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A new poll finds that 70% of U.S. voters say this has been a "bad year" for America. (AP PHOTO)

70% of voters in poll say it's been a 'bad year'

- The Washington Times

The voting public has weighed in on the state of America and the news is not good: 70% of registered U.S. voters now say that 2021 has been a bad year for the country -- and over half of the weary population -- 55% -- say it has been bad for them personally.

The rampant inflation which has marked President Biden's first year in office will affect Christmas dinner, according to a new industry report and Bureau of Labor Statistics data. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Bidenflation now hits Christmas dinner too

- The Washington Times

Americans endured higher prices for their Thanksgiving dinner a few weeks ago due to the ever-increasing prices for the feast -- which experts blamed on President Biden and the White House. Well, take a deep breath, and acknowledge that the proverbial "Bidenflation" is also affecting the price of Christmas dinner, according to Mintec, a London- and New York City-based data and analytics group focused on food and manufacturing brands.

Haitian migrants use a dam to cross to and from the United States from Mexico, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. Thousands of Haitian migrants have assembled under and around a bridge in Del Rio presenting the Biden administration with a fresh and immediate challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching U.S. soil. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Protecting Biden: Major news networks ignore the border

- The Washington Times

It is almost a tradition for the "Big Three" broadcast networks -- NBC, ABC and CBS -- to soft-pedal or omit coverage of issues that don't reflect well on the Democratic Party. Case in point: Things are getting worse by the day on the southern U.S. border. The broadcast coverage of this phenomenon, however, is down to nothing. As in zilch.

Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

'President' Joe Manchin emerges

- The Washington Times

A West Virginia Democrat has emerged as a powerhouse centrist who is not afraid to push back on his own party against a $2 trillion spending bill, among other things. We're talking about Sen Joe Manchin, of course -- deemed a commonsense lawmaker by the press and possibly even a "maverick" -- a word often used in past years to describe John McCain, the late Arizona senator and longtime Republican leader.

Former President Donald Trump smiles during a Turning Point Action gathering in Phoenix in July.  Trump's new social media company forecasts it may have 81 million users by 2026, or nearly 7 million more people than voted for him in the last U.S. presidential election. The projection was filed on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 with securities regulators by the company trying to bring Trump Media & Technology Group to the stock market. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Trump revs up his new media empire, TRUTH Social

- The Washington Times

Former President Donald Trump has a new public outreach called Truth Social which he describes as "America's 'Big Tent' social media platform." It just got some muscle. The Trump Media & Technology Group has signed up for a "wide-ranging technology and cloud services agreement" with Rumble Inc.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Vice President Mike Pence is at left. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats still obsessing over Donald Trump

- The Washington Times

Well, here is a helpful suggestion. "Someone should tell the mainstream media that Donald Trump is no longer president," writes Stephen Kruiser, an associate editor and media columnist for PJ Media.

Then-moderator Chris Wallace of FOX News talks to the audience before the start of the third and final presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Las Vegas, on Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

The Chris Wallace press tour gets under way

- The Washington Times

Easy come, easy go? "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace has announced he has left Fox News -- the nation's leading cable news provider -- to become a fixture at CNN+ -- the network's new streaming service. Mr. Wallace, CNN and Fox News issued fairly cordial statements and that was that. Follow-up press coverage in the hours that followed his announcement, however, was politicized very quickly.

"The Chief's Chief," a new book by Mark Meadows, was punished Tuesday by All Seasons Press, a New York-based publisher which specializes in conservative authors. (Image courtesy of All Seasons Press)

Mark Meadows has written a book

- The Washington Times

It has been a complex, fast moving week for Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff for former President Donald Trump. He has been in the news after declining to answer questions from the Jan. 6 special committee about the attack on the U.S. Capitol and his suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over their subpoena plans. That evolving situation emerged Tuesday -- which also happened to be the publication date for Mr. Meadows' new book "The Chief's Chief."

In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, voters cast their ballots on Election Day at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP, File)

Kitchen table issues still rule politics, survey finds

- The Washington Times

The proverbial "kitchen table issues" are an ongoing force in elections, recently cited by Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin, three days after he won the race. A Monmouth University poll released Wednesday agrees: "Rising prices are the top kitchen table worry."

Migrants arrive in Villa Comaltitlan, Chiapas state, Mexico, Oct. 27, 2021, as they continue their journey through Mexico to the U.S. border. The Biden administration struck an agreement with Mexico to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next week that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, U.S. officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

The U.S. border challenge accelerates

- The Washington Times

Immigrants are still arriving -- and arriving -- at the southern U.S. border. Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin is in the region, and offers updated numbers about who was apprehended and who literally got away. "In the last 24 hours, the Border Patrol here in the Rio Grande Valley have encountered 1,810 illegal immigrants and there were 179 known gotaways, per a Dept. of Homeland Security source," Mr. Melugin wrote in a tweet Tuesday.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Wellington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Trump schools the Democrats

- The Washington Times

Former President Donald Trump is very handy with words, offering daily summaries of his thoughts which are terse, timely and provocative. Such writing also appears in other outreach from Mr. Trump, such as this fundraising message -- titled "I was right about everything."

The 900-member New York Young Republican Club will toast the Grand Old Party at a grand party this weekend in Manhattan, complete with GOP celebrities. (Image courtesy of the New York Young Republican Club)

Young Republicans have reason to celebrate

- The Washington Times

There is some joy percolating within the Republican Party. No, really. Consider the 900-member New York Young Republican Club, which was incorporated in 1911 with predecessor organizations dating back to 1856. It has endeavored to offer practical, vigorous help to the Grand Old Party itself since then, and maintains a formidable set of principles.

In this Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, a student walks in front of the Old Main building on the Penn State campus in State College, Pa.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Young Republicans foresee 'second civil war'

- The Washington Times

Here's a telling but disquieting new survey. Harvard University's Institute of Politics surveyed 2,109 young Americans ages 18-29 on their political views and their perceptions of the U.S. as a nation. The results are not encouraging.

In this Sept. 25, 2021, file photo Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks during former President Donald Trump's Save America rally in Perry, Ga. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday, Oct. 27, endorsed Herschel Walker’s Republican primary bid for a Senate seat in Georgia. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)

Herschel Walker: America's 'worth fighting for'

- The Washington Times

Football great Herschel Walker declared his intent to run for a Senate seat in Georgia on Aug. 24 and now reveals he has organized 34N22 -- a political action committee now up and running to support the conservative Republican.

The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. (Associated Press, File Photo)

Spending bill shows Democrats now 'woke' but clueless

- The Washington Times

One GOP stalwart won't take his eyes off the $2.1 trillion "Build Back Better" Act: House Republican Whip Steve Scalise continues to parse the 2,135-page bill. The meticulous Louisiana lawmaker has discovered yet another odd and mysterious expenditure tucked away in the legislation.

Pete Buttigieg, with his hand on a Bible held by husband Chasten Buttigieg, is sworn in as Transportation Secretary by Vice President Kamala Harris in the Old Executive Office Building in the White House complex on Feb. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Harris-Buttigieg 2024 ticket seen as a possibility

- The Washington Times

Prognosticators are already pairing off potential Republican running mates for the 2024 presidential election, and the combinations of names are many. Now comes a noteworthy prediction for the Democratic side. "Harris/Buttigieg 2024" has surfaced.

Shoppers consider Black Friday deals at the Ellenton Premium Outlet stores in Ellenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, file)

Biden's bleak Black Friday

- The Washington Times

Well here it is Black Friday, and Americans are skittish about rising prices and buying stuff -- certainly not ideal for what is supposed to be the biggest shopping day of the year. The thrill is ebbing now that the U.S. has become an inflation nation in the era of President Biden.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Washington for a Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump's 2017 Thanksgiving message, his first as president

- The Washington Times

Former President Donald Trump remains a political force these days through frequent broadcast appearances and daily statements. The 45th president also has a new book titled "Our Journey Together" arriving in mid-December. But wait. Let's consider his very first Thanksgiving in the White House after a hard-fought battle to be elected.