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Jennifer Harper

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A historical image and a poignant moment from the Korean War  (DOD)

Korean Americans, vets, Peace Corps alumni to honor 1953 cease-fire

Organizers predict an "eclectic mix" of people on hand to honor military veterans, and to observe the anniversary of the cease-fire treaty signed on July 27, 1953, marking the end of hostilities of The Korean War. Many will gather Saturday Along the National Mall near the reflecting pool to remember the three year "Forgotten War," which drew 1.8 million Americans into battle; 33,739 died in combat on Korean soil, 103,284 were wounded. Published July 24, 2015

The official White House portrait of Dwight Eisenhower, 34th president

An Eisenhower moment: David Keene joins the mission to build a new memorial to the 34th president

The Eisenhower Memorial Commission Advisory Committee has a new member. Washington Times opinion editor David Keene has joined the six-man team now shepherding the mission to ensure that a national memorial to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes a reality, and one that properly reflects both a president and a citizen devoted to public service, leadership, integrity, a lifelong work ethic and the values and processes of democracy. Congress approved the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial in 1999, and the effort was signed into law by President Clinton. Published July 23, 2015

FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

50 senators have plans for Planned Parenthood

Fifty senators from both sides of the aisle have acted quickly after the release of two undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood officials referencing the harvesting and sale of fetal tissue for profit. Sen. Joni Ernst, who organized the effort, has 50 signatures on a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, seeking an investigation of the dismal practice. Published July 22, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina was the most succinct of any critic who was shocked and dismayed by the second Planned Parenthood video that referenced potential harvesting and selling of aborted fetal tissue for profit. (ASsociated Press)

Fetal parts, the dismal sequel

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina was the most succinct of any critic who was shocked and dismayed by the second Planned Parenthood video that referenced potential harvesting and selling of aborted fetal tissue for profit. "It doesn't matter whether you think you're pro-choice or pro-life. Every woman, every man has to look at these videos and think, what has gone wrong in our nation?" asked Ms. Fiorina in her own video reply, produced just as she embarked on a 12-city tour of Iowa beginning Wednesday. Ms. Fiorina had much company. Published July 21, 2015

The upcoming 2016 presidential race is predicted to be a $4.4 billion election. (Mary F. Calvert / The Washington Times)

Here comes the bonanza: 2016 presidential race predicted to be a $4.4 billion election

Well at least it's not a trillion dollar race. Well, not yet anyway. Voters may want to prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of political advertising as the 2016 presidential race fires up and barrels across the nation. It's going to be a $4.4 billion election, predicts Elizabeth Wilner, an analyst at the Cook Political Report. Published July 21, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is set to enter the race for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination Tuesday, making him the 16th officially declared candidate from the GOP. Mr. Kasich will then travel on to New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina. (Associated Press)

John Kasich: Last but not least, declares 'We must assume our role as leaders of the world'

John Kasich will at last make his "special announcement" at high noon Tuesday to reveal he's joining the GOP pack of presidential hopefuls -- No. 16 in the lineup. The mainstream media have reported that the Kasich candidacy makes assorted Republican bigwigs nervous. But then, the press reports this about other contenders as well. Published July 20, 2015

A leaner, more aggressive Jeb Bush begins a series of heavy policy speeches on Monday, starting with a talk titled "Taking on Mt. Washington." (Jeb2016 campaign)

Leaner, meaner: Jeb Bush starts his climb

Monday marks the first in a series of speeches by Jeb Bush "that will outline what his priorities will be as president, beginning with taking on Mount Washington and reforming the way D.C. works" -- this according to his campaign. The inaugural speech itself is titled "Taking on Mount Washington," in fact. Published July 19, 2015

Ron Paul is still politically active, and has launched a support campaign for son Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign.  (Associated Press)

Not done yet: Ron Paul writes a new book ripping the 'corruption and corrosion' of modern life

He ran for president three times, served 12 terms in Congress, has been married 58 years and turns 80 in August. But Ron Paul is not done yet. He published a new book on Friday - "Swords Into Plowshares: A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace and Prosperity" - based on his life growing up in World War II, and what has become of America since then. Published July 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, shakes hands during a campaign event at a Harley-Davidson dealership Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hello Manhattan: President Obama to NYC, 10 Republican hopefuls hustle off to Iowa

Bright lights are calling, so rev up Air Force One. President Obama flies into Manhattan on Friday for an "intimate dinner and Democratic National Committee fundraiser," to stay overnight at an unnamed hotel. Ten Republican hopefuls, meanwhile, head to Ames, Iowa to talk up heartland matters and size up the competition. Published July 16, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, front, and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman meet with foreign ministers of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (Carlos Barria/Pool photo via AP)

Two-thirds of voters say Obama administration deal with Iran needs approval from Congress

Voters are only lukewarm when it comes to the nuclear agreement between the U.S. and Iran finalized earlier this week - while two thirds appear particularly troubled by evidence of the "imperial presidency" at work on the global stage. 65 percent of voters believe any agreement the Obama administration makes with Iran regarding the Iranian nuclear program requires the approval of Congress," says a Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday. Published July 16, 2015

Image of Planned Parenthood coverage of the 'baby parts' story on Fox News courtesy of the Media Research Center.

Major broadcasters all but ignore Planned Parenthood fetal body parts investigation

A close study from the Media Research Center has examined broadcast coverage of an undercover video revealing Planned Parenthood's senior director of Medical Services referring to the practice of selling the body parts of aborted babies. The chilling account went public Tuesday but warranted little attention from the "Big Three" networks in the aftermath. ABC and CBS completely ignored the story while NBC gave it 39 seconds, omitting "damning quotes," according to the analysis. Published July 15, 2015

Veteran NBC newsman Lester Holt is currently filling in for "Nightly News" anchorman Brian Williams, who has taken leave while questions about his credibility are sorted out by the network. (NBC News)

NBC veteran anchorman Lester Holt wins the ratings race, bests CBS, ABC rivals

Five months ago, Lester Holt temporarily took over the NBC Nightly News anchorman's chair following the sudden exit of Brian Williams who was suspended following the discovery that he had made false claims as a newsman. Three weeks ago, Mr. Holt was named the permanent replacement. Nielsen now reveals that the Nightly News is in first place in the ratings race. Published July 15, 2015

Sen. James M. Inhofe, unhappy about the Iran nuclear deal, says the American military must remain at Cold War-era levels of readiness. (U.S. Air Force)

Advice on Iran from the Reagan era: Trust but verify -- or else

Skeptical critics of the U.S. nuclear agreement with Iran have deemed the diplomatic deal a historic mistake, a disaster, a catastrophe and a surrender, among many other things. While the toxic fallout continues, one lawmaker recommends the U.S. at least consult the lessons of the Cold War, when finesse, guts and common sense were paramount -- along with a few fully loaded B-52s. Published July 14, 2015

In this Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 photo provided by NBC, from left, Tamron Hall, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker appear on the "Today" show, in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Bryan Bedder)

How much do TV anchors really make? (Hint: Not all that much...)

In past years, the public has heard tell of news anchors like NBC's Matt Lauer who earns $20 million a year, and Katie Couric, now pulling in $10 million from Yahoo News. The multi-million salaries of big name anchors is not the norm, according to an annual survey of current salaries released by the Radio Television Digital News Association, an industry group. The average salary for a news anchor is $83,300, though this can range from a minimum of $14,000 to a maximum of $875,000, depending on market size and other circumstances. Published July 14, 2015

A new book by American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks explains the route to a 'fairer, happier more prosperous America.' (Broadside Books)

New advice for conservatives: 'Build a fairer, happier, and more prosperous America'

The title says all: "The Conservative Heart: How to build a fairer, happier, and more prosperous America" by American Enterprise Institute president Arthur C. Brooks arrives Tuesday, with a clear mission and much acclaim. George Will, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Mike Lee are among those praising the new book. It's establishing some new turf for conservatives -- and some pushback against the persistent progressive monopoly as "champions" of the needy and vulnerable. Published July 14, 2015

Citizens United for Israel is in the nation's capital for a major conference that includes 5,000 attendees and plenty of input from presidential hopefuls, pastors, activists and lawmakers. (Citizens United for Israel)

Christians United for Israel draws 5,000 to Washington for summit, GOP hopefuls, some truth

Christians United for Israel is now midway through its 10th annual summit in the nation's capital -- a major two-day event that has drawn 5,000 attendees and a wide spectrum of speakers that includes Sens. Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, John Cornyn, and Tom Cotton; Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Rick Santorum, with video messages from Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Published July 13, 2015