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Jennifer Harper

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts speaks to a group of supporters at a rally in support of Kentucky democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. Warren has been canvassing the country following a failed vote in the U.S. Senate that would have allowed some people to refinance their student loan debt to take advantage of lower interest rates.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Elizabeth Warren named 'Porker of the Year' by taxpayer watchdog

It may not play well in Peoria or anywhere else should she enter the White House race. Populist favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been named the 2014 Porker of the Year by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a frugal-minded watchdog group that monitors lawmakers, offices and agencies. The Massachusetts Democrat won the title over six other nominees in a public poll, with 34 percent of the vote. Published February 19, 2015

A new Dr. Seuss book is due in July - based on long lost manuscript and artwork. (Random House)

Green eggs and what? New Dr. Seuss book to be published from long lost manuscript and artwork

It's been a quarter century since the last Dr. Seuss book was published. But his widow and a former secretary revealed Wednesday that they made a startling discovery: The pair found a box filled with an original manuscript plus artwork by the beloved children's author in the old office space of his California home. And voila. A new book titled "What Pet Should I Get?" will be published by Random House Children's Books, to be released July 28. Published February 18, 2015

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton heads to New Hampshire for a meeting with Scott Brown and a breakfast hour appearance at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Friday. (Associated Press)

Hey, is the Democratic 'autopsy' done yet?

Heard of the Pelosi Cocktail? You have to order the drink to find out what's in it, of course — and that thought makes a perfect lead-in to this burning question. Will the much ballyhooed "autopsy" of what went wrong for the Democratic Party during the 2014 midterms be released when Democrats gather for their winter meeting on Thursday? That was the plan. Published February 18, 2015

Scott Walker has inherited the "Romney vote," says one pollster. (Associated Press)

No diploma, no problem: Scott Walker inherits the 'Romney vote' says new Iowa poll

The catcalling press continues to trail after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, hoping to make an issue over his lack of a college diploma, among other things. But no matter. Mr. Walker's grass-roots appeal and business acumen have made him the victor in a new poll of Iowa voters who rank him top dog among 2016 GOP contenders. Published February 17, 2015

Long on a meat-minded mission, Omaha Steaks will now deliver collections of chef-quality fresh vegetables along with those famous ribeyes and sirloins. (Omaha Steaks)

First time in 98 years: Move over ribeye, Omaha Steaks to offer 'chef grade artisanal' vegetables

Move over filet mignon, porterhouse and ribeye. Make way for the beets, leeks, pea tendrils, baby carrots, microgreens and even edible flowers. Omaha Steaks, long the mail-order domain of American meat lovers, will now carry five different designer collections of veggies for the home cook, with prices beginning at $99 for 10 pounds, delivered "straight from the soil to the door." Published February 17, 2015

This undated file photo shows the statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. (AP Photo/File)

Americans say leave Mount Rushmore 'as is' - but 21% of Dems would add Obama

Leave Mount Rushmore as is, say most Americans. They are content with the monumental likenesses of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt - carved on a mountain in South Dakota. But 21 percent of Democrats - one in five- would like to see President Obama join those presidents some day. Meanwhile, 16 percent of Republicans say Ronald Reagan should be the next portrait to be added. So says a new poll from Rasmussen Reports released Monday. Published February 16, 2015

NASA is looking for practical creativity, such as the design of this intricately stitched astronaut glove that offers a broad range of motion for space missions. (Final Frontier Design)

NASA taps Brooklyn artist to create cost-efficient spacesuit for civilian travel

NASA has always attracted visionary thinkers with a practical knack. The tradition continues: The space agency has tapped the skills of Ted Southern, a Brooklyn artist with a can-do attitude and some commercial mojo — perfect for a space race that has become sharply competitive in a global marketplace. Published February 15, 2015

Upcoming fashion is unisex - with androgynous colors and progressive designs, says the industry color adviser. (Image from Pantone)

Unisex returns: 'Androgynous' colors, progressive design dominate upcoming fashion

It's not 50 shades of gray quite yet. Just in time for New York Fashion Week comes this news from Pantone - the industry organization which sets professional color standards for all design industries: "The fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men's and women's fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Published February 12, 2015

Ronald and Nancy Reagan were deeply affectionate, close friends say. (The Washington Times)

On Valentine's Day: 75 percent of Republicans say they are 'currently in love' - Fox News poll

There are many polls out there for Valentines Day, mostly about flowers, candy, jewelry and how much people spend. Then there is the Fox News poll that includes a partisan breakdown about sentiment. Turns out that 69 percent of all American voters say they are "currently in love." That includes 75 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of independents, 62 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of tea partiers. Published February 12, 2015

President Barack Obama waves as he arrives on Air Force One at Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Obama is traveling to promote his budget proposal to make two years of community college free. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Obama to head for a private California fundraiser - and a weekend in Palm Springs

One more time, he is California bound. We know it's time to fire up Air Force One for a West Coast mission. Indeed, President Obama journeys to Palo Alto, California on Friday to address the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University — then it's on to San Francisco for a private Democratic National Committee fundraiser with tickets priced from $10,000 to $32,400. But wait. The holiday weekend looms. Published February 11, 2015

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks to the Center for American Progress’s Second Annual Policy Conference in Washington. The Massachusetts senator remains the subject of a draft movement by liberal activists but has repeatedly declined interest in running for president.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Not a coronation just yet: Progressive poll says Elizabeth Warren bests Hillary Clinton

Democratic voters want a campaign not a coronation. A new poll from the MoveOn.Org and YouGov reveals that 82 percent of likely Iowa caucus goers and 75 percent of likely New Hampshire primary voters want Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016. The Massachusetts Democrat has already said she's not particularly interested, but that has not deterred her devoted fan base from asking her to take on Hillary Clinton, long deemed the dominant favorite by pollsters and pundits alike. Published February 11, 2015

The Hollywood sign is seen from near the top of Beachwood Canyon, adjacent to Griffith Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Cultural hypocrisy: Study accuses Hollywood of waging genuine 'war on women' through TV violence

A new study from the Media Research Center cites some Hollywood hypocrisy when in comes to popular TV programming. Though studio management and stars alike speak out against issues domestic violence, the programming doesn't back up the sentiment. The research revealed 129 acts of violence against women in one week of primetime TV shows. "It's just lip service. Hollywood sells violence against women as entertainment on practically every drama on network television," writes Kristine Marsh, who covers cultural issues for the watchdog group. Published February 11, 2015

Smart phone image from Informate

Hello? Americans now spend five hours a day - on their phones

We are close to our phones. Maybe too close. Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones – blabbing, texting, socializing, doing business. And the U.S. leads the list of nations in phone use, this according to new findings from Informate Mobile Intelligence, a Seattle-based research group that tracks and measures consumer use. Phoners in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico spend the least amount of time on their device - about two hours a day. Published February 10, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Associated Press)

202 days since a press conference? Republicans want to know: Where's Hillary, why is she hiding?

The Republican National Committee is fretting about Hillary Rodham Clinton's absence from the public arena at the moment. "We've noticed it. You've noticed it: Hillary Clinton is hiding," the committee notes in a public memo. "Potential Republican presidential candidates are out in public, speaking to voters, and sharing their ideas. But Hillary Clinton is nowhere to be found." Their point has resonated. Others parse the who, what, when and where of it all. "Come out, come out wherever you are," writes the Weekly Standard's Daniel Halper. "Where in the world is Hillary Clinton? Over the past several weeks, she has been behaving like a reclusive third-world dictator," declares Washington Free Beacon editor Andrew Stiles. Published February 10, 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)

Brian Williams: Here comes the collateral damage

Alas. The questionable claims of a popular anchorman on the nation's leading broadcast news network has taken its toll: preliminary Nielson ratings reveal that the number of viewers for NBC Nightly News dropped by 36 percent after revelations that newsman-in-chief Brian Williams fibbed about a few things while on the job. Published February 9, 2015