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Former Vice President Joe Biden appears to be remaking his image as an attack dog, with his ire directed at President Trump. (Associated Press)

All fired up: Joe Biden goes after Trump

Is the 74-year-old Joe Biden striking a presidential posture? Could be. He's also changed his tone, transitioning from "smilin' Joe" to aggressive attack dog, his ire aimed directly at President Trump. Published October 1, 2017

The American flag is presented before an empty players' bench before an NFL football game between the Titans and the Seattle Seahawks. Neither team came onto the field for the national anthem. (Associated Press)

Incoming: Here comes the NFL boycott

A growing population of sports fans is prepared to shun the National Football League following controversy over athletes who chose not to stand during the national anthem. The movement is escalating. Such hashtags as #BoycottNFL have emerged on Twitter, while there are not one but three Boycott the NFL sites on Facebook which have already accrued over 100,000 followers. One is asking Americans to turn off the games on Veteran's Day next month. Published September 28, 2017

The NRA has introduced a new video as a patriotic response to national anthem protests. The video features former U.S. Navy SEAL Dom Raso. (NRA)

The NRA takes a stand against national anthem protests

Professional athletes who choose not to stand for the national anthem have affected the nation, their act gaining traction beyond the sports realm and drawing continued criticism from President Trump. "Taking a knee" and shunning the anthem has dominated news coverage, inspired polls, sparked argument and shaped a whole prism of political discourse for days. It's complicated. Published September 26, 2017

Members of the Indianapolis Colts take a knee during the nation anthem before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns. (Associated Press)

65% of Republicans favor firing NFL players who shun the national anthem

President Trump has suggested that National Football League players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the national anthem before major games. Republicans agree with Mr. Trump according to a Cato Institute poll released on Monday. It found that 65 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of conservatives say the players should be let go for "taking a knee" — an act, the players say, meant to draw attention to police brutality and racism. Published September 25, 2017

President Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally for Sen. Luther Strange on Friday in Huntsville, Alabama. (Associated Press)

A third of Americans less likely to watch NFL games due to anthem protests

"Are football fans voting with their TVs?" asks a new Rasmussen Reports survey. "As the NFL struggles to explain this season's downturn in viewer ratings, 34 percent of American adults say they are less likely to watch an NFL game because of the growing number of protests by players on the field," the poll reports. Published September 24, 2017

Former Gov. Sarah Palin will appear at the Mom's March for America on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, to promote traditional values. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

An answer to radical feminists: Conservative mothers stage a 'March for America'

These ladies are poised to stand up for traditional values and the power of unapologetic motherhood — intended as push back, they say, to the "radical feminist" agenda. Welcome to the "Mom's March for America," set for Saturday at a major arena in Omaha, Nebraska — with a speakers roster that includes former Gov. Sarah Palin and Candy Carson, wife of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Their public message has not been heard much these days. Published September 21, 2017

The annual Media Research Center Gala will celebrate the organizations 30th anniversary with a vintage theme, complete with speakeasy, flappers and cocktails. (Media Research Center)

The Media Research Center turns 30

They have fought the good fight against liberal bias in the news media for three decades — armed with facts, figures, indisputable information and fierce opinion. That would be the Media Research Center, which celebrates its 30th anniversary Thursday in the nation's capital with a glittering gala for 900 like-minded folks who embrace conservatism and reject the often hostile coverage of left-leaning journalists. Published September 20, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, with first lady Melania Trump, left, speaks to media as he leaves following his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday Sept. 19, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The Trumptastic outcome of a Trumpian speech

President Trump will be on United Nations duty for the next 48 hours, meeting with leaders of the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Britain, Egypt, Ukraine, Turkey, Afghanistan, South Korea, Japan and multiple African nations. Published September 19, 2017

President Trump's relationship with the press has not changed much since this encounter then-candidate Trump had with reporters. (Associated Press)

Media to-do list: Nitpick, distort, exaggerate, omit, lie

"Since the left and complicit journalists in the mainstream media cannot defeat President Trump on the issues or legitimate grounds such as dishonesty, they have resorted to a superficial collection of tactics," points out Rachel Alexander, editor of the Intellectual Conservative and a Townhall columnist. Published September 18, 2017

Fans of President Trump gather at "The Mother of All Rallies" on the National Mall on Saturday. Their energy may shift the GOP's focus. (Associated Press)

'True Trump voters' and Berniecrats lead the nation toward a third party

Many voters wish for a viable third political party. Two appear to be emerging at once — driven by disgust with establishment Republicans and Democrats alike. In a poll released Sunday, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal have identified "true Trump voters" who voted for President Trump, not as a vote against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton but because they support him in no uncertain terms. Published September 17, 2017

Some continue to fret about a shadow presence in government. The Judicial Watch recently issued a 64-page report on the phenomenon. (Associated Press)

A new warning about the 'Deep State'

Let us recall "shadow government" and "Deep State" — two terms that riveted political observers and journalists earlier this year. Remember? Both terms — along with variants such as "shadow White House" and "shadow presidency" — were bandied about in the media with relish. Dramatic coverage suggested that former members of the Obama administration or entrenched federal employees were still in place, ready to wield power from within the bureaucracy. A potential hazard to the Trump administration lurked, amplified by "fake" news, skewed polls and negative press narratives. Published September 13, 2017