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Many say Hillary Clinton's campaign has been recalibrated to revise the election narrative and protect her political legacy. (Associated Press)

Team Clinton fights to revise the election narrative

Things are not as they seem. After losing the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton gave a single speech, then made a few strategic appearances as a private citizen on nature walks or browsing in local bookstores. But her campaign is still percolating with vigor, now recalibrated to revise the election narrative. Published December 21, 2016

Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Paul Holston, File)

Broadcasters weaponize coverage of Russian hacking to blast Trump's reputation: report

The big three broadcast networks still appear intently interested in President-elect Donald Trump, and not in a good way: "The broadcast networks treat accusations of Russian hacking very differently when they can use it as an angle to bash Trump," says Mike Ciandella, an analyst for, a conservative press watchdog. Published December 20, 2016

President Obama and the first family's personal travel expenses have totaled more than $85 million, according to Judicial Watch. (Associated Press)

Aloha: President Obama's Hawaiian vacations have an $85 million price tag

It's travel time for both President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump this weekend, but for widely different reasons. Mr. Obama departs Friday for his Christmas vacation in Hawaii, the last while he is in office. Judicial Watch recently revealed that, to date, the first family's personal travel expenses have totaled more than $85 million. Published December 15, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump rules the board room, and has planned a gathering of the nation's leading business leaders at the White House. (Courtesy of NBC)

Elon Musk, Jack Welch, Bob Iger: Trump to stage ultimate power lunch with 20 top CEOs

All hail the Mr. Bigs of America -- the CEOs, the dealmakers, the chairmen, the presidents. While Democrats dither over President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet choices and the breadth of his business holdings, a new reality is slowly but surely taking over. The White House and America itself appear destined to become a haven for smart business. Consider that 20 of the nation's uber-CEOs plan to gather with Mr. Trump in the nation's capital for a meeting of the mighty. Published December 13, 2016

Demonstrators at Texas A&M University during a recent protest against the "alt-right". (AP Photo by David J. Philip)

Majority of Americans have heard 'nothing at all' about the alt-right says new poll

"News of the political movement known as the alt-right has sparked considerable debate in recent weeks, with President-elect Donald Trump drawing criticism for naming a senior adviser who is associated with it and media outlets wrestling with how to define and refer to it. Most Americans, however, haven't heard of the movement at all," writes John Gramlich, an analyst for the Pew Research Center, which released a survey on the issue on Monday. Published December 12, 2016

Retired Navy chaplain, Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder was honored Thursday by the Freedom Alliance for defending religious liberty. (Associated Press)

Retired Navy chaplain lauded for defending religious liberty

A retired Navy chaplain who stood fast by his biblical teachings, defended religious liberty and offered "exceptional ministry to America's warriors" was lauded and recognized during an awards banquet just outside the nation's capital on Thursday evening. Published December 8, 2016

Macy's will no longer donate money to Planned Parenthood following complaints from conservative and pro-life customers. (Associated Press)

Macy's stops funding Planned Parenthood

Macy's will no longer donate money to Planned Parenthood according to 2ndVote, a conservative watchdog that monitors corporate funding of liberal causes. The famous department store group has dropped the role of benefactor to Planned Parenthood, the researchers report -- their decision prompted by pro-life customers who complained about the practice. Published December 8, 2016

A new Pew Research poll dispels the idea that Americans are on information overload. They actually want more. (Associated Press)

Americans want more media, not less: poll

President-elect Donald Trump is a perfect example of a man who is the master of his media -- thriving in the restless, texting, tweeting, snapchatting world we now live in. Published December 7, 2016

Roger Stone, a veteran political strategist and former advisor to President-elect Donald Trump, has a new book on the incoming leader to be published inauguration week. (Skyhorse Publishing

Roger Stone's book explains how Donald Trump 'orchestrated a revolution'

The veteran political operative with a Richard Nixon tattoo between his shoulders has written a new book. Roger Stone -- a former adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and other high-profile Republicans -- has insight on the dynamics of the 2016 election. Published December 7, 2016

A newspaper front page following the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. (U.S. Census Bureau)

Genuine American unity forged after Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Numbers are the narrative of Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago: 2,403 Americans were killed, 1,178 wounded, and 19 ships and 328 aircraft were damaged or destroyed. It was an authentic moment of truth. Congress formally declared war on Japan a day later, passing the legislation just one hour after President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his remarkable, seven-minute "day of infamy speech" to the nation. Published December 6, 2016

For a change, Donald Trump is getting some praise for his straight-talking, brief "fireside tweets." (Associated Press)

In praise of Donald Trump's 'fireside tweet'

Certain journalists, broadcasters, public personalities and political operatives take offense that President-elect Donald Trump continues to tweet with great vigor -- including his characteristic candor from the 2016 campaign trail. His critics suggest that somehow this is not presidential, or that nimble tweeting in casual language compromises media coverage and trivializes serious issues. Yeah, well. Published December 5, 2016

Hillary Clinton's now-recalled Newsweek cover is now a collector's item with a hefty price on eBay. Donald Trump's version is still on newsstands. (Newsweek)

Newsweek's 'Madam President' cover already a collector's item

Some people still have great expectations for a certain Democrat. The canny few who managed to get a copy of Newsweek's now-recalled "Madam President" special edition published Nov. 8 are hopeful they can capitalize on a report which features the subtitle "Hillary Clinton's historic journey to the White House," and a glowing portrait of the former presidential nominee. Published December 4, 2016

Heroic clandestine warriors of the OSS finally get Congressional Gold Medal after 70 year wait

The innovative clandestine warriors of the World War II era have finally earned their well-deserved recognition. The Office of Strategic Services Congressional Gold Medal Act was passed by the House on Wednesday, a final chapter in the push to honor members of the "OSS " -- the forerunner to both the CIA and the U.S. special operations forces. Published December 1, 2016