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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'

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. Published April 18, 2015

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is just one of many prominent members of the GOP who will be on hand for the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit starting Friday. (associated press)

Step aside: GOP, conservatives, Democrats on collision course in New Hampshire

They're first in the nation, and don't you forget it. The New Hampshire Republican Party is ferocious about its traditional status as host of the nation's first presidential primary, which can make and break candidates and create a media ruckus. So, naturally, there's a First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit. Published April 16, 2015

Carly Fiorina (Associated Press)

Pro-life is 'morally just, politically smart'

The mainstream press typically overlooks polls that suggest the nation is pro-life; a recent YouGov poll, for example, found that two-thirds of Americans believe that "fetuses in the womb are people," including 80 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Democrats. One group that does not overlook this is the Susan B. Anthony List, a nonprofit that supports pro-life candidates — set to host a daylong summit and evening gala in the nation's capital on Thursday. Republicans will help them: Sen. Rand Paul appears at the summit, Carly Fiorina serves as mistress of ceremonies at the gala, where Sen. Lindsay Graham — lead sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act — is the keynote speaker. On hand to receive awards for pro-life leadership: Sen. Joni Ernst and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Published April 15, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local residents at the Jones St. Java House, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in LeClaire, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Is Hillary inevitable? Most Americans concede Clinton 'likely to be elected president'

Inevitable? Or is it just too early to draw meaningful conclusions about 2016? "Most voters think Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States even though they have very mixed feelings about her," notes a Rasmussen poll released Wednesday - which has some of those proverbial read 'em and weep numbers for Republicans to consider. Published April 15, 2015

"Ferguson," A play based entirely on Grand Jury testimony surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown, debuts in Washington on Wednesday. (Phelim McAleer)

Ferguson the Play debuts in D.C. 'to show the truth the mainstream media is trying to hide'

"Verbatim drama" would seem ideal for the nation's capital, home to political theater and media hysteria. Verbatim drama, however, is formally categorized as documentary theater — actors read from real court testimonies, transcripts and other actual documents, yielding dramatic effects that can trump the work of a playwright. Which brings us to "Ferguson the Play," a verbatim drama drawn from Grand Jury testimony surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown. Published April 14, 2015

Stop Hillary campaign image from the Republican National Committee

Stop Hillary marketing victory: GOP generates $9.9 million in buzzworthy 'earned TV media'

There's a petition, a video, a flash drive and some nimble talking points - the Republican National Committee was quick to launch a well organized and imaginative effort to counter Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. And it has paid off. "In three days, the RNC accumulated an impressive $9.9 million in earned TV media and 1,675 individual hits across TV and radio," Sean Spicer. Published April 13, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

'Ripping Rubio': Marco Rubio has drawn an unfriendly media for years

A certain Florida Republican has drawn negative press for years. Indeed, Sen. Marco Rubio has been a target since he was elected in 2010, so much so that Geoffrey Dickens, an analyst for the Media Research Center, was inspired to track the historic "ripping Rubio" coverage. Among other things, he found that MSNBC once aired two segments in which contributors called the lawmaker "a coconut," and "pretty boy." This week, the network featured Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz calling Mr. Rubio "a flat-Earth society worshipper" and a "prune" adorned with tinsel. Published April 13, 2015

John Podesta, now chairman of Hillary Clinton for America, is on the team rebranding the Democratic Party's new presidential candidate. (Associated Press)

Humble 'champion' with bedrock values? Hillary gets a campaign makeover

The counter-coronation is underway as a reserved Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives on the presidential landscape. But wait. We've seen this before. Democratic strategist David Axelrod recast candidate Barack Obama as "no-drama Obama" during the 2008 presidential campaign after Republicans criticized the presumptuous trim of his campaign. Published April 12, 2015

Cover Image of the JVP April 2015 issue: Llallawavis-firmado; Artwork provided by H. Santiago Druetta

Fossil find: Skeleton of towering 'terror bird' found exquisitely preserved

It's a bodacious and big-beaked bird, that's for sure. Scientists studying the skeleton of an ancient South American terror bird called Llallawavis scagliai are describing it as "exquisitely preserved." Indeed, over 90 percent of the creature's bony structure is intact, revealing such details as voice box, trachea and the complete palate of a carnivorous predator which strolled the Earth some 3.5 million years ago. Published April 11, 2015

Conservative columnist, author and broadcaster Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams and the 'Right Side Forum' address Islamic extremism

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: "Islamist Extremists and the Koran." The guests are Clare Lopez, vice president for research and analysis at the Center for Security Policy; and Imam Akmal M. Muhammad, founder of The Islamic Freedom Foundation, Inc. Published April 10, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Associated Press)

American Conservative Union is definitely not ready for Hillary: 'We've had enough'

Enough already. So say conservatives upon confronting the very real possibility that Hillary Clinton will soon announce her intention to run for the White House in 2016. Press reports indicate that she'll make the move on Sunday, possibly on Twitter. And possibly not. "Never before has a presidential candidate played so fast and loose with the truth as has Mrs. Clinton," said American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp. Published April 10, 2015

Protestors filled the Capitol rotunda in Helena, Mont., during a February rally to show support in an attempt to change the Montana Constitution to define life as beginning at conception. The so-called personhood initiative is intended to prompt a legal challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a legal right to abortion. (AP Photo)

Personhood? Two thirds of Americans say 'fetuses in the womb are people': Poll

Two thirds of Americans believe that "fetuses in the womb are people" - that includes 80 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Democrats. The source is a YouGov poll conducted in the wake of a shocking attack on a pregnant woman in Colorado that left her injured, and resulted in the loss of her unborn child. The pollster addressed that issue too, revealing that 76 percent of Americans overall agree that if an attack on a pregnant woman leads to the death of her unborn child, a murder charge is appropriate. Published April 9, 2015

"When the founders of New Hampshire came up with motto: 'Live free or die,' they didn't leave a lot of wiggle room," Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, told nearly 350 local citizens in Milford, New Hampshire as he officially opened his Republican presidential nomination campaign Wednesday. (Associated Press)

The new Rand brand: Rand Paul fires up the 'libertarianish' engine

His grand presidential announcement behind him, Sen. Rand Paul has embarked on the initial fundraising foray of his official candidacy. His first stop this weekend is a private event in Newport Beach, California, in the home of a manufacturing maven, the tickets priced at $10,400 each. Published April 9, 2015

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre will be meeting some Republican presidential prospects at the group's annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. The event is expected to have an attendance of 700,000. (Associated Press)

An audience of 70,000: Republican hopefuls aim to please at the NRA convention

Talk about accurate aim. A dozen Republican presidential hopefuls are bound for the National Rifle Association's annual convention, which begins Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a bodacious and powerful event, expected to draw 70,000 folks intent on affirming their allegiance to guns, guts, fellowship and America — with some prayer, country music and family time to go with it. Published April 8, 2015

Patrick Gavin, a journalist, has written and directed a documentary about the White House Correspondents Dinner - and called it "Nerd Prom, the Movie"

White House Correspondents' Dinner becomes 'Nerd Prom, the Movie'

Patrick Gavin has written and directed "Nerd Prom: Inside Washington's Wildest Week." The exuberant but incisive documentary debuts in the nation's capital on Thursday, and it is no exercise in celebrity worship. The audacious Mr. Gavin has focused on the "unadulterated self-celebration" surrounding the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Published April 7, 2015

The Stop Hillary PAC has new money, and lots of members. (Stop Hillary PAC)

Stop Hillary PAC raises $1.4 million, draws 827,000 supporters

One group has looked askance at a presidential bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton for almost a year. And they're still not ready for Hillary. Indeed, the Stop Hillary PAC is approaching its first anniversary and reports a few numbers that suggest the public is unnerved as well. The "Stop Hillary" clan now claims 827,000 supporters and has raised $1.4 million for their cause. The organizers have been frank about their mission since founding the group last May — and they have a single focus to prevent Mrs. Clinton from reaching the White House. Published April 6, 2015