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Talk radio host Michael Savage. (Hachette Book Group) ** FILE **

Michael Savage has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate in California

Talk radio kingpin Michael Savage recently told his 7 million listeners that he felt a strong calling to run for the U.S. Senate seat in California. The popular host followed up with a statement spelling out his intended platform and issues of importance as a potential lawmaker. But no more. Mr. Savage has changed his mind. Published March 9, 2018

Bulletproof vests now listed under 'office expenses' for Congress

Capitol Hill culture changes, and quietly. House lawmakers can now use taxpayer funds to buy bulletproof vests or reinforce their own personal security under a resolution approved this week by the House Administration Committee. Published March 8, 2018

Independent presidential hopeful Vermin Supreme whoops it up on the 2016 campaign trail in New Hampshire, standing before a wall of campaign signs from his rivals. (AP Photo)

My son the president -- or maybe not

That big group included one Vermin Supreme -- who wore a trademark boot on his head and promised each voter a cute pony -- plus representatives of the Bull Moose, Mother Earth and Anti-Hypocrisy Parties. Published March 7, 2018

Besides the mega-march against gun violence in the nation's capital on March 24, some 500 "sibling marches" are planned in all 50 states, and several nations overseas. (Everytown for Gun Safety)

500 gun control marches to get a $5,000 boost -- each -- to cover expenses

Gone are the often spontaneous political rallies of yore, when hippies and their ilk simply hit the streets for a cause. The upcoming March For Our Lives rallies planned around the nation in response to the Parkland school shooting last month are meticulously organized, bear carefully calibrated messages and boast vigorous social media. Published March 6, 2018

At the polling place in the Lone Star State: voters leave the town courthouse after casting their ballot in Blanco, Texas. (Associated Press)

Texas test case: Democrats gallop to the polls

Midterm fever has appeared out of nowhere. The Texas primaries are Tuesday, and analysts are already reading the proverbial tea leaves to determine the implications for the rest of the nation. The possible take away message: as Democrats fantasize of "flipping" seats in GOP strongholds in Texas and elsewhere, Republicans must light a fire under their own voters, or else. Published March 5, 2018

President Trump has a new and comprehensive voter survey that's being circulated by his 2020 reelection campaign. It has 32 questions. (Associated Press)

The president wants to know: Do you 'publicly admit' support for Trump?

President Trump's fans have long been subject to hostility, contempt and personal attacks from the news media, assorted Democrats, entertainers and political rivals. It's almost unprecedented. Mr. Trump himself is addressing that phenomenon in "Listening to America," a comprehensive, 32-question voter survey being circulated by his 2020 reelection campaign. Published March 4, 2018

The Adam Schiff Strategy: the power of 227 TV appearances

"Rep. Adam Schiff has used the House's Russia investigation as his big break, becoming a near-constant presence on cable TV to raise his profile," reports a Republican National Committee analysis, which based this conclusion on news coverage from Politico, CNN, C-SPAN, and other sources, including Nexis. Here is what they found. Published February 27, 2018

Survivors of shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School rally for gun control on the steps of the state capitol, in Tallahassee, Florida. (Associated Press)

45% of Americans approve of arming teachers

President Trump consistently offers staunch support for arming teachers or other school personnel to protect the young people under their charge. One major poll has found that while the majority of Americans are uncomfortable with the idea, a "sizable minority" approves of it. Published February 26, 2018

DraintheNRA.com is one of several new activist groups which support a "boycott" of the National Rifle Association. Several have websites, too. (DraintheNRA.com)

Aggressive 'NRA boycott' expands and organizes

Boycott NRA, a newly formed activist group, has launched a public petition calling for commercial concerns to cut ties with the National Rifle Association. The cause already has topped 30,000 signatures, and it is one of about a dozen similar petitions launched on Change.org, which provides a free online platform for public pleas and causes — to the tune of 1,000 petitions a day. Published February 25, 2018

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch fields questions, sitting next to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel during a CNN town hall meeting. (Associated Press)

CNN gets aggressive over ratings

CNN's recent town hall on guns in America was a tense broadcast event that sparked controversy and ignored industry ethics meant to preserve decorum and fairness on the airwaves. Things change. The two-hour program boldly breached barriers between entertainment, news and reality TV. But it also garnered big ratings for CNN, attracting an audience of 3 million - about three times the number of viewers the network would typically attract during that time period. Published February 22, 2018

Start your engines: CPAC arrives Wednesday

The Conservative Political Action Conference - CPAC - rumbles to life in 24 hours. Doors open Wednesday for activism training and assorted receptions that herald a mammoth event which cheers up conservatives, whether they attend or not. Published February 19, 2018