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Then-President Barack Obama takes to the dais during the White House Correspondents' dinner. (J.M Eddins for White House Correspondents' Association) ** FILE **

Confirmed: Democratic Party sending protesters to Trump's '100 Day' speech in Pennsylvania

- The Washington Times

There are two momentous political events to consider this weekend, and they are polar opposites. First, we have President Trump, who will step out on the broad stage of a major arena in Pennsylvania on Saturday night for one of his favorite activities: a massive, grass-roots rally to affirm his first 100 days in office and to connect with the voters who love him. The event is not without issue.

President Trump hands over his pen after signing his first executive order on Jan. 20, surrounded by the press. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Americans agree: 'first 100 days' test for Trump is bogus

- The Washington Times

President Trump says the "first 100 days" litmus test for White House achievement is ridiculous. The rest of the nation is not very keen on the idea either, which is reassuring. A new CBS News poll finds that 62 percent of all Americans say that 100 days is simply "not enough time" for them to judge the work of Mr. Trump and his administration.

Conservative author Ann Coulter (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Inside the Beltway: Republican students sue Berkeley after campus blocks Ann Coulter speech

- The Washington Times

"If Berkeley won't protect its students rights, Young America's Foundation will," proclaims the conservative youth organization of the same name, which is mounting a lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley after the school essentially blocked an upcoming appearance by commentator Ann Coulter. Officials launched a series of scheduling maneuvers to dissuade the popular author from appearing on campus. The young conservatives of the "YAF" are prepared to strike back.

Center Street Books 
 Caitlyn Jenner appears on Fox News to talk politics on Monday, and introduces a new memoir on Tuesday.

Inside the Beltway: Caitlyn Jenner to talk politics on Fox News with Tucker Carlson

- The Washington Times

Some programming of note: On Monday, the very astute Fox News host Tucker Carlson essentially makes his formal debut in the coveted 8 p.m. time slot previously occupied by Bill O'Reilly for two decades. The network says Mr. Carlson's first guest is none other than "Olympic Gold Medalist and author" Caitlyn Jenner, who has remained outspoken on a variety of subjects following a very public debut as a transgender woman two years ago. The left-leaning news media was mesmerized, but they have an ongoing political challenge here. The former Bruce Jenner is also a Republican.

Conservative watchdog reports that, in his first 100 days in office, President Trump has been at the mercy of "the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president." (Associated Press)

President Trump plays 'crazy card' like a fox

- The Washington Times

Hostile news organizations and pundits are fond of describing President Trump in extreme terms, often calling him unpresidential, unorthodox and aggressive -- and from the moment he took office. Critics are not comfortable with his candid Twitter missives; they are insulted when he does not dutifully telegraph his plans to one and all. But this is a complicated world.

President Trump's approval rating have hit 50 percent, says a new Rasmussen Reports poll.  On Inaguration Day they were at 59. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: The positive outcome of Trump's steel-clad tactics

- The Washington Times

Half the nation's voters now approve of President Trump according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll which finds that, indeed, 50 percent of likely U.S. voters applaud his job performance. It is the first time Mr. Trump's ratings have been in the 50s in almost a month, the pollster says, noting that his positive numbers have ranged as high as 59 percent since Inauguration Day.

A new book ready to hit store shelves takes the reader inside Hillary Clinton's ultimately doomed bid for the presidency. (Associated Press)

Judgment call: Hillary's 2016 campaign was 'doomed'

- The Washington Times

There's a stark new judgment call on the 2016 election in a forthcoming book, and the title tells all: "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign." Authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes detail the former Democratic presidential hopeful's efforts to win the White House in a story that amounts to a brutal close-up.

On his show, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh speculated that President Trump's proposed border wall will become a tourist attraction. (Trump Organization)

Destiny: Limbaugh predicts Trump's border wall will become a tourist destination

- The Washington Times

President Trump has vowed to build a "big, beautiful wall" between the U.S. and Mexico to curtail illegal immigration. His fans love this campaign promise - his critics tear it to pieces. Practical penny-counters shudder over the idea -; diplomats shrug. Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh still believes the border wall is a possibility, and now adds an interesting dimension to it, based on Mr. Trump's capacity for surprise and innovation.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addresses an audience during a rally Friday, March 31, 2017, in Boston. Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., made a joint appearance at the evening rally in Boston as liberals continue to mobilize against the agenda of Republican President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Bernie Sanders joins a 'Fight Back Tour'

- The Washington Times

The Democratic Party is still trying to maneuver heartland values into their corner as the 2018 midterm elections loom. There's some fancy footwork going on. Democrats appear to be claiming ownership of those very values, which were articulated with great authenticity and genuine verve by President Trump during his successful White House campaign.

President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017, after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Trump's red line

- The Washington Times

One president now gets to pick up after another's mess. President Trump's surgically accurate bombing in Syria has brought him accolades from around the globe, and from unexpected sources on both sides of the aisle. Even a few journalists stepped up to approve.

The meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping at scenic Mar-A-Lago could yield some rather interesting moments. (Associated Press)

Media gets the jitters over Trump's historic meeting with Xi Jinping

- The Washington Times

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two world leaders have a 24-hour encounter in scenic Palm Beach, Florida, which begins Thursday and could yield significant, possibly historic developments and some fascinating cultural moments. And, of course, the mainstream media is at the ready, pacing back and forth and hoping things go awry in this gorgeous setting.

Rush Limbaugh calls the Democratic Party and the media a 'big hate group now."

The media abandons 'sacred principles of journalism' to stop Trump

- The Washington Times

Voters are hard pressed to unravel two concurrent political dramas, both with dire connotations. At their most basic, there are claims that the Obama administration surveilled President Trump's 2016 campaign - and counterclaims that there was communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Both scenarios are subject to spin by pundits and news media.

First lady Melania Trump in her official White House portrait released Monday. (White House)

Persistent patriotism: 92% of Republicans 'extremely proud' to be American

- The Washington Times

It is a happy finding for the GOP: A new Gallup poll reveals that 92 percent of Republicans are "extremely" or "very" proud to be an American. Things are not so fervent among Democrats on the patriotic meter: 67 percent said they were proud, along with 73 percent of independents. Among all Americans, the number was 75 percent.