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Is the nation so divided that it should be split up into separate red, blue and neutral federations? One analyst parses the possibilities. (NASA)

Secession fantasy: Analyst envisions America split into Red Federation and Blue Federation

- The Washington Times

Amid red states, blue states, social strife and political polarization, one analyst now suggests that the United States jettison the "united" part and become a couple of separate nations. This extreme measure likely would disappoint millions of people around the planet who still perceive America as the shining beacon of yore, truly a "united" United States. Plenty of Americans would weep over the thought as well. But it's out there.

According to a poll taken just a day after the midterm races, 47 percent of U.S. voters believe President Trump will be re-elected in 2020. (Associated Press)

Democratic nightmare: Voters warming to Trump

- The Washington Times

Despite non-stop challenges from political rivals and a hostile news media, President Trump can consider some promising poll numbers of particular interest to conservatives, Republicans and faithful Trump fans. The numbers, though not necessarily bell-ringers, suggest the public is warming to the Trump way of doing things.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, has said she won't support House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to be speaker. (Associated Press)

Ocasio-Cortez and youthful 'resistance' hits old guard Democrats

- The Washington Times

Democrats have issued glamorous calls for "resistance" ever since President Trump took office. But wait. That resistance has now surfaced within the party itself and the unthinkable has happened: a charismatic array of new faces on Capitol Hill appear to be pushing back against the establishment, particularly House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. It is an unforeseen by-product. Things change.

Michell Obama's book "Becoming" will be released Tuesday, to be followed by an international tour, and translations in 30 languages. (Penguin Random House/Crown Publishing Group)

10-city tour, global debut: Michele Obama's new memoir published in 30 languages

- The Washington Times

There will be much ado about former first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday. Her new 448-page memoir "Becoming" arrives from Crown Publishing Group and Penguin Random House, and yes, the book is already No. 1 on Amazon among all books, along with four subcategories. It will be published in 30 languages. And then the real blitz begins. Mrs. Obama will embark on a 10-city national tour, beginning in Chicago with an event hosted by Oprah Winfrey at the United Arena, which seats 23,000 people. The event is sold out, as are the next two dates at major arenas in Inglewood, California, and in Washington, D.C. An appearance in London next month is also sold out.

Opposing sides in Maine: A Trump supporter confronts a Hillary Clinton backer, shortly after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. (Associated Press)

Tired of it: Political discussions vex majority of Americans

- The Washington Times

Thanksgiving dinner signals the beginning of the holiday get-together season when family and friends are supposed to dine together and enjoy shared moments. Yes, well. That ideal outcome has been sullied in recent years after the occasion was politicized - primarily by certain Democrats who urged the public to consider the festive meal an opportunity to talk up Obamacare and other issues.

The White House press corps vies for a chance to question President Trump on Wednesday prior to a sparring match between Mr. Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta. The incident received national attention. (Associated Press)

The Acosta effect rattles press and public, and intrigues a bookmaker

- The Washington Times

An indecorous encounter between president and reporter continues to rattle the journalism community, a troubled place to begin with. President Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta sparred on camera during a White House press conference, followed by charge that Mr. Acosta later became physical with a White House intern — a charge he denies. The action was over in moments — but it was enough to spark caustic reactions, soul-searching, complaints and cautions for hours on end.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens to reporters at a news conference in mid-October at the Justice Department in Washington. (Associated Press)

News media interprets the fate of Jeff Sessions

- The Washington Times

Midterms, what midterms? The big election is in the rear-view mirror. Talk of the blue wave or the red wave has faded. Chatter about President Trump's encounter with CNN reporter Jim Acosta at a White House press conference has dulled to a din. All have been swept off the popular press radar with the long-awaited exit of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, replaced for now by Matthew G. Whitaker, his chief of staff.

In the 2010 midterms, Sarah Palin and the tea party took center stage, prompting change that President Obama might not have counted on. (Associated Press)

Lessons from the midterms: The day after in 2010

- The Washington Times

The day after a big election is typically packed with overblown media coverage, emotional commentary, argument, jubilation, cautionary tales, dread — and multiple reminders that a presidential bout is just around the corner.

After months of arguments and media coverage, it's finally showtime. The midterm elections have arrived. The nation braces for the results. (Associated Press)

Red-hot economy could trump the blue wave

- The Washington Times

Step aside, now, it's showtime. The media has gone into overdrive as the nation braces for the midterm elections — now billed as on par with a presidential bout. The Democratic Party and its army of strategists and sympathetic journalists have ramped up alarm and melodrama as a get-out-the-vote tool — assuring their flock that a blue wave is the only way to wash President Trump out of office and save America — or words to that effect.

Midterm jitters? Predictions about the outcome of the midterms are few and far between, while polls appear to be all over the map. (Associated Press)

Midterm malaise: Pollsters, pundits sweat it out

- The Washington Times

Polls and op-eds have arrived nonstop as the midterm elections close in. The genuine countdown is on. Yet despite the onslaught of survey numbers and deep thoughts, the findings are inconclusive. Grand predictions and confident consensus among pollsters and pundits about the outcome of the elections are scarce. And no wonder. They remember what happened in 2016 when things went awry and President Trump won the White House despite their expert opinions and intricate surveys.

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will produce programming based on "The Fifth Risk," which criticizes the president. (Associated Press)

Obamas to produce Netflix series on 'haphazard' Trump administration

- The Washington Times

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have returned to the public stage. The pair are campaigning for midterm candidates. They have a multimillion-dollar book deal. They founded Higher Ground Productions, a company that came in handy in May when the Obamas signed up to produce original programming for video streaming service Netflix and its audience of 125 million subscribers in 190 countries.

The idea that Election Day should be an official holiday intrigues many. In support, Blue Point Brewing offers a batch of "Voters Day Off" beer. (Blue Point Brewing)

Election Day: The next national holiday?

- The Washington Times

Imagine that Election Day became the next big holiday. Hallmark Cards Inc. would probably like the idea, along with retailers, restaurants and jittery Americans who appear eager to celebrate assorted observances and festivals.

The "exhausted majority" has been identified as the midterms approach, referring to those people who are weary of a divided nation. (Associated Press)

'Exhausted majority' trudges to midterms

- The Washington Times

Even talk-radio kingpin Rush Limbaugh has declared that he's just about had it with the current political discourse -- which seems to have mutated into a ceaseless negative force fueled by anxious politicians and a blame-minded press. He is not alone. There is a name for this phenomenon: "Exhaustive majority."

Over 29 million Hispanics are eligible to vote says Pew Research. But is the Hispanic vote a given for Democrats? Some analysts say no. (Associated Press)

Democrats don't have a lock on Hispanic vote

- The Washington Times

The Democratic Party may be a little too confident about its support among certain demographic groups. Some say the Hispanic vote is not necessarily a lock for the party -- and should the Democrats lose this support, it could make a dent. Over 29 million Hispanics are eligible to vote in 2018, according to the Pew Research Center.

A poll says that 75 percent of U.S. overall say that conversatives are motivated to turn out and vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 6. (Associated Press)

Midterm fever: Conservatives stoked for election

- The Washington Times

The American Conservative Union has released a no-nonsense get-out-the-vote message now running in 28 key congressional districts, including the territories of Reps. Mia Love of Utah, Dave Brat of Virginia, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Pete Sessions of Texas and, Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida — to name just a few.

Migrants sit on top of a wall near San Diego earlier this year during a gathering that included people who live on both sides of the border. (Associated Press)

Caravan sparks call to build the wall

- The Washington Times

President Trump recently cited "Democrat-supported loopholes in our federal laws" as the reason that most immigrant families who crossed the border illegally are not detained or removed from the U.S. — "only released." Recent numbers appear to reflect the influence of the loophole factor.

A migrant is comforted by a paramedic as the caravan of Central American migrants continues on a quest to reach the U.S. border. (Associated Press)

Mainstream media sharpens its 'caravan' narrative

- The Washington Times

Though the origins of the expanding Honduran caravan advancing on the U.S. border remain somewhat mysterious, broadcasters hostile to President Trump and his administration have already crafted the political narrative as a "humanitarian crisis" and are off on a march of their own. The tone and content of the coverage is so clear and unified that even The Associated Press — which officially sets style and grammar use for most news organizations — was criticized for referring to the caravan participants as "a ragtag army of the poor."

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at Houston Toyota Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EPIC: 100,000 Texas Trump fans

- The Washington Times

There are clear clues when an OSS Society dinner is under way, as was the case on Saturday evening. Each guest received a complimentary crystal martini glass, and the official libation of the night was the "Fighting 69th Regimental Cocktail" — named for a U.S. Army unit which traces its heritage back to 1849. The drink consists of one part Irish whiskey and three parts chilled champagne.