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Psychologist warns that impeachment is now damaging America's mental state

- The Washington Times

Journalists can squawk all they want about the glories of the impeachment "process," claiming it's a notable showcase for the U.S. political system. Not everyone agrees with this. One clinical forensic psychologist, in fact, says the collective well-being of all Americans is now at stake as the endless legal proceedings and nonstop media coverages rumbles on.

One analyst thinks voters have grown weary of both feminist talk on the campaign trail and the novelty of female candidates has worn thin. (Associated Press)

Voters now cringe over feminist candidates

- The Washington Times

Now comes a timely new essay from Amber Athey, White House correspondent for the Daily Caller. It is titled "The sad death of the Femocrats" and makes the case that the novelty of a female presidential candidate has worn thin, and that being a woman is no longer the primary qualification.

Investigative reporter and author Peter Schweizer's newest book "Profiles in Corruption: Abuses of Power by America's Progressive Elite" hit No. 1 in sales on Amazon on the day it was published. (Harper Collins)

Profiles in corruption, progressive edition: Peter Schweizer strikes again

- The Washington Times

The last few books written by investigative reporter and author Peter Schweizer have some telling titles. Consider "Clinton Cash" - which was on The New York Times bestseller list for 11 weeks. Then there's "Secret Empires" and "Throw Them All Out" — all fact-driven exposes primarily driven by the perceived sins of liberal politics.

President Trump won't be convicted in his Senate trial, and stands a 52% chance of winning the 2020 election, says a bookmaking source. (Associated Press)

Oddsmakers: Senate won't convict Trump, reelection a sure thing

- The Washington Times

The odds appear to be in President Trump's favor as he faces a Senate trial Tuesday following his impeachment in the House. His chances of being reelected, in fact, are higher now than they have been in a year, says one unique source. The president remains "resilient" to an impeachment trial, according to US-Bookies, an online industry source that offers global betting statistics, averages and other data.

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of Democratic voters are not liberal, according to a major Pew Research Center study. (Associated Press)

Reality: Majority of Democrats are not liberal

- The Washington Times

A major pollster reveals that the Democratic Party is not a bastion of unyielding liberalism. The Pew Research Center offers demographic details that could be of interest to such grassroots organizations as Black Voices for Trump, Black Republicans Activists, Latinos for Trump, GOP Latinos, plus the WalkAway Campaign, a national group which supports disenchanted Democrats who want to "walk away" from their party.

Could the impeachment process "enrage" Americans who are weary of the situation? House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy thinks so. (Associated Press)

Prediction: Impeachment will enrage the weary American public

- The Washington Times

Well, now what? House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has a terse review of the current evolving impeachment "process," which has just completed Act 1 of a full-blown production that included flippant theatrics, souvenir pens, snappy remarks and nonstop media coverage. Many news organizations declared the proceedings to be "historic." Historians might disagree with this assessment.

Brandon Straka is founder of the WalkAway Campaign, which lends a hand to Democrats who are ready to "walk away" from their party. The group is planning an "Unsilent March on Washington" in the fall. (Brandon Straka)

'WalkAway Campaign' rejects Democratic Party, plans 'Unsilent Majority March' on Washington

- The Washington Times

Famed character actor Robert Davi approves. So does comedienne Roseanne Barr, her fellow actor Kristy Swanson and patriotic analyst Allen West. All are among the many determined folks who have signed up to boost the WalkAway Campaign. Don't know about the WalkAway Campaign? The organization is determined to help weary Democrats jettison their political alignment and come into the Republican sunshine. Here is a handy mission statement:

Colleen Deaver of Pasadena, Maryland, (left) joins a rally led by the House Freedom Caucus in support of President Trump earlier this month. The Senate has yet to receive the articles of impeachment. (Associated Press)

The murky impeachment process gets murkier

- The Washington Times

The Democratic Party is continuing down the haphazard impeachment trail, which they hope will lead to President Trump's removal from office. Or something. The American public is no doubt puzzling over the process, which has stalled over the prospect of a Senate trial. Democrats and Republicans at odds over who gets to call witnesses, the identity of impeachment managers and other details.

Things may not be cordial at the Democratic debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday. Election season is underway and a "rift" is a factor. Shown is a scene from a previous debate on Oct. 15, 2019. (Associated Press)

Divided Democrats: Debate drama in Des Moines

- The Washington Times

The first Democratic presidential debate of 2020 is in Des Moines on Tuesday night, less than three weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Gone is the big crowd of 20 cheerful hopefuls who gathered on a glittering stage in Miami over two nights for the very first Democratic debate seven months ago, strutting their stuff and shaking hands before a mesmerized media.

Days of yore: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a daily press briefing at the White House in 2018. (Associated Press)

Time for journalists to jettison bad behavior

- The Washington Times

Thirteen former press secretaries and foreign service and military officials have issued a joint op-ed titled "Why America needs to hear from its government" which makes the case that the daily White House press conference should be reinstated after almost a year's absence.

Lawmakers rank way down on the list of America's most respected professions, according to a new Gallup poll. (Associated Press)

Gallup: Lawmakers among least trusted for their ethics and honesty

- The Washington Times

Americans praise nurses, engineers and medical doctors for their honesty and ethics in a big way. Lawmakers, however, have not earned such admiration. Senators and members of Congress, in fact, are at the bottom of the heap when it comes to the public's trust factor. So says Gallup, in its annual assessment of 22 professions.

It's campaign rally season. President Trump shares a moment with the crowd during a recent campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Associated Press)

Trump and the art of the campaign rally

- The Washington Times

There are no January doldrums in 2020. With Super Tuesday just around the corner, President Trump's campaign has lined up a fast and furious series of his signature jumbo campaign rallies — a wise decision given the competitive, chaotic nature of the political marketplace. These cheerful, high energy events are a known brand on the campaign trail, and have proved to be effective, media friendly and good for both president and his fans. These legendary rallies typically draw 12,000 cheerful Trump voters inside major arenas, with another 10,000 or so proudly partying outside in their red MAGA hats.

A new Hill/HarrisX poll finds that 90% of Republican voters give President Trump a positive favorability rating, his highest on record. (Associated Press)

Trump wins record support from GOP voters

- The Washington Times

The liberal news media and the Democratic Party have been pushing a convenient theme for years: The election of President Trump caused a rift in the Republican Party, pitting establishment GOPers against grassroots folks who raced to the polls in 2016 and voted for Mr. Trump. That convenient and melodramatic theme just keeps resurfacing among journalists convinced that the Grand Old Party is no longer grand.

Some headlines have broached the possibility of "World War III" following President Trump's decision to order an airstrike on Iran. (Associated Press)

Trump critics fixate on 'World War III'

- The Washington Times

Well, there's never a dull moment. Assorted news organizations and critics of President Trump immediately escalated their outreach and broached the idea that World War III was now a possibility following the death of Iran Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani in a precision U.S. airstrike in Baghdad.

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is among the many broadcast talents who have made talk radio itself the top media choice among Americans. (Rush Limbaugh)

Nielsen: TV viewing now 'dwarfed' by huge talk radio audience

- The Washington Times

Sorry TV titans and fancy producers, but the American media landscape is not dominated by streaming video, Sunday night football and vampire dramas. Here's the realty check. It's syndicated talk radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity -- plus their fellow broadcast talkers -- who are the winners. None other than Nielsen Media Research reveals some stark facts about public preference.

President Trump's accomplishments have continued to pile up this year, no matter what kind of coverage the media provides. (Associated Press)

True Trump victories: A year-end review

- The Washington Times

The news media is not keen on reporting positive news about President Trump and his administration. Yet Mr. Trump's victories continue to pile up whether the press reports them or not. What follows is a small compendium of those significant and fact-driven victories, as reported in Inside the Beltway in the final weeks of 2019.

Take a brief trip past the year's assorted outrage moments, as reported in the Inside the Beltway column by Jennifer Harper. (Associated Press)

The best political outrage of 2019

- The Washington Times

We have just gone through a year full of outrage, melodrama and shenanigans — and quite a few victories for President Trump, despite it all. Congratulations on making it this far, hopefully with some optimism toward the future. What follows is a small sampling of Inside the Beltway items which appeared throughout 2019, reflecting the current political landscape — with 2020 just around the corner.