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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has common-sense advice on uniting the Republican Party. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Asa Hutchinson's common-sense advice to the GOP

Critics often claim that Republican disunity is evidence that the party is either out of touch, or unfit to govern town, state or nation. Democratic strategists have made the case for years. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, however, has a simple strategy of his own to counter this situation. Published April 26, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, will be in Iowa talking over faith and freedom. (Associated Press)

GOP presidential hopefuls skip White House Correspondents Dinner, opt for faith in Iowa

Nine Republican presidential hopefuls will not be among the 3,000-ish guests at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in the nation's capital. They have a different calling on Saturday. Though politically attuned to every opportunity, this group will be in Waukee, Iowa, at the Point of Grace church — talking up the big topics at the 15th annual Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s "kick-off" voter outreach. Published April 24, 2015

The White House Correspondents' Dinner will host 2,600 guests, even though there are only 260 officially credentialed "correspondents." Over 1,000 would-be guests were turned away. (Photo by J.M Eddins for White House Correspondents Assoc.)

WHCD: One giant dinner, 24 private parties, the Comedian-in-Chief and a cast of thousands

One giant dinner and 24 private parties later - and the White House Correspondents Dinner season is almost over. Almost. Sunday still percolates with a few stray parties - like CNN's official "hangover party," staged in a pilates studio a few blocks north of the White House. The main event managed to feed and water 2,600 "correspondents" though, along with the 240 genuine journalists who actually have White House credentials. There was a red carpet, people posed, gawkers screamed and snapped selfies. Published April 23, 2015

What once was: The original White House Correspondents Banquet in 1923, attended by 50 actual correspondents. (Library of Congress)

White House Correspondents Dinner hubbub begins

Listen: Chatter and restless hubbub over the upcoming White House Correspondents Dinner can be heard in the nation's capital. It will soon drown out even the loudest caterwaul on Capitol Hill. The pre-pre-parties begin Thursday, heralding the big event on Saturday which includes 3,000 'correspondents' and one president. But go ahead. Published April 22, 2015

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked. Yahoo and Microsoft are offering new log-in solutions via text, facial recognition and fingerprint-identification technology. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Study of a story 'discarded': Broadcast coverage of Hillary e-mails dropped by 93 percent

Some still wonder whatever happened to coverage of Hillary Clinton's private email system during her tenure as Secretary of State. The story has disappeared on the broadcast networks according to a new analysis which finds that the "e-mail scandal" garnered just under four minutes on ABC, CBS, NBC — about 30 seconds a day — during the week Mrs. Clinton announced her presidential intentions. Published April 22, 2015

Inevitable: An Earth Day trip on Air Force One, jet fuel and all

Earth Day could be interesting in Florida: President Obama will journey aboard Air Force to visit the Everglades on Wednesday, burning jet fuel and taxpayer funds as he goes. Well, at least it's not as far as Tokyo, which was his Earth Day destination last year. That venture prompted the London Daily Mail to do the math and reveal that magnificent but pricey aircraft consumes 5 gallons of jet fuel for every mile it flies — emitting over 21 pounds of dreaded CO2 per gallon. The fuel alone costs taxpayers about $180,000 per hour of flight time. Oh, the carbon footprint — and the irony. Published April 21, 2015

For New host Dana Perino has written a new memoir, published by Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Books. (Hachette)

Fox News host Dana Perino warns civility damaged by politics and pop culture in new memoir

On bookshelves Tuesday: "And the Good News Is … : Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side," by Dana Perino, a Fox News contributor, co-host of "The Five" and former White House press secretary in the George W. Bush administration. It is a memoir about her life under unique and intense circumstances, with some moments of refreshing candor. Published April 21, 2015

Bill de Blasio     Associated Press photo

De Blasio ready for - 2016? New York City mayor pops up on presidential hopefuls list

Some have wondered if Hillary Clinton was a "place holder" for a mystery Democratic candidate who would materialize in 2016. Others question the dearth of Democrats on the presidential hopefuls list, when the Republican Party boasts around 20. Well here's something. A "Draft de Blasio movement" is now percolating, and it arrives following the New York City’s mayor trip to Iowa only last week. Published April 21, 2015

Reporters race after Hillary Clinton's van during her first campaign stop in Iowa. (MSNBC)

Hillary galvanizes the press, earning twice as much recognition as Repubicans: Poll

Does the news media favor Hillary Clinton? Analysts bicker about it even as journalists scramble after the Democratic hopeful wherever she may be - though formal press conferences are a rarity in her campaign so far. A new poll, however, suggests that the press is at least very eager to cover Mrs. Clinton, and it's having an impact: 66 percent of Americans now say they've heard "a lot" about Mrs. Clinton's presidential intentions. Only 46 percent say they've heard a lot about the 2016 election itself - and far less have been up close and personal with the GOP presidential hopefuls. That percentage is in the 30s. Published April 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton arrives in New Hampshire on Monday for two days of grass-roots campaigning. (Hollis1138)

Hillary Clinton's next script, New Hampshire style — plus the adoring media

Iowa seems so long ago, like ancient history in the instant annals of manufactured politics now annoying voters. But it's forever onward for Hillary Rodham Clinton: It's time for the Democrat's greatest presidential hope to journey to New Hampshire, and a whole new dramatic tableau punctuated by pine forests and clear lakes rather than heartland plains and big skies. Published April 19, 2015

The new Viking Star features a Snow Grotto - with real flurries. (Viking Cruises)

Cruise ship to feature arctic-themed Snow Grotto - with flurries and a 'bucket dump'

In keeping with its Scandinavian roots, a new ocean-going Viking Cruises ship will feature a sub-zero Snow Grotto for passengers seeking an experience beyond the typical pool deck and sun chairs that rival companies offer. Set to launch from Norway in mid-May, the Viking Star has already picked up accolades for the unprecedented snow room, which features powder-consistency snow falling from the ceiling in an environment done up in ice blue and white, a nearby "bucket dump" will douse brave guests with ice water to get their blood circulating. Published April 19, 2015

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