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About 53% of voting-age citizens cast their ballots in the 2018 election. Among the biggest changes was that more millennials voted. (Associated Press)

Surprise motivation: Millennial voter turnout up 79% in midterm elections

- The Washington Times

Across all demographics, Americans were enthusiastic at the polls five months ago. The midterm elections had the highest voter turnout in four decades according to new Census Department data analysis released Tuesday that said 53% of the citizen voting-age population voted in 2018. According to the agency's records, that's the highest turnout since 1978.

Photojournalists gather to snap images of four pages of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller placed on the witness table. (Associated Press)

It's still Mueller Time: Democrats now fixate on conspiracy, not collusion

- The Washington Times

A sizable number of Democrats will not let go of the Mueller report, hoping to reconfigure it as a new and improved device that somehow could impeach President Trump — even though multiple polls now reveal that weary Americans are ready to move on from this media-charged melodrama and say lawmakers should return to the nation's business.

A new University of Virginia college course will tap into Ronald Reagan's presidential wisdom, taught by historian and author Craig Shirley, and augmented by several Reagan administration officials. (Associated Press)

Ronald Reagan, the college course

- The Washington Times

Here comes considerable insight into the 40th president: The University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will offer a graduate-level course titled "Lessons in Leadership: Reagan," meant to parse the historical and political context of Ronald Reagan's presidency — and how it translates to today's political landscape. The campus has picked an able instructor for the fall offering: that would be presidential historian and author Craig Shirley — who has already penned four books on the Gipper.

President Trump has another go around with the press during a recent appearance at the White House. Some critics are saying that "fake news" now has been joined by "false narratives" as well. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

News media created fake news, now they manufacture false narratives

- The Washington Times

Presidents have long been uneasy with the press. Consider that Thomas Jefferson revealed he rarely thought newspapers were worth reading, and was weary of their "wretched guesswork"; the year was 1816. Abraham Lincoln called reporters "villainous" in 1858; Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed America had a "free and sensational press" in 1935; and George H.W. Bush complained in 1984 that reporters covering his vice-presidential campaign existed in a "bullpen seething with mischief."

Could it happen again? Voters are happy with President Trump as the GOP nominee. Here he is sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2017. (Associated Press)

One more time: 82% of voters advise GOP to renominate Trump

- The Washington Times

It is often hard to figure out how the voting public feels about President Trump. Blame that on the press, which has provided a steady stream of negative or manipulative coverage about Mr. Trump since his campaign days. Yet somehow, an overwhelming percentage of voters now advise the Republican Party to stand by Mr. Trump: 82% of all voters agree that the GOP should renominate the president, this according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.

A Newsbusters study finds the media is crying "cover up" even before Attorney General William Barr releases a redacted Mueller report. (MSNBC)

Jumping the gun: Media already cries 'cover up' on Mueller report

- The Washington Times

News organizations cannot wait to get their teeth into the Mueller report, due to be released in redacted form on Thursday. Print and broadcast outlets are already salivating though -- providing speculative or wishful reports about the document, so many that has tracked the trajectory of these accounts for weeks.

A Morning Consult study reveals what many know: Republicans and President Trump find only Fox News to be a credible news organization. (Associated Press)

Fierce loyalty: 3-year study finds Republicans say Fox News only credible news organization

- The Washington Times

Republican trust in the news media has plummeted since 2016 according to a series of Morning Consult polls which tracked public opinions of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio over three years. When the opinion results of each news organizations are averaged, 69% of Democrats find them on the whole to be credible. That drops to 55% among Americans in general.

Fox News anchors Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier will host Sen. Bernard Sanders in a town hall Monday in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (Fox News)

Fox News, CNN and the town hall wars

- The Washington Times

The prime-time public town hall has been a broadcast staple during election years, a showcase for earnest talk, policy declarations, chummy common sense and a nice warm layer of homespun wisdom. The nation is about to get a town hall blitz, as the format expands from its modest roots to a bodacious media entity.

Sen. Bernard Sanders, introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019 this week. However, paying for the plan may ruffle some feathers. (Associated Press)

Inconvenient truth for Bernie Sanders: 'Medicare for All' would raise taxes by $16.2 trillion

- The Washington Times

Feel the Bern? It's a stark reality: Sooner or later, somebody has to pay for universal health care. Sen. Bernard Sanders must face this reality now that he has introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019 - which is certainly guaranteed to be a big applause point on the presidential campaign trail. But the money has to come from somewhere. That's the inconvenient truth.

Attorney General William Barr has a moment before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A nervous news media scrutinizes William Barr

- The Washington Times

Attorney General William Barr has emerged as "the Democrats' worst nightmare," writes PJ Media founder Roger L. Simon after Mr. Barr's back-to-back appearances on Capitol Hill to illuminate the lawmakers about special counsel Robert Mueller's report and Mr. Barr's own plans to investigate the investigation's mysterious heritage and the true motivations of those who produced it.

Sen. Ted Cruz will chair a hearing titled "Stifling Free Speech: Technology Censorship and the Public Discourse" on Wednesday, hoping to determine if tech companies are censoring conservatives. (Sen. Ted Cruz)

Censoring conservatives: Ted Cruz investigates

- The Washington Times

"Unplanned," a new feature film that takes a stand against abortion and has been successful against the odds, gets a showcase Wednesday on Capitol Hill before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, chaired by Sen. Ted Cruz. In a hearing titled "Stifling Free Speech: Technology Censorship and the Public Discourse," the Texas Republican intends to determine if jumbo tech companies are censoring conservatives.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is an underdog in his quest to clinch the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Crafty: The 1% Democrats take over the presidential race

- The Washington Times

The Democratic Party is prepared to accommodate up to 40 presidential hopefuls, and is planning two upcoming presidential debates in June to include quite a crowd. But why do so many virtually unknown hopefuls — who may garner 1% of the vote - jump in the race?

Keynote speaker former Vice President Joe Biden pauses during his speech during the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law 20th Anniversary Gala at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. The annual event serves as the school's principal scholarship fundraiser. (Yasmina Chavez/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Here comes the Democratic Party's identity crisis

- The Washington Times

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden continues to address charges of unwanted familiarity with women, now vowing to be "mindful and respectful" of personal space and physical contact. The situation has prompted a cultural moment, and a potential identity crisis for the Democratic Party.

Some are already predicting a dire avocado shortage across America, should President Trump close the border between the U.S. and Mexico. (Associated Press)

The great avocado panic of 2019

- The Washington Times

Brooklyn once had a kale shortage during a 2015 blizzard which caused such consternation among hipsters that the situation prompted international headlines and stories of kale angst among the smart set. But wait. An avocado shortage now looms and it could quickly turn into a regular avocadopocalypse, or even avocadogeddon — complete with political turmoil. All blamed on a certain president, of course.

A New York Post columnist has suggested that President Trump should give an Oval Office address after the conclusion of the Russia probe. (Associated Press)

Unbowed and forthright, Trump 'stronger than ever'

- The Washington Times

Following his vindication by special counsel Robert Mueller about Russia collusion, some observers have suggested that President Trump make a meek and docile public appearance before Americans to convince the citizenry that he has value to the nation — or words to that effect.

Journalism has gotten so complicated that any mention of "ethics" is now missing in most jobs descriptions, an academic study found. (Associated Press)

That explains it: 'Ethics' overlooked when news organizations hire journalists, study says

- The Washington Times

A new study from the University of Missouri has determined that the concept of "journalist" has changed. Researchers pored over 669 recent job announcements from media outlets to find that the desired expertise for journalists now includes web development, audience analytics, a dynamic personality and familiarity with Python, a computer programming language. Any mention of ethics, however, was missing in three-fourths of the ads.