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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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The middle class American Dream appears to be shrinking, according to a new Gallup poll.

Shrinking demographic: 51 percent of Americans now 'middle class' - down from 63 percent

And yet another poll focuses upon a cultural moment with political implications. Gallup reveals that the middle class is truly shrinking: Fifty-one percent of Americans now describe themselves as middle class, down from 63 percent seven years ago; 48 percent say they are "working or lower class," up 10 percentage points since 2008. Among Republicans, 55 percent say they're middle class, down 12 percentage points; 49 percent of Democrats say the same, down 10 percentage points. Published April 29, 2015

Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Carly Fiorina's determined agenda: Hillary bashing, NH tour, new book, big announcement

She essentially has the Granite State all to herself this week. When Carly Fiorina arrives in New Hampshire on Tuesday, she’ll be staying the entire week — appearing at 11 events in six counties, ranging from cozy living room chats to major business roundtables, sessions with local Republican officials and one national security summit. Published April 28, 2015

The alma maters of current GOP presidential hopefuls do not include Ivy League schools. (Washington Times graphic)

Harvard-less: GOP presidential hopefuls have 'delightful' lack of Ivy League credentials

A noteworthy phenomenon as 2016 looms on the horizon. Democrats often portray Republicans as pedigreed frat boys who are hopelessly out of touch with voters. It is a convenient and oft-repeated claim. But it doesn't have much truth to it anymore. Many of the current GOP presidential hopefuls are not quite living up to the Democratic claim. Which could be a distinct advantage. Published April 27, 2015

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has common-sense advice on uniting the Republican Party. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Asa Hutchinson's common-sense advice to the GOP ... (it really is the economy)

Critics often claim that Republican disunity is evidence that the party is either out of touch, or unfit to govern town, state or nation. Democratic strategists have made the case for years. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, however, has a simple strategy of his own to counter this situation. Published April 26, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, will be in Iowa talking over faith and freedom. (Associated Press)

GOP presidential hopefuls skip White House Correspondents Dinner, opt for faith in Iowa

Nine Republican presidential hopefuls will not be among the 3,000-ish guests at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in the nation's capital. They have a different calling on Saturday. Though politically attuned to every opportunity, this group will be in Waukee, Iowa, at the Point of Grace church — talking up the big topics at the 15th annual Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s "kick-off" voter outreach. Published April 24, 2015

The White House Correspondents' Dinner will host 2,600 guests, even though there are only 260 officially credentialed "correspondents." Over 1,000 would-be guests were turned away. (Photo by J.M Eddins for White House Correspondents Assoc.)

WHCD: One giant dinner, 24 private parties, the Comedian-in-Chief and a cast of thousands

One giant dinner and 24 private parties later - and the White House Correspondents Dinner season is almost over. Almost. Sunday still percolates with a few stray parties - like CNN's official "hangover party," staged in a pilates studio a few blocks north of the White House. The main event managed to feed and water 2,600 "correspondents" though, along with the 240 genuine journalists who actually have White House credentials. There was a red carpet, people posed, gawkers screamed and snapped selfies. Published April 23, 2015

Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked. Yahoo and Microsoft are offering new log-in solutions via text, facial recognition and fingerprint-identification technology. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File Feb. 27, 2013)

Study of a story 'discarded': Broadcast coverage of Hillary e-mails dropped by 93 percent

Some still wonder whatever happened to coverage of Hillary Clinton's private email system during her tenure as Secretary of State. The story has disappeared on the broadcast networks according to a new analysis which finds that the "e-mail scandal" garnered just under four minutes on ABC, CBS, NBC — about 30 seconds a day — during the week Mrs. Clinton announced her presidential intentions. Published April 22, 2015

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