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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

American troops approach Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. (U.S. Army photo)

'Our sons, pride of our nation': Remembering a president's powerful D-Day prayer

Monday is 72nd anniversary of D-Day, marking the hours when 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy. The cost: 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded that day. Four U.S. soldiers earned the Medal of Honor. A solemn event marks that herculean effort at the National World War II Memorial on the Mall. World War II and D-Day veterans will place wreaths at the site's Atlantic Arch, as will European Union Ambassador to the United States David O'Sullivan and Josiah Bunting III, chairman of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial, the nonprofit that organized the event. Published June 5, 2016

A new poll gives Donald Trump better marks than Hillary Clinton on ability to handle the economy, jobs, terrorism and national security, taxes, the federal government, gun policy and Wall Street. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Economy, jobs, terrorism, taxes: Trump leads Clinton on all the important stuff

"If the race for president comes down to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Trump could benefit from an edge in public confidence on the issues Americans are prioritizing most this election," notes Lydia Saad, a Gallup analyst, where a new poll finds Mr. Trump better able to handle to handle the economy, jobs, terrorism and national security, taxes, the federal government, gun policy and Wall Street. Published June 2, 2016

Industrial hemp activists make their case at an "all hemp" luncheon staged in an elegant townhouse called Elizabeth's on L, just north of the White House.

Industrial cannabis activists showcase their cause with 'all hemp' luncheon

Press, the public and politicians pay attention to marijuana legalization. Now they can also take a peek at "industrial cannabis" - or hemp. The groups Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association have planned a unique outreach on Wednesday in the nation's capital for journalists and the legislatively minded. Published May 31, 2016

Donald Trump's various operations have so far raised millions of dollars for campaigns and organizations that support America's veterans. (Associated Press)

$5.6 million: Donald Trump sets the record straight on his fundraising for military vets

For months the press has offered catty speculations about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's efforts to raise money for military veterans and wounded warriors. Since January, multiple reports have questioned how much money had been raised, where the funds went and whether Mr. Trump donated personally or through the Donald J. Trump Foundation. Published May 30, 2016

A moment from the annual Memorial Day Parade. (American Veterans Center)

Memorial Day, according to Miss America

Not everything is alarming and annoying in a year rife with change and uncertainty. Witness a reassuring moment with Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, who is in the nation's capital Monday for Memorial Day -- specifically, the National Memorial Day Parade which this year honors the veterans of World War II, Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm, those who lost their lives in those conflicts, and first responders who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Published May 29, 2016

The last American combat flag used in the Vietnam War fetched $55,000 in a recent auction. (Alexander Historical Auctions)

Last American 'combat flag' used in Vietnam War fetches $55,000 at auction

The description for item No. 689 is simple enough: "The Last American Combat Flag Used in the Vietnam War." But the flag -- its colors and gold fringe still bright -- fetched $55,000 in an auction staged, ironically enough, just as President Obama was visiting Vietnam earlier this week. Published May 28, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western, Japan, Friday, May 27, 2016. Obama on Friday became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the world's first atomic bomb attack, bringing global attention both to survivors and to his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Poll finds 70 percent of Americans 'unapologetic' about Hiroshima bomb

A new YouGov survey conducted prior to President Obama's visit to Japan this week reveals that 70 percent of Americans are "unapologetic" about the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 -- or the second one that hit Nagasaki three days later. Twenty-two percent felt a formal presidential apology would be "appropriate." Published May 27, 2016

Cybersecurity guru John McAfee is one of 18 presidential hopefuls who will make their case at the Libertarian Party's convention this weekend. (McAfee '16)

Third party fever: Libertarians get presidential in Florida

The thought of a third-party option continues to intrigue many voters. Just in time, over 1,000 Libertarians are now gathered in Florida through Monday for their official presidential convention, complete with debate and a vote. The party is poised to pick a single presidential nominee out of 18 assorted hopefuls. Published May 26, 2016

Artie Muller, who served in the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division in the jungles of South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos at age 20, founded Rolling Thunder years later. (Washington Times photographs)

The route of honor: Rolling Thunder roars into D.C. for the 29th time

Listen. It's the collective roar of motorcycles on a mission, their faithful riders on the same route to the same cause: to draw public attention to the needs of military veterans, and the unanswered question surrounding prisoners of war and those still missing in action. Published May 26, 2016

Mobile health clinic for vets on display

When thousands of patriotic motorcyclists arrive in the nation's capital for the annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" over Memorial Day weekend, another wheeled vehicle will be in the mix. Published May 26, 2016

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton has crafted a response to the President Obama's visit to Hiroshima, in the form of a public-service ad produced through the Foundation for American Security and Freedom. (Associated Press)

John Bolton's steel-clad reply to Obama's Hiroshima visit

Former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton is watching President Obama's upcoming visit to Hiroshima at week's end with a keen eye. Mr. Obama is due to visit the Japanese city on Friday, the first president to do so since the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the site 70 years ago, by order of Harry Truman, a Democrat. Published May 25, 2016