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** FILE ** Herman Cain.

Inside the Beltway: The 9 percent

The press has amplified 1 percent, 99 percent and 47 percent in recent days as a succinct measure of political culture and public opinion. Here is a fourth measurement to add to the collection: 9 percent. That is the number of Republicans who approve of Congress, this according to Gallup. Things are pretty tepid elsewhere: 15 percent of Americans overall and 17 percent of Democrats give the lawmakers a thumbs-up. Published April 14, 2013

Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed Sept. 11 during an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: What about Benghazi?

"The American people continue to demand truth and accountability for this tragedy. To date, sadly, they have received neither," says a group of 24 conservative heavyweights in an open letter to Congress, urging members to support House Resolution 36, which would create a select committee to investigate the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Published April 11, 2013

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Don Carlos Faith Jr. (U.S. Army Photo)

Inside the Beltway: Faith is found

Army Lt. Col. Don Carlos Faith Jr. will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery 62 years after he was killed on a North Korean battlefield. Published April 10, 2013

** FILE ** Republican candidate for President Ronald Reagan, left, and his running mate George  H.W. Bush answer questions during a press conference Friday, July 26, 1980. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)

Inside the Beltway: Reagan wins — again

America still loves the 1980s and Ronald Reagan, say producers of an upcoming National Geographic Channel miniseries on the decade. And Americans would still vote for Reagan. Published April 9, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown is headed to China to drum up business for California. His entourage includes 90 officials and friends who ponied up $10,000 for the weeklong trip.

Inside the Beltway: A tale of two Thatchers

There were some distinct shortcomings in press coverage marking the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. "This was a women who changed the world. And here we get journalists who are talking about her purse, her hairstyle or whether she flirted with Ronald Reagan. This treatment really is noting more than lazy shorthand, if not a complete intellectual deficit," historian and Reagan biographer Craig Shirley tells Inside the Beltway. Published April 8, 2013

(United States Marine Corps)

Marines welcome new mascot: Pfc. Chesty XIV will carry on a proud tradition

He wears his uniform beautifully, and he's got undeniable charisma. That would be Pfc. Chesty XIV, a young English bulldog who made his first official appearance as a U.S. Marine when he received his eagle, globe and anchor emblems in a ceremony Monday at Marine Barracks in Southeast Washington. Published April 8, 2013

The aggressive new National Republican Congressional Committee website is meant to take on the Democratic political machine with some newfound teeth. The webmaster is Gerrit Lansing, formerly on the staff of Rep. Paul Ryan. (Republican National Committee)

Inside the Beltway: The first volley

"America: Taking it back starts now" heralds the newly reinvented National Republican Congressional Committee website, which jolted to life Saturday and is an aggressive poke at a bullying Democratic presence that now commands much voter attention online. Published April 7, 2013

HBO is moving forward with plans to produce a dramatic movie based on the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, with the former Soviet Union president collaborating as a consultant.

Inside the Beltway: GOP not going to pot

The old hippies would be pleased. A new Pew Research Center survey heralds this headline: "For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana. A new national survey finds that 52 percent say that the use of marijuana should be made legal." And as the old hippies would say, "groovy." Published April 4, 2013

"The science on climate change is in, the debate is over and the time for action is now," says Arnold Schwarzenegger, the newest celebrity climate alarmist.

Inside the Beltway: The Climatenator

Celebrity climate alarmist Al Gore has some competition. Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the ranks of high-profile folks eager to warn the world about global warming. Published April 3, 2013

AP banishes 'illegal immigrant'

"It's 'illegal immigrant' no more" says The Associated Press, which banished the phrase from its usage guide on Tuesday — the latest stylistic edict for journalists who have juggled such terms as "undocumented worker" or "illegal alien," its politically incorrect variant. Published April 2, 2013

After 75 years, Scotland will return to Mount Vernon letters written by "His Excellency, George Washington."

Inside the Beltway: Aiming at the NRA

There already is swift, emotionally charged reaction to a National Rifle Association school-security report that recommends at least one armed guard in every school in the nation. Vilification is afoot. Published April 2, 2013

"Wanted: Ted or Alive," a reality-based miniseries hosted by Ted Nugent on Monday, is the No. 1 show in its time period among midsize cable networks. (Provided by Ted Nugent)

Inside the Beltway: Inflexible spendthrifts

"As Republican leaders openly scrutinize their party after a 2012 election that was disappointing for them, rank-and-file Republicans, independents and Democrats voice the same primary criticism of the GOP: it is 'too inflexible' or 'unwilling to compromise,'" says Gallup analyst Lydia Saad. Published April 1, 2013

The "Spend a Day With President Clinton Sweepstakes" is a new fundraiser sponsored by the Arkansas-based William J. Clinton Foundation. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Gun tour countdown

As promised by the White House, President Obama will fire up Air Force One on Wednesday and journey to Colorado to "continue asking the American people to join him in calling on Congress to pass common-sense measures to reduce gun violence." Published March 31, 2013

(Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: GOP + U.N. = Very little

"Republicans are much less likely to say the United Nations is doing a good job, and to believe the U.N. has a necessary role in the world, than are Democrats," points out a Gallup poll. Published March 28, 2013

** FILE ** Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Obama's 'founding'

The talk is a call to arms — and a cultural indicator that Republicans and conservatives should note. Democrats are borrowing a page from the tea party playbook, using dramatic language and historic reference. But this message is not from heartland folk. It is a contrivance from the most loyal of President Obama's loyalists. Published March 27, 2013

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Inside the Beltway: Walker's aggressive memoir

The recall, the demonstrations, the rogue charm? It will be on book shelves in the fall. Here comes "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge," penned by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But wait. A memoir of intent such as this could equal White House aspirations. Published March 26, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Truly gun-free

News outlets have reported with much fanfare that President Obama will soon fire up Air Force One and travel around the nation in campaign mode, making his case for gun control. And in its own halting way, the White House officially confirmed this Monday during the daily press briefing, where a hefty part of the questions targeted assault weapons, background check and sales, plus gun-related violence. Published March 25, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Lawmaker march madness

A spate of Democratic lawmakers are using March Madness to raise some campaign funds as the NCAA men's basketball tournament arrives in the nation's capital. Published March 24, 2013

Inside the Beltway: CBS is the Clueless Broadcast Network

The 2.4 million-member American Legion is mighty vexed with "The Amazing Race" after the CBS reality show featured the wreckage of a B-52 bomber shot down during the Vietnam War. The plane is now the centerpiece of a monument celebrating "defeat of U.S. imperialists." Published March 21, 2013

Ideal for weary political operatives, perhaps, Death Wish Coffee has three times the caffeine as the typical brew. (Courtesy of Death Wish Coffee)

Inside the Beltway: The nose knows no more marijuana

Narcotics dogs have one less job to do in the state of Washington. Now that marijuana has become legal within the borders, many law-enforcement agencies, including the Seattle Police Department and Washington State Patrol, will no longer train their drug-sniffing canines to alert handlers to marijuana. Published March 20, 2013