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Jody Hice and Grover Norquist push for Nancy Reagan Memorial Park at Reagan Airport

In the typical whirlwind of legislation comes H.R. 5457, a nice breeze of a bill was introduced this week by Rep. Jody Hice. The Georgia Republican simply proposes that Gravelly Point Park -- located on the Potomac River at the foot of the main runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport -- be renamed Nancy Reagan Memorial Park. Published June 16, 2016

Long before technology, and the way it was: The New York Times newsroom in 1942. (Library of Congress)

State of the media: Tech companies dominate journalism to the 'very core'

Every year, the Pew Research Center issues a massive "State of the Media" report which plumbs the troubled depths of journalism, from content to audience to revenue. A new one just arrived, providing more evidence that the press has been in an identity crisis ever since the internet, technology and the 2008 recession transformed the business and challenged old ways. Published June 15, 2016

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the dust of Manhattan on the morning of 9/11 attacks. He has decried President Obama's apparent inability to say the words "Islamic terrorism." (ABC News)

Giuliani on Obama: 'Completely inane inability to say Islamic extremist terrorism'

As mayor of New York City during the 9/11 attacks, Rudy Giuliani saw someone leap to their death from one of the burning twin towers. He attended the funerals of 200 first responders. Mr. Giuliani, who also served as associate attorney general in the Reagan administration, has weighed in on President Obama's reluctance to characterize the origins of the Orlando nightclub attack. Published June 14, 2016

Exterior of the U.S. Capitol (image from Architect of the Capitol) ** FILE **

Congress inspires 'little or no confidence' in Americans: Gallup poll

A new Gallup poll reveals that the overall average of Americans expressing "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in 14 national institutions is below 33 percent for the third straight year. When particulars are considered, it gets worse. At the bottom of the heap are lawmakers: Only 9 percent of the public has confidence in Congress. Published June 14, 2016

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and rival Hillary Clinton both condemned the Orlando terror attack Sunday. (Associated Press)

Crisis mode: Trump and Clinton adapt to terror

The nation is jittery, and the news media is in overdrive following the Orlando nightclub attack. Both press and public have a keen eye on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the aftermath of the mass shooting, however. Published June 12, 2016

This March 15, 2013, file photo shows Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Mitt Romney stages his own summit

Now underway: Mitt Romney's fourth annual "E2 Summit" at a splendid resort in Park City, Utah. (The "E2" stands for "experts and enthusiasts," by the way.) Some 300 Republican heavyweights have gathered for the weekend for some heavy discussions and much soul-searching about the direction of the Grand Old Party. They are also parsing the possibilities of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and Mr. Romney himself, who still looks mighty presidential these days. The press is already poised to pounce. Published June 9, 2016

An insistent new graphic from an energized Republican Party tells all. (RNC)

GOP: Newly united and ready to rumble

The Republicans have passed judgment: Things are pretty tense inside the Democratic Party as the heavyweights figure out how to spin the nomination tussle between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders, who is not quite ready to conveniently exit, stage left, from the 2016 presidential race. Published June 8, 2016

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, had high favorability numbers throughout his time in office. (White house)

Old polls never lie: Trump and Clinton could learn from Eisenhower

Many political campaigns have turned into data-driven enterprises that often compromise the cachet of the candidate, lost among shifting increments of poll numbers and micro-targeting. Should voter favorability prove elusive, strategists might consider a return to 1954 for practical insight. Published June 7, 2016

Undecided voters continue to make things interesting in the 2016 presidential election. (Associated Press)

Undecided voters keep Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in miserable limbo

'Right now Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are going nowhere," says Fran Coombs, managing editor of the Rasmussen Reports Poll, which finds that both candidates have been mired in miserable limbo, each garnering an unchanging 40 percent of voter support for weeks. Published June 6, 2016

Gustave Courbet's "Landscape Around Ornans," a historic 19th century painting looted by Nazis during World War Ii, was recovered by the Commission for Art Recovery in Poland four years ago.

Senate to hear testimony about lost art stolen by Nazis during World War II

Actor Helen Mirren and former U.S. Ambassador to Austria and philanthropist Ron Lauder appear Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on a visceral issue that has troubled many for seven decades: the repatriation of art stolen by the Nazis before and during World War II. Published June 6, 2016