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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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South facade of the White House (White House image)

A VP for president? Historical odds not friendly to a Biden bid says new study

Vice presidents who seek the presidency can have a long road, says some new historical research from the University of Minnesota. Even with a wave of initial good will at his back for a 2016 campaign, Vice President Joe Biden would face long historical odds in winning the White House from his current political perch. Published August 27, 2015

A group of black pastors have called for the removal of a portrait bust of Planner Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery. (Image from STAND)

Black pastors, pro-life advocates to rally against museum portrait of Planned Parenthood founder

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger does not belong beside Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks in the "Struggle for Justice" exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in the nation's capital. So say Ministers Taking a Stand, a group of black pastors who have asked the gallery to remove a portrait bust of Sanger, and will rally for the cause outside the facility on Thursday. The group has drawn support from Texas Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Louis Gohmert, who have circulated a letter among their colleagues supporting the pastors' request. Published August 26, 2015

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is misleading the public. (Associated Press)

Damn the emails, full speed ahead for Hillary

Is it time for Hillary Rodham Clinton to put her presidential campaign on hold? If so, the Democratic front-runner hasn't heard the news. She's in Iowa at three grass-roots events on Wednesday, then it's on to Ohio. Americans themselves are not so sure. Published August 25, 2015

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign pep rally in Mobile, Ala. NBC's "Meet the Press" had its biggest audience in more than a year for its Trump interview on Aug. 16, leading that show's biggest competitors, ABC's "This Week" and CBS' "Face the Nation," to feature phone interviews with the New York businessman this past Sunday.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Six factors that make Trump a winner or a loser

Critics are constantly on the lookout to determine the exact moment when Donald Trump is no longer the Republican presidential front-runner. That moment has yet to arrive, however. Published August 24, 2015

Advertising outreach for a new ammunition line meant to down invasive lightweight drones. (Snake River Shooting Products)

'Prepare for Drone Apocalypse': New ammo meant to protect privacy-- and down drones

Now ready for citizens concerned their privacy is at stake in an increasing drone-friendly culture: Snake River Shooting Products has just introduced Drone Munition shot shell based defense rounds. "Prepare for the Drone Apocalypse, the Idaho-based company warns in its first ad for the new product, which they describe as a "12 gauge 3-inch shot shell solution aimed at defending against drone-based privacy concerns and terror." Published August 24, 2015

A campaign image from the Draft Biden 2016 political action committee, now appearing on bumperstickers and other campaign swag.

Ridin' with Biden: New motto, much buzz about somebody called 'President Joe Biden'

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Their low-key meeting in the nation's capital over the weekend has Democrats dancing, dubious or dithering over the prospects of "Biden/Warren 2016" -- or maybe it's Warren/Biden 2016, depending on the prevailing winds of sentiment. It's also certainly possible that there will be no combination, and that the meeting was a staged event to distract the news media from Hillary Rodham Clinton's email woes for the time being. Published August 23, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets his eager public in Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Sweet home Alabama: Donald Trump 'pep rally' in Mobile likely to draw record-breaking 35,000 fans

Yes, Donald Trump campaigns on a jumbo scale. The "Donald J. Trump for President Pep Rally", scheduled in Mobile, Alabama on Friday evening, has drawn such an overwhelming response from Trump folks that it had to be moved from a sizable civic auditorium to the Ladd-Peebles Stadium, which can seat 40,000. This is likely to be one of the biggest campaign event of the season - eclipsing a recent gathering for Sen; Bernie Sanders which drew 28,000 fans. Published August 21, 2015

A subtle media phenomenon on the campaign trail has not gone unnoticed. The press fails to Democratic candidate for president Sen. Bernard Sanders' socials leanings 82 percent of the time, an analysis by finds. (Associated Press)

The Sanders Effect: Media normalizes socialism

A subtle media phenomenon on the campaign trail has not gone unnoticed. The press is perhaps overlooking a certain item from Sen. Bernard Sanders' resume. Published August 20, 2015

An American classroom in early fall. (AP Photo/The Alpena News, Paige Trisko)

Crisis in the schools: GOP hopefuls told to set rhetoric aside during upcoming education summit

It could be the first serious dialogue they have on the U.S. school crisis. A half dozen Republican presidential hopefuls bustle into Manchester, New Hampshire on Wednesday for the 2015 Education Summit, and organizers hope they leave their standard talking points in the campaign bus and have an "urgent conversation" about the failing state of American schools. Published August 18, 2015

GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee is off to Israel this week, the Iran deal on his mind. (Campaign image from Mike Huckabee)

On the move: Mike Huckabee is off to Israel, the Iran deal on his mind

Voters have not forgotten Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and plainspoken pastor who is building up some formidable campaign apparatuses in Iowa and South Carolina, among other states. The Huckabee motto: "From hope to higher ground." The candidate will be off the U.S. political grid for a spell starting on Tuesday, however; he is bound for Israel. Published August 17, 2015

NASCAR America is changing, according to one veteran pollster. (Image form the Associated Press)

NASCAR America undergoing a 'dramatic transformation' says veteran pollster

Veteran pollster John Zogby says he began to track the voting power of "blue-collar Americans" when the sizable demographic embraced conservatism, Second Amendment rights and traditional values -- and voted for George W. Bush. Now Mr. Zogby says a "dramatic transformation" is underway in NASCAR America. Published August 16, 2015