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Presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders eats a corn dog with his wife, Jane, (left) at Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Pork chops and corn dogs: The Democrats face a trial by fryer

- The Washington Times

The deep-fried Oreos, the funnel cakes, the pork chops on a stick: The news media covers what presidential hopefuls eat on the campaign trail as much as their policy statements. Maybe more. It is a very telling moment when a candidate addresses a corn dog live on camera; to emerge unscathed is definitely part of the contemporary political skill set.

"Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency" by Andrew McCarthy meticulously proves that President Trump has faced some unprecedented partisan hostility. (Encounter Books) (Encounter Books)

Russia 'collusion:' Andy McCarthy explains all

- The Washington Times

A timely new book has just landed: "Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency" by Andrew McCarth meticulously proves that President Trump has faced some unprecedented partisan hostility. The author parses the "collusion fable" and revisits details almost too numerous to mention.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Des Moines Register Soapbox during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Joe Biden and the flamethrower

- The Washington Times

The spectacle of 2020 presidential politics continues, punctuated by melodrama, unintentionally comedic moments and gaffes. Now-and-then Democratic front-runner Joseph R. Biden had a moment in that realm during a campaign appearance at a "gun safety" forum in Iowa — when he declared that flamethrowers were illegal.

Pollster Frank Luntz warns journalists that their credibility with the public is dropping due to hostile reporting against President Trump. (Associated Press)

Backfire: Anti-Trump media irks the public

- The Washington Times

The news media was hostile to President Trump the moment he declared his intention to run for the White House in 2015. The tradition continues. Ongoing analysis of broadcast coverage by the conservative Media Research Center, in fact, has documented the fact that 90% of the news accounts have been negative toward Mr. Trump since he took his oath of office.

"All the News That's Fit to Print" apparently doesn't have to be true. (Associated Press/File)

Weakening: The woes of The New York Times

- The Washington Times

A leading progressive publication has a warning for the zealous liberals and Democrats who attacked The New York Times for running a headline that was actually fair-minded toward President Trump, noting that he was urging "national unity" over racism during a difficult week amid a contentious campaign.

Hello, Main Street. Amid an avalanche of alarmist coverage of the economy comes good news about small business from Gallup. (Associated Press)

Hello Main Street: Small business thriving despite alarmist predictions

- The Washington Times

Hello, Main Street. Amid an avalanche of alarmist coverage of the economy and the stock market comes this happy news. Gallup reveals noteworthy sentiments among the nation's U.S. small business owners: 58% say their revenues have increased in the past year, 64% say they expect further increases in the future, while 79% now say they are optimistic about the future in general. All of these percentages are up since the second quarter of the year, the pollster says.

Talk radio host Michael Savage (middle) hopes President Trump will act to remove his name from a list of undesirables banned in Britain. (Michael Savage)

Michael Savage seeks Trump's help to remove name from Britain's undesirables list

- The Washington Times

A decade ago, talk radio host Michael Savage was banned from the U.K. by Britain's then-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who placed Mr. Savage on a list of undesirables that included known terrorists and neo-Nazis. One of the few who defended Mr. Savage was Boris Johnson, then the mayor of London, who called the ban an "utterly demented decision." Now he is prime minister. Things change.

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's chief of staff, couldn't believe what he was seeing during the second Democratic debate earlier this week. (Associated Press)

'This is nuts': Rahm Emanuel jabs Democratic hopefuls over Obama criticism

- The Washington Times

The 20-plus Democratic presidential hopefuls have been called all sorts of things in recent days. "Deranged" has been a favorite description of this bustling group, deployed daily by the Republican Party - which points out, and rightly so - that the flock of would-be presidents is either fixated on impeaching President Trump, or driven into a frenzy by his latest tweet.

Texts between then-FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page could get a more complete examination soon. (Associated Press)

20,000 Strzok-Page emails get a second look

- The Washington Times

A simple announcement from Judicial Watch adds another dimension to "Russian collusion" -- particularly one aspect which did not get much play during the recent Robert Mueller hearings on Capitol Hill.

Polls reveals that Democrats are not feeling very patriotic these days. (Associated Press)

Democrats abandon their patriotism

- The Washington Times

On July Fourth, Gallup released a timely poll that found that 45% of Americans said they were "extremely" proud of their country. That finding included 76% of Republicans — but only 22% of Democrats.

Democratic presidential hopeful Joseph R. Biden received only 15% of the donations made by 100 of Hollywood's most powerful.

Caution: Angry Democrats ahead

- The Washington Times

The Democratic Party is now in an identity crisis with all the trimmings, trying to gain some war footing as the clock tick-tocks toward the 2020 election. The trouble is, the press is reporting that there's plenty of "internal warfare" going on among Democrats as the push and pull between establishment leaders and determined, outspoken young newcomers to Congress continues. Eager for a little action, the press already has its eyes trained on next week's Democratic presidential debates in Detroit.

"We're not going anywhere. We're just going nationwide," U.S. Army Sgt. Artie Muller said. He's the founder and national executive director of Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom.

In motion: President Trump and Rolling Thunder

- The Washington Times

Some eight weeks ago, the nation's capital shook with the power of several hundred thousand motorcycles as the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom came to town for the 32nd time to raise awareness for POW and MIA issues and help military veterans. As it has in the past, the unapologetically patriotic demonstration drew national news coverage for the sheer size and spectacle of the gathering, organized by stalwart volunteers who last year raised $256,276 for vets in need of such basics as rent, clothing and food.

The news media is poised for some extensive, no-holds-barred coverage during Robert Mueller's long-awaited testimony this week. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Media ready to rumble over Mueller testimony

- The Washington Times

Former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming testimony before both the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees beginning Wednesday has already mesmerized the news media, who remain fixated with "Russia collusion" and other narratives that are hostile toward President Trump.