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Jennifer Harper

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New input: In upcoming GOP presidential debates, CNN has partnered with Salem Media, the nation's largest Christian and conservative news organization. (cnn)

Conservative, Christian media gets presidential showcase

In a hybrid partnership with CNN, three of the dozen sanctioned GOP debates also will be aired by the Salem Media Group, the nation's largest provider of Christian and family-themed content with conservative values. Published February 25, 2015

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be among the speakers as the annual spectacle that is Conservative Action Political Conference kicks off with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance at 8 a.m. Thursday. (Associated Press)

CPAC: 72 hours of speeches, spectacle - and serious politics

Jumbotrons, spotlights, patriotic colors, soaring music, American flags and a cast of some 200 celebrated speakers who stride across the broad stage every 20 minutes. And so it begins: the 72 hours of conservative togetherness that is CPAC — the Conservative Action Political Conference — awakens with a prayer, a presentation of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance at 8 a.m. sharp Thursday. Published February 25, 2015

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Poll: 62 percent of Republican voters don't believe President Obama 'loves' America

Analysts, critics and pundits continue to wonder if President Obama "loves" America, a question recently suggested by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Here comes the poll, this a Rasmussen Reports survey of 800 voters released Tuesday. Fifty one percent of the respondents disagree with the idea. But there are those who don't. "Voters overwhelmingly say they love this country, but one-out-of-three doesn't believe President Obama feels that way," the poll states. Published February 24, 2015

New input: In upcoming GOP presidential debates, CNN has partnered with Salem Media, the nation's largest Christian and conservative news organization. (cnn)

Conservative, Christian media gets a presidential showcase: Salem joins the GOP debates

The Republican presidential primary debates are getting significant new input from the conservative realm. In a hybrid partnership with CNN, three of the dozen sanctioned GOP debates also will be aired by the Salem Media Group, the nation's largest provider of Christian and family-themed content with conservative values. Published February 24, 2015

An Oscar statue is seen as preparations are made for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 22. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Academy Awards audience down 16 percent - the lowest ratings in six years

Viewer turnout was tepid for the 87th Academy Awards despite the fact that host Neil Patrick Harris sang, joked and shed his clothes as a surprise side show. The early ratings, in fact, were the lowest in six years. Nielsen reports that 36.6 million viewers tuned in to see the big doings. Last year, 43.7 million did the same - this is a substantial 16 percent drop. Published February 23, 2015

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Washington. Paul is sprinting into the 2016 presidential primary season even with big challenges looming.The libertarian-minded Republican senator from Kentucky is set to visit several Western states this month before reintroducing himself to voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina as operatives try to strengthen his national political network. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The libertarian mind commands some notice - and a 'manifesto for freedom'

A big chunk of American voters now say they are "independents," according to a recent Gallup poll — 43 percent, in fact, with Democratic and Republican leaners trailing along behind. Just in time for those independents, and people curious about third-party candidates, here comes "The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom," to be introduced at the Cato Institute on Tuesday in the nation's capital. Published February 23, 2015

The big snow storm from space: The NASA satellite Terra has snapped the picture of the Eastern U.S. from 200 miles up - and in the words of the space agency, it "looks like a deep freeze." (NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team)

The snowstorm that killed 22, as seen from space: NASA photo of the East Coast - 200 miles up

The Siberian Express, the Arctic blast, the polar vortex, Winter Storm Pandora -- even weathermen are running out of descriptions for the winter weather now gripping a big chunk of the U.S. And now we know how big and relentless it is, courtesy of a NASA satellite photo released Saturday, from a satellite 200 miles above Earth. The space agency's official words: "Looks like the states have been sitting in a freezer." The weather is now blamed for the deaths of 22 people in several states. Published February 21, 2015

"Little Boy" - an inspirational film set in the World War II era - is set for nationwide release on April 25.

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's new inspirational film 'Little Boy' gets big buzz

Arriving at the nation's theaters in April, the upcoming inspirational film "Little Boy" has accrued some famous fans. Set in World War II, home-front America, the movie follows the saga of a diminutive 7-year old boy and his quest to see his father home safely from the front lines. "It takes courage to believe," the lad is told at one dramatic point. Published February 21, 2015

One columnist asks the pivotal question about a public figure with much history: Is Hillary Clinton too boring to be president? (Associated Press)

One man asks: Is Hillary Clinton too boring to be president?

Should she choose to run for president in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton could emerge assertive and possibly combative — but it's tricky. Noisy interludes can have unpredictable results with public figures; Americans are still mulling Mrs. Clinton's "What difference does it make?" moment during her testimony about Benghazi. But there are those who say it makes no difference. Published February 19, 2015

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts speaks to a group of supporters at a rally in support of Kentucky democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. Warren has been canvassing the country following a failed vote in the U.S. Senate that would have allowed some people to refinance their student loan debt to take advantage of lower interest rates.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Elizabeth Warren named 'Porker of the Year' by taxpayer watchdog

It may not play well in Peoria or anywhere else should she enter the White House race. Populist favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been named the 2014 Porker of the Year by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a frugal-minded watchdog group that monitors lawmakers, offices and agencies. The Massachusetts Democrat won the title over six other nominees in a public poll, with 34 percent of the vote. Published February 19, 2015

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton heads to New Hampshire for a meeting with Scott Brown and a breakfast hour appearance at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Friday. (Associated Press)

Hey, is the Democratic 'autopsy' done yet?

Heard of the Pelosi Cocktail? You have to order the drink to find out what's in it, of course — and that thought makes a perfect lead-in to this burning question. Will the much ballyhooed "autopsy" of what went wrong for the Democratic Party during the 2014 midterms be released when Democrats gather for their winter meeting on Thursday? That was the plan. Published February 18, 2015

A new Dr. Seuss book is due in July - based on long lost manuscript and artwork. (Random House)

Green eggs and what? New Dr. Seuss book to be published from long lost manuscript and artwork

It's been a quarter century since the last Dr. Seuss book was published. But his widow and a former secretary revealed Wednesday that they made a startling discovery: The pair found a box filled with an original manuscript plus artwork by the beloved children's author in the old office space of his California home. And voila. A new book titled "What Pet Should I Get?" will be published by Random House Children's Books, to be released July 28. Published February 18, 2015

Long on a meat-minded mission, Omaha Steaks will now deliver collections of chef-quality fresh vegetables along with those famous ribeyes and sirloins. (Omaha Steaks)

First time in 98 years: Move over ribeye, Omaha Steaks to offer 'chef grade artisanal' vegetables

Move over filet mignon, porterhouse and ribeye. Make way for the beets, leeks, pea tendrils, baby carrots, microgreens and even edible flowers. Omaha Steaks, long the mail-order domain of American meat lovers, will now carry five different designer collections of veggies for the home cook, with prices beginning at $99 for 10 pounds, delivered "straight from the soil to the door." Published February 17, 2015

Scott Walker has inherited the "Romney vote," says one pollster. (Associated Press)

No diploma, no problem: Scott Walker inherits the 'Romney vote' says new Iowa poll

The catcalling press continues to trail after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, hoping to make an issue over his lack of a college diploma, among other things. But no matter. Mr. Walker's grass-roots appeal and business acumen have made him the victor in a new poll of Iowa voters who rank him top dog among 2016 GOP contenders. Published February 17, 2015

File - This undated file photo shows the statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Gov. Dennis Daugaard will talk about how South Dakota tourism, a huge industry for the state, performed in 2014 on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. He'll also unveil the state's new campaign to attract visitors to South Dakota. (AP Photo/File)

Americans say leave Mount Rushmore 'as is' - but 21% of Dems would add Obama

Leave Mount Rushmore as is, say most Americans. They are content with the monumental likenesses of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt - carved on a mountain in South Dakota. But 21 percent of Democrats - one in five- would like to see President Obama join those presidents some day. Meanwhile, 16 percent of Republicans say Ronald Reagan should be the next portrait to be added. So says a new poll from Rasmussen Reports released Monday. Published February 16, 2015

NASA is looking for practical creativity, such as the design of this intricately stitched astronaut glove that offers a broad range of motion for space missions. (Final Frontier Design)

NASA taps Brooklyn artist to create cost-efficient spacesuit for civilian travel

NASA has always attracted visionary thinkers with a practical knack. The tradition continues: The space agency has tapped the skills of Ted Southern, a Brooklyn artist with a can-do attitude and some commercial mojo — perfect for a space race that has become sharply competitive in a global marketplace. Published February 15, 2015