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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Don't write off Jeb Bush just yet

Dozens of dire press accounts declared Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush to be down and out following the raucous candidate debate on Wednesday. Gleeful journalists declared Mr. Bush as "toast," in "agony," "free falling" -- and even "dead." The candidate, however, remains calm and carries on, off to Iowa for a major economics symposium this weekend, then to New Hampshire for multiple campaign stops. Published October 29, 2015

Rep. Paul Ryan at the U.S. Capitol (AP Photo)

Paul Ryan: The youngest House Speaker in 150 years

The jury is still out on likely House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan. Is he a good conservative, not conservative enough or Republican in name only? Hatchet man or healer? Mr. Ryan appears to be the panacea the party prays for, described by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus as "the right person at the right time." The opposition is also pleased; Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer called Mr. Ryan bright, industrious and even "outstanding" this week. Published October 28, 2015

John Densmore, the iconic drummer for The Doors, will stage a fundraiser for Bernie Sanders on Wednesday in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

The Doors drummer John Densmore out to raise a little money for Bernie Sanders

The chances are good that Democratic hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders was a fan of The Doors, the iconic rock group famous for "Light My Fire" and other anthems for the young and restless of the 1960s, and many who followed. John Densmore, who was drummer for The Doors from 1965-1973, is a fan of Mr. Sanders. On Wednesday, Mr. Densmore hosted a campaign fundraiser for the candidate in Los Angeles, centered around the first public screening of the independent film "Window of Opportunity," which follows the weekend high jinks of corporate fat cats and their deadly financial misdeeds, this according to advance production notes. Published October 26, 2015

Ronald Reagan (Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library)

The Reagan legacy wars continue: Bill O'Reilly takes on the historians

Historian Craig Shirley had already written four books on Ronald Reagan when "Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan" was published two weeks ago -- an unprecedented look at the 40th president's years after he left the White House. Published October 25, 2015

Author John Dodson's book is now its way to the big screen, destined to become movie produced by Lionsgate.

'Fast and Furious' gun scandal to become major Hollywood movie

Lionsgate - the major studio behind such blockbusters as "The Hunger Games" and "The Hurt Locker" - has picked up the film rights for John Dodson's book which first revealed the existance of the "Fast and Furious" gun walking program. Published October 23, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Vladimir Putin gets a 90 percent approval rating: Report

Consider that Russian President Vladimir Putin now enjoys a 90 percent approval rating, this according to the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, which deems the number to be a "historical high," and credits "Russian air strikes on terrorist positions" as the primary driver. Meanwhile, President Obama's rating currently lingers around 45 percent, prompting his critics to recommend he no longer "lead from behind" on the world stage. Published October 22, 2015

Ed Klein on Hillary: 'She is like Houdini'

The endless campaign trail, the Benghazi hearings -- they will challenge Hillary Clinton even if the news media continues to provide the Democratic presidential front-runner with flattering and often protective coverage, says Ed Klein, a veteran journalist and author of "Unlikeable: The Problem With Hillary." He says the press often shields Mrs. Clinton, cobbling together a sympathetic image for the candidate even when public opinion polls suggest voters aren't buying the narrative. The role of determined "survivor" could also come into play now that Vice President Joe Biden has opted out of a White House run. Published October 21, 2015

The majority of Americans say the nation would be safer if more people carried concealed weapons, following training and a background check. (Washington Times/Andrew Harnik)

Gallup: 56% of Americans say if more people carried concealed weapons the nation would be safer

Here's a news bulletin that might not appeal to Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire and former New York mayor who has spent $50 million in the last year on public advocacy calling for stricter gun control laws. "A majority of Americans, 56 percent, believe that if more Americans carried concealed weapons after passing a criminal background check and training course, the country would be safer," reports Frank Newport, director of the Gallup Poll. Published October 20, 2015

Jim Webb, pictured as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, may consider a third-party presidential run. (Jim Webb 2016)

Jim Webb jettisons Democratic party, surveys the 2016 battlefield

Make that former Democratic presidential hopeful: Jim Webb announced Tuesday at a press conference at the National Press Club that he was done with the Democrats. He formally withdrew himself as a candidate but did not announce any intent to run as an independent. Yet. Published October 19, 2015

A Forbes magazine analyst says Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are now worth $230 million, including $5 million in speaking fees, through May 14. The analyst said their fortune doesn't include equity gains. (Associated Press)

Chunk of change: Bill and Hillary Clinton now worth $230 million

Someone finally did all the math to discover that Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are now worth an estimated $230 million. Forbes magazine analyst Dan Alexander assessed the couple's sources of income in the last 14 years; it was the former president, he says, who brought in 80 percent of it as public speaker, author and consultant. Published October 18, 2015