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Jennifer Harper

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What once was: The original White House Correspondents Banquet in 1923, attended by 50 actual correspondents. (Library of Congress)

White House Correspondents Dinner hubbub begins

Listen: Chatter and restless hubbub over the upcoming White House Correspondents Dinner can be heard in the nation's capital. It will soon drown out even the loudest caterwaul on Capitol Hill. The pre-pre-parties begin Thursday, heralding the big event on Saturday which includes 3,000 'correspondents' and one president. But go ahead. Published April 22, 2015

For New host Dana Perino has written a new memoir, published by Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Books. (Hachette)

Fox News host Dana Perino warns civility damaged by politics and pop culture in new memoir

On bookshelves Tuesday: "And the Good News Is … : Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side," by Dana Perino, a Fox News contributor, co-host of "The Five" and former White House press secretary in the George W. Bush administration. It is a memoir about her life under unique and intense circumstances, with some moments of refreshing candor. Published April 21, 2015

Bill de Blasio     Associated Press photo

De Blasio ready for - 2016? New York City mayor pops up on presidential hopefuls list

Some have wondered if Hillary Clinton was a "place holder" for a mystery Democratic candidate who would materialize in 2016. Others question the dearth of Democrats on the presidential hopefuls list, when the Republican Party boasts around 20. Well here's something. A "Draft de Blasio movement" is now percolating, and it arrives following the New York City’s mayor trip to Iowa only last week. Published April 21, 2015

Inevitable: An Earth Day trip on Air Force One, jet fuel and all

Earth Day could be interesting in Florida: President Obama will journey aboard Air Force to visit the Everglades on Wednesday, burning jet fuel and taxpayer funds as he goes. Well, at least it's not as far as Tokyo, which was his Earth Day destination last year. That venture prompted the London Daily Mail to do the math and reveal that magnificent but pricey aircraft consumes 5 gallons of jet fuel for every mile it flies — emitting over 21 pounds of dreaded CO2 per gallon. The fuel alone costs taxpayers about $180,000 per hour of flight time. Oh, the carbon footprint — and the irony. Published April 21, 2015

Reporters race after Hillary Clinton's van during her first campaign stop in Iowa. (MSNBC)

Hillary galvanizes the press, earning twice as much recognition as Repubicans: Poll

Does the news media favor Hillary Clinton? Analysts bicker about it even as journalists scramble after the Democratic hopeful wherever she may be - though formal press conferences are a rarity in her campaign so far. A new poll, however, suggests that the press is at least very eager to cover Mrs. Clinton, and it's having an impact: 66 percent of Americans now say they've heard "a lot" about Mrs. Clinton's presidential intentions. Only 46 percent say they've heard a lot about the 2016 election itself - and far less have been up close and personal with the GOP presidential hopefuls. That percentage is in the 30s. Published April 20, 2015

The new Viking Star features a Snow Grotto - with real flurries. (Viking Cruises)

Cruise ship to feature arctic-themed Snow Grotto - with flurries and a 'bucket dump'

In keeping with its Scandinavian roots, a new ocean-going Viking Cruises ship will feature a sub-zero Snow Grotto for passengers seeking an experience beyond the typical pool deck and sun chairs that rival companies offer. Set to launch from Norway in mid-May, the Viking Star has already picked up accolades for the unprecedented snow room, which features powder-consistency snow falling from the ceiling in an environment done up in ice blue and white, a nearby "bucket dump" will douse brave guests with ice water to get their blood circulating. Published April 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton arrives in New Hampshire on Monday for two days of grass-roots campaigning. (Hollis1138)

Hillary Clinton's next script, New Hampshire style — plus the adoring media

Iowa seems so long ago, like ancient history in the instant annals of manufactured politics now annoying voters. But it's forever onward for Hillary Rodham Clinton: It's time for the Democrat's greatest presidential hope to journey to New Hampshire, and a whole new dramatic tableau punctuated by pine forests and clear lakes rather than heartland plains and big skies. Published April 19, 2015

An emblem from the 603 Alliance, a group of conservative activists in new Hampshire.

Rogue conservative group takes on the GOP - promising 'shot heard round the world'

They've stood by and waited while establishment Republicans staged a noisy First in the Nation Leadership Summit in New Hampshire which drew 19 presidential hopefuls and a crush of media this weekend. Now they are ready to rumble: a feisty group of Granite State conservatives will move in. Literally. On Sunday, the 603 Alliance — activists loyal to founding principles and the Constitution - will stage a daylong summit in the very same hotel. They intend to winnow out the authentic conservative conservative candidates - with much ado. Published April 18, 2015

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is just one of many prominent members of the GOP who will be on hand for the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit starting Friday. (associated press)

Step aside: GOP, conservatives, Democrats on collision course in New Hampshire

They're first in the nation, and don't you forget it. The New Hampshire Republican Party is ferocious about its traditional status as host of the nation's first presidential primary, which can make and break candidates and create a media ruckus. So, naturally, there's a First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit. Published April 16, 2015

Carly Fiorina (Associated Press)

Pro-life is 'morally just, politically smart'

The mainstream press typically overlooks polls that suggest the nation is pro-life; a recent YouGov poll, for example, found that two-thirds of Americans believe that "fetuses in the womb are people," including 80 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Democrats. One group that does not overlook this is the Susan B. Anthony List, a nonprofit that supports pro-life candidates — set to host a daylong summit and evening gala in the nation's capital on Thursday. Republicans will help them: Sen. Rand Paul appears at the summit, Carly Fiorina serves as mistress of ceremonies at the gala, where Sen. Lindsay Graham — lead sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act — is the keynote speaker. On hand to receive awards for pro-life leadership: Sen. Joni Ernst and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Published April 15, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local residents at the Jones St. Java House, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in LeClaire, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Is Hillary inevitable? Most Americans concede Clinton 'likely to be elected president'

Inevitable? Or is it just too early to draw meaningful conclusions about 2016? "Most voters think Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States even though they have very mixed feelings about her," notes a Rasmussen poll released Wednesday - which has some of those proverbial read 'em and weep numbers for Republicans to consider. Published April 15, 2015

"Ferguson," A play based entirely on Grand Jury testimony surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown, debuts in Washington on Wednesday. (Phelim McAleer)

Ferguson the Play debuts in D.C. 'to show the truth the mainstream media is trying to hide'

"Verbatim drama" would seem ideal for the nation's capital, home to political theater and media hysteria. Verbatim drama, however, is formally categorized as documentary theater — actors read from real court testimonies, transcripts and other actual documents, yielding dramatic effects that can trump the work of a playwright. Which brings us to "Ferguson the Play," a verbatim drama drawn from Grand Jury testimony surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown. Published April 14, 2015

Stop Hillary campaign image from the Republican National Committee

Stop Hillary marketing victory: GOP generates $9.9 million in buzzworthy 'earned TV media'

There's a petition, a video, a flash drive and some nimble talking points - the Republican National Committee was quick to launch a well organized and imaginative effort to counter Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. And it has paid off. "In three days, the RNC accumulated an impressive $9.9 million in earned TV media and 1,675 individual hits across TV and radio," Sean Spicer. Published April 13, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

'Ripping Rubio': Marco Rubio has drawn an unfriendly media for years

A certain Florida Republican has drawn negative press for years. Indeed, Sen. Marco Rubio has been a target since he was elected in 2010, so much so that Geoffrey Dickens, an analyst for the Media Research Center, was inspired to track the historic "ripping Rubio" coverage. Among other things, he found that MSNBC once aired two segments in which contributors called the lawmaker "a coconut," and "pretty boy." This week, the network featured Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz calling Mr. Rubio "a flat-Earth society worshipper" and a "prune" adorned with tinsel. Published April 13, 2015

John Podesta, now chairman of Hillary Clinton for America, is on the team rebranding the Democratic Party's new presidential candidate. (Associated Press)

Humble 'champion' with bedrock values? Hillary gets a campaign makeover

The counter-coronation is underway as a reserved Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives on the presidential landscape. But wait. We've seen this before. Democratic strategist David Axelrod recast candidate Barack Obama as "no-drama Obama" during the 2008 presidential campaign after Republicans criticized the presumptuous trim of his campaign. Published April 12, 2015

Cover Image of the JVP April 2015 issue: Llallawavis-firmado; Artwork provided by H. Santiago Druetta

Fossil find: Skeleton of towering 'terror bird' found exquisitely preserved

It's a bodacious and big-beaked bird, that's for sure. Scientists studying the skeleton of an ancient South American terror bird called Llallawavis scagliai are describing it as "exquisitely preserved." Indeed, over 90 percent of the creature's bony structure is intact, revealing such details as voice box, trachea and the complete palate of a carnivorous predator which strolled the Earth some 3.5 million years ago. Published April 11, 2015