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Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb speaks at an event at the public library in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Jim Webb and Martin O'Malley are both in Iowa, trying to establish themselves as the alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Which Democrat will have a 'Fiorina moment' at the big debate?

Even the host network is curious: CNN is watching to see if any Democratic presidential hopefuls will have a magic "Fiorina moment" on the glittering debate podium on Tuesday night under glaring lights and witnessed by millions. Published October 12, 2015

Ben Carson appeared with Sharyl Attkisson on Sunday for the second broadcast of "Full Measure," a new investigative political talk show. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Ben Carson: America 'closer' to biblical end of days

Interesting questions, interesting answers. Sharyl Attkisson -- host of "Full Measure," a new investigative political talk show that debuted last week -- has offered some fact-driven verve and refreshing originality. She interviewed Republican front-runner Donald Trump on the first program. It was Ben Carson's turn on Sunday. Published October 11, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul was the preference of 57 percent of the attendees, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz with 51 percent.

Rand Paul wins Republican Liberty Caucus presidential straw poll

Liberty-minded Republicans still clamor for Sen. Rand Paul. Some 800 enthusiastic activists converged on Nashua, New Hampshire over the weekend for the annual Republican Liberty Caucus National Convention, to talk shop and vote in a presidential straw poll. Published October 11, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, ahead of a nomination vote to replace House Speaker John Boehner, who is stepping down, and retiring from Congress, at the end of the month, after nearly five years in the role. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Chaos! The GOP-bashing press gets stuck on a single word following McCarthy revelations

"Chaos." That was the operative term among journalists and news organizations who got in some serious Republican bashing following House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's straightforward announcement that he would not seek the role of House Speaker. News coverage immediately swung into gleeful and dramatic mode on Thursday, appearing to suggest the GOP lawmakers were in a state of near riot below the mighty dome of the U.S. Capitol itself. The headlines were very telling. Published October 8, 2015

The Media Research Center will stage its annual Dishonors Awards, targeting the liberal media, on Thursday evening. (MRC)

Bodacious party lampoons liberal media

Yes, it is a bodacious and merry occasion: The Media Research Center stages its annual Dishonors Awards Gala on Thursday night, so large that it can only be housed in the behemoth National Building Museum, a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. What draws this bustling conservative crowd? It is a rare moment for them to get back at the liberal media and cite those who are the bossiest, most inane, most extreme. Published October 7, 2015

Ben Carson has written his ninth book, "A More Perfect Union". (Sentinel Books)

Ben Carson's new book has a call to arms: Read the Constitution -- then defend it

"Many ungrateful people like to denigrate our nation. They act as if America were the source of evil in the world and a nation to be escaped, but the large number of people risking life and limb to enter this nation illegally tells a different story," writes Ben Carson in his new book, "A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties." The Republican presidential hopeful begins a significant book tour Friday with a sold-out event at the National Press Club; he will visit 38 cities through the first week of November. Published October 6, 2015

Carly Fiorina (The Aiken Standard via AP/File)

Carly Fiorina: The insider's outsider

Hillary Rodham Clinton herself attempted to soak in a little outsider glory during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Monday, advising her audience, "Who could be more of an outsider than a woman president?" It's a remark she's made more than once on the campaign trail. Published October 5, 2015

Kevin McCarthy      Associated Press photo

Historic: If elected, Rep. Kevin McCarthy would be 'least tenured' House Speaker of modern era

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is considered by many to be a likely choice when the vote for House Speaker takes place on Thursday. But there's some historic baggage. "The 19 speakers elected since the turn of the 20th Century averaged nearly 24 years of service in the chamber before their first day as speaker -- nearly three times that of McCarthy," says Eric Ostermeier, a political professor with the University of Minnesota who tracks the trends of yore. Published October 5, 2015

A "surge" in Republican preference for those with new ideas and different outlooks likely drives the popularity of "outsider" candidates like Donald Trump and Ben Carson. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

They want new ideas, different approach: Republican yen for outsider candidates has 'surged'

GOP voters prefer outsider candidates in the White House race: The penchant for a presidential hopeful with "new ideas and a different approach has surged -- with virtually all of the increase coming among Republican and Republican-leaning voters," notes a Pew Research Center poll. "Today, by more than two to one (65 percent to 29 percent), Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say it is more important that a candidate have new ideas than experience and a proven record. Just five months ago, GOP voters valued experience and a proven record over new ideas, 57 percent to 36 percent." Published October 4, 2015

Sharyl Attkisson debuts Donald Trump on the debut of "Full Measure," a new investigative news program from Sinclair Broadcasting.

'Full Measure': Sharyl Attkisson makes emphatic, content-driven step into political talk

It's a new, emphatic and straightforward presence in the chatty Sunday talk show realm: The investigators have arrived. "Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson" debuted Sunday, with programming that is handsomely produced and bolstered with ambitious content - including their own immigration poll and original video footage and interviews. The show intends to focus on investigative journalism and authentic accountability rather than sound bites and talking points, its creators say. Published October 1, 2015