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Some pundits are applauding President Trump's push to defund arts organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts, arguing that "culture" comes from the home and not from government funding. (Associated Press)

The yearn to return to 1950s-era culture

There's some hearty applause out there for President Trump's recent decision to defund the nation's large-scale cultural providers that have held sway over public broadcasting, environmental film festivals and other creative outlets for decades. Those opposed to the idea have already staged multiple public rallies and organized public petitions. has taken on the cause. Those who will lose their funding now fear that America will revert back to the dark ages — or worse. Published March 22, 2017

NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre has a clear message for his organization's 5 million members. (NRA)

Wayne LaPierre: 'Media has thrown out the rules of journalism and become part of the mob'

Along with other conservative stalwarts, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre was summoned to the White House in early February for a strategy session with particular focus on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. LaPierre was seated right next to President Trump. The significance was not overlooked. Published March 21, 2017

We can still learn from Ronald Reagan, says Craig Shirley, a historian who has penned his fourth book on the 40th president. (Associated Press)

Staying power: Still learning from Reagan

Angry Democrats, biased news media, plus strategically manufactured outrage and "chaos" make for shrill politics these days. The political narrative appears to be constantly mutating from one thing to the next, willy-nilly. Luckily, there are still historians who pluck out valuable insights from those stalwarts who navigated difficult terrain in times past. Such is the case of Craig Shirley, whose fourth book on Ronald Reagan arrives Tuesday. Titled "Reagan Rising," it covers the pivotal events leading up to The Gipper's victory in the 1980 presidential election following a failed bid four years earlier. Published March 20, 2017

President Trump is doomed to fail with his first major initiative on Capitol Hill, according to radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. (Associated Press)

Healthcare narrative strategically twisted against Donald Trump

It's a simple question: Why is health care legislation so difficult for a nation rumored to have the finest health care on the planet? That has frustrated talk radio kingpin Rush Limbaugh as lawmakers spin their wheels on Capitol Hill and take potshots over the American Health Care Act, commonly called TrumpCare, released just 10 days ago. Published March 15, 2017

Some say the tea party, shown here in a previous rally on the National Mall, is still a powerful force on the political landscape. (The Washington Times)

Tea Party flunks the media, Democrats -- Trump gets an A

Those who organized the tea party eight years ago still track the sentiments of their flock, and very carefully -- which is a good thing. This demographic often gets overlooked by pollsters, and often at the peril of political parties. Published March 14, 2017

The White House exterior. (AP Photo)

New watchdog determined to ferret out Trump administration 'scandal'

A new watchdog organization is up and running, and has an eye trained on President Trump. American Oversight is housed in an office a few blocks north of the White House, and offers this mission statement: "There's a perfect storm for corruption and scandal brewing in the Trump administration. Published March 13, 2017

Conservative talk radio host Michael Savage has a new book titled "Trump's War: His Battle for America," arriving Monday. (Hachette Book Group)

Michael Savage does battle in new book 'Trump's War'

One of the nation's most outspoken conservative talk radio kingpins is also one of the nation's most prolific writers. Michael Savage has a new book arriving Monday that is timely indeed: "Trump's War: His Battle for America" - the author's 26th book. Mr. Savage himself spent much of 2016 parsing out President Trump's campaign for his 10 million listeners and motivating undecided voters to back Mr. Trump - a frequent guest on the show. Published March 12, 2017

President Trump on Feb. 28 at his first address to a joint session of Congress. (Associated Press/File)

No shadow presidency: Voters reject idea of Obama undermining Trump

In recent weeks talk of a "shadow presidency" has been percolating in the news media, exploring the possibility that a potential "soft coup" against the Trump administration is underway. It is disquieting stuff, considering that President Trump has been in office for a mere seven weeks as of Friday. American voters, however, do not appear happy with the idea that the new administration could be undermined so quickly. Published March 9, 2017

First lady Melania Trump arrives in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, where she hosted a luncheon on International Women's Day.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Melania Trump's favorability rating soars by double digits to 52 percent

"The more Americans learn about first lady Melania Trump, the more they like her," reports a new CNN poll, which finds that 52 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Mrs. Trump -- an increase from 36 percent before President Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20. Published March 9, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan vigorously talks up the American Health Care Act at Republican National Committee Headquarters. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

One is actually readable: Obamacare 2,300 pages, Trumpcare 46 pages

Consider health care heritage: Once there was the Healthcare Security Act of 1993, otherwise known as Hillarycare. It went bye-bye when Republicans took over the House and Senate a year later. Next came Obamacare -- the 2,300-page Affordable Health Care Act that required a $200 million public relations campaign to get it rolling -- this according to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the Department of Health and Human Services by Judicial Watch in 2011. Published March 8, 2017

A political strategist has advised that President Trump, like his predecessor, must learn the limits of governing by executive order. (Associated Press)

Keep it simple and you'll win, Mr. President: advice from a strategist

The political landscape grows ever more murky with questionable media coverage and partisan trickery meant to upstage President Trump's bona fide accomplishments. How can he counter such tactics and maintain the positive momentum he gained following his well-received speech before Congress? Ford O'Connell, an adjunct professor at George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, has a suggestion. Published March 7, 2017

Protesters rallied in New York City last month against President Trump's initial executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations. More protests are on the way against the revised version. (Associated Press)

Insta-protest: Critics erupt over 'Muslim ban'

They're still not happy. Furious is more like it. President Trump's revised, temporary ban on refugee travel from six Middle Eastern nations continues to draw an immediate outcry from his very well-organized critics. Published March 6, 2017