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Heroic clandestine warriors of the OSS finally get Congressional Gold Medal after 70 year wait

The innovative clandestine warriors of the World War II era have finally earned their well-deserved recognition. The Office of Strategic Services Congressional Gold Medal Act was passed by the House on Wednesday, a final chapter in the push to honor members of the "OSS " -- the forerunner to both the CIA and the U.S. special operations forces. Published December 1, 2016

Donald Trump embarks on a thank-you tour on Thursday, headed for the heartland and grateful to those who elected him.

'Classy': Donald Trump to embark on a thank you tour of the heartland

It seems like old times. President-elected Donald Trump is preparing to go back on the road for a spell to thank the voters who handed him a robust win on election night. This is no victory lap brimming with self-congratulation, however. A grateful Mr. Trump wants to reach out to the heartland folk who matter to him, and like his campaign, the tour portends to be bodacious and media-friendly. Published November 29, 2016

Dr. Gino Strada, who has provided medical and surgical care in 17 African and Middle Eastern nations for a quarter-century, and Sakena Yacoobi, who established multiple refugee-educational programs against considerable odds in Afghanistan, were named as co-recipients of the 2nd annual Sunhak Peace Price.

Sunhak Peace Prize awarded to Dr. Gino Strada and Sakena Yacoobi

An Italian surgeon and an Afghan educator who consistently contributed to a sustainable and enduring international peace were named Tuesday as co-recipients of the 2nd annual Sunhak Peace Price -- an international award that includes a cash award of $1 million. Published November 29, 2016

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein appears at a rally in Philadelphia in July. (John Minchillo/AP)

News media catches recount fever, suddenly discovers Jill Stein

A recount of the 2016 election is a dream come true for journalists distraught over President-elect Donald Trump's victory. Consider that broadcasters essentially ignored Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein as she campaigned around the nation for months on end. That all changed the moment she challenged the final election results, advising followers, "Don't mourn, organize." Published November 28, 2016

The new meaning of 'Trump rally'

President-elect Donald Trump became famous for staging spectacular campaign rallies that drew thousands of fans around the nation for months on end. Now Mr. Trump is famous for a different kind of rally -- one that bolsters the economy, Wall Street and American morale. The man is simply good for business. Published November 27, 2016

Ronald Reagan message for the nation at Christmas, 1981  (AP Photo file)

Reagan's mac and cheese: Nancy's long lost recipe

The Thanksgiving table rules the day, as do thoughts of glorious leftovers and comfort food in general. Let us retreat 33 years in the past and consider "President Reagan's Favorite Macaroni and Cheese," a simple little recipe shared by "Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Washington, D.C., Wife of the President" in a spiral-bound community cookbook published by the American Cancer Society's Northern Virginia division in 1983. Published November 23, 2016

A hopeful bird auditions for the role of National Thanksgiving Turkey before a plywood backdrop during a recent casting session in Iowa. (National Turkey Federation)

President Obama offers final turkey pardon to 39-pound 'Tot'

As his days in the White House wane, President Obama is facing a series of final ceremonial acts of his office. Pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey is one of them, and Mr. Obama will do just that on Wednesday. Enter Tater and Tot, two splendid birds who hail from Storm Lake, Iowa. Both are males, both weigh 39 pounds, and both went through an audition to gauge their ability to pose on a podium without too much fuss. Published November 22, 2016

Vice president-elect Mike Pence, right, watches as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

85 percent good to go: America gets on the Trump train

Some of the indignant squawking is dying down out there. The nation appears comfortable with President-elect Donald Trump, and is eyeing his agenda with much interest. Here are the numbers from a Reuters poll released Thursday, plain and simple. Published November 17, 2016

A long night: TV watchers examine early predictions on election night. A recent poll found 27 percent of Americans are avoiding the news. (Associated Press)

Price of bias: America now shunning news media after 2016 election

Inaccuracies, melodrama, bias, outrage: Journalists showcased plenty during election night news coverage which proved to be intense -- and endless. The phenomenon has taken a toll. The weary nation appears to be peeved at the press, and that includes Democrats and Republicans alike who are literally turning away. Published November 15, 2016

Stephen Bannon during a recent visit to Trump Tower in New York City. (Associated press)

The real Stephen Bannon: 'Actually in touch with the majority of American people'

Newly minted White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has been attacked by an unfriendly press since he joined then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign team in mid-August -- deemed a "right wing Rottweiler" by Vice and a "rogue and provocateur" by Politico, among other things. The descriptions now include "white supremacist," "anti-Semite" and "misogynist," all hurled by multiple critics. Published November 14, 2016