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Jennifer Harper

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The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

50% of Republican and conservative voters believe states have right to ignore federal court rulings

Likely Americans voters are warming to the idea that individual states should have the right to turn their backs on the federal courts in the wake of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage. A third of likely U.S. voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials agree with them according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday. Among GOP voters and conservatives, the number is much higher. Published July 3, 2015

Citizens and legislators rebel against American flag desecration while Americans themselves continue to be patriotic. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A patriotic flap: American Legion, lawmakers step up to protect Old Glory from desecration

It's quite an ironic flap: Disarm NYPD, a New York-based anarchist group that burned an American flag in a Brooklyn park earlier this week, ultimately needed the protection of the New York Police Department themselves. When the anarchists lit Old Glory on fire in a portable barbecue, a group of bikers, military veterans and assorted opponents descended to stop the process. Published July 2, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks about a deal to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks at a news conference in Madison, Wis., on June 4, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Late start could mean rough finish for GOP presidential hopefuls

Republican voters are still waiting for Gov. Scott Walker and John Kasich to formally launch the presidential campaigns later this month. Barring any surprises, the pair will be last up with their big announcements -- which is not especially prudent. Published July 2, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and presidential candidate, holds the record for the most frugal lawmaker. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul, the most frugal lawmaker of them all

As White House hopefuls strike their presidential poses, the meticulous National Taxpayers Union Foundation continues to pore over their voting records, which brings us to Sen. Rand Paul, the latest subject of the organization's research. No spender is he. During his first two terms in Congress, the Kentucky lawmaker actually proposed savings agendas that would cut $483.8 billion per year, on average, from the federal budget. Published July 1, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton steps onstage to address an audience at Trident Technical College during a campaign stop Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hillary's July Fourth fundraising blitz -- all 26 of them

So the nation's birthday is coming up. What better time than to raise a cool million or two in the name of 2016? That appears to be the plan for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign this week, which features five major fundraisers in four states in the days leading up to July 4. Published June 30, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie revs up his "Tell It Like It Is" campaign tour; his bid for the White House gets underway Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Chris Christie hits the accelerator, Bridge-gate in the rearview mirror

He wants Bridgegate in his rearview mirror: A determined Gov. Chris Christie proclaims his intent to run for president Tuesday with all the proper trimmings. He's released a heartfelt video about his mother's wisdom and family ties. Then the straight-talking, classic Jersey boy heads back to his old neighborhood -- back to the gymnasium of his high school alma mater in the town of Livingston -- for his long awaited declaration. Published June 29, 2015

A new Hillary Clinton comic book does not leave out Benghazi (Bluewater Productions

Hillary Clinton comic book addresses Benghazi, email questions, 2016 and more

Frame by frame, moment by moment: a new Hillary Clinton comic book has now entered the political marketplce. From Bluewater Productions comes "Female Force: Hillary Clinton: The Road to the White House," which asks such probing questions as this: "Can she run on her record? Her likability? And how will lingering questions about Benghazi and her email inform her choice?" Published June 28, 2015

In this Monday, June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they wave the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/File)

Nervous: 58% of American voters say President Obama 'too soft' on Islamic extremists

"American voters think Barack Obama is too soft on Islamic extremists, and that the U.S. fight against them is going badly," says Fox News analyst Dana Blanton. The network has released a new poll revealing that 58 percent of Americans think the president is too easy on the extremists, including nearly four in 10 Democrats (37 percent) plus 57 percent of independents and 83 percent of Republicans. Published June 27, 2015

Ben Carson is among seven presidential hopefuls at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado.

GOP presidential hopefuls in Colorado for conservative summit - and a marijuana policy grade

Here's another one of those bodacious weekend events, and this begins Friday: The two-day Western Conservative Summit, staged at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver by Colorado Christian University. "There's a rebirth going on in America. Be part of it. After decades of slipping to the left, citizen patriots have re-engaged in the public arena, and our political discourse has been enriched by their voices," the organizers advise the 4,000 incoming delegates. A marijuana policy group also has plans. Published June 25, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared his intent to run for the White House. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Bobby Jindal in for the long march: GOP presidential hopeful No. 13 promises honesty and energy

He's in whether his critics like it or not. "We have had enough of talkers, it's time for doers. I'm not running for president to be somebody, I'm running for president to do something," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told his fans upon announcing he was running for president on Wednesday. The news drew sharply contrasting reactions; Mr. Jindal is not doing well in the polls, registering as low as 1 percent on a new CNN poll. Published June 24, 2015

This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey as U.S. Congressman Frank Underwood in a scene from the Netflix original series, "House of Cards." Spacey was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama series for his role in the series on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.  The 71st annual Golden Globes will air on Sunday, Jan. 12.  (AP Photo/Netflix, Melinda Sue Gordon)

Kevin Spacey, Megyn Kelly join forces to produce The Resident - a new 'Beltway drama'

Kevin Spacey, Megyn Kelly. Could this pair have something in common? Yes, indeed. Mr. Spacey, the star and left-leaning producer of the Netflix blockbuster series "House of Cards" has joined forces with Ms. Kelly the Fox News anchor, and here's what they're up to. Mr. Spacey's Trigger Street production company has forged a deal with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios to produce "The Resident," deemed "a doozy" by The Hollywood Reporter, an industry source. Published June 24, 2015

In this Monday, June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they wave the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/File)

Terror threats against U.S. homeland reach 'unprecedented levels' says House report

Here's one way to stay vigilant: House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul has just launched the "Terror Threat Snapshot" - a regular monthly feature that tracks the "escalating and grave threat environment" facing the U.S. The lawmaker is specific. The inaugural snapshot reveals that there have been 24 ISIS-linked plots or attacks against Western targets in the first half of 2015, up from 19 in all of last year. Published June 23, 2015

Megyn Kelly on the cover of Variety. (Image courtesy of (Fox News)

Foxified: Megyn Kelly now predicted to become the next Barbara Walters

She's not just an anchor anymore. Fox News CEO Roger Ailes himself has given Megyn Kelly a new series of broadcast specials to augment her top-rated primetime hour on the network , prompting Variety - a leading industry source - to compare her to longtime interview maven Barbara Walters. Published June 22, 2015

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush with Jeb Bush. One analyst said that link may be one of the reasons that two-thirds of Republicans describe Jeb Bush as qualified for the presidency.
(Associated Press)

Americans find Jeb Bush likable -- but still a 'Bush' and possibly a RINO

He's like the friend of a friend. Voters know Jeb Bush; he seems familiar, though public impressions of the Republican presidential hopeful are still mixed. One-thousand Americans were asked to describe Mr. Bush in a single word of their own choosing -- and here are the top-10, verbatim, based on how many times they were cited: Bush, family, likable, liberal, conservative, moderate, RINO, good, honest and OK -- this according to an Economist/YouGov survey. Published June 21, 2015