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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton has a new mission: He hopes to ensure Hillary Clinton will not win the 2016 election. (Associated Press)

John Bolton takes on Hillary Clinton: 'I plan to hold her accountable for her own failures'

The Republican National Committee puts it this way: "The Clinton machine rumbles on." Indeed, Hillary Rodham Clinton's quest for the White House is akin to an all-terrain vehicle on the campaign trail -- rolling over bumps, skirting ditches, and even airborne at times. Despite the rough ride, it relentlessly covers the territory, on course for the prime destination. Yes, well. Mrs. Clinton's critics, meanwhile, are weary of it, and thinking tactics. Published June 18, 2015

The climate, the pope, the skeptics

The world is now privy to the Vatican view on global warming, thanks to overeager journalists who reported details from an encyclical by Pope Francis on earthly environmental matters, before its official Thursday release. A tacky practice. The contents, though, are already drawing commentary. Published June 17, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham has released his autobiography as a free download.

'Everyone has a story' -- Lindsey Graham writes autobiography, gives it away as free download

Available for free: "My Story" by Sen. Lindsey Graham, a 126-page autobiography released online by his presidential campaign. The e-book reveals that the GOP hopeful had a challenging, modest childhood, served his country, flew a C-130, won his public offices. "Everyone has a story. Not everyone has to tell it, of course, and most people have the good sense not to," he writes. Published June 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Trump rumples the Republicans, tantalizes the press

Before departing for the Iowa heartland, new and improved GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump left behind one message for his enthusiastic fans and determined critics: "Let's make American great again." He also advised that his personal skills as negotiator, self-made entrepreneur, family man and unapologetic rich guy would come in handy on the global stage. Published June 16, 2015

Singer Pat Boone, a longtime supporter of traditional American values, will address the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday. (PAT BOONE)

Pat Boone -- conservative stalwart, cultural icon -- to have his say at the Heritage Foundation

Among the hundreds of policy events in the nation's capital on Wednesday, one in particular stands out. Authentic cultural icon, family man, ace performer, man of faith and conservative stalwart Pat Boone is in town to have his say about the state of the nation, and his own 60-year career in entertainment. He'll appear at high noon at the Heritage Foundation, just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Published June 16, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to supporters during a rally, Sunday, June 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Seeking an army of volunteers, Clinton is trying to build an organizational edge in Iowa as some of her lesser-known Democratic rivals clamor for attention in the state that tripped up her first presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

And so it begins: Political reporter barred from Hillary Clinton campaign event

In an age where official transparency is valued by both press and the public, The Daily Mail reports that David Martosko, the U.S. political for the British news organization, was denied access to a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire on Monday morning - despite the fact he had been designated as the "pool reporter" for the day. Published June 15, 2015

Marines of the 1st Force Service Supply Group Forward respond to reports of an Iraqi force preparing to advance on them from the south during a sandstorm in southern Iraq on March 25, 2003. President Bush's legacy depends on a positive outcome in Iraq. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

Gallup poll: Americans now less likely to think the war in Iraq was a 'mistake'

Americans have lived with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for 12 years, essentially, and their perceptions of the conflicts are shifting. "Amid a security situation in Iraq and Afghanistan that continues to be contentious, a smaller share of Americans now than last year view the conflict in Afghanistan or the Iraq war as a mistake," says a new Gallup poll analysis. Published June 15, 2015

Jeb Bush adds an exclamation point to punctuate his bid for presidency - and his identity

His face is leaner, his focus intense. John Ellis Bush -- now known as Jeb! in his campaign outreach -- makes his bid for president Monday afternoon on his home turf in Florida. There's a new campaign logo, a straightforward video and public vows that while he is a Bush through and through, his emerging policies are sound, his political acumen authentic. Published June 14, 2015

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Associated Press) **FILE**

Hillary Clinton's moment of truth in New York City -- just a speech, or some answers?

Bill Clinton will be there, Bill de Blasio will not. New York City's Democratic mayor is skipping an event that includes a marching band, happy Democrats, a backdrop of skyscrapers and spirited speechifying that taps the wisdom of Franklin Roosevelt and spouse, Eleanor. We're talking Hillapalooza here. Hillary Rodham Clinton finally makes it official on Saturday at high noon, on an island at the lower end of Manhattan, aiming to persuade the nation that she is a sage populist destined for the White House. Published June 11, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham will take a break from the campaign trail Thursday and to the U.S. Capitol to formally introduce the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act before the U.S. Senate. (Associated press)

Lindsey Graham sets aside 2016 to step up for the unborn

He's off the presidential campaign trail for the time being, and on to cause close to his heart. On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham heads to the U.S. Capitol to formally introduce the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act before the U.S. Senate. He will be joined at a press conference by pro-life leaders who support legislation meant "to protect children after five months," -- more than halfway through pregnancy, when the baby can feel pain. The coalition points out that even fetal surgeons acknowledge this phenomenon by "routinely anesthetizing their small patients before surgery." Published June 10, 2015

David Petraeus is among those representing America at the annual Bilderberg Conference, which gets underway in Austria on Thursday. (Associated Press)

David Petraeus among the Bilderbergers

There's a fair amount of fuss about the Bilderberg Conference, which gets underway in Austria on Thursday and attracts titillating media coverage, angry protesters and public curiosity about the idea that 140 powerful people from 22 nations are meeting to figure out what the world should do at this alarming juncture. Henry Kissinger, David Petraeus, James D. Wolfensohn and Richard Perle are among those representing America. "USA" and "US elections" are on the organization's 15-item to-do list, along with Russia, terrorism, globalization and cybersecurity -- but there's nothing on climate change. Published June 9, 2015

Dan Danner, president of the National Federation of Independent Business, said a change of leadership in the Senate was crucial for American business. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

National Federation of Independent Business president Dan Danner to retire at end of year

There will be a changing of the guard at the National Federation of Independent Business later this year. President and CEO Donald A. "Dan" Danner, announced his plans on Monday to retire after 22 years with the nation's leading small business association. Mr. Danner has spent the last seven of those years at the helm, and will remain with the NFIB until the end of 2015. Published June 8, 2015

Sen. Joni Ernst, shown here on her prized Harley Davidson, will lead a 40-mile motorcyle ride on Saturday - joined by Gov. Scott Walker and Rick Perry. (Image from Sen. Joni Ernst)

GOP motorcycle ride and pig roast draws seven presidential hopefuls - and major media coverage

This pig roast could trump a certain steak fry - and it will certainly go down as a moment in Republican pop culture history. That would be "Joni's First Annual Roast and Ride," a bodacious event on Saturday organized by Sen. Joni Ernst that includes a 40-mile motorcycle ride across the Iowa countryside - boasting good cheer, thudding Harleys and a full police escort, led by the Republican herself. Next up on the agenda: "a big pig roast," the lawmaker says, and political rally of the old school variety with much speechifying and a country rock band. Published June 5, 2015