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Jennifer Harper

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Rolling Thunder XXX Ride for Freedom, Memorial Weekend 2017. (Photo by Lee Stalsworth.)

Famed Rolling Thunder honors vets in DC for last time before going nationwide

The stars and stripes rule the day, and a million chrome-spoked wheels turn with a single purpose. Rolling Thunder has arrived in the nation's capital for the 32nd annual "Ride for Freedom," a massive display of power, pride and patriotism meant to honor and acknowledge veterans who fought our wars, soldiers missing in action, and the POWs who never made it home. Published May 22, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, gives a speech during a recent campaign rally in Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

The political peril of impeachment chatter

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden has tried very hard in recent weeks to MAGA-fy his campaign by playing off President Trump's enormously successful "Make America Great Again" motto - universally recognized by the acronym "MAGA," now emblazoned on a million red baseball caps, this according to a recent advisory from Mr. Trump's campaign. Published May 22, 2019

A wide-ranging Gallup poll finds Republicans and conservatives are in the lead when it comes to disapproval of socialism in America. (Associated Press)

Gallup: Republicans, conservatives hold the line against socialism

A new Gallup poll got considerable news coverage and some screaming headlines this week by revealing: "Four-out-of 10 Americans embrace some form of socialism." It is understandable that such a finding would prove intensely interesting in a political climate which finds Democratic socialism both in style and intriguing among many young voters. But without further ado, let us consider the deeper numbers on Gallup's significant survey — and here they are, taken from the pollster's complete responses and trends: Published May 21, 2019

Rep. Justin Amash, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

Republicans for the Rule of Law come out in support of Rep. Justin Amash

Following his public call for President Trump's impeachment, Rep. Justin Amash has public support from the Republicans for the Rule of Law, a nonprofit that has organized Republicans "who believe law enforcement investigations should be completed without political interference, the laws apply equally to everyone, and the Constitution needs to be followed." Published May 21, 2019

FILE-- In this July 12, 2018 file photo, newly transplanted cannabis cuttings grow in pots at a marijuana cultivation facility in Milford, Mass. The New Hampshire House has given preliminary approval to a bill legalizing recreational marijuana, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, putting the state on the path to joining several of its neighbors who allow the possession of small amounts of pot. Lawmakers voted 209-147 in favor of the bill that would legalize up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of recreational marijuana and 5 grams of concentrated cannabis. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Advocates for 'responsible cannabis industry' lobby Congress over federal policy

Some 300 members of the National Cannabis Industry Associates will be on Capitol Bill for three days beginning Tuesday, set for their annual visit with lawmakers "to advocate for our industry and forge a unified front with the industry's most politically engaged leaders -- and advocate for federal reforms needed for our industry to reach its full potential." Published May 21, 2019

State Rep. James Lower plans to run against Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican in Congress to accuse the president of impeachable conduct. (Associated Press)

Justin Amash foe Jim Lower hires political team and is ready to rumble

A clash of the titans in the Wolverine State? Rep. Justin Amash is getting serious political pushback after he called for President Trump to be impeached. The Michigan Republican now has a challenge for his seat from state Rep. Jim Lower, who announced his intentions to run for the office 24 hours ago, explaining that he is a " pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-Second Amendment, pro-family values Republican." Published May 20, 2019

The Libertarian Party now includes "Guns Save Lives" T-shirts and buttons among its official campaign gear. (Libertarian Party)

Libertarian Party introduces 'Guns Save Lives' campaign T-shirts

The Democratic Party has long been known for its extensive lines of campaign merchandise, the Republicans Party not so much. Not to be outdone, the Libertarian Party has just introduced a T-shirt and a lapel button emblazoned with the motto "Guns save lives." Published May 20, 2019

Perfect test case: Trump in Pennsylvania

President Trump will journey to Montoursville, Pennsylvania, on Monday evening for a jumbo campaign-style rally in an aviation hangar at a regional airport. The town is located about 100 miles west of Scranton, has a population of 4,777 — and there is festival-style excitement in the air. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, according to local officials. Local schools will be closed for the day while restaurants are poised for some big business. Shuttle buses are ready to run nonstop to ferry the faithful to the event, which will be covered by C-SPAN at 7 p.m. EDT. Published May 19, 2019

President Trump is enjoying a "post-Mueller boost" in favorability says a Zogby poll, which now has the president with a 51% approval rating. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

51% approval: Trump gets 'post-Mueller boost'

The two-year investigation into President Trump's possible "collusion" with Russia has prompted an unexpected benefit: a tidy bump in favorability. Published May 16, 2019

A RAND Corporation study covering 28 years of news coverage has tracked the "Truth Decay" in a changing media landscape. (Associated Press)

28-year study tracks 'truth decay' in journalism

A significant study of American news coverage reveals what many people already suspect: Journalism has jettisoned the use of public language, references to authority, and event-based reporting in favor of personal perspective, narration and subjectivity. So says the RAND Corporation, which tracked almost three decades of news coverage produced by a wide-ranging group of 15 different news organizations. Published May 15, 2019

Models wear fur coats by Helen Yarmak at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York in 2015. (AP Photo/Leanne Italie) **FILE**

Mink-free metropolis: New York City seeks to ban all sales on fur apparel

New York City politics grows fuzzier. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has introduced legislation to ban all sales of fur apparel in the Big Apple -- and will hold a public hearing on that bill Wednesday. Will the fur fly? Consider that the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco already have banned fur sales. Published May 15, 2019

In a think tank report, a senior fellow referred to the relationship between Russia and China as an "emerging China-Russia Axis." (Associated Press)

On the map: 'A China-Russia Axis'

Hudson Institute senior fellow Richard Weitz is calling attention to what he deems an "emerging China-Russia Axis" built around a military relationship between the two nations which is bolstered by arms sales, joint military exercises, battlefield technologies and other mutual defense ties. Mr. Weitz suggests the powerful pair have overcome "many of their Cold War tensions." Published May 14, 2019

One analyst suggests that Democrats need to enter "rehab" for their non-stop fixation on President Trump, at the expense of all else. (Associated Press)

Democrats need rehab for Trump 'addiction'

There has been much chatter about "Trump derangement syndrome" over the years. Following the Mueller investigation, David Catron, a columnist for The American Spectator, sums up the current fixation on Russian collusion: "There is no constitutional crisis — just a crisis of Democratic confidence," he writes. Published May 13, 2019

A new poll from Gallup finds that a majority of voters are unwilling to cast their ballots for a socialist in a presidential race. (Associated Press)

Gallup: Majority unwilling to vote 'socialist'

Socialism does not have much allure for voters, according to a major pollster, which might be news of interest for Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent and self-described democratic socialist. Published May 12, 2019