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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points towards guests during an campaign event with employees at Trump National Doral, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump-related broadcast news stories negative 91 percent of time, study finds

A new, long-term study by the Media Research Center underscores Donald Trump's claims that the press is against him. Analysts for the conservative watchdog evaluated evening news coverage on ABC, CBS and NBC during a 12-week period from July through mid-October to find that 91 percent of the stories on Mr. Trump were negative. Published October 25, 2016

A recent Gallup poll finds respect for law enforcement is the highest across 14 demographic groups, among Republicans (86 percent) and conservatives (85 percent), and among liberals and Democrats as well. (Associated Press)

American respect for police surges to record levels, Gallup poll finds

"Three in four Americans (76 percent) say they have 'a great deal' of respect for the police in their area, up 12 percentage points from last year," reports Justin McCarthy, a Gallup analyst who notes that this finding is significantly higher now than in any measurement taken since the 1990s, and is just one point below the high of 77 percent recorded in 1967. Published October 24, 2016

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus maintains that, despite a bumpy road, the GOP remains behind Donald Trump. (Associated Press)

Cheer up, conservatives: CPAC registration now open

As the election rages, life goes on. American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp has announced that registration for the Conservative Political Action Conference -- CPAC -- is now up and running. The annual event is a reassuring spring rite for conservatives who are weary of shrill, insistent media claims that America has abandoned its founding principles and is now a progressive, globalist entity in a brazen new world. Published October 23, 2016

Ivanka Trump, shown here with her six-month-old son Theodore, says her father Donald Trump would never lie to the American people. (Ivanka Trump)

A majority of voters agree: The media is biased against Trump

Donald Trump claims the news media are against him, and Americans appear to agree. A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that 55 percent of likely voters say the press is biased against Mr. Trump, and that sentiment essentially dominates the survey. Published October 20, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, take the stage for the third presidential debate at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Presidential debate draws a record-breaking 67.4 million viewers

The third and final presidential debate pulled in 65 million viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen Media Research. Additional audience tallies from PBS, Spanish-language outlets and other sources are expected to make the Wednesday night bout between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton a record-breaker. Published October 20, 2016

Many Republicans are relieved that Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will be the moderator for the final presidential debate. (Fox News)

Finale: Fox News, Chris Wallace and the 'fair and balanced' debate

To the relief of most Republicans, the final presidential debate will be moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace. He will be a solo act, hailing from a network that continues to lay claim to "fair and balanced" coverage -- and continues to dominate the field. Published October 18, 2016

A research study finds liberal bias in the media goes back decades. (Library of Congress)

Liberal bias in the media traced back to 1964

When Donald Trump claims the news media is against him, there are clear numbers to back him up -- and the evidence stretches back decades. It is an entrenched phenomenon. Consider that veteran media researcher Robert Lichter examined the voting records of what he termed the "media elite" to find that 81 percent to 94 percent of the nation's journalists voted Democratic in presidential elections from 1964 to 1976. Mr. Lichter released this research in 1986. Published October 17, 2016

Donald Trump continues to wage an aggressive campaign, and plans to continue. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnick)

Trump still in it to win it

The final presidential debate is just over 48 hours away. Despite unprecedented attacks from biased news organizations, partisan pundits and assorted celebrities, Donald Trump continues to wage a relentless campaign. When Hillary Clinton's campaign rhetoric goes low, Mr. Trump goes louder -- and he stays on message. For the sixth time, the nominee is bypassing traditional pollsters and conducting his own voter survey, seeking insight from his followers as the Wednesday night fight approaches. Published October 16, 2016

British singer Elton John has been fundraising for Hillary Clinton since the 2008 election, and will do so Thursday at a Hollywood event. (Associated Press)

Time for fundraising: Hillary heads to Hollywood

The West Coast still calls Hillary Clinton, and no wonder. The Democratic presidential nominee has some mighty, moneyed fans standing by, checkbooks at the ready. On Thursday Mrs. Clinton herself heads to the greater Tinseltown area for what is dramatically billed as "the final Los Angeles dinner" before the presidential election, staged in a sumptuous Beverly Hills home with tickets priced up to $100,000. Each. Published October 12, 2016