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Evangelicals played a pivotal role in the 2016 election, and poll numbers suggest the group will be a major factor in the 2018 midterm elections. One poll has support for President Trump among evangelical voters at around 70 percent. Presumably they will vote for Republicans. (Associated Press)

Evangelicals poised to pray for the midterms

- The Washington Times

When President Trump won the election almost two years ago, his support from evangelicals was a major driver of the win - so much so that the Rev. Franklin Graham later commented that "God showed up" at the election. Some say it also could happen with the midterm elections, now 20 days off.

President Trump came across as "truly president" in his "60 Minutes" interview, said interviewer Leslie Stahl. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A succinct review: 'He is truly president'

- The Washington Times

After a full week of campaign rallies, problem solving and partisan attacks, President Trump also had an in depth interview with Leslie Stahl on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday night. The overnight ratings from Nielsen Media Research are very telling here. Mr. Trump's interview drew a respectable 11.8 million viewers for CBS. The debut of the "Alec Baldwin Show" on ABC, however, garnered 2.2 million. But that, as the sages say, is show biz.

A new dawn for the Republican Party? Some say that unity has emerged in the GOP following the Kavanaugh matter. The U.S. Capitol is seen here at sunrise. (Associated Press)

Finally: Republican Party shows signs of unity

- The Washington Times

All aboard that proverbial Trump train? Behold, there's some clear evidence that a more united Republican Party has emerged after the confirmation of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — and just in time. The party is "edgier, more rugged, and more relentless" in the aftermath of the unprecedented brawl on Capitol Hill, says Brad Todd, a columnist for The Federalist.

Actor and President Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin has a new talk show debuting on ABC with a roster of stars. The host, however, has pondered interviewing Mr. Trump, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (ABC)

Alec Baldwin wants to interview President Trump

- The Washington Times

Actor, political activist and President Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin has a prime time talk show debuting at 10 p.m. Sunday EDT on ABC — and if the host has his way, a future guest just might be the president. Yes, well. Just imagine that cultural moment.

Demonstrators chant slogans on Capitol Hill to protest Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh. A national rally is planned for Saturday. (Associated Press)

Judge Kavanaugh and the culture of protest

- The Washington Times

Awaiting the outcome of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court has become a classic cliffhanger, teetering in front of the American public with as much dramatic tension as a major sports event — which is why, perhaps, several international betting houses have offered odds on the outcome. News coverage, meanwhile, has been tinctured with opinion and speculation — even as U.S. Capitol Police and U.S. Supreme Court Police have ramped up security for lawmakers, as confrontations and protests get vigorous. Some officers have been called to form a human barrier around the more ardent demonstrations.

President Trump takes the stage during a campaign rally on Saturday in Wheeling, West Virginia. Four more rallies will follow this week. (Associated Press)

Trump charm: Four rallies in five days

- The Washington Times

President Trump once again is going for the ultra-personal tactics that revved up Republicans and helped him win the 2016 election. As midterms loom, Mr. Trump is showing up in the heartland — in person and surrounded by American flags — at four of his signature jumbo rallies in the next five days. He was in Tennessee on Monday, then it's off to Mississippi, Minnesota and Kansas by week's end.

A crowded cast: Sens. Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Mike Crapo have a dialogue following a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Friday. (Associated Press)

Kavanaugh drama: Buckle up, pay attention

- The Washington Times

The first act is over, but the drama escalates. We're talking, of course, of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's quest to become a Supreme Court justice — an important event played out on a complex set with a huge cast of characters, myriad distractions and much media orchestration — complete with partisan agenda, timpani drums and hand-wringing. Will this dramatic tableau have an extended run? Maybe.

Ashley Estes Kavanaugh watches husband, Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Associated Press)

Kavanaugh hearing: Intense, telling, troubling

- The Washington Times

The beer, the memories, the yearbook, the nicknames, the slang: It was 1983 all over again on Capitol Hill. The coverage of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's appearance at the Senate on Thursday was subject to much interpretation from major news organizations, which fixated on the events all day and into the evening as the event continued and news gave way to analysis.

Despite media distractions, the "Trump Bump" is flourishing, and economic news continues to improve. Consumer optimism is high, too. (Associated Press)

He persisted: Trump Bump triumphs

- The Washington Times

The news media continues to set off strategic distractions to lure the public away from any good news about President Trump and his administration. But this is a given strategy now. Mr. Trump and his staff continue to take care of business, keep calm and carry on despite press reports suggesting the end is near, or words to that effect.

The National Cannabis Industry Association has a marijuana policy reform guide and claim the issue could be a "winning opportunity" for either political party. (National Cannabis Industry Association)

Cannabusiness: 'The new politics of marijuana'

- The Washington Times

Imagine what the old hippies of yore would have thought. But here it is: an official cannabis industry guide for lawmakers. Indeed, the National Cannabis Industry Association has released a new report covering what they describe as "the growing popularity of marijuana policy reform and the political benefits candidates in either party could reap by embracing the issue."

President Trump shakes hands with Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, at the White House on July 9, 2018. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

'#MeToo has been weaponized'

- The Washington Times

It seems like years since Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh first appeared with President Trump at the White House as a newly minted Supreme Court nominee, accompanied by his family and applauded by peers. That was the evening of July 9. The calm promise of those early days quickly gave way to raucous protests, disrupted Senate hearings, explosive media coverage, partisan distractions and feminist uprisings. Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently declared that he has never seen the nation's capital "crazier, more paranoid, more tense or more dumb."

The 12th annual Values Voters Summit has arrived in the capital to emphasize the "momentum" and lasting power of America's values. (Family Research Council)

Values Voters Summit holds the line as D.C. rages

- The Washington Times

The Values Voters Summit has arrived in the nation's capital for the 12th year in a row, and just in time. Amid discord, distractions, media mayhem and the rigors of a fast-approaching election, the three-day event provides a forum for traditional values, drawing 3,000 people and an impressive roster of 65 speakers. The weekend is dedicated to ensuring the "momentum" of bedrock values — along with religious freedom, pro-life causes, the state of conservatism, effective pushback against cultural foes and national security.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is surrounded by reporters, all seeking her commentary on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
and the challenges he now faces. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Associated Press)

Media in frantic frenzy over Kavanaugh

- The Washington Times

There was once a time when the news media seemed all dressed up with nowhere to go. That is certainly not the case at the moment. News coverage of the turmoil surrounding Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court now mutates from one thing to another with startling speed. Press narratives unfold like origami. Indeed, there is now an army of journalists, analysts, broadcasters, pollsters, bloggers, strategists and columnists on the march, presenting their wares to a public that says that news coverage confuses them.

A Wall Street Journal editorial says, "A story this old and unprovable can't be allowed to delay a Supreme Court confirmation vote." (Associated Press)

The complex hazards of the 'MeToo Kavanaugh ambush'

- The Washington Times

Behold. The Wall Street Journal has offered a new editorial titled "The #MeToo Kavanaugh Ambush." Regarding the baroque challenges now facing Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh from political and cultural opponents, the news organization simply advises "A story this old and unprovable can't be allowed to delay a Supreme Court confirmation vote."