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In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel program "The O'Reilly Factor," poses for photos in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Bill O'Reilly's kindhearted army raises $625,000 and counting for spectacular Talladega band

Many Fox News viewers were concerned following a recent appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor" by Billy Hawkins, president of Talladega College, a historically black campus in Alabama. Mr. Hawkins let it be known to prime-time host Bill O'Reilly that the college's famed Marching Tornadoes band had garnered "mean-spirited" criticism and "nasty emails" following their efforts to raise $75,000 to appear in President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural parade. Published January 17, 2017

Now up for auction: Trump boyhood home a potential historic landmark

Tuesday is a big day in Queens, New York. That's when President-elect Donald Trump's boyhood home in his old Jamaica Estate neighborhood will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, and likely for a pretty high price as well. The house itself is proof, of sorts, that Mr. Trump had modest beginnings: It is an attractive, tidy, five-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot Tudor-style home on a 40-foot-by-120-foot lot. But it just may fetch $1.5 million to $2 million, say some real estate analysts. And why is that? Published January 16, 2017

One writer has criticized the fact that much coverage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often omits the late reverend's religious convictions. (Associated Press)

'Secularization' of Martin Luther King Jr: Media omits the source of his inspiration

As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day, one longtime political observer has an issue with the media coverage. There is a "deafening silence about the one element of King's life without which none of his efforts would have been possible: his devotion to his faith and his God -- his devotion to Jesus Christ," writes Lee Habeeb, vice president of content for the Salem Radio Network, in a lengthy essay for, the news site founded two years ago by Laura Ingraham. Published January 15, 2017

Megyn Kelly's fans may not follow her from Fox News to NBC, a new poll finds, adding that ardent Republicans may simple turn away. (Associated Press)

GOP fans won't follow Megyn Kelly to NBC

Megyn Kelly's sudden decision to leave Fox News to host three shows on another network is a complicated one, drawing mixed reviews from marketing and media gurus. Her most ardent Republican fans, meanwhile, may simply turn away. Published January 11, 2017

President Obama will address a hometown Chicago crowd Tuesday in commemoration of the final days of his eight years in the White House. (Associated Press)

Tickets for free Obama farewell address reselling for $5,000 on eBay, Craigslist

It is a farewell address to be reckoned with. President Obama steps before a huge audience in Chicago on Tuesday night to deliver a formal goodbye to the nation, delivered in 360-degree video and broadcast live in prime time by all major networks. Tickets to the free event are reportedly being resold for $5,000 each on Craigslist and eBay, prompting consumer warnings from the local Better Business Bureau. Published January 9, 2017

1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment of Fort Hood, Texas will be among the 8,000 participants in President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural parade on Jan. 20. (U.S. Army)

Donald Trump musters a heartland army for his inauguration

A joke has backfired on the news media: Gleeful journalists who cackled over the celebrity boycott of the presidential inauguration must now face a new phenomenon. President-elect Donald Trump and his staff are winning praise for their "refreshing" ideas as they return inaugural culture to its more traditional, less complicated origins. Published January 8, 2017

Work continues on the stand for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Trump will be sworn in at noon on Jan. 20, 2017 as America's 45th president. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Donald Trump wins applause for his 'refreshing' celebrity-free inauguration

It is ironic that President-elect Donald Trump, a genuine celebrity in his own right, is shunned by many famous folk who refuse to be civil as inauguration day approaches? Who cares? So asks Roger L. Simon, founder of PJ Media and an award-winning Hollywood screenplay writer, who thinks the lack of celebrities is a "great thing." Published January 7, 2017

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton, mayor of New York?

Even after the turmoil of the 2016 presidential bout, political hubbub continues. Consider that Hillary Clinton is now considering a run for New York City mayor in an election that will take place in just nine months. No, really. Published January 5, 2017

President Barack Obama leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, about his signature health care law with members of Congress. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Protective press refuses to call President Obama a 'lame duck'

Let's make a quick trip to Nov. 5, 2008, the day after the presidential election that year. Here's what America heard about President George W. Bush from CBS Evening News correspondent Chip Reid: "He is now not only deeply unpopular, he's a full-fledged lame duck." Published January 4, 2017

Faith factor: The new Congress is 91 percent Christian

"The share of U.S. adults who describe themselves as Christians has been declining for decades, but the U.S. Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s. Among members of the new 115th Congress, 91 percent describe themselves as Christians," reports the Pew Research Center in an analysis that compares today's lawmakers to 1961-62, when 95 percent of the House and the Senate were Christian. Published January 3, 2017

President Obama stages his farewell address on Jan. 10 in Chicago at McCormick Place, the nation's biggest convention center. (White house)

Obama 'Farewell Address' is anything but goodbye

There's a bodacious presidential event in the making, and it's not the inauguration. President Obama is planning a major farewell address which does not appear to be a farewell at all. It portends to be a dramatic foreshadowing of his future plans, and it is bound to be a doozy, staged at Chicago's McCormick Place -- the biggest convention center in the entire nation. Published January 2, 2017

The first official oil portrait of President-elect Donald Trump  was unveiled Wednesday. (Image courtesy of C-SPAN and Chas Fagan)

First presidential oil portrait of Donald Trump unveiled by C-SPAN

It has golden undertones, and there's a definite twinkle in the blue eyes. The very first formal oil portrait of President-elect Donald Trump was made public Wednesday by C-SPAN -- "the first portrait created since he was elected," the public affairs channel noted. Published December 28, 2016