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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to the media about his agenda in running for president, Thursday, April 30, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bernie Sanders may be a campaign underdog - but he's a historic campaign underdog

- The Washington Times

Americans, even Republicans, are willing witnesses for Sen. Bernie Sanders and his long-shot presidential bid. The hair, the gumption, the unapologetic ideology — all that could appeal to an audience trained to root for the underdog, just as they would a reality TV contestant determined to beat the odds. The Vermont Independent is a cultural force to be reckoned with. Will he also be a political force?

Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

American Conservative Union has five questions of its own for Hillary Clinton

- The Washington Times

"Clinton's lack of candor, and repeated attempts to distract or hide truths from the American people have raised questions that deserve answers. At some point, Mrs. Clinton will have to answer questions about how and why she and her husband appear to have rigged the system to their political and financial benefit," says American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp.

Synthetic grass looks much like the real thing, and saves a lot of water.  (Synthetic grass Warehouse)

Turf wars: Gov. Jerry Brown advised to make fake grass mandatory in California to cure drought

- The Washington Times

It's bristly, lush and there's tangly thatch around the roots. And it's fantastically faux. High-end synthetic grass looks like the real thing - even enough to please discerning Californians. So why not make it mandatory? The Synthetic Grass Warehouse - the nation's largest distributor of the stuff - is calling upon California Gov. Jerry Brown to consider a fake grass law in the drought-stricken state, where residents use 6.4 billion gallons of water per day for lawn care.

Conservative columnist, author and broadcaster Armstrong Williams

'Right Side Forum' with Armstrong Williams to address Baltimore riots, and the outcome

- The Washington Times

The "Right Side Forum," an hour-long conservative live news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will ask this question on its next broadcast: "Baltimore - Is There Anything Left to Burn?" His guests are Michael A. Jackson, Delegate, State of Maryland, and former Prince Georges County Sheriff; and Charles Yarbaugh, president, Precision Tactical Training & Consultants LLC.

Mike Flynn, who worked closely with media maven Andrew Breitbart, is set to run for Congress in Illinois. (Mike Flynn for Congress)

The Breitbart candidate: 'Conservative media warrior' Mike Flynn to run for Congress

- The Washington Times

A journalist barrels toward politics: Mike Flynn — a former policy director for the American Legislative Exchange Council who founded with the late media maven Andrew Breitbart — now plans to run as a conservative candidate for Congress in the special election for Illinois' 18th Congressional District, following the resignation of Aaron Schock. Mr. Flynn is a sixth generation native of central Illinois.

Same-sex marriage supporters hold signs encouraging drivers to honk in support of marriage equality during a rally Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rallied in Utah on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of laws banning such marriages. Opponents of gay marriage will hold a rally at Utah's state Capitol Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Poll suggests same sex-marriage now a litmus test for Republican presidential hopefuls

- The Washington Times

Is it politically prudent for Republican presidential hopefuls to say they'd attend the wedding of a gay family member or friend? A new poll suggests this dynamic is in play. A Reuters/Ipsos survey released Wednesday finds that 68 percent of Americans overall say they'd attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one; 80 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of independents and 56 percent of Republicans agree.

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, will be in Iowa talking over faith and freedom. (Associated Press)

GOP presidential hopefuls skip White House Correspondents Dinner, opt for faith in Iowa

- The Washington Times

Nine Republican presidential hopefuls will not be among the 3,000-ish guests at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in the nation's capital. They have a different calling on Saturday. Though politically attuned to every opportunity, this group will be in Waukee, Iowa, at the Point of Grace church — talking up the big topics at the 15th annual Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s "kick-off" voter outreach.

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked. Yahoo and Microsoft are offering new log-in solutions via text, facial recognition and fingerprint-identification technology. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Study of a story 'discarded': Broadcast coverage of Hillary e-mails dropped by 93 percent

- The Washington Times

Some still wonder whatever happened to coverage of Hillary Clinton's private email system during her tenure as Secretary of State. The story has disappeared on the broadcast networks according to a new analysis which finds that the "e-mail scandal" garnered just under four minutes on ABC, CBS, NBC — about 30 seconds a day — during the week Mrs. Clinton announced her presidential intentions.

Bill de Blasio     Associated Press photo

De Blasio ready for - 2016? New York City mayor pops up on presidential hopefuls list

- The Washington Times

Some have wondered if Hillary Clinton was a "place holder" for a mystery Democratic candidate who would materialize in 2016. Others question the dearth of Democrats on the presidential hopefuls list, when the Republican Party boasts around 20. Well here's something. A "Draft de Blasio movement" is now percolating, and it arrives following the New York City’s mayor trip to Iowa only last week.

Reporters race after Hillary Clinton's van during her first campaign stop in Iowa. (MSNBC)

Hillary galvanizes the press, earning twice as much recognition as Repubicans: Poll

- The Washington Times

Does the news media favor Hillary Clinton? Analysts bicker about it even as journalists scramble after the Democratic hopeful wherever she may be - though formal press conferences are a rarity in her campaign so far. A new poll, however, suggests that the press is at least very eager to cover Mrs. Clinton, and it's having an impact: 66 percent of Americans now say they've heard "a lot" about Mrs. Clinton's presidential intentions. Only 46 percent say they've heard a lot about the 2016 election itself - and far less have been up close and personal with the GOP presidential hopefuls. That percentage is in the 30s.

The new Viking Star features a Snow Grotto - with real flurries. (Viking Cruises)

Cruise ship to feature arctic-themed Snow Grotto - with flurries and a 'bucket dump'

- The Washington Times

In keeping with its Scandinavian roots, a new ocean-going Viking Cruises ship will feature a sub-zero Snow Grotto for passengers seeking an experience beyond the typical pool deck and sun chairs that rival companies offer. Set to launch from Norway in mid-May, the Viking Star has already picked up accolades for the unprecedented snow room, which features powder-consistency snow falling from the ceiling in an environment done up in ice blue and white, a nearby "bucket dump" will douse brave guests with ice water to get their blood circulating.

An emblem from the 603 Alliance, a group of conservative activists in new Hampshire.

Rogue conservative group takes on the GOP - promising 'shot heard round the world'

- The Washington Times

They've stood by and waited while establishment Republicans staged a noisy First in the Nation Leadership Summit in New Hampshire which drew 19 presidential hopefuls and a crush of media this weekend. Now they are ready to rumble: a feisty group of Granite State conservatives will move in. Literally. On Sunday, the 603 Alliance — activists loyal to founding principles and the Constitution - will stage a daylong summit in the very same hotel. They intend to winnow out the authentic conservative conservative candidates - with much ado.