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President Trump's campaign released a 25-question survey to his followers on Thursday about mainstream media and accountability. (Associated Press)

Do you trust the press? Trump's media accountability survey

- The Washington Times

President Trump continues to bypass major pollsters. He has been conducting his own surveys for a while. A news and entertainment guy himself, President Trump has been polling his followers about campaign issues, popular sentiment and media performance since his campaign days in 2015. This week is no exception. Mr. Trump's campaign issued a new 25-question "Mainstream Media Accountability Survey" on Thursday — and it is specific, indeed. A few sample questions reveal the campaign is still very much in touch with the concerns of Trump voters:

The Great American Outdoors Act, signed this week by President Trump, allocates $9.5 billion to restore and protect the nation's public parks and lands in the next five years. (U.S. Forest Service via Associated PRess)

Trump saves the Great Outdoors

- The Washington Times

It is good news for the fruited plain, not to mention the purple mountain majesties. President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act this week, which allocated $9.5 billion to restore and protect that nation's public parks and lands in the next five years.

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2006 file photo, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes poses at Fox News in New York. The fever over sexual misconduct involving media figures began in the summer of 2016 with Gretchen Carlson's accusations against Fox News Channel founder Ailes. Within two weeks, Ailes was out of a job. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File)

New documentary on Roger Ailes features Trump, Limbaugh, Voight, more

- The Washington Times

Everyone should take note of Roger Ailes, the movie. The late founder and CEO of Fox News, media visionary and GOP strategist is now the subject of "Man in the Arena," a meticulous and carefully crafted documentary which aims to offer an accurate and candid portrait of the man -- with the message that all views and political beliefs should be a part of news coverage. The film also addresses the heavy price that those who value free speech can pay when they champion it.

A new poll finds President Trump has a 5 percentage point lead over presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden. (Associated Press)

Reality check: Trump has 5% lead over Biden in poll of 11,000

- The Washington Times

A sizable poll offers promising news for President Trump. He's got a 5 percentage point lead over Joseph R. Biden in a survey of over 11,000 respondents. It's not a gigantic lead, but it is a lead nonetheless. Here are the straightforward numbers: 34% want Mr. Trump to remain in the White House, 29% would like to see Mr. Biden take up residence. Another 16% are still undecided, while over one-fifth - 22% - "do not plan to vote."

Alek Skarlatos, who tackled a would-be terrorist aboard a Paris-bound train in 2015, is now running for Congress in Oregon. (

Alek Skarlatos: This GOP candidate tackled a terrorist

- The Washington Times

Few Americans will forget Alek Skarlatos, the former Oregon National Guard soldier who tackled a terrorist carrying a Draco assault rifle with a 30-round magazine and also armed with eight extra magazines, a 9 mm Luger automatic pistol, a utility knife and gasoline.

A statue honoring Ronald Reagan was vandalized on July 14 in Dixon, Illinois. It is one of 183 damaged or toppled following social unrest. (Associated Press)

Another one: Reagan statue vandalized

- The Washington Times

At least 183 monuments, memorials, statues, and major historical markers have been defaced or toppled since civil unrest began in May, says Jonah Gottschalk, a contributor to The Federalist who assembled a list of damaged sites — which included those devoted to Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, Hiawatha, Union Army soldiers and Ronald Reagan.

Some wonder if Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden's "double-digit" lead over President Trump is beginning to fade. (Associated Press)

Biden's 'big lead' now on a slow fade

- The Washington Times

The news media has been fixated with the idea that Joseph R. Biden has a spectacular "double-digit" lead over President Trump in the 2020 race. The coverage produced narratives suggesting voters were now enamored by Mr. Biden's slow and reliable pace. There was much talk that the coronavirus pandemic, the flagging economy and social unrest had taken its toll on Mr. Trump's popularity. But a few other narratives are emerging.

President Trump wore a mask last week. His wearing one "has nothing to do with politics," according to press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. (Associated Press)

Politics: You and your mask

- The Washington Times

Masks are a given part of the daily wardrobe for most Americans. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of 900 registered U.S. voters finds that 74% always wear a mask in public; 14% sometimes wear one. Another 6% say they rarely wear a mask and 5% skip it altogether.

President George Washington, as painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1796, now in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. (Associated Press)

Ben Shapiro stands up for founding values and Founding Fathers

- The Washington Times

There was a time when the Founding Fathers garnered respect and admiration from the public without question. New cultural perspectives coupled with revised school curriculums and hostile media coverage of the Founders has tarnished their image. That phenomenon would have been unheard of among members of the "Greatest Generation," or even the restless baby boomers who followed.

Black conservative Republican Joe E. Collins III is challenging Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters in California's 43rd district. (Courtesy of Joe Collins for Congress)

Black conservative takes on Maxine Waters

- The Washington Times

Joe E. Collins III grew up in South-Central Los Angeles in a neighborhood where crime literally struck home the day a drive-by shooting left bullet holes in both the windows and the family sofa. Inner city life did not faze the young man, who later joined the Navy, became a fighter-jet mechanic, saw combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom, served as a Navy recruiter, and was certified as both a financial planner and a mental health counselor.

A third meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  could be a boost to the president's reelection campaign. (Associated Press)

Timely North Korean summit No. 3 could be boost to Trump's reelection campaign

- The Washington Times

The White House has not given up on a third summit with North Korea. The unprecedented first meeting between President Trump and leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, 2018, was covered by 3,000 journalists from 40 countries -- and it yielded hope that the isolated nation would join the world neighborhood. The second meeting eight months later was so-so. Now there's talk that a third rendezvous could be in the making, which could reboot the process and possibly provide a productive boost for Mr. Trump's reelection campaign.

President Trump is currently behind in the polls, but he has plenty of time to regain his "mojo" before the general election in November. (Associated Press)

Advisory: The return of Trump 'mojo'

- The Washington Times

The clock is ticking on the presidential election, and much could happen between now and Nov. 3. The advice for President Trump, however, continues to arrive, offering insight into fine tuning his well-funded and well-organized campaign even further.

Bo Snerdley steps up for Black conservatives

- The Washington Times

It is always a pleasure to check up on "Bo Snerdley" — known to 15.5 million radio listeners as the executive producer of Rush Limbaugh's daily talk show. His real name is James Golden, and last year he founded a well-organized and forward-thinking organization to support Black conservatives and Republicans. His effort includes the website, plus New Journey, a political action committee that so far has endorsed or contributed to 15 candidates in nine states.

Some polls now suggest Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden's lead over President Trump is starting to erode. (Associated Press)

Biden's lead over Trump gets wobbly

- The Washington Times

Analysts have wondered whether Joseph R. Biden's sudden lurch to the left would affect his appeal to voters. has already proclaimed the likely Democratic nominee is the most progressive candidate in Democratic Party history. Now Sen. Bernard Sanders has proclaimed Mr. Biden to be "the most progressive president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt."