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Talk radio hosts are taking note of President Trump's masterful command of his audiences, and advise making use of his style. (Associated Press)

The Trump Factor: Talk radio learns the art of audience connection from the master

"Love him or hate him, we in talk radio can learn a great deal from Donald Trump. Since he blasted onto the political scene, he's been a ratings juggernaut. Even the news media have to admit this guy is ratings gold. The assumption in talk radio is that being rah-rah Trump equals big ratings. That would be completely missing the point. The Trump factor is not whether you support him or oppose him. It's what you learn from him," says Phil Valentine, a syndicated radio host heard on the Westwood One Network, writing in Talkers, an industry publication. Published March 1, 2017

President Donald Trump reacts after addressing a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

Top dog: Fox News pulled in largest audience for Trump speech, besting all rivals

President Trump drew a very respectable national audience during his speech before Congress on Tuesday night: 43 million viewers tuned in, according to early Nielsen Media Research numbers. Fox News emerged as the network of record as the most-watched channel in all of television with 10.8 million viewers, outpacing rivals in both the cable and broadcast realms. Published March 1, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has made clear she will exit the political stage on her own schedule, but many Democrats across the nation say it's time for the next generation to take charge. (Associated Press/File)

Voters to Democrats: Cooperate with Trump

The "i word" -- impeachment -- has already surfaced in the Democratic dialogue as the party rails against President Trump, its noisy message amplified by the mainstream media. In the words of Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, everybody is "fired up." Published February 28, 2017

Why should he indulge his enemies? Trump wins praise for skipping White House Correspondents Dinner

President Trump is winning some accolades for his decision not to attend the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, just over eight weeks away. The jumbo gala attracts over 2,600 "correspondents" -- including celebrities, lobbyists, PR mavens, military brass and other high-profile folk. Squealing fans and spectators wait for sightings; there is considerable coverage of the event's red carpet walk. Published February 26, 2017

Sen. Ted Cruz prepares to face a huge crowd during a previous CPAC appearance; the event typically draws some 13,000 people. (AP Photo)

The power of CPAC drowns out the news media

News coverage of the Conservative Political Action Conference -- CPAC -- is often dismissive, sarcastic or just plain negative, dwelling on controversy and even creating it. Such coverage will get drowned out when this bodacious event roars to life on Thursday, drawing some 13,000 attendees who are thoughtful, enthusiastic and politically engaged. There's some real passion here, and refreshing sincerity. Published February 22, 2017

A Florida congressman and Afghanistan war veteran is taking issue with Democratic supporters' post-election feelings of "trauma." (Associated Press)

Message to weepy Democrats: 'Post-election stress disorder' nowhere near PTSD

We have heard much about Democratic depression and despair over Hillary Clinton's loss during the 2016 election. There's been weeping and sighing; former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean himself warned of youthful angst over President Trump and his administration, telling MSNBC that "young people were traumatized by Trump." Published February 21, 2017

Some critics thought President Trump wouldn't last long in office, but as of Tuesday, he is not the president with the shortest term in office, according to historical records. (Associated Press)

Day 33: Trump passes an unexpected presidential milestone

President Trump passes a noteworthy milestone on Tuesday. He begins his 33rd day in office -- which means he is no longer the shortest-serving president in history -- a title his critics likely wish he had obtained. The shortest-serving president on record was William Henry Harrison, who was in the White House for 32 days before he died of pneumonia, brought on by a severe chill on his Inauguration Day in 1841. Published February 20, 2017

A long-lost, newly discovered letter written by Abraham Lincoln amid the Civil War is now up for sale, with an asking price of $80,000. (Raab Collection)

Long-lost, undiscovered Abe Lincoln letter goes up for sale: $80,000

Just in time for Presidents Day: A previously unknown, newly discovered letter written by Abraham Lincoln a year before his death has been found buried in a family safety deposit box. Its value? That would be $80,000, according to the Raab Collection, a dealer in important historical documents. Published February 19, 2017

President Trump visits an airplane hangar in Melbourne, Florida for a rally on Saturday, five months after his rally there drew 8,500 people. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Loyal forever: They love Trump in the heartland no matter what the media does

The press may hate him. But the grassroots are still fiercely loyal to President Trump no matter what the news media does. He has the untiring support of heartland voters who rallied behind him with gusto, then went to the polls to vote the man into office. Mr. Trump revisits that territory on Saturday when he journeys to an airplane hangar in Melbourne, Florida, for a jumbo public rally -- a familiar feature of his relentless campaign for the White House. Published February 16, 2017

President Trump still has strong support from Republicans, says a new poll, though typical news coverage would suggest otherwise. (Associated Press)

The numbers are in: Republicans are 'very happy' with Trump

Well, that's straightforward enough: "Republicans are very happy with President Trump," reports a new YouGov/Economist poll, which counters the shrill narratives in the news media that suggest GOP voters are now fretful and regretful about their decision to put Mr. Trump in the White House. They're not. Published February 13, 2017

Prominent pro-life organizations are putting together 217 rallies in 45 states Saturday, each of which calls for defunding Planned Parenthood. (Associated Press)

Their turn now: Pro-lifers march against Planned Parenthood nationwide on Saturday

It's been the season of big marches for progressive and anti-Trump causes. Now it is time for the pro-lifers to have their say. A coalition of five major pro-life organizations has organized 217 rallies in 45 states Saturday, each calling on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood. All the events will be staged outside the organization's local facilities. Published February 9, 2017