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Jennifer Harper

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Conservative columnist, author and broadcaster Armstrong Williams

'The Right Side Forum' with Armstrong Williams asks: Can local entrepreneurship cure cities?

The "Right Side Forum," an hour-long conservative live news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will ask this question on its next broadcast: "Can thriving local entrepreneurship rescue our cities?" His guests will be Doyle Mitchell, president of Industrial Bank, and Chip Ellis, CEO of the Ellis Development Corporation. Published May 8, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., waves to supporters as he arrives to speak at a rally at Arizona State University Friday, May 8, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Age counts: 92 percent of Americans prefer a presidential candidate under 60

How old is too old to run for president? Americans have an age range in mind. Consider that the current crop of presidential hopefuls ranges in age from 43 to 75 -- and in the middle is Gov. Scott Walker checking in at 47, Martin O'Malley at 53, Jeb Bush at 63, Hillary Clinton at 67. But now there's a YouGov poll revealing what age Americans actually prefer. Published May 8, 2015

President Barack Obama waves from the doorway of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, May 4, 2015. Obama is flying to New York City. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Rev up Air Force One; Obama off to Oregon and South Dakota -- fundraiser included

Rev up Air Force One. President Obama journeys to Oregon on Thursday for two reasons. First he'll attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at a hotel in Portland to support the organization's 2016 White House Victory Fund - tickets up to $10,000 each. Then it's on to Nike headquarters in Beaverton on Friday to talk up "progressive, high-standards trade agreements that would open up new markets and support high-quality jobs for businesses large and small," according to the White House. Published May 7, 2015

FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. Huckabee is set to announce he will seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He has an event planned for May 5 in his hometown of Hope, Ark., where former President Bill Clinton was also born.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Bumpy lift-off: Democrats tear into Mike Huckabee, Glenn Beck calls him 'a spoiler'

It took the Democratic National Committee only moments to scurry after Mike Huckabee, who announced Tuesday that he would run for president in 2016, advising his audience, "I don't come from a family dynasty, but a working family. I grew up blue-collar, not blue blood." The Democrats, however, were waiting for him, as is their pattern with Republican presidential hopefuls. Published May 6, 2015

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, Al-Jazeera America editorial newsroom staff prepare for their first broadcast in New York. The Al-Jazeera America news network ousted its chief executive on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, with the little-watched network suffering key defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism. The network's management said that Ehab Al Shihabi, who has run Al-Jazeera America since its 2013 launch, will be replaced immediately by Al Anstey. A veteran news executive, Anstey has most recently been managing director of Al-Jazeera English. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Al Jazeera America has a rough week: $15 million lawsuit, resignations, new CEO

It has been a rough week for Al Jazeera America. The ambitious, Qatar-based news network that essentially grew out of Al Gore's Current TV pubic affairs channel two years ago now has its own drama. "AJAM" was first slapped with a $15 million wrongful termination lawsuit by a former employee who also claimed the network was discriminating against women - and others. Published May 6, 2015

Ben Carson is taking advantage of his common-sense message and calm style on the 2016 campaign trail.

Why people listen to Ben Carson

Those who are dismissive of Ben Carson and his presidential campaign should not underestimate the popular appeal of his common-sense observations -- such as a simple message to voters produced as Mr. Carson rolled across Iowa in his campaign bus on Wednesday. Published May 6, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to the media about his agenda in running for president, Thursday, April 30, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bernie Sanders may be a campaign underdog - but he's a historic campaign underdog

Americans, even Republicans, are willing witnesses for Sen. Bernie Sanders and his long-shot presidential bid. The hair, the gumption, the unapologetic ideology — all that could appeal to an audience trained to root for the underdog, just as they would a reality TV contestant determined to beat the odds. The Vermont Independent is a cultural force to be reckoned with. Will he also be a political force? Published May 5, 2015

A new study takes the news media to task for glorifying Hollywood environmentalists who don't practice what they preach. (MRC)

Gawking media salutes the Hollywood gasbags, eco-agenda and climate hypocrites

The practice of treating celebrities like scientific experts continues. An ambitious new study of network broadcasts by Media Research Center business analyst Mike Ciandella has tracked "the climate hypocrites and the media who love them," offering insight into "the not-so-green habits of Hollywood gasbags." Published May 5, 2015

Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

American Conservative Union has five questions of its own for Hillary Clinton

"Clinton's lack of candor, and repeated attempts to distract or hide truths from the American people have raised questions that deserve answers. At some point, Mrs. Clinton will have to answer questions about how and why she and her husband appear to have rigged the system to their political and financial benefit," says American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp. Published May 4, 2015

Rep. Peter King took to the airwaves to complain about unfair news media coverage of police officers. (Associated Press)

Media coverage of cops: Peter King goes after New York Times, Newsday and 'these other liberal rags'

The mainstream news media has picked up some powerful critics following relentless, often repetitive coverage of the Baltimore riots. President Obama was vexed at the press for dwelling on violence and mayhem during the events, overlooking the stalwart citizens who tried to bring order. Then there is Rep. Peter King. The New York Republican is weary of news organizations who don't offer fair-minded coverage to law enforcement officers. The lawmaker is particularly disgusted with coverage following the fatal shooting of NYPD officer Brian Moore on the streets of Queens. Mr. King had spent time at the officer's hospital bedside before his death, then went on to react to "anti-cop rhetoric" in the media. Published May 4, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton on the campaign trail. (Associated press)

Advice to the GOP: 'Scandal mongering isn't going to defeat Hillary'

Shrill partisan finger-pointing has its limits in the political marketplace, and could weary voters who are hungry for empowering facts rather than mere outrage and indignation. One conservative veteran points out that a certain Democratic presidential hopeful is deft at deflecting muckraking, no matter how justified. Published May 3, 2015

Synthetic grass looks much like the real thing, and saves a lot of water.  (Synthetic grass Warehouse)

Turf wars: Gov. Jerry Brown advised to make fake grass mandatory in California to cure drought

It's bristly, lush and there's tangly thatch around the roots. And it's fantastically faux. High-end synthetic grass looks like the real thing - even enough to please discerning Californians. So why not make it mandatory? The Synthetic Grass Warehouse - the nation's largest distributor of the stuff - is calling upon California Gov. Jerry Brown to consider a fake grass law in the drought-stricken state, where residents use 6.4 billion gallons of water per day for lawn care. Published May 2, 2015

Conservative columnist, author and broadcaster Armstrong Williams

'Right Side Forum' with Armstrong Williams to address Baltimore riots, and the outcome

The "Right Side Forum," an hour-long conservative live news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will ask this question on its next broadcast: "Baltimore - Is There Anything Left to Burn?" His guests are Michael A. Jackson, Delegate, State of Maryland, and former Prince Georges County Sheriff; and Charles Yarbaugh, president, Precision Tactical Training & Consultants LLC. Published May 1, 2015

Mike Flynn, who worked closely with media maven Andrew Breitbart, is set to run for Congress in Illinois. (Mike Flynn for Congress)

The Breitbart candidate: 'Conservative media warrior' Mike Flynn to run for Congress

A journalist barrels toward politics: Mike Flynn — a former policy director for the American Legislative Exchange Council who founded with the late media maven Andrew Breitbart — now plans to run as a conservative candidate for Congress in the special election for Illinois' 18th Congressional District, following the resignation of Aaron Schock. Mr. Flynn is a sixth generation native of central Illinois. Published May 1, 2015

Same-sex marriage supporters hold signs encouraging drivers to honk in support of marriage equality during a rally Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rallied in Utah on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of laws banning such marriages. Opponents of gay marriage will hold a rally at Utah's state Capitol Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Poll suggests same sex-marriage now a litmus test for Republican presidential hopefuls

Is it politically prudent for Republican presidential hopefuls to say they'd attend the wedding of a gay family member or friend? A new poll suggests this dynamic is in play. A Reuters/Ipsos survey released Wednesday finds that 68 percent of Americans overall say they'd attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one; 80 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of independents and 56 percent of Republicans agree. Published April 30, 2015

The middle class American Dream appears to be shrinking, according to a new Gallup poll.

Shrinking demographic: 51 percent of Americans now 'middle class' - down from 63 percent

And yet another poll focuses upon a cultural moment with political implications. Gallup reveals that the middle class is truly shrinking: Fifty-one percent of Americans now describe themselves as middle class, down from 63 percent seven years ago; 48 percent say they are "working or lower class," up 10 percentage points since 2008. Among Republicans, 55 percent say they're middle class, down 12 percentage points; 49 percent of Democrats say the same, down 10 percentage points. Published April 29, 2015

Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Carly Fiorina's determined agenda: Hillary bashing, NH tour, new book, big announcement

She essentially has the Granite State all to herself this week. When Carly Fiorina arrives in New Hampshire on Tuesday, she’ll be staying the entire week — appearing at 11 events in six counties, ranging from cozy living room chats to major business roundtables, sessions with local Republican officials and one national security summit. Published April 28, 2015