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Sen. Ted Cruz prepares to face a huge crowd during a previous CPAC appearance; the event typically draws some 13,000 people. (AP Photo)

The power of CPAC drowns out the news media

News coverage of the Conservative Political Action Conference -- CPAC -- is often dismissive, sarcastic or just plain negative, dwelling on controversy and even creating it. Such coverage will get drowned out when this bodacious event roars to life on Thursday, drawing some 13,000 attendees who are thoughtful, enthusiastic and politically engaged. There's some real passion here, and refreshing sincerity. Published February 22, 2017

A Florida congressman and Afghanistan war veteran is taking issue with Democratic supporters' post-election feelings of "trauma." (Associated Press)

Message to weepy Democrats: 'Post-election stress disorder' nowhere near PTSD

We have heard much about Democratic depression and despair over Hillary Clinton's loss during the 2016 election. There's been weeping and sighing; former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean himself warned of youthful angst over President Trump and his administration, telling MSNBC that "young people were traumatized by Trump." Published February 21, 2017

Some critics thought President Trump wouldn't last long in office, but as of Tuesday, he is not the president with the shortest term in office, according to historical records. (Associated Press)

Day 33: Trump passes an unexpected presidential milestone

President Trump passes a noteworthy milestone on Tuesday. He begins his 33rd day in office -- which means he is no longer the shortest-serving president in history -- a title his critics likely wish he had obtained. The shortest-serving president on record was William Henry Harrison, who was in the White House for 32 days before he died of pneumonia, brought on by a severe chill on his Inauguration Day in 1841. Published February 20, 2017

A long-lost, newly discovered letter written by Abraham Lincoln amid the Civil War is now up for sale, with an asking price of $80,000. (Raab Collection)

Long-lost, undiscovered Abe Lincoln letter goes up for sale: $80,000

Just in time for Presidents Day: A previously unknown, newly discovered letter written by Abraham Lincoln a year before his death has been found buried in a family safety deposit box. Its value? That would be $80,000, according to the Raab Collection, a dealer in important historical documents. Published February 19, 2017

President Trump visits an airplane hangar in Melbourne, Florida for a rally on Saturday, five months after his rally there drew 8,500 people. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Loyal forever: They love Trump in the heartland no matter what the media does

The press may hate him. But the grassroots are still fiercely loyal to President Trump no matter what the news media does. He has the untiring support of heartland voters who rallied behind him with gusto, then went to the polls to vote the man into office. Mr. Trump revisits that territory on Saturday when he journeys to an airplane hangar in Melbourne, Florida, for a jumbo public rally -- a familiar feature of his relentless campaign for the White House. Published February 16, 2017

President Trump still has strong support from Republicans, says a new poll, though typical news coverage would suggest otherwise. (Associated Press)

The numbers are in: Republicans are 'very happy' with Trump

Well, that's straightforward enough: "Republicans are very happy with President Trump," reports a new YouGov/Economist poll, which counters the shrill narratives in the news media that suggest GOP voters are now fretful and regretful about their decision to put Mr. Trump in the White House. They're not. Published February 13, 2017

Prominent pro-life organizations are putting together 217 rallies in 45 states Saturday, each of which calls for defunding Planned Parenthood. (Associated Press)

Their turn now: Pro-lifers march against Planned Parenthood nationwide on Saturday

It's been the season of big marches for progressive and anti-Trump causes. Now it is time for the pro-lifers to have their say. A coalition of five major pro-life organizations has organized 217 rallies in 45 states Saturday, each calling on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood. All the events will be staged outside the organization's local facilities. Published February 9, 2017

Americans are optimistic since President Trump took over at the White House, with businesses overwhelmingly expecting improvements. (Associated Press)

Nation's mood 'brightened' with Trump -- and 51% of the public support his travel ban

Takes one to know one, perhaps. President Trump is having a remarkable influence on the nation's merchants, manufacturers, builders and retailers, and they're vocal about it: 80 percent of the respondents in a business outlook survey believe the nation's business conditions will improve this year -- compared to 44 percent in 2016. The primary reason for the boost in optimism is "clear," the survey analysis noted, citing Mr. Trump and calling the president "a positive game changer for the business community." The research was conducted by McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm. Published February 8, 2017

Organizers of the Women's March on Washington are hard at work putting together a "general strike" called "A Day Without a Woman." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Democrats warned: Trump rage could backfire

They are angry, sad, scared, outraged. And they complain, march, holler and insist the nation is in "chaos." And so it goes for Democrats and hefty populations of liberals and progressives who are still upset over President Trump's victory. The phenomenon is billed as "Trump derangement syndrome" by Sen. Ted Cruz, political analyst Seton Motley and other observers. But the public may soon develop its own case of derangement fatigue as the appeal of such noisy fare wears thin. Published February 6, 2017

Bridal Fashion Week in New York reveals the latest trends for brides and their wedding parties. (AP Photo/Richard Drew

Cost of the average American wedding reaches record-breaking $35,329

Big fat weddings are still popular. But they will cost you. The price of an average American wedding has reached a record-breaking $35,329 as couples try to provide custom experiences for their guests according to a survey of 13,000 brides who tied the knot last year. Published February 4, 2017

Michael Reagan, the eldest child of former President Ronald Reagan, will be the keynote speaker at the American Conservative Union's Ronald Reagan Dinner on Feb. 24, the highlight event of the four-day gathering. T

Michael Reagan to be keynote speaker at Ronald Reagan Dinner, the highlight event of CPAC

Conservatives will get some true insider insight at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference -- CPAC -- later this month. Michael Reagan, the eldest child of former President Ronald Reagan, will be the keynote speaker at the American Conservative Union's Ronald Reagan Dinner on Feb. 24, the highlight event of the four-day gathering. The convivial evening is sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. Published February 3, 2017