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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Ronald Reagan (Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library)

Gipper envy: The candidates compete to be 'Reagan'

Welcome to the GOP debate planet: 2,000 people in the audience, 11 tightly wound Republican presidential hopefuls, and a potentially behemoth broadcast audience which could include every single American save President Obama, who will not be watching because he has "better things to do," according to the White House. Published September 15, 2015

Paul Frohman smokes an electronic cigarette outside an office building in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. California health officials  declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

National Park Service bans electronic smoking devices in nation's parks

It's not burning tobacco leaves -- but it's still not welcome. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis issued a policy memorandum Monday prohibiting the use of electronic smoking devices in all places where tobacco smoking is prohibited in national parks. The policy is effective immediately. Published September 14, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders during his speech Monday morning at Liberty University. (Screen image courtesy of C-SPAN)

Out of his element, Bernie Sanders visits Liberty University, finds polite disagreement and a prayer

It is a cultural moment, and one likely to attract attention. The students of Liberty University -- originally founded in Lynchburg, Virginia, by evangelical minister Jerry Falwell in 1971 -- will hear 80 speakers this fall semester as part of their weekly "Convocation" series, described by the school as the world's "largest weekly gathering of Christian young people." Published September 13, 2015

Columnist and broadcast host Armstrong Williams

The Right Side Forum with Armstrong Williams addresses the nation's battle with Alzheimer's disease

The Right Side Forum, an hour-long conservative live news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will look at the challenge of Alzheimer's disease for the nation as well as the patients and families who must deal with it. His guests this week are George Vradenburg, co-founder, USAgainstAlzheimer's; Trish Vradenburg, co-Founder, USAgainstAlzheimer's and Meryl Comer, CEO, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative. Published September 11, 2015

"Citizen Carly" - a new documentary traces the life of presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina.

Carly, the movie: Super PAC supporting Fiorina produces documentary 'media doesn't want you to see'

It's sure to send a few shocks down the campaign trail, and possibly inspire her rivals to produce something similar. That would be "Citizen Carly," a new documentary film abut Republican hopeful Carly Fiorina, paid for by Carly for America, a super PAC supporting her campaign, and bearing all the hallmarks of a substantial production, judging by the trailer. Published September 11, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking during a rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal outside the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump doesn't hold back on Iran deal: 'They rip us off, make us look like fools'

"Never, ever, ever in my life have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran. I mean, never. They rip us off, they take our money, they make us look like fools. Then they're back to who they really are. They don't want Israel to survive. They won't let Israel survive." Published September 9, 2015

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will appear at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday alongside several Republican presidential hopefuls as part of the Stop the Iran Deal Rally. (Associated Press)

Only 21 percent of Americans support Iran deal, poll finds

Three presidential candidates, seven lawmakers, one reality TV star and a host of conservative and security-minded activists: This significant, noisy event against the U.S. nuclear accord with Iran has grown large indeed. And a new poll finds that very few Americans approve of the deal. Published September 8, 2015

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., in this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Sarah Palin joins Trump, Cruz, Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson for rally against Iran nuke deal

Three presidential candidates, seven lawmakers and a host of conservative and security-minded activists: The speaker's roster has grown, along with the event. Sarah Palin will appear Wednesday afternoon alongside White House hopefuls Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Jim Gilmore plus broadcasters Glenn Beck and Mark Levin at the Stop the Iran Deal Rally. A protest against the U.S. nuclear accord with Iran, it will have an impressive backdrop for speakers and media alike: the event will be staged on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Published September 8, 2015

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who says golf enhances politics, plays a round in Scotland. (Associated Press)

Trump to Obama: Play golf with people who can help the country

"The beauty of golf is that you develop relationships, and you can make deals on a golf course. And I've often said that I don't mind that President Obama plays a lot of golf. Many of the foreign leaders play golf and love golf," Donald Trump tells Golf Digest writer Jaime Diaz in a new wide-ranging interview. Published September 7, 2015

Armstrong Williams

The Right Side Forum with Armstrong Williams focuses on WHY black lives matter this week

"The Right Side Forum," a live, hour-long conservative news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will take a look at the greater implication of changing seasons and "why black lives matter." Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, a summer that for Washington, DC - and too many other urban areas across the nation - has seen an increase in gun-related deaths, Armstrong says. Published September 4, 2015

Image from Tea Party Patriots

Cruz, Trump, GiImore, Levin: Rally against Iran nuke deal at U.S. Capitol expands to a mighty show

Cancelled? No way. The upcoming rally at the U.S. Capitol against the U.S. nuclear agreement with Iran is still on -- and has gained much momentum despite the fact that President Obama has secured enough support in the Senate to prevent Republican forces from blocking it. Some star power is involved in the rally, organized primarily by Sen. Ted Cruz and the Tea Party Patriots. Published September 3, 2015

FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable discussion at the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Community College of Denver. Biden and his wife are retreating from Washington for a week in South Carolina with little on their schedule but a momentous decision to make: whether he should run for president. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

After hours: Some wonder if Joe Biden will reveal 2016 intentions on Stephen Colbert show

It's getting crowded on those fancy after-hours sets. Jeb Bush is scheduled as the first guest on the debut of CBS's "Late Night with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, to be followed 48 hours later by Vice President Joe Biden, and eventually, Democratic hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders. Over on NBC, Republican front-runner Donald Trump will hold court on the "Tonight Show" on Friday. Published September 3, 2015

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. will guest host for Sean Hannity's national radio program on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. to guest-host Sean Hannity radio show

He's called "the people's sheriff." That would be Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., whose heroic career in law enforcement spans more than three decades. He's been sheriff for Milwaukee since 2002; during last year's election, he won 79 percent of the vote. His sterling career takes an interesting turn on Thursday, however. Published September 2, 2015