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Jennifer Harper

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The big show: Fox News debate has 8 hours of live coverage, 10 anchors in three cities

Consider it wall-to-wall: Fox News offers eight hours of live coverage for the opening Republican debate beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, and ending at 1 a.m., in the wee hours of the morning. Ten major news anchors and primetime hosts are involved, reporting from the debate site in Cleveland, New York City and the nation's capital. Published August 5, 2015

The GOP hopefuls in a convivial mood following their Monday night forum in New Hampshire. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Identity crisis: Warriors or polished politicians at the big Republican debate?

Ten Republican presidential hopefuls are now huddling with strategists, advisers, wardrobe consultants, vocal coaches, maiden aunts, Labrador Retrievers and anyone else who could give them an edge during the first official debate in a mere 24 hours, a prime-time broadcast on Fox News before a bodacious audience. Does this audience crave combat? Published August 4, 2015

A graphic from the House Homeland Security Committee's monthly "Terror Threat Snapshot"

Rep. Michael McCaul on monthly terror threat report: 'We can't stop what we can't see'

The House Homeland Security Committee released its monthly "Terror Threat Snapshot" on Tuesday revealing 14 violent plots and five outright attacks around the nation last months in such diverse spots as Key West, Florida and Burke, North Carolina. The committee deems the terror threat to be high, noting in their report, "There have been more U.S.-based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11." Published August 4, 2015

Republican hopeful Donald Trump has a moment with his fans during a stop in Iowa. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump's powerhouse constituency throws rivals off their game

"Republican support for Donald Trump just continues to grow with no clear sense of who his constituency really is. This makes it very difficult for his opponents to figure out how to take him on in the upcoming debate," says Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute which released yet another survey on Monday. Published August 3, 2015

The stage awaits for the New Hampshire presidential forum. (Image from Steven DiSalvo, Saint Anselm's College)

GOP hopefuls to take voter questions at NH forum: Immigration, economy the lead topics

"For the first time, 14 Republican presidential candidates will be taking questions from Granite Staters at the Voters First Forum being hosted at Saint Anselm College tonight," reports the New Hampshire Union Leader, which sorted through thousands of responses from readers after the newspaper issued a public call for suggested questions. The top two on their minds: Immigration and the economy. Published August 3, 2015

A number of businesses reacted to Donald Trump's comments by cutting ties with the mogul. NBC TV said it no longer would broadcast the Trump-produced Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Univision pulled its plans to run the Miss USA pageants, and Macy's dropped his clothing line. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump hits the Sunday morning talk shows

The Sunday morning talk shows could be a little more spirited than usual. Donald Trump will be the featured guest on both NBC's "Meet the Press with Chuck Todd" and ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopolous" to have his say on the upcoming GOP candidate debates, and much more. Published August 1, 2015

National Mall

Run for the hills: Geologists warn Washington, D.C. sinking into the muck

Here's another thing for Congress to worry about. Washington is sinking, and not for political reasons. Geologists now claim that the land around the nation's capital "is sinking rapidly" and that the city of Washington, could drop by six or more inches in the future. The area is sinking faster than any location on the East Coast, they say, warning that the phenomenon could threaten "the region's monuments, roads, wildlife refuges, and military installations." Published August 1, 2015

President Obama speaks at the 116th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Pittsburgh on July 21, 2015. Obama says the people criticizing the Iran nuclear deal are the same people who rushed into war with Iraq. (Associated Press)

63 percent of likely voters would not vote for President Obama a third time: Rasmussen poll

Could he really be elected for a third term? In a speech made during his trip to Africa this week, President Obama suggested that he could win a third term if he ran for the White House. A new poll could challenge that idea, though. A Rasmussen Reports national survey of likely voters reveals that 30 percent would vote for the president if he ran again, and 63 percent would not. Published July 31, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Marco Rubio, not Donald Trump, charms the 'very conservative'

The "very conservative" Republican is a much coveted voting bloc among the GOP presidential hopefuls, who officially number 17 now that Jim Gilmore has declared his candidacy. Yes, yes -- all the candidates aspire to win over New Hampshire and Iowa voters, that's a given. But staunchly conservative GOPers are also at the top of the wish list. Published July 30, 2015

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, will be one of the keynote speakers at Thursday's National Whistleblower Day Lunch. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

A celebration of whistleblowers

Tell it like it is. Thursday is National Whistleblower Day, and time to party -- or at least pause to celebrate those conscientious folk who have stepped forward to report waste, fraud and abuse. Published July 29, 2015

Meet Zhenyuanlong, a newly discovered species that even surprised the scientists who examined the 125 million-year-old, intact fossil (Image from Steve Brusatte)

Jurrasic squawk: Feathered dinosaur unearthed in China even surprised scientists who examined it

It was over five-feet long, was covered in long feathers, had short arms, talons to reckon with and resembled the Velociraptor - one of the starring monsters of the "Jurrasic Park" films. Meet Zhenyuanlong, a newly discovered species that even surprised the scientists who examined the 125 million-year-old, intact fossil - described as a winged dragon, and the largest on record. Published July 29, 2015

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton meets with a group of supporters in the backyard of a Beaverdale, Iowa, home on Saturday, July 25, 2015. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP) ** FILE **

The Clinton itinerary: 14 fundraisers in 8 states

The next 48 hours are a logistical challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign, but one with financial incentives. The Democratic presidential hopeful personally appears in four private fundraisers, some in grass-roots territory. Admission prices range up to $2,700 a person, and all are billed as "conversations with Hillary." Published July 28, 2015

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a native of Detroit,  lays out his presidential platform Monday, May 4, 2015, at Detroit's Music Hall that he is running for president. I'm Ben Carson and I'm a candidate for president for the United States," Carson said, before declaring — incorrectly now — that "I'm not a politician." Carson will now visit Texas, where his mother is gravely ill, before flying to Iowa to campaign. (Regina H. Boone/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Ben Carson, Rand Paul among GOP luminaries attending rally against Planned Parenthood at US Capitol

Student-organized "Women Betrayed" rallies are numerous on Tuesday against Planned Parenthood following the release of three undercover videos offering evidence that the organization profited from the sale of aborted baby parts. Sixty events are planned in cities nationwide, according to Students for Life President Kristan Watkins. Some GOP heavyweights will attend the event in the nation's capital. Published July 28, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump greets supporters before he speaks at his South Carolina Campaign Kickoff Rally in Bluffton, S.C., Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) ** FILE **

Appeal of the family man? Donald Trump has 'huge lead' among Republican women voters, polls say

"Riding a wave of non-stop publicity, a new poll this past week shows mogul Donald Trump solidly in first place among 256 likely Republican primary and caucus voters nationwide," says pollster John Zogby, who reveals that the billionaire is in the lead with support from 20 percent of likely primary voters. Mr. Trump also leads among female voters. Published July 28, 2015

Talk radio host Mark Levin is calling for the resignations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner. (Associated Press)

Conservatives warn: Beware of Republicans acting like Democrats

Grappling between the GOP establishment and irked conservatives continues as lawmakers scramble to tidy up the loose ends before departing on their August recess at week's end. Critics are particularly vexed with House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and they have some ultimatums. Published July 27, 2015