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Jennifer Harper

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Recent polls show that a majority of Democrats are ready for a Hillary Rodham Clinton 2016 presidential bid, but is Mrs. Clinton ready for the White House? (Associated Press)

Is Hillary actually ready for 'Hillary'?

It is a lot of work to be a larger-than-life public figure, particularly one who has become a symbol for an entire political party. Such is the case, perhaps, with Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been first lady, U.S. senator, Secretary of State and now global-minded motivational speaker with an infatuated grass-roots following and some tall orders to live up to. Published November 25, 2014

A 40-pound tom turkey looks out at Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The farm raises approximately 20,000 Broad Breasted White Holland turkeys per year. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

PETA to White House: You protect the rights of women - why not turkeys?

The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals tried their best, but the White House turkey pardoning will go on as scheduled in Wednesday in the Rose Garden before a bank of cameras, journalists, amused officials and cautious turkey handlers. The activist group previously reached out to First Daughters Malia and Sasha, pleading with them to become vegans and intercede on behalf of the pair of turkeys, who hail from Ohio. The group considers the ceremony offensive, and a promotion for poultry breeders. Published November 25, 2014

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Chuck Schumer's advice to Democrats: To win in 2016, embrace big government

As policy director for the Democratic Party, Sen. Charles Schumer promised to diagnose what went wrong for Democrats in the midterm elections. On Tuesday morning, he explained all at the National Press Club. The New York lawmaker said voters blamed the Democratic Party for a string of monumental government failures. But that's no excuse to give up on government, he cautioned - and an all-embracing government is the key to a 2016 White House win. Published November 25, 2014

Do Americans still agree with "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses," as engraved on the Statue of Liberty? (National park Service)

Poll: Americans not so keen on verse 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses'

Many Americans recall the verse "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" inscribed on the base of the Statue of Library, and written by poet Emma Lazarus in "A New Colossus," her poem of 1883. Eight-out-of-10 Americans say these sentiments applied in the past, notes a YouGov poll released Monday. Do we still believe these words today? Well, not particularly. Published November 25, 2014

Do Americans still agree with "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses," as engraved on the Statue of Liberty? (National park Service)

Chuck Schumer's advice to Democrats: Embrace that big government

The Democratic Party has been fairly jaunty in the aftermath of the midterm elections, looking towards 2016 and either blaming Republicans for something, or pining for the end of the GOP's honeymoon with voters. Sen. Chuck Schumer has offered the first critique of his party, however. Published November 24, 2014

In this undated photo provided by Anheuser-Busch, Lt. Chuck Nadd and his girlfriend Shannon Cantwell wave as they ride aboard the famously-red Budweiser beer wagon pulled by Clydesdales in a parade, led by a marching band in Winter Park, Fla. The brewer has fashioned an ad around the parade that will run during the Super Bowl.(AP Photo/Anheuser-Busch, Hand Out)

Just say whoa: Budweiser ditching beloved Clydesdales in their advertising

It is a cultural moment in advertising: Budweiser is unhitching the iconic team of Clydesdale horses which has appeared in their commercials for 27 years, charming a global audience and creating herds of fans. But no more. The beer maker is now alarmed by falling sales and huge competition from craft beers - and is intent on retooling its image for a younger crowd. Published November 24, 2014

Despite the GOP takeover earlier this month, the honeymoon for Republican leaders may be over, according to polls. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. Congress gets a warning on aliens - of the extraterrestrial kind

While Congress and the White House argue over illegal aliens, Stephen Bassett, founder of Paradigm Research Group and a registered lobbyist, continues to demand that lawmakers and officials tell what they know about aliens - as in extraterrestrials. Published November 23, 2014

In this Sept. 5 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent looks for signs along trail while on patrol near the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

American Conservative Union: Obama's amnesty plans like 'a single-finger salute of contempt'

Add the American Conservative Union to the list of organizations condemning White House plans for illegal immigrants. It is appalling that a president of the United States, after having suffered a humiliating defeat in the midterm elections and getting a clear vote of no confidence, would give the voters a single-finger salute of contempt," declares Matt Schlapp, chairman or the group. Published November 20, 2014

Jim Webb has formed a presidential exploratory committee and brings a most interesting resume to the table. (Associated Press)

Why Hillary should worry about Jim Webb

Ready for Jim? We're talking Jim Webb here — said to be a populist, centrist Democrat with a rollicking resume, and one who just might transcend the dreaded campaign fundraising challenge. He's formed the first exploratory committee among the pack of potential presidential hopefuls, and has some spectacle to provide weary voters. Published November 20, 2014

Image courtesy of The American Legion

The American Legion gives thumbs down to Obama's immigration plans

The nation's largest veterans service organization now questions the wisdom of the White House "putting politics above national security" via President Obama's plans to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants. "At a time when ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are killing innocent Americans, it makes no sense to let our guard down and send a message that the United States is an open, soft target," says Michael D. Helm, national commander of the American Legion Published November 20, 2014

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hey, wait: 46 percent of Americans want Obama to delay executive action on immigration

Hey, not so fast: Almost half of Americans - 46 percent - say President Obama should hold off taking executive action on immigration, this according to a USA Today poll released Monday. The nation waits a little nervously for Thursday night, when the president will offer his big reveal on the situation. Some offer historic perspective and a reality check as the hours go by. Published November 19, 2014

Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Prime-time agenda: Immigration's blockbuster night

News of instant executive immigration reform is a call to arms for Republicans who cringe over the idea of White House interference in a complicated issue. But there will be a sizable percentage of the population who will be glued to the TV at exactly 8 p.m. Published November 19, 2014

Those dreaming of CPAC can be comforted by the fact that it begins in 100 days, and the big conservative names are ready to rumble. (American Conservative Union)

Stand clear: Executive immigration order now in launch mode

Stand clear, and maybe take shelter. An executive order launched by the White House on immigration reform is likely incoming, and soon. The Federation for American Immigration Reform warns of tactics and explains all. Published November 18, 2014

The countdown to CPAC 2015 has begun. (American Conservative Union)

The 2015 CPAC countdown begins with gusto: Ted Cruz, Mark Levin among the speakers

For those pining for the next Conservative Action Political Conference- their beloved CPAC - the countdown has begun. The big four-day event is just over 100 days away, set to begin February 25. Already signed up to speak: Sen. Ted Cruz, radio kingpin Mark Levin and potential presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina. Published November 18, 2014

Shining moment: Barry Goldwater lost the presidential election 50 years ago, but he won the hearts of a new generation of conservatives. Many of those who have carried his torch will celebrate and remember at a dinner Tuesday in Washington. (Associated Press)

Barry Goldwater celebrated 50 years after igniting conservative movement

When Barry Goldwater accepted the 1964 Republican nomination for president, he gave a speech that galvanized his audience and went on to serve as a catalyst for the American conservative movement for decades to come. Now, a wide array of conservative luminaries — historians, politicians, journalists, former Goldwater associates — have joined forces to organize the Barry Goldwater 1964 Campaign 50th Anniversary Dinner and Forum, set for Tuesday in Washington. Published November 17, 2014

Illustration on the continuing burdens of Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Grubered, gruberish, Grubergate? The new gruberisms multiply

Grubergate, gruberish, grubered, grubermania, moneygrubering and gruberpalooza are among the new terms that have sprung into public use, these inspired by one particular economist who made an unfortunate comment about Obamcare, transparency and the mental capacity of Americans recently. But such things spawn instant culture. All the new nouns and verbs - some capitalized, some not - are now appearing in multiple print and online reports from Time, Bloomberg, Fox News, Powerline, and many other sources. What with Twitter hashtags and jaunty dialogue, the usage has been spirited in recent days. Published November 16, 2014

President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell have tried to distance themselves from economist's Jon Gruber's "stupid Americans" remark. (Associated Press)

Tales from Gruberland: Things get dumb and dumberer

"Are the American people too stupid to understand the true costs associated with Obamacare?" asks a point blank survey question from Rasmussen Reports. The pollster wonders if voters agree with MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, a key pointman behind the health care law, caught on video saying that lack of transparency is "a huge political advantage" and suggesting the cumbersome law itself was too complex for "stupid" Americans. Published November 16, 2014

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker gives a thumbs up as he speaks at his campaign party Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in West Allis, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Not much of a sizzler, but still a victor: Scott Walker becomes viable 2016 contender

"Does Walker sizzle? Not exactly. Is he a particularly charismatic speaker? No, he isn't. But does he sit upon a throne made of the skulls of his enemies? Yes, yes he does. The November 4 election proved that in a definitive fashion. And though we are a constitutional republic not given to men upon thrones, this particular throne deserves consideration for a national position," observes Federalist writer Rich Cromwell observes. Published November 15, 2014