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Republican front-runner Donald Trump stands with law enforcement officers during a campaign stop in West Allis, Wisconsin on Monday. (Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.)

The power of Trump's streamlined campaign

Presidential rivals have telling numbers beyond polls. Consider that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's campaign spent $51 million on TV and radio ads last month, while her GOP counterpart Donald Trump spent nothing according to Ad Age. Published April 4, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski watches as Trump speaks in Dubuque, Iowa. Florida police have charged Lewandowski with simple battery in connection with an incident earlier in the month involving a reporter. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Greta Van Susteren: These women 'convicted' Lewandowski

Fox News prime-time host and attorney Greta Van Susteren is pondering the ever-evolving legal scenarios for Corey Lewandowski, Republican front-runner Donald Trump's campaign manager, now charged with battery after a less-than-harmonious encounter with a female reporter during a Florida campaign stop. The incident prompted 16 other female reporters to demand Mr. Trump fire his employee. Ms. Van Susteren is not happy with what she sees. Published March 30, 2016

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., joined at left by Vice-Chairman Todd Rokita, R-Ind., presides over a markup session as the panel presses ahead with a 10-year balanced budget plan that cuts federal health care programs and agency budgets. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Coalition of free market groups urges Congress to cap and track stifling federal regulations

Big government is getting some big criticism. A coalition of 15 free market groups say that stifling federal regulations can have an effect similar to tax increases, proposing that these regs be capped, tracked and disclosed annually - just like federal spending. The group is now urging Congress to include a regulatory budget in its final budget for 2017, and they've got a role model in mind, spelled out in a letter to lawmakers. Published March 30, 2016

One journalist suggests that Americans confronting terrorism can take cues from General Curtis Emerson LeMay, fifth chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force)

Facing an enemy? Take a a cue from Gen. Curtis LeMay

"Every time another mass murder occurs, the media's coverage focuses on the memorials -- piles of flowers, rows of candles and hand-drawn signs -- and the calls for unity and pledges of resolve by national leaders. But all the memorials are totally meaningless. They are merely a stage for politicians to act on, professing emotion, proclaiming unity, and calling for everyone to just keep calm and carry on. Nothing else results from them," says American Spectator columnist and former Defense Department undersecretary Jeb Babbin. Published March 29, 2016

Then Gov. Bill Clinton and wife Hillary dance to Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" - their 1992 presidential campaign theme song - during a stop that year in New Jersey. (AP file photo)

Hillary, Bill and the 'co-presidency'

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton Clinton's talking points bristle with such words as "fairness" and "justice" -- with a few jiggers of "progressive" thrown in for good measure. Her efforts are as relentless as her 2008 bid for president -- which was supposed to be her year to win. But some say she was running for the nation's top office almost a quarter-century ago. Published March 28, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally Friday, March 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Feeling the 'Bern' beyond the border: Bernie Sanders wins Global Presidential Primary

After big wins in Washington, Hawaii and Alaska in Saturday's primaries, Sen. Bernard Sanders had a message for fervent followers: "When working people and young people, when people who have given up on the political process get involved, that's how we win." The Democratic presidential hopeful can also relish his outsider appeal beyond our borders. Mr. Sanders has won the Global Presidential Primary. Published March 28, 2016

A legislative win for Rolling Thunder's 'chair of honor' dedicated to POWs, those missing in action

Rolling Thunder is known for its patriotic "Ride for Freedom" to the nation's capital each year and an intense interest in veterans' affairs. Now the national motorcycle club has inspired some legislation, based on the organization's unwavering support for the "chair of honor" -- a simple but effective public reminder of some 83,000 troops still missing in action or held as prisoners of war. Published March 27, 2016

Voters wait in line to cast their ballot in Arizona's presidential primary election, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Gilbert, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

67% of voters 'satisfied' voting for Clinton or Trump, 21% want third party candidate: Fox Poll

Voters are intensely interested in the presidential election, and it's also making them nervous according to a new Fox News poll. Many also appear to be at either at ease or resigned to the front-runners from both sides of the aisle:67 percent overall would be "satisfied" voting for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump; 63 percent of Republicans, 55 percent of independents and 79 percent of Democrats agree with this. Some are not so satisfied. Published March 26, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz in the thick of a hands-on campaign stop with voters in Idaho. (Associated Press)

Jittery: 82% of voters nervous about politics

Voters may not know it, but "psychographic profiling" has been deployed by some strategists in the presidential election, aimed at homing in on personality traits and crafting precise campaign messages to match. Published March 24, 2016