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Then-candidate Donald Trump at a rally in 2016. He was thinking about "talking peace" with Russian President Vladimir Putin even then. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Michael Savage: Trump hoped to 'talk about peace' with Putin even before 2016 election

- The Washington Times

During the final days of the 2016 presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump had an exclusive chat with talk radio host Michael Savage — which suggests just how long the future president had been mulling over his future dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Trump hoped at the time to "talk about peace with Putin," according to Mr. Savage — and that time was over 21 months ago.

First Lady Melania Trump, President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, pose for a photograph in Helsinki, Finland, just prior to the much awaited summit between the two leaders on Monday. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Gorka: 'A president is never measured by his pressers'

- The Washington Times

Awash with adjectives and outrage, much of the news media was in full cry Monday after the summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Trump's critics celebrated with caustic commentary and melodramatic predictions. But such is the current media marketplace when political agenda, journalism, spectacle and the need for ratings and readership collide.

CNN discussion: Trump is a 'Russian agent'

- The Washington Times

Six-out-of-10 voters approve of President Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday, says a Fox News poll — including 81 percent Republicans, 56 percent of 39 percent of Democrats. So Mr. Trump's got that going for him. Sort of.

The push is on by centrist Democrats who are convinced they can woo the huge population of moderate and undecided voters to their side. (Associated Press)

Centrist Democrats issue a call to arms to retake party from raucous left

- The Washington Times

Amused Republicans already know that the shrill call of left-leaning progressives ultimately could backfire on the Democratic Party as significant elections loom. But the GOP has a new wrinkle to worry about. Some Democrats also know this and are poised to mute all the left-leaning noise and "resistance," and retool the party image into something that appeals to the huge, much coveted population of moderate voters and undecided folks in the heartland.

It's understandable that Democrats mourned Hillary Clinton's loss in 2016. But a poll reveals Americans may be tired of lingering outrage. (Associated Press)

America's growing fatigue with Democratic outrage

- The Washington Times

Yes, it is very understandable that Democrats would be sad, mad and uneasy following the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. That defeat was almost two years ago. But the decibel level of Democratic dismay only seems to have grown louder in 20 months. Party officials, lawmakers, Hillary fans, activists, operatives, strategists and potential candidates have joined the fray.

The Rev. Franklin Graham created the "Pray for 45" T-shirt in response to a Walmart shirt calling for President Trump's impeachment. (Franklin Graham)

He still prays for the president

- The Washington Times

The whirlwind of media and politics continues to spin toward uncertain destinations. But one thing appears to remain steady. There are many who continue to pray for President Trump, and the practice goes back a-ways. On the night before Americans went to the polls in the 2016 presidential election, the Rev. Franklin Graham called for the faithful to pray for America, and then go vote. He had a clear comment following Mr. Trump's victory.

A survey finds that voters are not ready to let go of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. About 55 percent are opposed to the idea. (Associated Press)

Voters: It's not time to fire 'ICE'

- The Washington Times

Leading Democrats are demanding that Immigration and Customs Enforcement — ICE — be abolished. The federal agency was created 15 years ago in response to 9/11 and related threats. A new Rasmussen Reports survey, however, finds voters are not ready to put ICE on ice: 55 percent oppose the idea, including 69 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 44 percent of Democrats. Only 25 percent overall favor shuttering the agency.

A Gallup poll reveals that most Americans say the nation's best years are ahead of us, and satisfaction with the country is at a 12-year high. (Chris Light)

Gallup: Satisfaction with America at 12-year high

- The Washington Times

Stand aside, now. Here's yet another poll to vex news media and Democratic Party, both long convinced that President Trump would be out of office by now. A new Gallup poll finds that a majority of Americans now believe the nation has a brighter future, a sentiment which had dwindled in previous years.

Critics complain about the U.S. immigration system. It is considered "lax," however, compared to the strict policies in other nations. (Associated Press)

Reality: U.S. immigration system considered 'lax'

- The Washington Times

Critics continue to fuss over U.S. immigration policy. Things are way worse overseas, however. Industrious researchers at the Republican National Committee delved into multiple sources to reveal immigration policies in six other nations.

Protesters rally in Philadelphia to protest a recent visit to the city by Vice President Mike Pence. One columnist warns of a "soft civil war." (Associated Press)

America and an emerging 'soft civil war'

- The Washington Times

The news media continues to provide shrill coverage of partisan discord, political unrest and the disquieting experiences of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, recently banished from a restaurant, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, harassed by critics at a restaurant and again at her home. Discussion on both sides is rampant; the hashtag #civility led the national list of trends on Twitter in the last 24 hours.

"I would argue that national security is at stake," said Rep. Michael McCaul. "We stop 10 terrorists every day from getting into this country." (Associated Press)

McCaul: 'We stop 10 terrorists every day from getting into this country'

- The Washington Times

The immigration bill could stall on Capitol Hill for all sorts of reasons, some of them predictable, some not. At the moment Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has a specific source of concern over the status of the legislation as debate continues and the wheels of Congress only twitch in response. The Texas Republican says national security is at stake.

Then-reality TV star Donald Trump appears with his famous guests in a publicity photo for NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2008. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

President Trump, the 'Hollywood icon'

- The Washington Times

Public fascination with President Trump goes far beyond politics. He is also a cultural force, and there's not a thing his Democratic rivals can do about that. The public is simply interested in all things Trump, and it works for him.

Dennis Quaid has been tapped to play Ronald Reagan in "Reagan: The Movie," a positive portrayal of the 40th president, due in 2019. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Dennis Quaid to play Reagan in major movie -- emphasis on all-American life, complex character

- The Washington Times

"Reagan: The Movie" has got its star. Years in development, this positive film about the 40th president will feature veteran actor Dennis Quaid in the role of the Gipper, the storyline described by producers as "a journey of a lifetime, the all-American story of the boy from Dixon, Illinois, who grew up to be president and changed a nation and the world."