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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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The draw of a pig roast and a Harley: Seven GOP hopefuls head to Iowa with Joni Ernst

The chances are good that Gov. Scott Walker is going to jump on a Harley Davidson at Joni's First Annual Roast and Ride, this organized by Sen. Joni Ernst -- described by the lawmaker as a patriotic motorcycle ride across the Iowa countryside to honor military veterans with full police escort -- followed by a "big pig roast" in the town of Boone. Seven GOP presidential hopefuls will be front and center for this bodacious event on Saturday, and Mr. Walker is one of them. Recall that his home state of Wisconsin is also home to Harley Davidson; he recently took the brand over to China, donned black leather and aviator sunglasses, revved up a hog and road into Shanghai himself to make the sale. So he may lead the line this time as well. Published June 3, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. gives a thumbs-up as he greets supporters after announcing his bid for presidency, Monday, June 1, 2015, in Central, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Lindsey Graham: Defense hawk, pro-life hero, bachelor president

The news that Sen. Lindsey Graham is a bachelor has emerged in the news, right along with his announcement that he's running for president - the ninth in the ever-expanding Republican field. Indeed, the South Carolina lawmaker's single status garnered over 500 press mentions. Published June 2, 2015

Happy fans cheer while Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in Burlington, Vermont. (associated press)

The Bernie Sanders Effect: Fawning media coverage normalizes socialism

There's yet another trend in the trendy news media, identified by more than one concerned critic. Consider a new Investor's Business Daily editorial titled "The soft-soaping of socialism in the U.S." The publication focuses on the happy-go-lucky press coverage of a certain Vermont independent making a vigorous run for the White House as a Democrat. Published June 2, 2015

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Message for Hillary: And now it's showtime - with some truth in the script

Hillary Rodham Clinton's strategists have 11 days to come up with something perfectly spectacular. After weeks of quiet little meet and greets and a few paltry quotable quotes for the press, the leading Democratic presidential hopeful at last will stage a bustling public event for one and all on June 13 in New York. Published June 1, 2015

The new Democrat: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announces his intent to enter the 2016 presidential race. (Associated Press)

The $8 billion history of Martin O'Malley: He raised taxes and fees 83 times

He's telegenic, vigorous, a deft speaker: Martin O'Malley looks the part of an earnest and energetic presidential contender who could hold his own on a global stage. But now that he's officially in the 2016 race, those who recall his years as the Democratic governor of Maryland have a few numbers to share. According to a tally by the House Republican Caucus of Maryland, Mr. O'Malley raised taxes and fees 83 times in his eight years in office, to the tune of $8 billion. Published May 31, 2015

Columnist and broadcast host Armstrong Williams

The 'Right Side Forum' with Armstrong Williams addresses FIFA scandal, Baltimore riots and floods

The "Right Side Forum," an hour-long conservative live news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will look at a number of topics on its next broadcast: Journalists will join him to explore major events of the week that captured their attention. Among them: the FIFA indictments, the $20 million cost of recent riots in Baltimore and water - from flooding and drought, to the Obama administration's new drinking water rules. Published May 29, 2015

The DNC is mocking Sen. Marco Rubio's birthday trip to Las Vegas (Image from Democratic National Committee)

Democratic National Committee makes a mockery of Marco Rubio's birthday trip to Las Vegas

Sen. Marco Rubio turns 44 with much ado on Thursday, journeying to Las Vegas for a private celebration hosted by Rick Harrison, star of the History Channel's reality show "Pawn Stars." The presidential hopeful will make an appearance at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Mr. Harrison, meanwhile, is not much of a fan of Obamacare, or the Obama administration's treatment of small businesses. It's still a celebration, however - and one not overlooked by the DNC. Published May 28, 2015

Bill O'Reilly's next book "Killing Reagan" is due out on Sept. 22 (Image from Bill O'Reilly)

Bill O'Reilly pens his next book: 'Killing Reagan'

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, relentless author of such best-sellers as "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Jesus," is back into this disquieting but popular theme. "There are four books in the 'killing series' -- Lincoln, Kennedy, Patton, Jesus. Right now 12 million copies of those books are in print," Mr. O'Reilly told his vast audience Wednesday night. "The next book will be out September 22, and the title is 'Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault that Changed a Presidency." Published May 27, 2015

Then-New York Gov. George Pataki (right) is now poised to enter the GOP race for 2016, saying the party needs to veer away from social issues and concentrate more on fiscal responsibility and conservative principles. (Associated Press)

George Pataki next up to announce presidential intent, vows to 'defeat Islamic terror'

Another 24 hours, and another Republican hopeful comes to call on American voters. George Pataki will announce his plans to run for president on Thursday morning; with a touch of drama, the former New York governor will journey to Exeter, New Hampshire for his big reveal. The historic town of 9,242 was more or less the birthplace of the Republican Party, founded in 1853 right there in the local Squamscott Hotel. Published May 27, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to South Carolina House Democratic Women's Caucus and Women's Council, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.  (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Hillary Clinton's tradition: Increase spending by $226 billion

Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign tends to be long on marketing but often short on substance in such matters -- prompting the National Taxpayers Union Foundation to seek insight through Mrs. Clinton's actual legislative record during her eight years as a U.S. senator from New York. The watchdog group found that her average legislative agenda would have increased federal spending by $226 billion per year. Published May 27, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Bernie Sanders on his campaign: 'A political revolution is coming'

"Paid for by Bernie Sanders. Not the billionaires," states the campaign motto of Sen. Bernie Sanders; the Vermont Independent who kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday in Burlington - to be followed by a 10-event tour through New Hampshire and Iowa in the 48 hours that follow. Published May 26, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, march in a Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 25, 2015 in Chappaqua, N.Y. Close to a thousand onlookers crowded the parade route in Chappaqua, the Clinton's hometown. (Joe Larese/ The Journal News via AP) NYC OUT, NO SALES, ONLINE OUT, TV OUT, NEWSDAY INTERNET OUT; MAGS OUT

Obama + Clinton + Florida = fundraisers

The phrase gets old after a while, but it's time to rev up Air Force One once again: President Obama has a pair of fundraisers to attend in Florida. Published May 25, 2015