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Americans agree that Congress is not productive, and President Trump may change the "do nothing" culture on Capitol Hill. Here, he addresses a joint session of Congress in February. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

Can Trump change a 'do nothing' Congress?

- The Washington Times

President Trump gets vexed with the dithering Congress, and so does the public. Americans' approval of Congress has dwindled to 13 percent favorability, and it is now at its lowest point since July 2016, just a few percentage points higher than the historic low of 9 percent in 2013, says Gallup analyst Justin McCarthy, citing the pollster's findings both past and present.

Now on radar: 'MAGA Meetups' for Trump-loving conservatives

- The Washington Times

MAGA: The familiar acronym stands for "Make America Great Again," the signature phrase of President Trump and millions of his followers that has gained momentum since the 2016 campaign. It is an instant and powerful identifier for those who back the president with gusto -- an oft-used Twitter tag and T-shirt motto. Now it has become a social force, an organization. Behold: MAGA Meetups is now percolating.

President Trump's tweets actually appear to prompt negative coverage from journalists who don't agree with him or his administration, says a new study from senior analysts Elizabeth Grieco and Jeffrey Gottfried. (Twitter)

Those famous Trump tweets actually provoke press outrage, study finds

- The Washington Times

President Trump has transformed his personal tweets into strategic political weapons which launch his messages off to the public, right past the hostile news media, and often over their heads. It's a skill and an art, really. The canny Mr. Trump arms his tweets with content sure to get a rise from the indignant press.

The Republican National Committee issued a parody news release on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, which meets this week. (Associated Press)

Upping the Ante: RNC trolls the DNC

- The Washington Times

First, there was fake news. Now, there are fake press releases. The Republican National Committee has issued a parody press release on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, adding a whole new dimension to the battle between the two parties.

President Donald Trump speaks about Iran from the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Trump says Iran is not living up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal that it signed in 2015, and announced a new strategy in the speech. He says the administration will impose additional sanctions on the regime to block its financing of terrorism. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Friendly turf: Heritage Foundation 'pleased and honored' to host Trump on Tuesday

- The Washington Times

Do politics and other complicated matters belong in sports? Maybe not. A major national poll from CBS reveals that only 26 percent of the nation is "comfortable" having discussions about politics, race or religion come up in the middle of a sports broadcast — or during those splashy awards shows where film and TV stars often speak out for personal causes. The wide-ranging CBS "Nation Tracker" poll found that only 16 percent of Republicans, 27 percent of independents and 38 percent of Democrats are at ease when sports, entertainment and politics are tumbled together with "complex issues."

A calm White House chief of staff John Kelly wrangles the press corps on Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Even after 266 days in office, the news media mistreats Trump -- and voters know it

- The Washington Times

President Trump has been in office for 266 days. He never got that traditional press honeymoon. The nonstop coverage instead is filled with fake news, tweaked polls, false narratives, weaponized talking points, personal insults and incendiary language. Throughout it all, Mr. Trump has perfected the art of the nimble pushback. But he's not alone in this ongoing battle. Voters themselves disapprove of the ongoing press antics, while stalwart White House staffers continue to keep the media at bay.

President Trump has confirmed he will appear at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, along with White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. (Associated Press)

Faithful to the faithful: Trump to appear at Values Voter Summit

- The Washington Times

President Trump remains faithful to the faith-minded, values-attuned voters who showed up by the millions to elect him in 2016 — a 60 million-member voting bloc, according to some studies. They are loyal. Multiple surveys from the Pew Research Center and other pollsters reveal that up to 81 percent of values voters staunchly stand by the president and continue to pray for him.

C-SPAN host Pedro Echevarria listens intently to a caller on"Washington Journal." C-SPAN marks 20th anniversary on the radio this week. (C-Span)

'Thank you for C-SPAN'

- The Washington Times

"Thank you for C-SPAN." That four-word phrase is the mantra of many loyal C-SPAN fans who tune in — and call in — to the public affairs network for its daily talk shows, public forums, analysis and agenda-free coverage of Congress, the White House and key political and historical fare. The intrepid C-SPAN will celebrate its 40th anniversary before the next presidential election. This week, however, the network is marking the 20th year for C-SPAN Radio, which went on the air Oct. 9, 1997, and continues to provide 24-hour, commercial-free programming.

"So I give Trump and Pence credit for at least pushing back," said radio host Rush Limbaugh regarding Vice President Mike Pence's walk out. (Associated Press)

Trump and Pence: Power of the pushback

- The Washington Times

There is still media hubbub over the moment some 48 hours ago when Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence walked out of an Indiana Colts game when team players took a knee and refused to stand for the national anthem. Critics called the brisk departure "a political stunt" and speculation was rampant. But some say the couple's exit was a defining moment that launched a jolt of cultural change, which now is gaining momentum.

Holiday choice: Trump honors Christopher Columbus, 'man of faith'

- The Washington Times

There will be considerable talk about the fate of Columbus Day on Monday as a growing number of states and cities choose to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead. Minnesota, Vermont, Alaska and South Dakota opt for the latter according to a Time magazine study — along with 54 cities in those states, plus 19 others. President Trump is definitely in the Columbus Day corner however, recalling Christopher Columbus in his official proclamation for the day, which was authorized by Congress in 1934.

CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert offered serious commentary on the Las Vegas mass shooting, and the need for gun control. (CBS)

Why late night TV got grim and political

- The Washington Times

The late night TV realm used to be funny. Opening monologues and snappy sketches, however, have taken a back seat to hosts who offer grim political opinions, mostly directed against President Trump, Republicans and those who support the Second Amendment. But wait. Some suggest it's one way to garner audience ratings in a waning business.

National Space Council will meet Thursday. Government officials and entrepreneurs will be in attendance. The event will be livestreamed.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, in the middle of a Christmas Eve space walk, outside the International Space Station in 2013. (NASA)

Lift-off: Trump's new space council vows America 'will hold the high ground again'

- The Washington Times

The White House is making a leap toward the final frontier, and they are doing it right. Thursday marks the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council, and as far as power and policy goes, this is a star-studded, innovative event with potential. President Trump's critics would be wise not to squawk about it; the public remains fascinated, receptive and even patriotic toward space exploration, and this effort emphasizes a trio of unapologetically noble themes: "We will lead again, we will inspire again, we will hold the high ground again."

Performer Wayne Newton had some promising words for President Trump's visit to Las Vegas in an interview with Fox Business Network. (Fox Business Network)

Wayne Newton welcomes Trump to Las Vegas

- The Washington Times

Veteran performer Wayne Newton — also known as "Mr. Las Vegas" — is horrified over the mass shooting in his town. Nevertheless, Mr. Newton was back on the stage at Bally's on Tuesday night and says his fellow Vegas megastars will organize a tribute concert to raise money for the victims, as they did following 9/11.

"Today is a day for consoling the survivors and mourning those we lost," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Associated Press)

Bias: Just 11% of Trump coverage is positive

- The Washington Times

Yet another meticulous analysis reveals that the news media is biased against President Trump and his administration. This time, the report comes from the Pew Research Center, which based its analysis on 3,000 news stories from 24 different print, digital and broadcast media sources from January through the end of April.

Former Vice President Joe Biden appears to be remaking his image as an attack dog, with his ire directed at President Trump. (Associated Press)

All fired up: Joe Biden goes after Trump

- The Washington Times

Is the 74-year-old Joe Biden striking a presidential posture? Could be. He's also changed his tone, transitioning from "smilin' Joe" to aggressive attack dog, his ire aimed directly at President Trump.

The American flag is presented before an empty players' bench before an NFL football game between the Titans and the Seattle Seahawks. Neither team came onto the field for the national anthem. (Associated Press)

Incoming: Here comes the NFL boycott

- The Washington Times

A growing population of sports fans is prepared to shun the National Football League following controversy over athletes who chose not to stand during the national anthem. The movement is escalating. Such hashtags as #BoycottNFL have emerged on Twitter, while there are not one but three Boycott the NFL sites on Facebook which have already accrued over 100,000 followers. One is asking Americans to turn off the games on Veteran's Day next month.

The NRA has introduced a new video as a patriotic response to national anthem protests. The video features former U.S. Navy SEAL Dom Raso. (NRA)

The NRA takes a stand against national anthem protests

- The Washington Times

Professional athletes who choose not to stand for the national anthem have affected the nation, their act gaining traction beyond the sports realm and drawing continued criticism from President Trump. "Taking a knee" and shunning the anthem has dominated news coverage, inspired polls, sparked argument and shaped a whole prism of political discourse for days. It's complicated.

Members of the Indianapolis Colts take a knee during the nation anthem before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns. (Associated Press)

65% of Republicans favor firing NFL players who shun the national anthem

- The Washington Times

President Trump has suggested that National Football League players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the national anthem before major games. Republicans agree with Mr. Trump according to a Cato Institute poll released on Monday. It found that 65 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of conservatives say the players should be let go for "taking a knee" — an act, the players say, meant to draw attention to police brutality and racism.