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U.S. President Donald Trump, center, with first lady Melania Trump, left, speaks to media as he leaves following his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday Sept. 19, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The Trumptastic outcome of a Trumpian speech

President Trump will be on United Nations duty for the next 48 hours, meeting with leaders of the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Britain, Egypt, Ukraine, Turkey, Afghanistan, South Korea, Japan and multiple African nations. Published September 19, 2017

President Trump's relationship with the press has not changed much since this encounter then-candidate Trump had with reporters. (Associated Press)

Media to-do list: Nitpick, distort, exaggerate, omit, lie

"Since the left and complicit journalists in the mainstream media cannot defeat President Trump on the issues or legitimate grounds such as dishonesty, they have resorted to a superficial collection of tactics," points out Rachel Alexander, editor of the Intellectual Conservative and a Townhall columnist. Published September 18, 2017

Fans of President Trump gather at "The Mother of All Rallies" on the National Mall on Saturday. Their energy may shift the GOP's focus. (Associated Press)

'True Trump voters' and Berniecrats lead the nation toward a third party

Many voters wish for a viable third political party. Two appear to be emerging at once — driven by disgust with establishment Republicans and Democrats alike. In a poll released Sunday, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal have identified "true Trump voters" who voted for President Trump, not as a vote against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton but because they support him in no uncertain terms. Published September 17, 2017

Some continue to fret about a shadow presence in government. The Judicial Watch recently issued a 64-page report on the phenomenon. (Associated Press)

A new warning about the 'Deep State'

Let us recall "shadow government" and "Deep State" — two terms that riveted political observers and journalists earlier this year. Remember? Both terms — along with variants such as "shadow White House" and "shadow presidency" — were bandied about in the media with relish. Dramatic coverage suggested that former members of the Obama administration or entrenched federal employees were still in place, ready to wield power from within the bureaucracy. A potential hazard to the Trump administration lurked, amplified by "fake" news, skewed polls and negative press narratives. Published September 13, 2017

According to a new survey from Gallup, two-thirds of the American public says that their living circumstances are getting better. (Associated Press)

Forget media tales of woe: Standard of living soars to 'best of decade,' says new Gallup poll

"Americans' ratings of their standard of living are on pace to be the best in Gallup's 10-year tracking history," writes Jim Norman, a Gallup analyst who reveals that two-thirds of the public now says their living circumstances are getting better, 80 percent of the nation say they are "satisfied" with their current standard of living, and the pollster's complex but revealing "well-being index" now stands at 54, a record high. Published September 12, 2017

The national debt continues to accumulate, and now tops $20 trillion. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Nostalgia: national debt was $9 trillion in 2007

There once was a bumper sticker which read "Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion." For the curious, a quadrillion comes after a trillion, and it has 15 zeroes after it — a useful thing when charting the expansion of the national debt, which has reached $20 trillion according to meticulous Terence P. Jeffrey, editor-in chief of, who spotted the phenomenon on Friday at the Treasury Department's website. Published September 11, 2017

President Trump will hold a solemn moment of silence at the White House with first lady Melania Trump to mark the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 people. (Associated Press)

Trump's powerful proclamation for 9/11

Lest we forget, Monday is the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, which killed 2,977 people. President Trump has not forgotten, either in his official role or as a citizen. Published September 10, 2017

President Trump meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office on Wednesday. They discussed DACA. (Associated Press)

'Chuck and Nancy' take over the media radar

Behold, it's "Chuck and Nancy," a simple phrase which became an instant political barometer the moment it was uttered. Indeed, President Trump referred to Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as "Chuck and Nancy" to reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, primarily for their potential role in the future of DACA. Published September 6, 2017

A new study from the Rand Corp. reveals that starting school after 8:30 a.m. would save the U.S. billions of dollars over the next decade. (RAND Corporation)

A later start to the school day would save billions says new study

It is a morning ritual across much of America. Parents struggle in the gray of dawn to get kids off to school, fatigued students doze at their desks and teachers ponder a weary class as that first bell rings. Should early-bird start times be scuttled at the nation's schools? Published September 4, 2017