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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Journalists to Obama: Whatever happened to that new 'era of openness'?

Thirty-eight national journalism groups have written their own headlines about the state of press relations with the White House, and the federal government in general. In an open letter to President Obama, the Society of Professional Journalists and other organizations have demanded a change of policy for federal agencies that allows more access, and less official intervention from public information offices. Published July 9, 2014

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Inside the Beltway: President Obama's script change in the Texas immigration drama

It appears that some adult over at the White House at last understood that even a hastily called meeting between President Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry to discuss the border crisis was unavoidable, and necessary. Mr. Obama is in the Lone Star State for a trio of highfalutin Democratic fundraisers Wednesday. But their big, likely brief rendezvous and photo op did not come about without much dialogue and theater. Published July 8, 2014

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Source: Winnipeg Free Press - Winnipeg, Canada
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Pew Research Center: One-in-10 Americans couldn't care less about politics

White House, Congress, campaigns, elections? Whatever. From the august Pew Research Center comes this headline: "One-in-10 Americans don't give a hoot about politics. These folks are simply bystanders, disengaged from the din of politicians, and the political marketplace. Judging by census statistics, those who lead a politics-free life could number 35 million people. Published July 8, 2014

Sarah Palin says any political talk show she hosts "would have to be interspersed with a whole lot of fun and real life and inspiration."

Inside the Beltway: As the border crisis burns, Obama lets the fundraising begin

There was a recent Republican rodeo not 5 miles from the Mexico border: The most stalwart members of the House Homeland Security Committee and Texas Gov. Rick Perry staged a field hearing in McAllen, Texas, with the immigration crisis and the fates of thousands of hopeful but illegal young immigrants at the top of their agenda. They pined for a presidential visit — and still do. Published July 7, 2014

Illustration Elephant by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

GOP strategist: There's 'light at the end of the tunnel' for the Republican Party

The news media relishes the chance to issue dire reports that the Republican Party is in complete shambles — divided, disillusioned, fatigued. Yeah, well. Things are not as bad as they are portrayed, and while the Grand Old Party is quite capable of short sprints on the campaign trail, it’s also in it for the long march. Published July 7, 2014

Libertarians to voters: Declare your independence from the Republican and Democratic parties

"The Republicans and Democrats have maintained their power partly by fostering the illusion that they are significantly different from each other. Supporters are told that if the other team gets elected, the world will end. In reality, the Republicans and Democrats are so similar that it doesn't matter which of them are in power," the party says. Published July 4, 2014

Image from the Associated Press.

Stalwarts: 72 percent of conservatives say religion answers 'all or most' of today's problems

Stalwart conservatives say that religion can still answer "all or most of today's problems," this according to a new Gallup poll which places conservatives among the nation's most pronounced believers. Three fourths of conservatives - 72 percent - say faith is a key problem solver, compared to 36 percent of liberals and 58 percent of moderates. Among Americans overall, the number is 57 percent. Published July 3, 2014

A big cicada makes interesting noises - but may not appeal to Americans as a food item. (Associated Press)

Climate-minded scientists propose Americans start eating 'food insects'

Be prepared. Be very prepared. A veritable swarm of academes hopes to steer Americans toward eating bugs. Whoops. We mean "food insects." Consider that crickets, they say, contain as much omega-3 fatty acids as salmon. The idea was presented recently before the Institute of Food Technologists' annual meeting in New Orleans. Published July 2, 2014

Former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown announces his plans to run for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Portsmouth, N.H. Brown hopes to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Big doings in New Hampshire: Scott Brown's 'Kick Off with Mitt'

The big moment has arrived for Scott Brown. On Wednesday, he'll receive the glittering endorsement and kindly nod from Mitt Romney himself as the sun sets upon a picturesque New Hampshire farm, a powerful jumpstart for Mr. Brown's quest for the U.S. Senate seat in the Granite State. Published July 2, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked President Obama to join him on a tour of the Rio Grande border region next week when the president will be in Texas. (Texans for Perry)

Inside the Beltway: President Obama to go on fundraising patrol in Texas

Republican Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Mike McCaul of Texas and Darrell Issa of California are among lawmakers congregating in the Rio Grande Valley to bear practical witness to the ongoing surge of illegal immigrants — particularly unaccompanied minors under the impression that a future home is guaranteed. President Obama is also journeying down that way in a few days. To Texas, to be exact. But a visit to the border? Not on the agenda. Published July 2, 2014

** FILE ** This June 27, 2012, file photo shows an American flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Gallup: Americans say personal freedom ebbing, government corruption on the rise

Land of the free? Not necessarily. A massive Gallup poll released Tuesday has confirmed what tea partyers and other grass-roots folk have warned about in recent years. A sense of real freedom appears to be diminished in America, and the nation itself ranks well down on a list of countries where residents report they are "satisfied" with the amount of freedom they enjoy. Published July 1, 2014

Jon Voight, producer Gerald Molen and writer director Dinesh D'Souza at the Monday night premier of "America: Imagine the World Without Her". (Image from Dinesh D'Souza)

Inside the Beltway: Jon Voight steps up to support 'America' movie

It debuts in 1,000 nationwide theaters Wednesday: That would be "America: Imagine the World Without Her," the unapologetic feature film written and produced by Dinesh D'Souza and Gerald R. Molen that offers rare applause for American exceptionalism. Published July 1, 2014

Dinesh D'Souza's "America: Imagine the World Without Her" got promising reviews from two major Hollywood publications. It opens nationwide Wednesday.

Inside the Beltway: The beautiful truth about America

There's some surprising showbiz acknowledgment for the power of American exceptionalism, a belief already well known to grass-roots folk and patriots. Case in point: A recent test showing in Atlanta and Houston theaters holds great promise for "America: Imagine the World Without Her," a feature-length film by oft-embattled writer/director Dinesh D'Souza and Oscar-winning producer Gerald R. Molen. Published June 29, 2014

Whoops: Ed Klein's 'Blood Feud' No. 3 on Amazon, Hillary's 'Hard Choices' No. 34

The Clinton comeback tour is not going as planned. "Clintons taking turns explaining family fortune only worsens their PR problem," says Mediaite columnist Joe Concha, who has followed the trajectory of the Clinton wealth matter since it first surfaced some two weeks ago, at the start of Hillary Clinton's much-ballyhooed book tour. Published June 27, 2014