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U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, thinks he has good credentials to become president because "time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I've been saying for 30 years." (Associated Press)

Ron Paul giving away a Colt AR-15 in the name of 'freedom'

- The Washington Times

"Each and every one of us has a God-given right — and duty — to defend freedom. That's why Campaign for Liberty is giving away a brand new Colt LE6920MP-B AR-15 equipped with a red dot sight. And so says Ron Paul to fans of his nonprofit activist group, which champions liberty, fiscal responsibility and lots more.

Alaskan countryside  (photo from State of Alaska)

Alaska's language challenge: translating tax forms into Siberian Yupik (at $50 an hour)

- The Washington Times

Alaska is currently wrestling with a native language challenge: how to translate the state's longest tax measure for local populations? Due on the public ballot in August, the tax forms and informational pamphlet that accompanies the measure are some 50 pages long - and both documents must be translated into Yup'ik, Inupiak, Siberian Yupik, Koyukon Athabascan and Gwich'in Athabascan - the local dialects in the region.

** Former President Ronald Reagan. (Courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library)

Third time the charm? Americans wish certain presidents had stayed beyond two terms

- The Washington Times

For some presidents, once is enough in the White House. A lucky few managed to eke out two terms, and only one stayed on for four. And while Americans get a little nervous when it comes to multiple presidential terms, a substantial amount still wish that certain presidents had stayed on beyond their eight years in the big mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue.

A battlefield site in Monmouth, New Jersey. (National Park Service photo)

Some federal help for old American battlefields: $1.3 million to spruce them up

- The Washington Times

This might be some federal funding that even the most frugal patriot would approve of. The National Park Service has awarded $1.3 million in preservation grants to help protect, document and interpret 75 of America’s significant battlefield lands. Time and urban progress have taken their toll on such sites, which are heavy with history.

Chris Christie

The Republican parade begins: Eight GOP heavyweights head to Iowa

- The Washington Times

With the Bridgegate scandal in his rear view mirror, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been re-establishing his public presence, and now visits Iowa with much on his agenda. He is just the start of a long parade of Republicans who will journey to the state in the next few weeks, led by Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Rick Perry, among many others.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet with President Obama in Dallas to discuss the situation at the state's border with Mexico.  (Associated Press)

Rick Perry's burden: Texas already spent $500 million on border crisis

- The Washington Times

Critics say Texas Gov. Rick Perry is trying to politicize the border crisis only to bolster a potential White House run in 2016. Yes, there could be some of that going on, but Mr. Perry also has a succinct reason for speaking out, loudly and often, about the surge of young illegal immigrants: The Lone Star State has already spent a half-billion dollars on the situation.

In this June 25, 2014, photo, a ladybug crawls on a marijuana plant at Sea of Green Farms, a recreational pot grower in Seattle. Ladybugs are used to control pests that could otherwise damage the plants. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Pot reluctance: Presidential hopefuls get skittish talking about weed

- The Washington Times

Political observers say presidential hopefuls in both parties are increasingly reluctant to weigh in on the legalization of marijuana, either for medicinal or recreational use. It's complicated. The law enforcement backgrounds of many elected officials creates some hesitation around the pot issue.

The Supreme Court building in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014, following various court decisions. The court ruled on birth control, union fees and other cases. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Got justice? 60 percent of Americans say Supreme Court 'gets too mixed up in politics'

- The Washington Times

Despite low public profiles, justices in the U.S. Supreme Court have not escaped public scrutiny. The nation pays particular attention when high profile cases draw media attention, and controversy. And now the public has weighed in on the court itself. A new survey finds that 60 percent of Americans now say the entire Supreme Court "gets too mixed up in politics."

** FILE ** Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Journalists to Obama: Whatever happened to that new 'era of openness'?

- The Washington Times

Thirty-eight national journalism groups have written their own headlines about the state of press relations with the White House, and the federal government in general. In an open letter to President Obama, the Society of Professional Journalists and other organizations have demanded a change of policy for federal agencies that allows more access, and less official intervention from public information offices.

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Source: Winnipeg Free Press - Winnipeg, Canada
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Pew Research Center: One-in-10 Americans couldn't care less about politics

- The Washington Times

White House, Congress, campaigns, elections? Whatever. From the august Pew Research Center comes this headline: "One-in-10 Americans don't give a hoot about politics. These folks are simply bystanders, disengaged from the din of politicians, and the political marketplace. Judging by census statistics, those who lead a politics-free life could number 35 million people.