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Jennifer Harper

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A major pollster found that 61% of Americans say they're better off than they were three years ago. And 62% give President Trump a "great deal or fair amount of credit for improvement in the state of the economy." (Associated Press)

Record ratings: Americans 'better off' in Trump era

The good news continues. Once again, a major pollster cuts to the chase about American life during President Trump's time in office. Things are good in the Trump era — better than they have been in almost three decades, in fact. Published February 12, 2020

A woman in Britain walks the street in surgical mask as concerns over the COVID-19 grow on a global scale. (Associated Press)

Two thirds of Americans strongly support coronavirus quarantine

Alarming accounts about coronavirus are many, and the messages are mixed. It is an emotionally charged issue in the U.S. as citizens weigh their own needs against those now under siege from the virus. It's complicated, and not without partisan divides. Published February 11, 2020

NBC political director Chuck Todd sits in the studio of "Meet the Press" in Washington on Sept. 1, 2013. (Associated Press/NBC) ** FILE **

#FireChuckTodd trends on Twitter after MSNBC host criticizes Bernie Sanders fans

Major news organizations from Fox News to Newsweek and The Wrap took notice of a sudden social media phenomenon. The hashtag #FireChuckTodd began leading the national trends on Twitter after MSNBC anchor and "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd made a remark about Sen. Bernie Sanders and his followers at the height of the Vermony lawmaker's campaign in New Hampshire. Published February 11, 2020

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg poses for media as she arrives for a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020 (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Greta Thunberg lands her own TV show

There is no mention here about the mode of transportation, use of fossil fuel, or the proverbial carbon footprint. Nevertheless, BBC Studios has revealed it is producing a new science series centered on the young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Published February 11, 2020

Pollsters and analysts suggest President Trump could win the 2020 election because he has hard-won victories under his belt. (Associated Press)

The Democratic Party's anti-Trump strategy is backfiring

The Iowa presidential primary is done, the New Hampshire primary is underway. Well, let's see. Does the liberal media seems more shrill than usual? Has the nonstop criticism of President Trump intensified? Well, yes. And there's a reason for that. Published February 10, 2020

Between campaigning, a rally and an election, New Hampshire is currently the center of the American political universe. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Forget Iowa: New Hampshire has its big moment

New Hampshire is the undisputed center of the political universe for the next 48 hours: President Trump journeys to the Granite State on Monday for a jumbo campaign rally, and Vice President Mike Pence hosts a "Cops for Trump" event just down the road. The state's trademark first-in-the-nation presidential primary follows on Tuesday. Citizens and officials alike are stoked -- and determined to stage a picture perfect voting process, in contrast to Iowa's recent caucus confusion. Published February 9, 2020

The "Mailbox Mascot" is a unique way to support President Trump say the makers. (Image courtesy of Jon Hall.)

The iconic red MAGA hat gets a new role as neighborhood emblem

The red MAGA hat - a cultural and political icon so beloved among fans of President Trump - has taken on a new role. It has become a convenient symbol to display on mailbox, flagpole or fence, particularly appealing in a presidential election year. Published February 8, 2020

Hoping for another 'Hamilton: Story of the Alamo made into musical

A creative coalition of Texans wants to make sure that their state and the rest of the nation recall the iconic historical site in San Antonio. This determined group has witnessed how the musical "Hamilton" -- soon to be released as a feature film -- awakened the public to Alexander Hamilton and Colonial-era history. The coalition wants to go the same route. Published February 7, 2020

Sen. Mitt Romney is being billed as the leader of the "Republican resistance" according to some news organizations. (Associated Press)

Mitt media: Romney gets the hero treatment

The news media has rushed to Sen. Mitt Romney's side after he emerged as the sole Republican who sided with Democrats in their efforts to impeach President Trump. The Utah lawmaker and former presidential hopeful — who choked up upon revealing his renegade decision — is getting lots of press. Published February 6, 2020

Yay: More excellent economic news

A major pollster reported this week that President Trump is currently enjoying the highest favorability ratings of his presidency. Now that same pollster has good news for the citizenry as well. Published February 5, 2020

Consistent positive polling about President Trump would suggest that the greater American public is beginning to warm to his message. (Associated Press)

America just about ready to board the Trump Train

A major pollster has timely news for the White House which reveals record-breaking favorability numbers for President Trump, part of an ongoing sweep of positive findings that suggests the public is finally warming to the president's intent to make - and keep - America great. Published February 4, 2020

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Drake University, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Trump approval hits a record 49%; 52% favor impeachment acquittal: Gallup poll

A major pollster has timely news for the White House. President Trump's job approval rating has risen to 49%, his highest in Gallup polling since he took office in 2017 wrote Jeffrey M. Jones, a Gallup analyst who noted that the president gets positive reviews from 94% of Republicans. Published February 4, 2020

A poll founds that 84% of Americans are satisfied with the quality of life in America, up 4 percentage points since President Trump took office. (Associated Press)

The real State of the Union: 84% of Americans 'satisfied with life'

As President Trump gives his annual State of the Union address, Americans in general continue to rejoice over the economy, job creation and an improved U.S. presence in the global trade and national security arenas. Mr. Trump also has a very reassuring agenda. Published February 3, 2020

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., right, talks to the media as he returns to the Senate chamber for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol Friday Jan 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Pettifogger and perfidy: Odd words at impeachment hearings spark run on dictionary

The impeachment of President Trump has an unexpected by-product. The process sparking public interest in unusual words which have have surfaced as lawmakers face one another head-on. In an official 'trend watch,' the Merriam-Webster dictionary reveals that the number of people looking up the word "perfidy" recently spiked by 25,200%. Published February 3, 2020

Transhumanist, futurist, independent GOP independent presidential hopeful Zoltan Istvan says he's gotten an unexpectedly warm reception in Iowa. (Zoltan Istvan)

Iowa smiles upon Transhumanist presidential candidate

Welcome to the premier bout of the 2020 election. The Iowa caucuses have fired up and will draw 24 hours of intense attention as Democratic hopefuls strut their stuff and Republicans nod serenely. Then there are the independent candidates, who also have news. Transhumanist, futurist, tech-centric, independent GOP presidential hopeful Zoltan Istvan - whose campaign motto is "Upgrade America" - reports that things are not quite as chilly in Iowa as he expected them to be. Published February 2, 2020