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Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at a town hall meeting at the University of South Carolina at Aiken Convocation Center, Friday afternoon, Oct. 2, 2015, in Aiken, S.C.  (Michael Holahan/The Aiken Standard via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Carly Fiorina: The insider's outsider

Hillary Rodham Clinton herself attempted to soak in a little outsider glory during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Monday, advising her audience, "Who could be more of an outsider than a woman president?" It's a remark she's made more than once on the campaign trail. Published October 5, 2015

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Historic: If elected, Rep. Kevin McCarthy would be 'least tenured' House Speaker of modern era

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is considered by many to be a likely choice when the vote for House Speaker takes place on Thursday. But there's some historic baggage. "The 19 speakers elected since the turn of the 20th Century averaged nearly 24 years of service in the chamber before their first day as speaker -- nearly three times that of McCarthy," says Eric Ostermeier, a political professor with the University of Minnesota who tracks the trends of yore. Published October 5, 2015

A "surge" in Republican preference for those with new ideas and different outlooks likely drives the popularity of "outsider" candidates like Donald Trump and Ben Carson. (Associated Press)

They want new ideas, different approach: Republican yen for outsider candidates has 'surged'

GOP voters prefer outsider candidates in the White House race: The penchant for a presidential hopeful with "new ideas and a different approach has surged -- with virtually all of the increase coming among Republican and Republican-leaning voters," notes a Pew Research Center poll. "Today, by more than two to one (65 percent to 29 percent), Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say it is more important that a candidate have new ideas than experience and a proven record. Just five months ago, GOP voters valued experience and a proven record over new ideas, 57 percent to 36 percent." Published October 4, 2015

Sharyl Attkisson debuts Donald Trump on the debut of "Full Measure," a new investigative news program from Sinclair Broadcasting.

'Full Measure': Sharyl Attkisson makes emphatic, content-driven step into political talk

It's a new, emphatic and straightforward presence in the chatty Sunday talk show realm: The investigators have arrived. "Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson" debuted Sunday, with programming that is handsomely produced and bolstered with ambitious content - including their own immigration poll and original video footage and interviews. The show intends to focus on investigative journalism and authentic accountability rather than sound bites and talking points, its creators say. Published October 1, 2015

Office workers sit for hours on end, with health consequences in the mix. (AP Photo)

A mere 10-minute walk through the office can reverse the ill effects of a desk job: Study

A 10-minute walk through the office cubicles could work a small wonder for the millions of Americans stuck behind desks and subject to the hazards of a sedentary lifestyle. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that vascular function - blood flow through the body - is impaired after six hours of prolonged sitting. A short walk, they say, can restore vascular health. Published September 29, 2015

America in 50 years; 'Non-Hispanic whites' a minority; immigrant population quadruples to 78 million

Immigration since 1965 has more than quadrupled the nation's foreign-born population: it's swelled from 9.6 million to a record 45 million in 2015, notes a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data, which predicts the nation will have 78 million immigrants -- and a very different population in the future. "Non-Hispanic whites" will be in the minority, comprising 46 percent of the population by 2065, the research reveals. Published September 28, 2015

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Computer geeks and hackers band together to help military vets with PTSD

Military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder - PTSD - have some new allies. Organized in conjunction with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, a motivated group of computer geeks and software developers are devoting 36 hours to "Hacking PTSD: A hackathon for healing" to seek solutions for vets who must manage flashbacks, insomnia and the other challenges of the condition. Published September 24, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump holds a Bible as he speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's annual fall dinner in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Largest crowd EVER at Values Voters Summit

They gather in the nation's capital with the belief that America can't thrive without God and a socially conservative, traditional mindset. The 10th annual Values Voters Summit gets underway Friday, boasting eight presidential hopefuls, a host of elected officials, the thoughtful, the outspoken, the outraged and some 2,500 grass-roots activists. Published September 24, 2015

Talk radio host Michael Savage has a vigorous new book arriving next month. (Center Street)

New book from Michael Savage: 'Government Zero: No Borders, No Language, No Culture'

Talk radio host Michael Savage has a new book arriving next month titled "Government Zero: No Borders, No Language, No Culture" -- meant to reveal how "unprecedented and barbaric revolutions, coinciding with unchecked government power and zero representation, threaten our most fundamental freedoms." Published September 23, 2015

A one-cent coin (AP Photo/US Mint)

Don't abolish it yet: Americans still loyal to the penny

They've put in their two cents: The majority of Americans oppose abolishing the penny says a Harris Poll released Tuesday. Indeed, 51 percent of us want to keep the little coin, though some have more affection for it than others. Published September 23, 2015

The press and public have different interpretations of the historic visit of Pope Francis. (Associated Press)

A visit from Pope Francis: It's complicated

Even before his "Shepherd One" aircraft touched down in America, Pope Francis assured the press on board that he was not liberal, noting that news organizations with "more leftish" perceptions about him had made "a mistake of interpretation." Published September 22, 2015

In this Sept. 16, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis speaks during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Only 30% of Republicans want Pope Francis to speak out on social and economic policy

Should Pope Francis voice his opinions on policy? The answer depends on who you're talking to. Half of Americans would like to hear Pope Francis speak about social and economic conditions and policy rather than focus entirely on matters of faith and religion during his visit to the U.S. There is a sizable partisan divide, however: 30 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats agree - along with 31 percent of conservatives and 69 percent of liberals. Published September 22, 2015

GOP front-runner Donald Trump prepares to board his campaign aircraft; he has a new book in the works to add to his others. (associated press)

Donald Trump's 16th book ready in five weeks, promises 'new ideas and unabashed opinions'

He is the publisher's dream. Republican front-runner Donald Trump has already written 15 books, has 7 million Twitter followers and is an instantly recognizable brand name symbolizing glitter, money, power and political prowess. And, of course, he has a book arriving in late October to augment his bodacious campaign for president. Published September 21, 2015