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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, leave the White House as they embark on Mr. Trump's first overseas tour to the Middle East. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Trump must weather 'the climate of hate'

Yet another analyst has stepped forward to cite the inequities of the media's ill treatment of President Trump, bolstered by nonstop political maneuvers by the Democratic Party. It all equals an attempted "take-down" of the president, says Roger Aronoff, editor of Accuracy in Media — a grass-roots watchdog which has parsed the complexities, including the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Mr. Trump's recent firing of FBI director James B. Comey. Published May 23, 2017

Voters cast their ballots before a patriotic mural in Richmond, Virginia. (Associated Press)

77% of Americans say the nation's moral values have tanked

There is a reason why so many voters have complained that they don't recognize their country, their culture or the direction life appears to have taken. The nation's basic tenets are in decline, and the public knows it. Published May 22, 2017

President Obama waves before boarding Air Force One after campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles in the 2016 campaign. (Associated Press)

The final Obama travel tab on Air Force One reaches $100 million

It's taken a while, but investigators from Freedom Watch have at last tabulated a final travel bill for former President Barack Obama, who made much use of America's ultimate ride — the magnificent, but pricey Air Force One. Through persistent efforts over the years, the watchdog group has done the math and figured the total cost for Mr. Obama's travel when in office. Published May 21, 2017

Fox News Channel logo. (Fox News) ** FILE **

Fox News adopts aggressive new war footing

Fueled by combative ratings wars and partisan politics, the broadcast realm is quickly turning into a war zone. One tactically minded network is ready for it. Fox News Channel, the most popular cable channel of all at the moment, also has been the top-rated cable news channel for the last 15 years, all of this according to consistent audience ratings numbers from Nielsen Research Media. Recent critical headlines might suggest otherwise, implying that Fox News is "faltering" or in some form of crisis. Though there can be industry fluctuations and personnel changes, Fox News is still top dog. The network, meanwhile, is stepping up to the battlefield with a clear strategy: It's pushback time. Published May 17, 2017

CNN is "obsessed" with President Trump, and not in a good way says a new report from conservative press watchdog, (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Inside the Beltway: CNN obsessed with Trump, but not in a good way

"CNN is completely obsessed with Donald Trump - and not in a good way," says Rich Noyes, senior editor of, which has conducted an ambitious study of more than 13 consecutive hours of recent CNN coverage that reveals the network's true fascination: 92 percent of it was devoted to President Trump, primarily dwelling on his firing of FBI director James B. Comey. Published May 16, 2017

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ** FILE **

Progressives stage a 'CPAC for liberals'

It's big doings on Tuesday for those opposed to President Trump. The Center for American Progress convenes a daylong "Ideas Conference" at an upscale hotel in the nation's capital -- an event rumored to be modeled after the remarkably successful Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. Fox News already has called the conference "CPAC for liberals," while Politico reports the event as "the first real cattle call of the Democrats nosing around 2020 presidential runs." Published May 15, 2017

Republicans and Democrats have vastly different opinions on the role of the "watchdog" press, a new poll finds.  (Associated Press)

Republicans and Democrats have dramatic differences of opinion on the 'watchdog' press: Poll

The prevalence of bias in the media appears to have affected the role of the "watchdog" press, once a traditional calling among journalists. A new Pew Research Center poll finds that 42 percent of Republicans agree that media criticism of political leaders "keeps them from doing things they shouldn't"; a hefty 89 percent of Democrats agree Published May 15, 2017

Protesters against a speech appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos march on the University of California, Berkeley campus Feb. 1. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Liberal outrage teeters on the brink

Oh, the outrage. For months, it has proliferated nonstop among those who oppose President Trump and now veers into dicey territory. Party officials, lawmakers and the liberal media have joined in the fray, along with interest groups, activists and operatives. Published May 14, 2017

A shot of Liberty University's 2016 commencement is seen here. Roughly 18,000 are expected to graduate on May 13 when President Trump gives the day's official address. (Liberty University)

Liberty University expects record-breaking crowd for Trump commencement speech

When President Trump steps out on the big stage to deliver the commencement speech at Liberty University on Saturday, he will face 18,000 graduates. They portend to be a friendly, faith-minded and patriotic crowd; their graduation ensembles include a traditional gown in navy blue -- plus red, white and blue scarfs at the neck. Published May 12, 2017

Despite politics, D.C. is now enjoying record-breaking tourism from those seeking the federal city's "inventory" of historic sites. (Library of Congress)

Inside the Beltway: Despite the politics, D.C. attracts unprecedented, record tourism

They just keep on arriving. And arriving and arriving. Congress may earn the lowest favorability numbers on record and protests marches are plenty — but the city of Washington, D.C., has never been more popular. The noble marble monuments, museums and broad avenues have attracted an unprecedented number of visitors, according to new data released by Destination DC, an industry marketing group that tracks it all. Published May 10, 2017

Former presidential hopeful and 12-term congressman Ron Paul has a few thoughts for President Trump. (AP Photo)

Ron Paul: 'We can't afford to be the policeman or nursemaid for the rest of the world'

"President Trump is about to embark on his first foreign trip, where he will stop in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, before attending a NATO meeting in Brussels and the G-7 summit in Sicily. The media and pundits have loudly wondered why hasn't he gone on a foreign trip sooner. I wonder, why go at all? What does the president hope to achieve with these meetings? This is a president who came into office with promises that we would finally start to mind our own business overseas," declares Ron Paul. Published May 9, 2017