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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Actor Jon Voight is a member of the low key Friends of Abe, a Hollywood conservative group that plays host to Donald Trump this weekend. (Showtime)

Republicans in Hollywood: 'Some of us have a bigger microphone'

Donald Trump made multiple media appearances this week. But they are overshadowed by the appearance he made Friday before Friends of Abe, a fellowship of Hollywood conservatives founded almost a decade ago by actors Kelsey Grammer and Gary Sinise. Published July 9, 2015

In response to a voter's question at a New Hampshire forum, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush reiterated that "I honestly think we need to provide a path to legalized status, not citizenship, for illegal immigrants." Analysts say it is hard to pin down Mr. Bush on the immigration issue. (Associated Press)

Confident Republicans more satisfied with presidential field than Democrats

Republican voters appear to be more optimistic about 2016 than Democrats at this point. A whopping 71 percent of the GOPers report they are "satisfied" with the field of GOP candidates running for president - despite peevish critics who question the number of hopefuls who have thrown their hats into the ring. Only 57 percent of Democrats are satisfied with their respective line-up of candidates. Published July 9, 2015

Scott Walker

The Winnebago vote: Campaigning Scott Walker-style -- yes, in a Winnebago

Forget Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Scooby Bus. Gov. Scott Walker is about to show the competition how to campaign in authentic down-home style once he declares his intent to run for president. Once the Wisconsin Republican makes his announcement, he's got big doings planned -- and we do mean big. Published July 8, 2015

"The only way to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is through military force, which President Obama will not undertake," former State Department missile-counter John R. Bolton told Inside the Beltway Monday (Associated Press)

John Bolton: The 'only way' to stop Iran is through military force

There's no evidence that Iran will jettison its nuclear program, according to former State Department missile-counter John R. Bolton, who offers a stark reality check as negotiations between Iran and P5+1 -- the U.S. and five other nations -- drag on. "Iran fully intends to continue its nuclear weapons program and is solely interested in getting free of the economic sanctions. There is no evidence Tehran has made the strategic decision to give up its pursuit of deliverable nuclear warheads," Mr. Bolton tells Inside the Beltway. Published July 6, 2015

House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio administered the oath of office to newly elected members of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assumed control of both chambers for the first time in eight years. Mr. Boehner began his third term as speaker. (Associated Press)

Still annoyed: 91 percent of Americans now give Congress a negative job review

The nation appears united about about one thing: Americans remain critical of Congress, with an average nine-out-of-10 overall giving lawmakers are negative review. This includes Republicans, Democrats and independents, according to a new Harris Poll. This is the third month for rock-bottom reviews for Congress the pollster says - a finding often reflected in multiple surveys which reveal that the public is weary of partisan gridlock, a "do nothing" attitude among elected officials and continuing acrimony between the parties. Published July 6, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton peers over a podium while addressing an audience during a campaign stop at Trident Technical College, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

The big debut: Hillary Clinton gives her first national interview to CNN on Tuesday

Hillary Clinton did not choose Fox News for her very first national interview since she announced her White House bid three months ago. That honor goes to CNN, though the network draws a much smaller audience: Fox News typically draws 2.2 million during primetime, CNN 619,000 according to Neilsen. But no matter. Mrs. Clinton will veer off the Iowa campaign trail on Tuesday long enough to sit down with CNN's senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar; the exchange will air at 5 p.m. and again three hours later. Published July 6, 2015

Nancy Reagan turned 94 on Monday. (Photo courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation)

Cheerful on her birthday: Nancy Reagan at 94

Nancy Reagan turned 94 on Monday, complete with a birthday cake trimmed with pink posies, her face aglow with an expectant smile. Social media hummed with well wishes for the former first lady, and observations about her continuing place in history. Published July 6, 2015

Presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump has been busy on Twitter, tweeting out negative thoughts and opinions on his fellow GOP candidates, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (Invision/Associated Press)

Trump: 'They know I am right'

Presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump has been busy on Twitter, tweeting out negative thoughts and opinions on his fellow GOP candidates, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Published July 5, 2015

The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

50% of Republican and conservative voters believe states have right to ignore federal court rulings

Likely Americans voters are warming to the idea that individual states should have the right to turn their backs on the federal courts in the wake of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage. A third of likely U.S. voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials agree with them according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday. Among GOP voters and conservatives, the number is much higher. Published July 3, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks about a deal to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks at a news conference in Madison, Wis., on June 4, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Late start could mean rough finish for GOP presidential hopefuls

Republican voters are still waiting for Gov. Scott Walker and John Kasich to formally launch the presidential campaigns later this month. Barring any surprises, the pair will be last up with their big announcements -- which is not especially prudent. Published July 2, 2015

Citizens and legislators rebel against American flag desecration while Americans themselves continue to be patriotic. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A patriotic flap: American Legion, lawmakers step up to protect Old Glory from desecration

It's quite an ironic flap: Disarm NYPD, a New York-based anarchist group that burned an American flag in a Brooklyn park earlier this week, ultimately needed the protection of the New York Police Department themselves. When the anarchists lit Old Glory on fire in a portable barbecue, a group of bikers, military veterans and assorted opponents descended to stop the process. Published July 2, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and presidential candidate, holds the record for the most frugal lawmaker. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul, the most frugal lawmaker of them all

As White House hopefuls strike their presidential poses, the meticulous National Taxpayers Union Foundation continues to pore over their voting records, which brings us to Sen. Rand Paul, the latest subject of the organization's research. No spender is he. During his first two terms in Congress, the Kentucky lawmaker actually proposed savings agendas that would cut $483.8 billion per year, on average, from the federal budget. Published July 1, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton steps onstage to address an audience at Trident Technical College during a campaign stop Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hillary's July Fourth fundraising blitz -- all 26 of them

So the nation's birthday is coming up. What better time than to raise a cool million or two in the name of 2016? That appears to be the plan for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign this week, which features five major fundraisers in four states in the days leading up to July 4. Published June 30, 2015