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In this Dec. 2, 2017, photo, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, speaks at a fundraiser at Cipriani in New York, with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Associated Press)

The GOP has big plans -- and $172 million in the war chest

- The Washington Times

So much for all those news media claims that the Republican Party is drifting around the political realm with no compelling message and dwindling support. Once again, the Republican National Committee has broken another fundraising record, according to chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, who says the party raised $13.9 million in March and now has a bodacious $171.6 million overall in the 2017-2018 cycle. The Grand Old Party's midterm election plans are grand, and going swimmingly.

Crewmen tend to a B-52 assigned to the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron following a recent flight to an undisclosed location in Asia. (U.S. Air Force)

The faithful B-52 breaks a Vietnam-era record

- The Washington Times

Just a reminder that the America's heavy lifting and hard work continues — far from the endless squawking and media hubbub in the nation's capital. The incredible B-52 just keeps on keeping on, and has shattered old performance records, according to a new Air Force report. Keep in mind that various models of Boeing's B-52 have been in service since 1955. The B-52 H model, which is currently in use, first went into service 57 years ago.

A copy of former FBI Director James B. Comey's "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership," is on display among bookstore competition. (Associated Press)

The blitz begins: James Comey's moment of truth

- The Washington Times

After weeks of hubbub, James B. Comey the author has emerged. His book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" is in stores Tuesday. His broadcast debut on ABC drew 9.8 million viewers on Sunday night but was still bested by the Academy of Country Music Awards on rival CBS, which attracted 11.5 million. Amused media critics pointed out that adult film actress Stormy Daniels' recent appearance on CBS' "60 Minutes" garnered an audience of 22 million. Some observers are predictably unimpressed.

The media says millennials are a coveted voting bloc, despite the fact that they have disdain for the press according to a new poll. (Associated Press)

70% of millennials not 'politically engaged or active' says Harvard poll

- The Washington Times

Millennials — often described as a much coveted voting bloc by the fawning news media — have very little trust in that media. A new Harvard University poll of Americans from age 18 to 29 reveals that only 2 percent of them trust the press all the time while 14 percent they trusted it most of the time. But that's it. Eight-out-of-10 millennials either never trust the media, or only trust it some of the time.

The Libertarian Party is geared up for the 2018 midterms, complete with a motto borrowed from the tea party and a 92 percent surge in voter membership. This year their conference is in New Orleans. (Libertarian Party)

New Libertarian motto: 'Don't tread on me'

- The Washington Times

The national Libertarian Party appears pretty cheerful these days. The organization is busy planning its four-day national convention in New Orleans in late June, where the event theme is "I'm that Libertarian!"

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will go before Congress to explain his business practices. There are now 2 billion Facebook users. (Associated Press)

Mark Zuckerberg's Capitol Hill debut

- The Washington Times

Facebook must now face the music — and the news media. Capitol Hill will get particularly intense about mid-afternoon on Tuesday when "Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data" gets underway. This much-anticipated hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation features lone witness Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has undergone weeks of specialized coaching for the experience — deemed "Zuckerberg's apology tour" by The New Yorker.

Hands-on official: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke takes a horseback ride through the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. (Associated Press)

Ryan Zinke wrangles the media

- The Washington Times

"'Do right and fear no man.' That credo has served Ryan Zinke well in his tenure as secretary of the interior for President Trump," writes Frank Miele, managing editor of the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Montana. "Zinke has become a lightning rod for criticism from the Democratic left, and yet he continues to move forward with his agenda of increasing access to federal public lands and developing funding to pay for infrastructure needs that have been left unaddressed for decades."

A new poll reveals that 7-out-of-10 Americans believe they work harder than Congress. Only 15 percent said Congress works harder. (Associated Press)

Voters say they work harder than Congress

- The Washington Times

The calendar doesn't lie. The House of Representatives was in session for only 13 days in March, and it plans to be on the job another dozen days in April and again in May. The rest of their time is devoted to "district work periods," federal holidays and free weekends according to a monthly online calendar. It's complicated.

About 77 percent of Americans are quite convinced that "outside groups and agents" have invaded the traditional news media. (Associated Press)

83% of Americans believe 'outside groups' have invaded the mainstream media

- The Washington Times

Several polls already have confirmed that the nation has a "fake news" problem — a phenomenon that President Trump pointed out to the public long ago. A Monmouth University survey is the latest affirmation that shoddy, manipulative and questionable journalism is now a pestilence in the press, revealing that 77 percent of Americans say fake news has invaded "traditional" reporting in print and broadcast.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for Easter services at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. (Associated Press)

Trump togetherness: The first couple

- The Washington Times

President Trump and Melania Trump returned to the very church in which they were married for Easter morning services. The couple sat in the third row of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, the Episcopal church in Palm Beach — where they tied the knot on Jan. 22, 2005 — and were photographed looking relaxed and happy despite press accounts from news organizations, gossip publications and at least one pollster addressing possibilities that the first couple's marriage is on the rocks, or that Mrs. Trump was "unhappy with her life" — this reported by US Weekly. That did not appear to be the case Sunday. The first lady was smiling and radiant.

New demographic: Here comes the 'Roseanne voter'

- The Washington Times

Analysts were astonished when "Roseanne" ran away with the TV ratings this week. The prime-time sitcom did, after all, offer a relatively positive message about President Trump, his administration and the heartland's working-class population. Some jittery observers wondered if a new voter demographic had emerged — the "Roseanne voter" - a hybrid of populist and independent realists who still believe in America and lean patriotic, and could confound even the most astute political strategists. Others wonder if Hollywood will comprehend that its audience is a varied one, and act upon this phenomenon.

For the first time in the history of the national head count, the next census will for the first time allow respondents to specify whether they are living with a partner of the same sex. (U.S. Census Bureau) **FILE**

Census phobia: Democrats and 'the question'

- The Washington Times

Lawsuits and Democratic protests are percolating over the addition of a simple citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. census — with critics claiming the question would suppress response rates and skew accuracy, or have political ramifications for states with heavy immigrant populations like New York or California.

The old cast returns to the new "Roseanne" on ABC, which has some pronounced "pro-Trump" moments in  the first episode of the reboot. (ABC)

Roseanne Barr's teachable Trump moment

- The Washington Times

Roseanne Barr, who was involved in crafting the show's scripts, used the first episode of new "Roseanne" to reveal her pro-Trump side again. In the course of the action, she said a prayer that specified "Lord, thank you for making America great again," quibbled over Mr. Trump with other characters, and then went on to emphasize the power and scope of the Trump-era working class.