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Jennifer Harper

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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

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. Published April 21, 2019

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)

News media created fake news, now they manufacture false narratives

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." Published April 18, 2019

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

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. Published April 17, 2019

Trigger warnings found to be virtually worthless and possibly harmful

They are the favored form of virtue signaling among college professors, feminists and others who say certain images or statements should be accompanied by a cautionary statement for students or activists. The practice may be worthless, however. Published April 17, 2019

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

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 Newsbusters.org has tracked the trajectory of these accounts for weeks. Published April 16, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., takes part in a Fox News town-hall style event, Monday April 15, 2019 in Bethlehem, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Bernie Sanders town hall delivers a ratings bonanza for Fox News

Sen. Bernie Sanders was criticized by fellow progressives for appearing in town hall Monday, broadcast live on Fox News and moderated by co-anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. The viewing public, however, tuned in for the event, which drew 2.6 million viewers. Published April 16, 2019

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

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. Published April 15, 2019

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 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. Published April 14, 2019

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

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. Published April 11, 2019

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

A nervous news media scrutinizes William Barr

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. Published April 10, 2019

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

"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. Published April 9, 2019

A new analysis from The Federalist contends that current progressive policy is simply warmed over baby boomer ideas from "lefties" who grew up in the protest-driven 1960s. (Associated Press)

'Old boomer ideas' invade progressive politics, 1968 all over again

Do some policy proposals from outspoken Democrats and progressives sound a little familiar? One analyst says that warmed over hippie fare is being cleverly recycled on the political landscape as 2020 looms and competition becomes more intense. Published April 8, 2019