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Jennifer Harper

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The Cruz conservative strategy worked

A bodacious announcement, monumental follow-up speeches and relentless campaigning appear to have paid off for Sen. Ted Cruz. He's got "big momentum," according to Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, which gauged the outcome of the Texas Republican's news announcement last week that he would run for president. Published April 1, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, left, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, center, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, second right, and German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier wait for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program with other officials from France, China, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

62 percent of conservative Republicans disapprove of nuclear talks with Iran: Poll

As the deadline for nuclear talks with Iran looms, 49 percent of Americans approve of the U.S. negotiating directly with Iran over its nuclear program, 40 percent disapprove says a Pew Research Center poll. "There are deep ideological divisions," the poll says, reporting that 72 percent of liberal Democrats approve of the negotiations, while 62 percent of conservative Republicans disapprove of them. Published March 31, 2015

The New York Times has debuted a new form of storytelling: The one-sentence stories custom-crafted for the Apple Watch.

New York Times debuts 'one-sentence stories'

Those who fret that the news media has become fragmented and frantic should brace for this: "The New York Times has developed a new form of storytelling to help readers catch up in seconds on Apple Watch. One-sentence stories, crafted specially for small screens, will provide the news at a glance across many Times sections, including Business, Politics, Science, Tech and The Arts," the news organization announced with hip brevity on Tuesday. Published March 31, 2015

Terri Schiavo, Jeb Bush 10 years later - and the implications for 2016

Tuesday marks a decade since the death of Terri Schiavo, who became a global symbol for pro-life and disability rights for those who followed her family's 15-year struggle to keep her alive following a brain injury. She was 41 when she succumbed to dehydration after a feeding tube was removed following a court order, much media coverage and a public battle between her parents and her husband, who served as guardian. Schiavo has not been forgotten. Her life will be celebrated at a national memorial Mass in Philadelphia on Tuesday, followed by an evening awards event to raise support for the medically vulnerable. Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate the public Mass, the event will be hosted by independent media maven Glenn Beck. Published March 30, 2015

FILE - This Jan. 16, 2014 file photo shows outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington. Bernanke has an agreement with W.W. Norton & Company for a book that will cover his years at the Fed and his response to the economic crisis of 2008. Norton announced Tuesday, May 6, that the book, currently untitled, is scheduled for 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Former Fed chair Ben Bernanke tweets, and now writes a blog 'when the spirit moves me'

"When I was at the Federal Reserve, I occasionally observed that monetary policy is 98 percent talk and only two percent action," observes Ben Bernanke, who served as chairman of the Federal Reserve from 2006 to 2014. The economist may encounter a different landscape now that he's agreed to write a blog for the Brookings Institution, where he is a fellow. Published March 30, 2015

Could ties predict a victor? A blue silk tie belonging to Jeb Bush (fourth from left) fetched the most at a GOP fundraising auction. (Grafton County Republican Committee)

B to D-plus: The Obama grade drops over Iran and Bergdahl matters

Time for transparency, perhaps? Veteran pollster John Zogby advises President Obama to "get out in front of critics" and explain why the U.S. has, as many critics put it, "caved" on the Iran negotiations, backing off on close scrutiny of the nation's developing nuclear infrastructure. Then there are the complexities of Bowe Bergdahl, and his transition from a released prisoner to a soldier charged with desertion. There are some positive aspects to Mr. Obama's current status, though. Mr. Zogby, who grades the president every week, says that Medicare expansion in some states plus stable favorability rating are good news for the White House. Published March 29, 2015

Conservative columnist, author and broadcaster Armstrong Williams

The Right Side Forum: What's next with conservative host Armstrong Williams

"The Right Side Forum," an hour-long conservative live news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will ask this question on its next broadcast: "Ayatollah Khomeini declaration: Death to America". His guests are attorney Alan Dershowitz and national security expert Frank Gaffney. Published March 27, 2015

(Associated Press Photo)

'Termite menace': Hybrid swarm of destructive species set to invade Florida

It's not hurricanes and high water that is threatening Florida. It's termites. Two of the most destructive species of the termite kingdom are now swarming simultaneously in South Florida - and scientists are worried. The Asian and Formosan subterranean termite clans are about to meet, mate and produce an unprecedented number of feisty hybrid offspring - hundreds of thousands of alates, or winged males and females. Published March 27, 2015

The salaries of world leaders don't exactly measure up to the likely worth of the world's many billionaires. (associated press)

A list: World leaders with the highest salaries on a planet that is home to 18 million millionaires

There are currently 2,089 billionaires and 16 million millionaires in the world, according to several excruciating studies by the China-based Hurun Report, the Global Wealth Report and Forbes — with several analysts already predicting that the first trillionaire is in the making. Money does not always equal power, however. Compared with the planet's high-rollers, world leaders are not necessarily cruising in the financial fast lane. Using a variety of data sources ranging from Business Inside to China Daily, Forbes contributor Niall McCarthy now reveals the world leaders with the highest salaries. Published March 26, 2015

**FILE** A polar bear patrols the ice in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. His 2004 observation of polar bears likely drowning in conjunction with global warming has come back to haunt federal wildlife biologist Charles Monnett. (Associated Press)

Alarmism cools: Only 32 percent of Americans still worry about global warming, Gallup says

Less than a third of Americans are now concerned about global warming and climate change: 32 percent fret about those environmental factors says the annual Gallup Environmental survey, released Wednesday. Naturally, there's a partisan divide: 13 percent of Republicans are concerned about global warming and climate problems, compared to 52 percent of Democrats. Published March 25, 2015

President Obama ready to tee off during a vacation round of golf; he heads to Florida this weekend for the same reason. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Here comes Florida: The president takes another golf weekend

Just a brief bulletin, then we'll move right along. Time to fire up Air Force, because President Obama is off to the Treasure Coast of Florida this weekend, specifically Palm City. The local press is attentive, reporting that Mr. Obama will play a few rounds at the Floridian National Golf Club. Yeah, well. Rather than prattle on about the cost of operating Air Force One ($206,000 an hour), here's the description of the course, just for the heck of it. Published March 25, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks up at the Politics and Eggs breakfast in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Associated Press)

The authentic John Kasich: 'I'm an unorthodox politician because I'm normal'

"I'm John Kasich. I'm an unorthodox politician because I'm normal. I'm a normal guy that has big job. I don't think of myself as anything particularly special. I'm a happy person. I like myself. I'm comfortable with myself. And I'm pretty normal in an abnormal profession." Published March 24, 2015

Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, will have a spirited discussion with Federation for American Immigration president Dan Stein later this week. The topic: immigration. (Associated Press)

Let the games begin: Grover Norquist, Dan Stein headline 'unprecedented' immigration forum

A heads-up for those who fret about the border wars: A pair of heavyweights will duke out the finer points of immigration. Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, and Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, encounter one another on Thursday, each bolstered with distinct ideas and much mettle. Published March 23, 2015