raise $75,000 to appear in President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural parade.

Now up for auction: Trump boyhood home a potential historic landmark

- The Washington Times

Tuesday is a big day in Queens, New York. That's when President-elect Donald Trump's boyhood home in his old Jamaica Estate neighborhood will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, and likely for a pretty high price as well. The house itself is proof, of sorts, that Mr. Trump had modest beginnings: It is an attractive, tidy, five-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot Tudor-style home on a 40-foot-by-120-foot lot. But it just may fetch $1.5 million to $2 million, say some real estate analysts. And why is that?

One writer has criticized the fact that much coverage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often omits the late reverend's religious convictions. (Associated Press)

'Secularization' of Martin Luther King Jr: Media omits the source of his inspiration

- The Washington Times

As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day, one longtime political observer has an issue with the media coverage. There is a "deafening silence about the one element of King's life without which none of his efforts would have been possible: his devotion to his faith and his God -- his devotion to Jesus Christ," writes Lee Habeeb, vice president of content for the Salem Radio Network, in a lengthy essay for, the news site founded two years ago by Laura Ingraham.

Megyn Kelly's fans may not follow her from Fox News to NBC, a new poll finds, adding that ardent Republicans may simple turn away. (Associated Press)

GOP fans won't follow Megyn Kelly to NBC

- The Washington Times

Megyn Kelly's sudden decision to leave Fox News to host three shows on another network is a complicated one, drawing mixed reviews from marketing and media gurus. Her most ardent Republican fans, meanwhile, may simply turn away.

President Obama will address a hometown Chicago crowd Tuesday in commemoration of the final days of his eight years in the White House. (Associated Press)

Tickets for free Obama farewell address reselling for $5,000 on eBay, Craigslist

- The Washington Times

It is a farewell address to be reckoned with. President Obama steps before a huge audience in Chicago on Tuesday night to deliver a formal goodbye to the nation, delivered in 360-degree video and broadcast live in prime time by all major networks. Tickets to the free event are reportedly being resold for $5,000 each on Craigslist and eBay, prompting consumer warnings from the local Better Business Bureau.

1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment of Fort Hood, Texas will be among the 8,000 participants in President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural parade on Jan. 20. (U.S. Army)

Donald Trump musters a heartland army for his inauguration

- The Washington Times

A joke has backfired on the news media: Gleeful journalists who cackled over the celebrity boycott of the presidential inauguration must now face a new phenomenon. President-elect Donald Trump and his staff are winning praise for their "refreshing" ideas as they return inaugural culture to its more traditional, less complicated origins.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton, mayor of New York?

- The Washington Times

Even after the turmoil of the 2016 presidential bout, political hubbub continues. Consider that Hillary Clinton is now considering a run for New York City mayor in an election that will take place in just nine months. No, really.

Faith factor: The new Congress is 91 percent Christian

- The Washington Times

"The share of U.S. adults who describe themselves as Christians has been declining for decades, but the U.S. Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s. Among members of the new 115th Congress, 91 percent describe themselves as Christians," reports the Pew Research Center in an analysis that compares today's lawmakers to 1961-62, when 95 percent of the House and the Senate were Christian.

President Obama stages his farewell address on Jan. 10 in Chicago at McCormick Place, the nation's biggest convention center. (White house)

Obama 'Farewell Address' is anything but goodbye

- The Washington Times

There's a bodacious presidential event in the making, and it's not the inauguration. President Obama is planning a major farewell address which does not appear to be a farewell at all. It portends to be a dramatic foreshadowing of his future plans, and it is bound to be a doozy, staged at Chicago's McCormick Place -- the biggest convention center in the entire nation.

Rep. Chris Collins of New York. ** FILE **

Trump's 'true' friends on Capitol Hill

- The Washington Times

It will be interesting to watch one of the world's most canny dealmakers enter the White House. President-elect Donald Trump knows that dealmaking is an art rather than science, and wrote a best-selling book on the subject. There's finesse, strategy, imagination and muscle involved. But part of the knack is sensing which friends are genuine when the going gets tough, tricky and complicated.