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Jennifer Harper

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Veteran stand-up comedian and host Michael Loftus on the set of "Flipside", a new political show produced by conservatives who vow they won't bash America. (Image from ForProfit Productions)

'The Flipside' rocks TV: Conservative creators vow new show won't bash America

Those weary of annoying liberal chatter and America bashing in the comedy realm have a new alternative. That would be "Flipside", a weekly half-hour broadcast dicing through politics and culture, but produced by a group of stalwart creatives who have some serious conservative underpinnings, with a few dashes of libertarianism. Published October 16, 2014

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Obama attend two fundraising events in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Back to normal: White House fundraising begins again

It took the Ebola crisis to dampen White House enthusiasm for relentless fundraising. After a previous week filled with six moneymakers around the nation, President Obama canceled three similar events this week to tend the growing public distress over the disease and its threat. But prudence, perhaps, has ended. Published October 16, 2014

Thick smoke rises following an airstrike by the US-led coalition in Kobani, Syria while fighting continued between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Better late than never: The war on the Islamic State gets a name

The press has wondered what to call the Islamic State war since August. Now they can relax. The Pentagon has at long last given the operation a name, and that name is "Inherent Resolve." Not bad. That'll do. Thank you Joint Chiefs of Staff. Published October 14, 2014

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman is giving Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican, a run for his money, but tea party activists say Mr. Orman is "independent" in name only and the Mr. Roberts is the conservative choice. (Associated Press)

Greg Orman: 'Independent' in name only

Election drama in Kansas continues. The bout between incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and independent hopeful Greg Orman grows intense with news that Democrats are in serious wooing mode, seeking to attract the partyless challenger into their fold. Published October 13, 2014

President Barack Obama waves as he steps out of Air Force One upon arriving at JFK International Airport in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. The president is in New York to attend fundraisers.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Message to Congress: Come back, get to work, vote on ISIS

Maybe lawmakers figure that their favorability ratings are just so low that nothing much matters anymore. They are wrong. Voters want them back in the U.S. Capitol acting like responsible elected officials. Nearly four out of five Americans — 78 percent — say House and Senate members should return to Washington for a vote to authorize the use of military force against Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq. Return now. Please. So says a Reason-Rupe poll, which also reveals a little something about the voters themselves. Published October 9, 2014

Back when military conflicts had names, U.S. Army troops in Afghanistan in December 2009 carry out Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force)

The war with ISIS has no name: And why is that, exactly?

In the age of branding and cultural concerns, the U.S. military and the federal government are very meticulous when it comes to naming weapons, conflicts, agencies, operations. But there's been a lull in these combative times. Published October 8, 2014

John Bolton endorses and supports an army of national security candidates who vow to stand up for a strong America with some "bold leadership." (Associated Press)

Bolton throws weight behind national security candidates in 2014

Since April, John Bolton has relentlessly identified and supported dozens of "national security" candidates — the assertive few who stand up for a strong America. Mr. Bolton has endorsed and donated to 56 campaigns so far, and he's succinct about it. Published October 7, 2014

Mike Huckabee advises Republicans that their biggest challenge is other Republicans, and calls for a moratorium on the term "RINO." (associated press)

'It's time': Mike Huckabee leads a rally for Israel on Sunday by the U.S. Capitol

The insistent evangelical voice will ring out soon, and very close to the U.S. Capitol building. Scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Upper Senate Park, it's the Rally for Israel, organized primarily by potential White House hopeful Mike Huckabee and Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America. Published October 4, 2014

This May 14, 2012, file photo shows conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh speaking during a ceremony inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state Capitol in Jefferson City,  Mo. (AP Photo/Julie Smith, File)

America gets a case of Ebola blame game, with Republicans cast as culprits

Anxiety, distrust, paranoia - beware. Sensational news coverage of Ebola is now out of quarantine, and moving at a rapid pace around the nation. The prospect of travel restrictions to and from affected African nations plus the question of U.S. preparedness is under discussion. Published October 2, 2014

Host Jon Stewart is seen here Oct. 18, 2012, during a taping of "The Daily Show with John Stewart" in New York. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ebola anxiety: Ben Carson warned the nation two months ago

A serious case of Ebola anxiety is upon us: analysts spout statistics, the press is swollen with alarming coverage, pollsters are diagnosing public distress and Comedy Central host John Stewart saw fit to dump hand sanitizer all over his script on a recent broadcast Published October 1, 2014

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee as it examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House when a man climbed over a fence, sprinted across the north lawn and dash deep into the executive mansion before finally being subdued.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Journalists jump at the novelty of a Secret Service probe

Bored with the midterm horse races, the press frolicked through a real novelty: raking a clandestine group over the coals. Their inspiration was the bipartisan investigation of a White House security breach conducted by nine Democrats and eight Republicans, all members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and all with much on their minds. Published September 30, 2014

A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Juneau, Alaska (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Clergy-on-the-Ground: Disaster experts mobilize ministers should calamity strike

It is a sign of the times - and a clear-eyed, viable idea from Johns Hopkins University emergency preparedness and response experts, who have led pastors, ministers and other clergy in disaster readiness training in three cities, capping off the outreach in the nation's capital on Tuesday. They specialize in schooling folks of faith who also have a calling to be spiritual boots-on-the-ground during a terrorist attack, mass shooting, natural disaster or other unexpected calamity. Published September 29, 2014

FILE - In this April 17, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at White House in Washington. The Obama administration celebrated when sign-ups for the health care law crossed the 8-million mark after a stumbling start. But most Americans are unimpressed. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that public opinion remains deeply negative. One bright spot: Most of those who signed up say premiums are about what they expected, or lower. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

$5,242 a minute: White House fundraising continues

Yes, there are numbers to justify why Republicans get cranky about President Obama's frequent fundraising for the Democratic Party, particularly when tax payer dollars facilitate glittering events. We know that Mr. Obama has hosted almost 400 political fundraisers since taking office. We also know that Air Force One costs $228,288 an hour to operate, a factor when the West Coast is involved. Like the upcoming gala in the Hollywood home of Gwyneth Paltrow in early October - which marks the 19th time the president has journeyed to Los Angeles for some campaign cash. Published September 29, 2014