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Jennifer Harper

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly is the subject of a cover story in the February issue of Vanity Fair. (Image from Vanity Fair)

The unconstitutionality index: 3,408 new federal regulations, 87 laws

The nation continues to be a playground for government overreach. Behold the telling numbers, courtesy of Clyde Wayne Crews, vice president for policy for the ever-vigilant Competitive Enterprise Institute. While lawmakers struggle with cranky gridlock, federal agencies are only too happy to issue regulations at alarming rates. Published January 4, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Steve King take a moment during a recent pheasant hunt in Iowa. (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz offers a voter incentive: A custom shotgun

Some presidential campaigns raffle off lunch with the candidate, or maybe an autographed book. Others have a more gutsy outreach. Republican hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz is offering a custom shotgun as a premium for one lucky fan — an interesting choice now that President Obama has proclaimed gun control as one of the pillars of his agenda before he leaves office. Published January 3, 2016

Image courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

Census Bureau says 'International migration" adds one person to the U.S. population every 29 seconds

America has grown by 2.5 million people in the last year. The U.S. Census Bureau has released their projection for the United States population and noted it hit 322,762,018 on New Years Day. This represents an increase of 2,472,745 people - or 0.77 percent, from exactly one year ago. "In 2016, the United States is expected to experience one birth every eight seconds and one death every 10 seconds. Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 29 seconds," the federal agency says. Published December 30, 2015

They say it's vandalism: San Francisco vexed at Justin Bieber for 'commercially sponsored graffiti'

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is demanding the full cooperation of Def Jam Records, the recording company behind singer Justin Bieber for some very public messages. Mr. Herrera is intent on finding and punishing the guerrilla graffiti artists who are spray painting stealth marketing phrases for Mr. Bieber's new album across public sidewalks. He has sent a stern letter to record company officials, advising them that the "commercially sponsored graffiti" is vandalism. Published December 29, 2015

Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has been named the most influential person in political news by (Associated Press)

Roger Ailes, Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh among top 'most influential' people in political news media

Fox News has been the top rated cable news channel for the last 14 years, besting the competition throughout the day and in primetime - and now dominating the rest of the cable world, according to Nielsen Media numbers. Among 120 top cable networks, Fox New is ranked second only to ESPN. There's a reason for all of this, and most analysts cite the influence of Roger Ailes, the canny and powerful chief of the network, which will celebrate 20 years on the airways in 2016. Published December 28, 2015

James Monroe (Image sourced from the White House)

Multitaskers: The senators who would be president

Let us ponder history: To date, a mere 16 senators have gone on to serve as president of the United States, beginning with James Monroe, who served four years in the Senate starting in 1790 and was elected president 23 years later. Only three -- Warren G. Harding, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama -- moved directly from the Senate to the White House, according to Senate records. Consider that, just since 1972, a total of 50 sitting or former senators from 31 states have run for president a collective 62 times, with Mr. Obama the sole victor, according to a University of Minnesota analysis. Published December 23, 2015

A wooded area in Rock Creek Park (Image from National Park Service)

National Park Service donates 700 pounds of fresh venison to D.C. charity kitchen

A moment of interest to sport shooters: The National Park Service has donated 700 pounds of fresh venison to the DC Central Kitchen in the nation's capital, "to be used in the thousands of healthy meals" for homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics and afterschool programs. The venison is a result of a deer-reduction operation in the city's Rock Creek Park. Published December 23, 2015

In this Dec. 15, 2015, file photo, Donald Trump, left, watches as Ted Cruz speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

Michael Savage: Trump makes the point in 'half a sentence'

Many ponder Donald Trump's persistent voter appeal. Longtime political observer Roger Stone recently suggested the candidate is an "alpha male" who would establish an "alpha male presidency," which appeals to many Americans, Mr. Stone says. Others cite the billionaire's blunt style. Published December 22, 2015

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform has named the top most "ridiculous" lawsuits of the year and showcased them online. (Image from U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

The case of the monkey selfies tops 'Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2015'

There was the armed bank robber who filed a $6.3 million claim over injuries he sustained while fleeing the scene, and the inmate who sued a football team over a playoff loss. And don't forget the diner claiming injury over a "flying dinner roll." None of these legal actions made the Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2015, a judgment call made by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform. Published December 21, 2015

A screenplay suggesting Ronald Reagan had dementia in office has made it to an influential Hollywood insiders' list as a potential feature movie project. (Associated Press)

Hollywood eyes an attack on Ronald Reagan ... Again

He was once one of their own, a matinee star who later became America's 40th president. Hollywood has not always been kind to Ronald Reagan, his life or his legacy; made-for-TV movies and feature productions often sidestepped his authentic accomplishments for cheap shots and melodrama, or cast in the leading role such liberal-leaning talent as Michael Douglas or James Brolin -- husband to Barbra Streisand. Published December 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop this week; the Democratic frontrunner continues to dominate the polls, say the 'Hillary Meter.' (Associated Press)

A coronation or a debate? The new 'Hillary Meter' says she's still the one

Not so long ago, there was talk that the "coronation" of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was not a given. She had competition. There was scandal talk of Benghazi and those pesky private emails to consider. The positive press narrative has returned her to the throne, however. As the third Democratic presidential debate looms on Saturday night in New Hampshire, Mrs. Clinton dominates the diminished field: 80 percent of all voters think she'll win the nomination; that includes 87 percent of giddy Democrats and 79 percent of disgruntled Republicans. So says the latest Rasmussen Reports "Hillary Meter" survey of likely voters released Thursday. Published December 17, 2015

Libertarian National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark is determined to attract Muslim Republicans to his party. (Libertarian Party)

Libertarian Party woos Muslim Republicans

The Libertarian Party is out to win over some new fans, fueled by Donald Trump's recent suggestion that Muslims be temporarily banned from immigrating to the U.S. Published December 15, 2015