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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Former Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson is helping to lead the charge to open the official presidential debates to third party candidates. (Our America Initiative)

Libertarians take on the 2016 presidential debates, will sue to be included

Enough, already. The Libertarian Party is fed up with its ongoing exclusion from officially sanctioned presidential debates and the national broadcast exposure which comes with them. The party has already organized a public petition of protest and now plans a lawsuit against the "duopoly" of Republican and Democratic candidates who have a guaranteed national forum -- when alternative candidates do not. Published May 12, 2015

Following Bloomberg News editor Mark Halperin's apology for a recent controversial interview, Sen. Ted Cruz accepts it - and moves on. (AP Photo)

Cuba-gate: Mark Halperin offers mea culpa, Ted Cruz says 'No offense taken'

Bloomberg News managing editor Mark Halperin experienced significant pushback from a variety of sources following a controversial interview he conducted with Sen. Ted Cruz. The journalist asked the Texas Republican what appeared to be flippant but invasive details about his "Cuban" heritage and use of Spanish -- oddly unrelated to political discourse. Published May 11, 2015

Yale University students wear a variety of head coverings during Class Day at Yale in New Haven (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Conservatives not welcome: Liberal speakers dominate college commencements by six-to-one

Conservatives are essentially unwelcome on the annual college commencement speaker circuit, when politicians, the famous and infamous don a graduation robe, and interesting hat and make a speech. According to the Young America's Foundation's annual survey of speakers at the nation's top 100 universities, liberal speakers more than dominated the field. Among the top 100 campuses: liberal speakers outnumber conservatives 6-to-1. Published May 11, 2015

An interview between Bloomberg News managing editor and Sen. Ted Cruz has raised some questions. (Washington Times)

Authenticity challenge: Ted Cruz asked to prove he's 'Cuban' - controversy ensues, apology issued

Analysts and journalists are still puzzling over the recent interview between Bloomberg News managing editor Mark Halperin and Sen. Ted Cruz. The Texas Republican and Cuban-American was subjected to a string of inquiries about his taste in Cuban food and music, his ability to speak Spanish and other matters that had no real place in the political discourse. Published May 11, 2015

Kirsten Powers' new book explores the role of the Left in silencing those who disagree with them. (Regnery Publishing)

Kirsten Powers: 'How the left is killing free speech' and demonizing conservatives

There's much talk about free speech, and the right to it. Now comes a major book explaining who and what is eroding this most basic tenet. Out Monday, it's "The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech" by Kirsten Powers, a lifelong liberal and daughter of a feminist who converted to Christianity as an adult and is now a frequent contributor to Fox News. Published May 10, 2015

"The Dadly Virtues" by Jonathan Last will be on book shelves on May 18. (Templeton Press)

The Dadly Virtues: Conservative journalists gather to show the nation how to father

The conservative menfolk are gathering on Monday with much on their minds: their children. The group - prominent journalists, mainly - meet at the American Enterprise Institute in the nation's capital to talk over a forthcoming book on fatherhood. All have contributed to it. The book? That would be "The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You'll Ever Love" by Jonathan Last, a senior writer at The Weekly Standard. He brings a few of his creative buddies to join him on the podium - P.J. O'Rourke, Jonah Goldberg, Steve Hayes, James Lileks, Tucker Carlson - to name a few. A total of 17 conservative father/journalists contributed to the work. Published May 10, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., waves to supporters as he arrives to speak at a rally at Arizona State University Friday, May 8, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Age counts: 92 percent of Americans prefer a presidential candidate under 60

How old is too old to run for president? Americans have an age range in mind. Consider that the current crop of presidential hopefuls ranges in age from 43 to 75 -- and in the middle is Gov. Scott Walker checking in at 47, Martin O'Malley at 53, Jeb Bush at 63, Hillary Clinton at 67. But now there's a YouGov poll revealing what age Americans actually prefer. Published May 8, 2015

Conservative columnist, author and broadcaster Armstrong Williams

'The Right Side Forum' with Armstrong Williams asks: Can local entrepreneurship cure cities?

The "Right Side Forum," an hour-long conservative live news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will ask this question on its next broadcast: "Can thriving local entrepreneurship rescue our cities?" His guests will be Doyle Mitchell, president of Industrial Bank, and Chip Ellis, CEO of the Ellis Development Corporation. Published May 8, 2015

President Barack Obama waves from the doorway of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, May 4, 2015. Obama is flying to New York City. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Rev up Air Force One; Obama off to Oregon and South Dakota -- fundraiser included

Rev up Air Force One. President Obama journeys to Oregon on Thursday for two reasons. First he'll attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at a hotel in Portland to support the organization's 2016 White House Victory Fund - tickets up to $10,000 each. Then it's on to Nike headquarters in Beaverton on Friday to talk up "progressive, high-standards trade agreements that would open up new markets and support high-quality jobs for businesses large and small," according to the White House. Published May 7, 2015

FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. Huckabee is set to announce he will seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He has an event planned for May 5 in his hometown of Hope, Ark., where former President Bill Clinton was also born.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Bumpy lift-off: Democrats tear into Mike Huckabee, Glenn Beck calls him 'a spoiler'

It took the Democratic National Committee only moments to scurry after Mike Huckabee, who announced Tuesday that he would run for president in 2016, advising his audience, "I don't come from a family dynasty, but a working family. I grew up blue-collar, not blue blood." The Democrats, however, were waiting for him, as is their pattern with Republican presidential hopefuls. Published May 6, 2015

Ben Carson is taking advantage of his common-sense message and calm style on the 2016 campaign trail.

Why people listen to Ben Carson

Those who are dismissive of Ben Carson and his presidential campaign should not underestimate the popular appeal of his common-sense observations -- such as a simple message to voters produced as Mr. Carson rolled across Iowa in his campaign bus on Wednesday. Published May 6, 2015

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, Al-Jazeera America editorial newsroom staff prepare for their first broadcast in New York. The Al-Jazeera America news network ousted its chief executive on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, with the little-watched network suffering key defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism. The network's management said that Ehab Al Shihabi, who has run Al-Jazeera America since its 2013 launch, will be replaced immediately by Al Anstey. A veteran news executive, Anstey has most recently been managing director of Al-Jazeera English. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Al Jazeera America has a rough week: $15 million lawsuit, resignations, new CEO

It has been a rough week for Al Jazeera America. The ambitious, Qatar-based news network that essentially grew out of Al Gore's Current TV pubic affairs channel two years ago now has its own drama. "AJAM" was first slapped with a $15 million wrongful termination lawsuit by a former employee who also claimed the network was discriminating against women - and others. Published May 6, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to the media about his agenda in running for president, Thursday, April 30, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bernie Sanders may be a campaign underdog - but he's a historic campaign underdog

Americans, even Republicans, are willing witnesses for Sen. Bernie Sanders and his long-shot presidential bid. The hair, the gumption, the unapologetic ideology — all that could appeal to an audience trained to root for the underdog, just as they would a reality TV contestant determined to beat the odds. The Vermont Independent is a cultural force to be reckoned with. Will he also be a political force? Published May 5, 2015

A new study takes the news media to task for glorifying Hollywood environmentalists who don't practice what they preach. (MRC)

Gawking media salutes the Hollywood gasbags, eco-agenda and climate hypocrites

The practice of treating celebrities like scientific experts continues. An ambitious new study of network broadcasts by Media Research Center business analyst Mike Ciandella has tracked "the climate hypocrites and the media who love them," offering insight into "the not-so-green habits of Hollywood gasbags." Published May 5, 2015

Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

American Conservative Union has five questions of its own for Hillary Clinton

"Clinton's lack of candor, and repeated attempts to distract or hide truths from the American people have raised questions that deserve answers. At some point, Mrs. Clinton will have to answer questions about how and why she and her husband appear to have rigged the system to their political and financial benefit," says American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp. Published May 4, 2015

Rep. Peter King, New York Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Media coverage of cops: Peter King goes after New York Times, Newsday and 'these other liberal rags'

The mainstream news media has picked up some powerful critics following relentless, often repetitive coverage of the Baltimore riots. President Obama was vexed at the press for dwelling on violence and mayhem during the events, overlooking the stalwart citizens who tried to bring order. Then there is Rep. Peter King. The New York Republican is weary of news organizations who don't offer fair-minded coverage to law enforcement officers. The lawmaker is particularly disgusted with coverage following the fatal shooting of NYPD officer Brian Moore on the streets of Queens. Mr. King had spent time at the officer's hospital bedside before his death, then went on to react to "anti-cop rhetoric" in the media. Published May 4, 2015