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Jennifer Harper

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Two Perseid meteors, center and lower left, streak across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower during 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Perseid meteor shower puts on a major show tonight -- 'best in years'

Yeah, why not pay attention to some flashy meteors while the White House hopefuls duke it out? NASA and assorted "Perseid pundits" report that thanks to a new moon, this week's Perseid meteor shower is expected to be one of the best in years. NASA Television will be there, offering a live broadcast, hosted by some true meteor hotshots from the Meteoroid Environment Office, the American Meteor Society and other learned spots. The four-hour broadcast begins at 10 p.m. EDT on Wednesday Published August 12, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina waves to the crowd after speaking at the RedState Gathering, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Carly Fiorina now on the A-List says Rasmussen Reports poll: 'Carly's up, Trump is down'

"The post-debate picture has a new contender in the top 10 of Republican presidential contenders, while the leader of the pack has taken a fall," says a new Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday. It reveals finds that Carly Fiorina - "stuck in the bottom tier of debaters last Thursday" - now garners support from 9 percent of support among Likely Republican primary voters, which puts her on par with Sen. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker. Published August 12, 2015

Trump takes on all three Bushes -- and heads to Michigan for a major speech

Where's presidential hopeful Donald Trump in the chaotic postdebate world? Why, giving a major speech, of course. After appearing on both Fox News and CNN on Tuesday, Mr. Trump is bound for the Michigan heartland and the Saginaw Republican Party Lincoln Day gathering for 2,000. Published August 10, 2015

Office workers in a typical setting. (AP Photo/Alex Cossio, File)

73 percent of U.S. employers oppose issuing more H-1B visas for foreign workers

Should the federal government raise the cap on H-1B visas and allow more foreign workers to be temporarily employed in the U.S.? Almost three fourths of employers disagree with the idea for multiple reasons says a new poll of human resources managers. Over a quarter say yes, however Published August 10, 2015

Talk radio host Michael Savage is among those pondering the Republican debate and all its implications. (AP Photo)

Conspiracy theories and outrage: Trump-mania continues

"Hey, Donald -- Have you attacked Hillary yet? Or are you a shill for the Clintons?" asked Instapundit columnist Glenn Reynolds in a tweet Sunday afternoon after Donald Trump declared in his own Twitter missive that a 10-minute speech by Carly Fiorina could give him a "massive headache." Published August 9, 2015

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Rowdy Republican debate draws record-breaking 24 million viewers to Fox News -- and melodrama

Was the first GOP debate about the candidates, or about Fox News, which presented the event on Thursday night? It could be about the network. The two-hour political program pulled in 24 million viewers according to initial Nielsen ratings numbers -- breaking the all-time record for a non-sports cable event. In the 48 hours since then, the debate took on a life of its own following remarks by Donald Trump on a rival network. Published August 7, 2015

Cup from the Democratic National Committee's official debate watching party pack.

GOP debate prompts Democratic Party to stage 38 official 'watch parties' in 17 states

The first Republican debate has expanded into eight hours of live coverage on Fox News. It is a prime time phenomenon. But it has also prompted the Democratic Party to organize 38 official watch parties in 17 states, to be staged in local bars, private homes and regional Democratic headquarters. Whether they are curious, critical or nervous remains to be seen. But they do have a prescribed agenda. Published August 6, 2015

John R. Bolton tells Inside the Beltway he has some advice for the GOP hopefuls (Associated Press)

John R. Bolton's strategic debate advice

Straightforward and prudent advice for the Republican hopefuls from former United Nations Ambassador John R. Bolton as they troop in to officially debate one another on Thursday night, under the scrutiny of fault-finding Democrats and a curious nation. Intense, yes, but Mr. Bolton hopes to see the Republican candidates all "agreeable" on five points when things get rolling on Thursday evening. Published August 5, 2015

Eleanor Roosevelt, shown in this undated photo. (AP Photo)

Eleanor Roosevelt wins top billing for the new $10 bill - but 11 percent can't name anyone: Poll

It's Eleanor for the 10-spot: The nation has spoken, at least in one survey. A McClatchy-Marist poll released Wednesday reveals that 27 percent of Americans favor Eleanor Roosevelt to be the portrait of choice when the U.S. Treasury Department unveils its redesigned ten dollar bill some five years in the future. The first lady was also favored by 34 percent of Democrats, 28 percent of Republicans and 26 percent of independents. Published August 5, 2015

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The big show: Fox News debate has 8 hours of live coverage, 10 anchors in three cities

Consider it wall-to-wall: Fox News offers eight hours of live coverage for the opening Republican debate beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, and ending at 1 a.m., in the wee hours of the morning. Ten major news anchors and primetime hosts are involved, reporting from the debate site in Cleveland, New York City and the nation's capital. Published August 5, 2015

The GOP hopefuls in a convivial mood following their Monday night forum in New Hampshire. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Identity crisis: Warriors or polished politicians at the big Republican debate?

Ten Republican presidential hopefuls are now huddling with strategists, advisers, wardrobe consultants, vocal coaches, maiden aunts, Labrador Retrievers and anyone else who could give them an edge during the first official debate in a mere 24 hours, a prime-time broadcast on Fox News before a bodacious audience. Does this audience crave combat? Published August 4, 2015

A graphic from the House Homeland Security Committee's monthly "Terror Threat Snapshot"

Rep. Michael McCaul on monthly terror threat report: 'We can't stop what we can't see'

The House Homeland Security Committee released its monthly "Terror Threat Snapshot" on Tuesday revealing 14 violent plots and five outright attacks around the nation last months in such diverse spots as Key West, Florida and Burke, North Carolina. The committee deems the terror threat to be high, noting in their report, "There have been more U.S.-based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11." Published August 4, 2015

Republican hopeful Donald Trump has a moment with his fans during a stop in Iowa. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump's powerhouse constituency throws rivals off their game

"Republican support for Donald Trump just continues to grow with no clear sense of who his constituency really is. This makes it very difficult for his opponents to figure out how to take him on in the upcoming debate," says Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute which released yet another survey on Monday. Published August 3, 2015

The stage awaits for the New Hampshire presidential forum. (Image from Steven DiSalvo, Saint Anselm's College)

GOP hopefuls to take voter questions at NH forum: Immigration, economy the lead topics

"For the first time, 14 Republican presidential candidates will be taking questions from Granite Staters at the Voters First Forum being hosted at Saint Anselm College tonight," reports the New Hampshire Union Leader, which sorted through thousands of responses from readers after the newspaper issued a public call for suggested questions. The top two on their minds: Immigration and the economy. Published August 3, 2015