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Top Democrats are campaigning hard against the American Healthcare Act and they're following a strategic and emotional script. (Associated Press)

The script is up and running: Democrats stage a health care drama

Democrats have been busy crafting a political epic, which is the fate of the American Health Care Act. The "Trumpcare" story may prove to be great family fare with a happy ending, or a heroic saga. No doubt, Democrats would prefer the Republican legislation to either end up as a murder mystery or screwball farce — and they are ramping up an intense production. Their language is emotional and follows a strategic script, amplified by a mostly sympathetic news media, which is eager to give the Democrats' performance a good review — and much coverage. Published June 25, 2017

THE TEA PARTY BACK IN THE DAY: 100,000 people attended this 2009 Washington tea party rally, organized by the California-based Tea Party Express. (Mary F. Calvert/The Washington Times)

Democrats deal with a rickety 'resistance'

The Democratic Party is still flailing against the dominant political force in America, which is President Trump, his administration and the millions of voters who stood up to be counted in 2016. It's normal for the losing party to have an identity crisis, and the protocols are always the same: The suffering party conducts an internal "autopsy," issues mea culpas, vows to find practical answers, trots out a few new slogans, then schedules a retreat to the mountains or seaside, ostensibly for soul-searching. And maybe cocktails. Published June 22, 2017

Karen Handel's victory over opponent Jon Ossoff in Georgia's Sixth District was a surprise to Democrats, but not to Republicans. News media continue to ignore authentic grass-roots appeal of the GOP. (Associated Press)

'Obstruction and resistance' fail the Democrats

Democrats are still blinking in disbelief over Karen Handel's victory over Jon Ossoff in a much ballyhooed special election in Georgia on Tuesday. Republicans observers mark that victory as more evidence that both Democratic strategists and the news media continue to ignore the authentic grass-roots appeal, which has been percolating in the Grand Old Party since the 2016 election. Published June 21, 2017

Mark Levin's new book won't be released until June 27, but the book is already in Amazon's Top 10 list of all books and ranks No. 1 in the political section. (Threshold Books)

Mark Levin's call to rediscover 'Americanism'

Syndicated talk radio host Mark Levin's new book won't be published for another six days, but it is already selling briskly, ranked No. 5 among all books on Amazon, and No. 1 in political and social science books. Published June 20, 2017

Demonstrators with opposing views argue at a free speech rally on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Despite political differences, 76 percent say there's a greater danger of political violence today. (Associated Press)

76% of Americans now fear 'political violence'

"If there's one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on, it's that there's a greater danger of political violence these days," says a new Rasmussen Reports survey, which finds that 76 percent of likely U.S. voters believe this unique, disturbing threat has definitely increased in recent days. Published June 19, 2017

Newt Gingrich has many criticisms of the "Russia baloney" story, and he has written a new book on President Trump as well. (Center Street)

Newt Gingrich dismisses the 'Russian baloney'

Forget fancy terms like "collusion." Newt Gingrich has two words for charges by President Trump's political foes and media critics who say his campaign was in contact with Russian officials during the 2016 election: "Russian baloney." Published June 18, 2017

Donald Trump and his family, shortly after he announced his intention to run for president on June 16, 2015. (Associated Press)

Trump on Father's Day: 'Thank our dads for being there with a helping hand and an open heart'

Thirty three years ago, President Ronald Reagan had good things to say about dads in his official proclamation of Father's Day in 1984, advising Americans, " that "through acts of courage, of selflessness and of love, fathers have lifted, inspired, and blessed the lives of those around them." This year, President Trump had some similar tidings in his proclamation for the day. Published June 18, 2017

President Donald Trump and his son Barron Trump walk to Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 17, 2017, en route to Camp David in Maryland for Father's Day weekend. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dad devotion: Americans spend a record-setting $15.5 billion on Father's Day

Ballgame tickets, electronics, fancy shaving razors: Americans will spend more than ever to honor their dads this year according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation. The final tab is expected to reach a record-setting $15.5 billion, besting last year's previous record of $14.3 billion. Published June 17, 2017

FILE - In this March 2, 2016 file photo, a family looks towards metal bars marking the U.S. border where it meets the Pacific Ocean, in Tijuana, Mexico.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Roughly 147 million immigrants now want to move to the U.S.: Gallup poll

A massive new poll conducted by Gallup reveals a restless planet. In all, 14 percent of the world's adults -- 710 million people -- say they would "move to another country if they had the opportunity." The U.S. remains the destination of choice for 147 million of them. Published June 16, 2017

Reporters and photographers on the watch at a press stakeout. Analysts worry about the caustic headlines that often follow. (Associated Press)

Expert identifies top media lies 'that radicalized the violent left'

Liberal strategists, it seems, have weaponized certain news headlines to convince the American public that President Trump and Republicans in general are an evil bunch. It is a powerful and ongoing campaign — talking points tossed like incendiary devices into news coverage. Some are worse than others, however. Megan Fox, a columnist for PJ Media, has identified the top-six strategic headlines, which she says are "media lies that radicalized the violent left." Published June 15, 2017

Investigators confer before searching for evidence in Alexandria, Virginia, after a shooting during Congressional baseball practice. (Associated Press)

Alexandria: a wake-up call for the left

"It couldn't be more obvious that highly disturbed individuals such as the deranged gunman using baseball-playing Republican congressmen for target practice on Wednesday can come from all political, ethnic, racial and religious categories; nevertheless, it's high time for some introspection from the left. This should be a wake-up call for them. Indeed, for the sake of our country, it had better be," writes Roger L. Simon, founder of PJ Media, in his coverage of the shooting attack on Republican lawmakers. Published June 14, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions attends a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Media goes instantly negative on Jeff Sessions

In the age of President Trump, the news media scrambles to control the public narrative of important news events well before these events transpire. This is a daily occurrence in White House coverage. Published June 12, 2017

'Trump is the last best chance to get things done'

Despite calculated Democratic distractions and media attacks, President Trump has signed more bills into law at this point in office than four of his predecessors, besting former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. So says House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy himself. Published June 11, 2017