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Yale University students wear a variety of head coverings during Class Day at Yale in New Haven (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Conservatives not welcome: Liberal speakers dominate college commencements by six-to-one

- The Washington Times

Conservatives are essentially unwelcome on the annual college commencement speaker circuit, when politicians, the famous and infamous don a graduation robe, and interesting hat and make a speech. According to the Young America's Foundation's annual survey of speakers at the nation's top 100 universities, liberal speakers more than dominated the field. Among the top 100 campuses: liberal speakers outnumber conservatives 6-to-1.

An interview between Bloomberg News managing editor and Sen. Ted Cruz has raised some questions. (Washington Times)

Authenticity challenge: Ted Cruz asked to prove he's 'Cuban' - controversy ensues, apology issued

- The Washington Times

Analysts and journalists are still puzzling over the recent interview between Bloomberg News managing editor Mark Halperin and Sen. Ted Cruz. The Texas Republican and Cuban-American was subjected to a string of inquiries about his taste in Cuban food and music, his ability to speak Spanish and other matters that had no real place in the political discourse.

"The Dadly Virtues" by Jonathan Last will be on book shelves on May 18. (Templeton Press)

The Dadly Virtues: Conservative journalists gather to show the nation how to father

- The Washington Times

The conservative menfolk are gathering on Monday with much on their minds: their children. The group - prominent journalists, mainly - meet at the American Enterprise Institute in the nation's capital to talk over a forthcoming book on fatherhood. All have contributed to it. The book? That would be "The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You'll Ever Love" by Jonathan Last, a senior writer at The Weekly Standard. He brings a few of his creative buddies to join him on the podium - P.J. O'Rourke, Jonah Goldberg, Steve Hayes, James Lileks, Tucker Carlson - to name a few. A total of 17 conservative father/journalists contributed to the work.

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., waves to supporters as he arrives to speak at a rally at Arizona State University Friday, May 8, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Age counts: 92 percent of Americans prefer a presidential candidate under 60

- The Washington Times

How old is too old to run for president? Americans have an age range in mind. Consider that the current crop of presidential hopefuls ranges in age from 43 to 75 -- and in the middle is Gov. Scott Walker checking in at 47, Martin O'Malley at 53, Jeb Bush at 63, Hillary Clinton at 67. But now there's a YouGov poll revealing what age Americans actually prefer.

President Barack Obama waves from the doorway of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, May 4, 2015. Obama is flying to New York City. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Rev up Air Force One; Obama off to Oregon and South Dakota -- fundraiser included

- The Washington Times

Rev up Air Force One. President Obama journeys to Oregon on Thursday for two reasons. First he'll attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at a hotel in Portland to support the organization's 2016 White House Victory Fund - tickets up to $10,000 each. Then it's on to Nike headquarters in Beaverton on Friday to talk up "progressive, high-standards trade agreements that would open up new markets and support high-quality jobs for businesses large and small," according to the White House.

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, Al-Jazeera America editorial newsroom staff prepare for their first broadcast in New York. The Al-Jazeera America news network ousted its chief executive on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, with the little-watched network suffering key defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism. The network's management said that Ehab Al Shihabi, who has run Al-Jazeera America since its 2013 launch, will be replaced immediately by Al Anstey. A veteran news executive, Anstey has most recently been managing director of Al-Jazeera English. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Al Jazeera America has a rough week: $15 million lawsuit, resignations, new CEO

- The Washington Times

It has been a rough week for Al Jazeera America. The ambitious, Qatar-based news network that essentially grew out of Al Gore's Current TV pubic affairs channel two years ago now has its own drama. "AJAM" was first slapped with a $15 million wrongful termination lawsuit by a former employee who also claimed the network was discriminating against women - and others.

FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. Huckabee is set to announce he will seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He has an event planned for May 5 in his hometown of Hope, Ark., where former President Bill Clinton was also born.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Bumpy lift-off: Democrats tear into Mike Huckabee, Glenn Beck calls him 'a spoiler'

- The Washington Times

It took the Democratic National Committee only moments to scurry after Mike Huckabee, who announced Tuesday that he would run for president in 2016, advising his audience, "I don't come from a family dynasty, but a working family. I grew up blue-collar, not blue blood." The Democrats, however, were waiting for him, as is their pattern with Republican presidential hopefuls.

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 BigGovernment.com 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.