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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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'Termite menace': Hybrid swarm of destructive species set to invade Florida

It's not hurricanes and high water that is threatening Florida. It's termites. Two of the most destructive species of the termite kingdom are now swarming simultaneously in South Florida - and scientists are worried. The Asian and Formosan subterranean termite clans are about to meet, mate and produce an unprecedented number of feisty hybrid offspring - hundreds of thousands of alates, or winged males and females. Published March 27, 2015

Conservative columnist, author and broadcaster Armstrong Williams

The Right Side Forum: What's next with conservative host Armstrong Williams

"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: "Ayatollah Khomeini declaration: Death to America". His guests are attorney Alan Dershowitz and national security expert Frank Gaffney. Published March 27, 2015

The salaries of world leaders don't exactly measure up to the likely worth of the world's many billionaires. (associated press)

A list: World leaders with the highest salaries on a planet that is home to 18 million millionaires

There are currently 2,089 billionaires and 16 million millionaires in the world, according to several excruciating studies by the China-based Hurun Report, the Global Wealth Report and Forbes — with several analysts already predicting that the first trillionaire is in the making. Money does not always equal power, however. Compared with the planet's high-rollers, world leaders are not necessarily cruising in the financial fast lane. Using a variety of data sources ranging from Business Inside to China Daily, Forbes contributor Niall McCarthy now reveals the world leaders with the highest salaries. Published March 26, 2015

President Obama ready to tee off during a vacation round of golf; he heads to Florida this weekend for the same reason. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Here comes Florida: The president takes another golf weekend

Just a brief bulletin, then we'll move right along. Time to fire up Air Force, because President Obama is off to the Treasure Coast of Florida this weekend, specifically Palm City. The local press is attentive, reporting that Mr. Obama will play a few rounds at the Floridian National Golf Club. Yeah, well. Rather than prattle on about the cost of operating Air Force One ($206,000 an hour), here's the description of the course, just for the heck of it. Published March 25, 2015

**FILE** A polar bear patrols the ice in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. His 2004 observation of polar bears likely drowning in conjunction with global warming has come back to haunt federal wildlife biologist Charles Monnett. (Associated Press)

Alarmism cools: Only 32 percent of Americans still worry about global warming, Gallup says

Less than a third of Americans are now concerned about global warming and climate change: 32 percent fret about those environmental factors says the annual Gallup Environmental survey, released Wednesday. Naturally, there's a partisan divide: 13 percent of Republicans are concerned about global warming and climate problems, compared to 52 percent of Democrats. Published March 25, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks up at the Politics and Eggs breakfast in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Associated Press)

The authentic John Kasich: 'I'm an unorthodox politician because I'm normal'

"I'm John Kasich. I'm an unorthodox politician because I'm normal. I'm a normal guy that has big job. I don't think of myself as anything particularly special. I'm a happy person. I like myself. I'm comfortable with myself. And I'm pretty normal in an abnormal profession." Published March 24, 2015

Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, will have a spirited discussion with Federation for American Immigration president Dan Stein later this week. The topic: immigration. (Associated Press)

Let the games begin: Grover Norquist, Dan Stein headline 'unprecedented' immigration forum

A heads-up for those who fret about the border wars: A pair of heavyweights will duke out the finer points of immigration. Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, and Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, encounter one another on Thursday, each bolstered with distinct ideas and much mettle. Published March 23, 2015

Voters head to the polls at Benton Harbor High School on Election Day Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Benton Harbor, Mich.(AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell)

Americans define perfect presidential candidate: 'Someone willing to change Barack Obama's policies'

"If you could create the perfect candidate to succeed Barack Obama as president, what would their background be and what would they think?" asks CNN polling director Jennifer Agiesta, who has a new survey that reveals this: "Most Americans say they would like a candidate who's a seasoned political leader, someone with an executive background, and someone who’s willing to change Barack Obama's policies." Published March 22, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown feels that Sen. Ted Cruz is "absolutely unfit" to run for president, he revealed in an NBC interview. (Associated Press)

And so 2016 begins: Ted Cruz critics arrive like clockwork

When Republican presidential posturing turns into definitive action, the critics come out like clockwork. It happened last week when Donald Trump announced he had formed a presidential exploratory committee and was immediately met with accusations he was disingenuous, unqualified or seeking publicity. Now it is Sen. Ted Cruz's turn. Published March 22, 2015

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is among the luminaries attending the Republican National Lawyers Association's 30th anniversary festivities and conference. (associated press)

Republicans talk of an imperial presidency - and royalty visits the White House

Stand back, now. "The Rise of the Imperial Presidency" was the official theme for the Republican National Lawyers Association gathered to celebrate the august organization's 30th anniversary with a conference and private reception, plus a bristling guest list that included Sens. Bob Corker, Rob Portman, John McCain and Orrin Hatch; Rep. Susan Brooks; former Attorney General John Ashcroft; and former FCC Chairman John Wiley, among others. Published March 19, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks at the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Legislative Conference and Presidential Forum in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Over half of likely voters say Democrats 'should look for a fresh face' in 2016: Poll

Most likely voters think the Democratic Party should look for a presidential newcomer in 2016, says a Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday. Fifty-four percent of all likely U.S. voters believe Democrats should "look for a fresh face to run for president in 2016 rather than promote a candidate who has already run in the past," the survey says. Published March 19, 2015

News organization officials have become nimble keeping their products up to speed in an evolving marketplace. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO

News organizations retool operations, go for 'obsession journalism' and niche news

Just as the public gets comfortable with such journalism staples as trending stories and viral news comes a new phenomenon: "Obsession journalism." The media may be annoying, but news organizations are racing to redefine their turf and content to stay afloat in an unforgiving and highly competitive marketplace. Published March 18, 2015

President-in-waiting: Trump trumps his critics

It is inevitable political theater: Donald Trump has formed an exploratory committee for a presidential campaign, and like clockwork, the Democratic National Committee couldn't wait to capitalize on it. Mr. Trump made his announcement with customary flourish and candor, fascinating fans and annoying rivals. Published March 18, 2015

Donald Trump (Associated Press) **FILE**

Donald Trump launches presidential exploratory committee: 'Americans deserve better'

Donald Trump has formed an exploratory committee for a presidential campaign, and has done so with typical big city flair. "I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble. We have lost the respect of the entire world. Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians – who are all talk and no action! I have built a great company, created thousands of jobs and built a tremendous net worth with some of the finest and most prestigious assets in the world – and very little debt! All Americans deserve the same opportunity," Mr. Trump said in a a statement released Wednesday. Published March 18, 2015