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Former Gov. Sarah Palin will appear at the Mom's March for America on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, to promote traditional values. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

An answer to radical feminists: Conservative mothers stage a 'March for America'

- The Washington Times

These ladies are poised to stand up for traditional values and the power of unapologetic motherhood — intended as push back, they say, to the "radical feminist" agenda. Welcome to the "Mom's March for America," set for Saturday at a major arena in Omaha, Nebraska — with a speakers roster that includes former Gov. Sarah Palin and Candy Carson, wife of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Their public message has not been heard much these days.

The annual Media Research Center Gala will celebrate the organizations 30th anniversary with a vintage theme, complete with speakeasy, flappers and cocktails. (Media Research Center)

The Media Research Center turns 30

- The Washington Times

They have fought the good fight against liberal bias in the news media for three decades — armed with facts, figures, indisputable information and fierce opinion. That would be the Media Research Center, which celebrates its 30th anniversary Thursday in the nation's capital with a glittering gala for 900 like-minded folks who embrace conservatism and reject the often hostile coverage of left-leaning journalists.

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, with first lady Melania Trump, left, speaks to media as he leaves following his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday Sept. 19, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The Trumptastic outcome of a Trumpian speech

- The Washington Times

President Trump will be on United Nations duty for the next 48 hours, meeting with leaders of the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Britain, Egypt, Ukraine, Turkey, Afghanistan, South Korea, Japan and multiple African nations.

President Trump's relationship with the press has not changed much since this encounter then-candidate Trump had with reporters. (Associated Press)

Media to-do list: Nitpick, distort, exaggerate, omit, lie

- The Washington Times

"Since the left and complicit journalists in the mainstream media cannot defeat President Trump on the issues or legitimate grounds such as dishonesty, they have resorted to a superficial collection of tactics," points out Rachel Alexander, editor of the Intellectual Conservative and a Townhall columnist.

Fans of President Trump gather at "The Mother of All Rallies" on the National Mall on Saturday. Their energy may shift the GOP's focus. (Associated Press)

'True Trump voters' and Berniecrats lead the nation toward a third party

- The Washington Times

Many voters wish for a viable third political party. Two appear to be emerging at once — driven by disgust with establishment Republicans and Democrats alike. In a poll released Sunday, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal have identified "true Trump voters" who voted for President Trump, not as a vote against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton but because they support him in no uncertain terms.

Some continue to fret about a shadow presence in government. The Judicial Watch recently issued a 64-page report on the phenomenon. (Associated Press)

A new warning about the 'Deep State'

- The Washington Times

Let us recall "shadow government" and "Deep State" — two terms that riveted political observers and journalists earlier this year. Remember? Both terms — along with variants such as "shadow White House" and "shadow presidency" — were bandied about in the media with relish. Dramatic coverage suggested that former members of the Obama administration or entrenched federal employees were still in place, ready to wield power from within the bureaucracy. A potential hazard to the Trump administration lurked, amplified by "fake" news, skewed polls and negative press narratives.

According to a new survey from Gallup, two-thirds of the American public says that their living circumstances are getting better. (Associated Press)

Forget media tales of woe: Standard of living soars to 'best of decade,' says new Gallup poll

- The Washington Times

"Americans' ratings of their standard of living are on pace to be the best in Gallup's 10-year tracking history," writes Jim Norman, a Gallup analyst who reveals that two-thirds of the public now says their living circumstances are getting better, 80 percent of the nation say they are "satisfied" with their current standard of living, and the pollster's complex but revealing "well-being index" now stands at 54, a record high.

The national debt continues to accumulate, and now tops $20 trillion. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Nostalgia: national debt was $9 trillion in 2007

- The Washington Times

There once was a bumper sticker which read "Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion." For the curious, a quadrillion comes after a trillion, and it has 15 zeroes after it — a useful thing when charting the expansion of the national debt, which has reached $20 trillion according to meticulous Terence P. Jeffrey, editor-in chief of, who spotted the phenomenon on Friday at the Treasury Department's website.

President Trump will hold a solemn moment of silence at the White House with first lady Melania Trump to mark the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 people. (Associated Press)

Trump's powerful proclamation for 9/11

- The Washington Times

Lest we forget, Monday is the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, which killed 2,977 people. President Trump has not forgotten, either in his official role or as a citizen.

President Trump meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office on Wednesday. They discussed DACA. (Associated Press)

'Chuck and Nancy' take over the media radar

- The Washington Times

Behold, it's "Chuck and Nancy," a simple phrase which became an instant political barometer the moment it was uttered. Indeed, President Trump referred to Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as "Chuck and Nancy" to reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, primarily for their potential role in the future of DACA.

People hold signs near the National Guard Armory in Lake Charles, La., where President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are meeting with members of the county emergency operations center and Cajun Navy for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (credit)

Not to worry: Trump voters 'have got his back'

- The Washington Times

President Trump's actions have spoken louder than the news media's criticism in recent days. Hurricane Harvey and North Korea have forced journalists to cover breaking news and the president's positive role in it all, temporarily muting Trump-bashing down to a dull roar.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, waves as they arrive on Air Force One at Corpus Christi International Airport in Corpus Christi, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, for briefings on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's response to Harvey praised by presidential historian -- even the tweets

- The Washington Times

Presidential historian Tevi Troy literally wrote the book White House response to national disasters. He is the author of "Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office"," published last year. Mr. Troy has a very promising response to what he has seen this week following a catastrophic weather event in the Lone Star State.

Newt Gingrich: Historic conservative gets a new biography

- The Washington Times

As a political brand, Newt Gingrich has had authentic staying power over the decades — fearlessly navigating the news media, Capitol Hill and the crisis du jour with finesse and institutional knowledge. But who the heck is he? The answer might be found in a new authorized biography of Mr. Gingrich, published in an era when some forces seek to rewrite history — particularly Republican and conservative history.

Deep-fried, bacon-heavy state fair food like this whole turkey leg is often an obligatory meal for politicians seeking to further a populist image. (Minnesota State Fair)

Deep-fried duck bacon wontons, alligator mac 'n' cheese: State fair food in review

- The Washington Times

August and September is prime time for bodacious food — deep-fried and often on a stick — as featured in the nation's state fairs. Sampling such fare is a primary obligation for politicians, election year or not. Indulging in fair food is a sure fire way to appear as a folksy candidate in touch with constituents. But alas, such encounters are not without peril for political hopefuls, often caught by press photographers in an inopportune moment with a funnel cake. So without further ado, here's just a small sampling of fair fare.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has Indian heritage. She is one of several examples of prominent people of color in the Republican Party. (Associated Press)

Democrats 'learned nothing' from 2016

- The Washington Times

There is a long history of judgment by the Democratic Party. Erick Erickson, founder of Red and The Resurgent blog, points out that Democrats began pushing the idea that "a vote for the GOP was a vote for racism" since 2000, methodically expanding the narrative through the next seven midterm and general elections. The trend continues.