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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Don't write off Jeb Bush just yet

- The Washington Times

Dozens of dire press accounts declared Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush to be down and out following the raucous candidate debate on Wednesday. Gleeful journalists declared Mr. Bush as "toast," in "agony," "free falling" -- and even "dead." The candidate, however, remains calm and carries on, off to Iowa for a major economics symposium this weekend, then to New Hampshire for multiple campaign stops.

Rep. Paul Ryan at the U.S. Capitol (AP Photo)

Paul Ryan: The youngest House Speaker in 150 years

- The Washington Times

The jury is still out on likely House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan. Is he a good conservative, not conservative enough or Republican in name only? Hatchet man or healer? Mr. Ryan appears to be the panacea the party prays for, described by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus as "the right person at the right time." The opposition is also pleased; Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer called Mr. Ryan bright, industrious and even "outstanding" this week.

John Densmore, the iconic drummer for The Doors, will stage a fundraiser for Bernie Sanders on Wednesday in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

The Doors drummer John Densmore out to raise a little money for Bernie Sanders

- The Washington Times

The chances are good that Democratic hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders was a fan of The Doors, the iconic rock group famous for "Light My Fire" and other anthems for the young and restless of the 1960s, and many who followed. John Densmore, who was drummer for The Doors from 1965-1973, is a fan of Mr. Sanders. On Wednesday, Mr. Densmore hosted a campaign fundraiser for the candidate in Los Angeles, centered around the first public screening of the independent film "Window of Opportunity," which follows the weekend high jinks of corporate fat cats and their deadly financial misdeeds, this according to advance production notes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Vladimir Putin gets a 90 percent approval rating: Report

- The Washington Times

Consider that Russian President Vladimir Putin now enjoys a 90 percent approval rating, this according to the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, which deems the number to be a "historical high," and credits "Russian air strikes on terrorist positions" as the primary driver. Meanwhile, President Obama's rating currently lingers around 45 percent, prompting his critics to recommend he no longer "lead from behind" on the world stage.

Ed Klein on Hillary: 'She is like Houdini'

- The Washington Times

The endless campaign trail, the Benghazi hearings -- they will challenge Hillary Clinton even if the news media continues to provide the Democratic presidential front-runner with flattering and often protective coverage, says Ed Klein, a veteran journalist and author of "Unlikeable: The Problem With Hillary." He says the press often shields Mrs. Clinton, cobbling together a sympathetic image for the candidate even when public opinion polls suggest voters aren't buying the narrative. The role of determined "survivor" could also come into play now that Vice President Joe Biden has opted out of a White House run.

The majority of Americans say the nation would be safer if more people carried concealed weapons, following training and a background check. (Washington Times/Andrew Harnik)

Gallup: 56% of Americans say if more people carried concealed weapons the nation would be safer

- The Washington Times

Here's a news bulletin that might not appeal to Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire and former New York mayor who has spent $50 million in the last year on public advocacy calling for stricter gun control laws. "A majority of Americans, 56 percent, believe that if more Americans carried concealed weapons after passing a criminal background check and training course, the country would be safer," reports Frank Newport, director of the Gallup Poll.

A Forbes magazine analyst says Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are now worth $230 million, including $5 million in speaking fees, through May 14. The analyst said their fortune doesn't include equity gains. (Associated Press)

Chunk of change: Bill and Hillary Clinton now worth $230 million

- The Washington Times

Someone finally did all the math to discover that Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are now worth an estimated $230 million. Forbes magazine analyst Dan Alexander assessed the couple's sources of income in the last 14 years; it was the former president, he says, who brought in 80 percent of it as public speaker, author and consultant.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly interviews business CEO and philanthropist Charles Koch on Thursday night at 9 p.m. (Fox News)

Surprise: Charles Koch says he's a 'classical liberal'

- The Washington Times

Behold: FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly has landed an exclusive interview with Charles Koch, chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc., a private group of companies that employs some 60,000 Americans, and another 40,000 workers overseas.

President Barack Obama points to the audience as he departs after speaking at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Associated Press photo)

Deportations down 42% under 'deporter in chief'

- The Washington Times

Those who once called President Obama the "deporter in chief" may want to rethink the title. Deportations, including removal of criminals, "continue to plummet under Obama," according to a new Federation for American Immigration Reform analysis that reports deportations of illegal immigrants are at the lowest levels since 2006 -- down 42 percent in the past three years alone.

Ben Carson appeared with Sharyl Attkisson on Sunday for the second broadcast of "Full Measure," a new investigative political talk show. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Ben Carson: America 'closer' to biblical end of days

- The Washington Times

Interesting questions, interesting answers. Sharyl Attkisson -- host of "Full Measure," a new investigative political talk show that debuted last week -- has offered some fact-driven verve and refreshing originality. She interviewed Republican front-runner Donald Trump on the first program. It was Ben Carson's turn on Sunday.

The Media Research Center will stage its annual Dishonors Awards, targeting the liberal media, on Thursday evening. (MRC)

Bodacious party lampoons liberal media

- The Washington Times

Yes, it is a bodacious and merry occasion: The Media Research Center stages its annual Dishonors Awards Gala on Thursday night, so large that it can only be housed in the behemoth National Building Museum, a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. What draws this bustling conservative crowd? It is a rare moment for them to get back at the liberal media and cite those who are the bossiest, most inane, most extreme.

Ben Carson has written his ninth book, "A More Perfect Union". (Sentinel Books)

Ben Carson's new book has a call to arms: Read the Constitution -- then defend it

- The Washington Times

"Many ungrateful people like to denigrate our nation. They act as if America were the source of evil in the world and a nation to be escaped, but the large number of people risking life and limb to enter this nation illegally tells a different story," writes Ben Carson in his new book, "A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties." The Republican presidential hopeful begins a significant book tour Friday with a sold-out event at the National Press Club; he will visit 38 cities through the first week of November.

Carly Fiorina (The Aiken Standard via AP/File)

Carly Fiorina: The insider's outsider

- The Washington Times

Hillary Rodham Clinton herself attempted to soak in a little outsider glory during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Monday, advising her audience, "Who could be more of an outsider than a woman president?" It's a remark she's made more than once on the campaign trail.

A "surge" in Republican preference for those with new ideas and different outlooks likely drives the popularity of "outsider" candidates like Donald Trump and Ben Carson. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

They want new ideas, different approach: Republican yen for outsider candidates has 'surged'

- The Washington Times

GOP voters prefer outsider candidates in the White House race: The penchant for a presidential hopeful with "new ideas and a different approach has surged -- with virtually all of the increase coming among Republican and Republican-leaning voters," notes a Pew Research Center poll. "Today, by more than two to one (65 percent to 29 percent), Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say it is more important that a candidate have new ideas than experience and a proven record. Just five months ago, GOP voters valued experience and a proven record over new ideas, 57 percent to 36 percent."