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Talk radio host Michael Savage wrote an op-ed on his website about the identity of "the real dreamers" in American society today. (Associated Press)

Michael Savage: 'American dreamers have the right to dream first'

- The Washington Times

The big border wall showdown between President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a veritable cast of thousands is escalating. Eager for buzzworthy drama or Trump-bashing extravaganzas, the restless news media has been confabulating multiple scenarios for better or worse as the clock ticks.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California has been the subject of several favorable headlines during the battle over the border wall. (Associated Press)

She's 'winning': The press protects Pelosi

- The Washington Times

PJ Media columnist Jim Treacher once summarized the news media in just 19 words: "Modern journalism is all about deciding which facts the public shouldn't know because they might reflect badly on Democrats." Mr. Treacher tweeted that over four years ago.

"Socialism is expensive. Security isn't," said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who gave a price comparison of the two issues. (Associated Press)

The hair-raising cost of socialism

- The Washington Times

It is always good to look at the bottom line. Take the cost of President Trump's southern border wall — billed as an outrage by the hostile press — versus the cost of socialism, often portrayed as a the feel-good, forward-thinking ideal.

President Trump treated the Clemson football team to a fast food feast on Monday at the White House, one which caused his critics to cringe. (Associated Press)

The left has 'menopause of the spirit'

- The Washington Times

"Trump's burger fete was great theater. It was a magnanimous thing to do. It was a politically savvy thing to do. The president not only ate a bunch of burgers, he just ate the Left's lunch, again," writes Spectator USA columnist Roger Kimball, referring, of course, to Mr. Trump's convivial event for the champion Clemson University football team, who came to the White House on Monday and dined upon fine fast food, served upon silver platters.

A new poll reveals the gender divide on President Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico: Men favor the barrier, women don't. (Associated Press)

A new 'battle of the sexes': Men like Trump's wall, women don't

- The Washington Times

For the second time in 24 hours, a national poll has emerged to suggest that the public is warming to President Trump's improved border security. An ABC/Washington Post poll on Sunday revealed that public support for the barrier wall is increasing while opposition is lessening. Now comes another survey, this released Monday.

Rep. Jared Huffman displays the "Trump Trash" he collected with Rep. Jackie Speier during the shutdown, then delivered to the White House. (Rep. Jared Huffman)

Tantrum? Democrats opt for political stunts

- The Washington Times

Outcry, insults and provocative demonstrations may not be the best political strategy in an era when U.S. voters across the board say they are tired of partisan division and a "do-nothing Congress." Nonetheless, Democrats appear to be in touch with their inner pranksters, even as they seek to accuse President Trump of exhibiting "temper tantrums."

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered the rebuttal to President Trump's address on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Democrats paid for a wall ... in Jordan

- The Washington Times

Those with long memories have recalled that prominent Democrats — including Sen. Charles E. Schumer and then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — once heartily approved of funding a barrier wall on the southern U.S. border. Indeed, there are multiple records of their sentiments from back in the day, when the earnest lawmakers embraced border security without gusto. Now comes Part Two.

Second Amendment fans protest at the New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord. A firearms ban in the building prompted a GOP uprising. (Associated Press)

New Hampshire Republicans refuse to be a 'soft target' for terrorists

- The Washington Times

On Jan. 2, the Democratic-controlled House in the state of New Hampshire voted to ban all firearms and "deadly weapons" from the premises of their 200-year-old statehouse in a move now known as "Rule 63." State lawmakers now must surrender their weapons to security personnel - or risk ejection and even arrest. Eight Republicans who say they have received death threats are vowing to disobey the rule, and have denounced it as unconstitutional and illegitimate in an open letter published by The Concord Monitor.

Impeachment? Maybe not. The allure of impeaching President Trump seems to be fading among certain Democrats. (Associated Press)

Impeachment loses its allure for Democrats

- The Washington Times

Slowly but surely, Democratic leadership is beginning to realize that impeachment talk may not play well in Peoria — or anywhere else. For Democrats, the dreams of impeaching President Trump rely on maintaining the scalding emotions of the 2016 election when hatred and fury were the reactions of choice.

"Call me a radical," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, on "60 Minutes." She's frequently referred to as "AOC." (Associated Press)

The many meanings of AOC, also known as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

- The Washington Times

A reminder: "AOC" is the preferred designation for now-Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat and the subject of choice among many news organizations. Delighted journalists have banded about the term "AOC" in their coverage since last summer, and no wonder. @AOC is Ms. Ocasio-Cortez's Twitter handle, and the hashtag #AOC has dominated national Twitter trends on many occasions, most recently as #AOCDancing, after a vintage video surfaced of the lawmaker — then a Boston University student — dancing with abandon on a rooftop.

A new analysis by the Pew Research Center finds that 88 percent of the 116th Congress are Christian. Of the 253 Republican members, just two do not identify as Christian, both representatives are Jewish. (Associated Press)

Numbers: Congress is 88 percent Christian

- The Washington Times

A new Pew Research Center analysis reveals that 88 percent of the members of the 116th Congress are Christian. This finding prompted the pollster to declare that "Christians are overrepresented in Congress." But let us examine the numbers. Of that 88 percent, 55 percent of the lawmakers are Protestant, 30 percent Catholic, 13 percent Baptist, 8 percent Methodist, and 5 percent each say they are Episcopalian, Presbyterian or Lutheran.

Then-U.S. Senate hopeful Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in American Fork, Utah, during the summer of 2018. (Associated Press)

Mitt Romney damages his political brand with Trump attack

- The Washington Times

In an era when voters are weary of negative politics and Capitol Hill gridlock, it is perhaps unwise for an incoming Republican lawmaker to attack President Trump immediately. But that is what soon-to-be-Sen. Mitt Romney did with a damning Washington Post op-ed, which vilified Mr. Trump, the same man who had endorsed Mr. Romney in 2012. Elite observers quickly read the tea leaves and declared that Mr. Romney now intends to emerge as the leading GOP foil to the president, and potentially challenge him in the 2020 presidential election.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump outside the White House earlier this year. (AP Photo)

Trump and the 'God factor'

- The Washington Times

The Rev. Franklin Graham has once again stepped up to support President Trump, fault the news media for hostile coverage and ask the nation to pray for the 45th president.

Christmas past: A photo taken Dec. 14, 2008, shows the vacation home where President Obama stayed during his holiday in Hawaii. (Associated Press)

Memories of Christmas past: The $35 million Obama travel bill

- The Washington Times

It is a complex Christmas Eve in the nation's capital, what with a partial government shut-down, media melodrama, partisan strife and a change of plans for President Trump, who canceled his holiday trip to Florida amid all the big doings. White House business calls however, and as we wait on the outcome, let's examine a Christmas vacation from a previous era, courtesy of our own Dave Boyer, the meticulous White House reporter for The Washington Times. He wrote this account on December 22, 2016.

President Trump steps out among his fans at a rally. The press, however, suggests that the loyalty of Trump voters could be wavering. (Associated Press)

The next big thing: News media now claims Trump voters 'angry' at president

- The Washington Times

It has happened before, and it will happen again. The news media continues to craft coverage that suggests that the iron-clad support of Trump voters for their president is eroding. Ironically, the stories are arriving just as President Trump's fans are contributing to a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for the southern border wall. Citizen donations for "We the People Will Fund the Wall" hit $9 million in four days and continue to roll in. There are 200 similar efforts on GoFundMe.

A new GoFundMe site dedicated to raising money to build the border wall topped $1 million in three days, with a goal of raising $1 billion. (GoFundMe via Brian Kolfage)

GoFundMe outreach for Trump wall races past $16 million

- The Washington Times

On Tuesday, Inside the Beltway reported the existence of some 200 GoFundMe sites dedicated to raising money for the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. One has now hit the jackpot. Some friendly news organizations have now lit up with the story of "The Trump Wall," a GoFundMe site created on Sunday which charged past $1 million in donations by Wednesday, part of a goal of raising $1 billion to fund the barrier.

President Trump joins Border Patrol San Diego sector chief Rodney Scott before a prototype unit of the border wall just outside San Diego. (Associated Press)

It's a crowd: 200 GoFundMe sites trying to raise money for Trump's border wall

- The Washington Times

Building a new border wall between the U.S. and Mexico sparks much argument and analysis. Take, for example, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which compared the total cost of the wall — which the organization placed at $25 billion — to the overall cost of caring for or managing immigrants living in America illegally.