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Donald Trump's boyhood home in Queens, New York, is up for sale for $1.65 million, $700,000 more than the value of a typical area home. (Marketwatch)

Donald Trump's 'boyhood home' gets famous

"Mount Vernon. Monticello. Wareham Place? If Donald Trump wins the presidency in November, his modest boyhood home in Jamaica Estates in Queens, New York arguably could attain something approaching the status of George Washington's or Thomas Jefferson's historic residences," notes an analysis in MarketWatch. Published July 21, 2016

 Enthusiastic delegates and visitors contribute $360 million to host cities during presidential conventions. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Ka-ching: Presidential conventions generate $360 million for their host cities

Despite all the fuss, uneasiness and melodrama in the host cities, both the Republican and Democratic national conventions are very good for the local economies. Very, very good. "Between getting there, staying there, eating and drinking there, and all other activity, attendees of the two major-party conventions will be responsible for spending an estimated $360 million in their host cities," says the U.S. Travel Association in a new analysis of direct local spending on lodging, meals, transportation, retail sales, plus host committee expenses on such concerns as security and logistics. Published July 20, 2016

A historic and unifying moment: Ronald Reagan gives his acceptance speech at the 1980 Republican National Convention. (National Archives and Records Administration)

Reagan historian to the GOP: Unify or lose the 2016 election

Let us recall the 1980 presidential election, when almost every one of Ronald Reagan's primary opponents addressed the Republican National Convention in Detroit that year. These prime-time appearances helped produce a unified convention, a unified party and a mighty candidate who went on to score a historic victory that November, says Craig Shirley, a best-selling presidential historian and Reagan biographer. Published July 19, 2016

Ann Coulter's newest book is titled "In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!", to be published by Sentinel Books in August.

Ann Coulter: In Trump we trust

Relentless conservative commentator Ann Coulter is one of the 15,000 credentialed journalists in orbit around the Republican National Convention this week. And just like everyone else, she has presumptive nominee Donald Trump on her mind. Ms. Coulter is in Cleveland to preview her forthcoming book, "In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!," due from Sentinel Books next month. Published July 18, 2016

A conservative media watchdog says the media is poised to blast GOP nominee Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention. (Associated Press)

Hostile media poised to blast GOP convention, watchdog says

"Here's a safe prediction about this week's Republican National Convention: TV reporters will paint the GOP as too conservative, hostile to women, anathema to blacks, and an all-around turn-off to voters," says Rich Noyes, research director for the Media Research Center. "And that's not just because the ever-controversial Donald Trump is set to be nominated as the party's presidential candidate." Published July 17, 2016

In this Jan. 16, 2007 file photo, Donald Trump, with his wife, Melania Trump, and their son, Barron, pose for a photo after he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Trump's reality TV experience now an asset for dazzling GOP convention

The lead-up to the Republican National Convention is approaching fever pitch. There is genuine drama in the air, and a cultural moment to consider. Donald Trump's network TV experience and sense of showbiz will come in mighty handy now that the curtain is about to go up. Published July 14, 2016

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a speech in Virginia Beach, Va., Monday, July 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Tea Party picks for Trump's vice president

Likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's choice of running mate could tip the 2016 race in his favor . Or maybe not. Everyone has a theory. Published July 11, 2016

With no help from the press, Gary Byrne's tell-all book on the Clintons will be No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. (Hatchette Book Group)

Gary Byrne's Clinton tell-all now No. 1 on NY Times best-seller list

Here is a telling tale of a book that dominated best-seller lists on Amazon for weeks before it was even published, but was virtually ignored by the mainstream media both before and after its publication in late June. Now comes the outcome: "Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, And How They Operate" will debut at the top of the upcoming New York Times best-seller list on July 17. Published July 10, 2016

Former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton has endorsed 16 members of Congress running for re-election; his PAC will contribute $100,000 to them to maintain House and Senate majorities. (Associatd Press)

Darryl Glenn gets endorsement from John Bolton

Darryl Glenn, who recently won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Colorado with 37 percent of the vote, has already mounted an aggressive campaign, describing himself as a "black conservative Republican" and "the Democratic Party's absolutely worst nightmare." Published July 7, 2016

Libertarian presidential nominees Gary Johnson (right) and Bill Weld will be in Washington on Thursday. (CNN)

Gary Johnson warns political establishment: Libertarians 'disrupting the two-party duopoly'

The Libertarian Party plans to make a big noise in the nation's capital Thursday. Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld descend on the National Press Club for a sold-out public event; C-SPAN will be there beginning at 1 p.m. EDT. The two former governors plan to outline -- very clearly -- why their third-party effort is more likely to succeed this year than in past elections. Persistent voter disenchantment with establishment politics is a significant factor. Published July 6, 2016

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is among the many Republicans vexed by the outcome of Hillary Clinton's private email matter. (Associated Press)

'America simply cannot afford any more Clinton drama'

There is a vexed assortment of Republicans fuming over the FBI's conclusion that Hillary Clinton's misuse of a private email server while serving as secretary of state was not a criminal matter. Shoddy, yes; criminal, no. Sen. Marco Rubio is among the critics, and he warns that her actions have collateral damage. Published July 5, 2016

Thomas Jefferson, upon winning the presidential election of 1800, called for the putting aside of partisan politics. (White House Historical Association)

Historian: Raucous presidential campaign clashes an American tradition

The campaign squabbles between likely presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton do not much faze historian Paul Aron, author of the just-released "Founding Feuds: The Rivalries, Clashes, and Conflicts That Forged a Nation." Indeed, the Founding Fathers rumbled with each other plenty in their day, their quarrels sometimes punctuated with pistol fire. Mr. Aron, also director of publications at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, suggests the two contemporary candidates might learn a thing or two from the past. Published July 3, 2016