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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Texts between then-FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page could get a more complete examination soon. (Associated Press)

20,000 Strzok-Page emails get a second look

A simple announcement from Judicial Watch adds another dimension to "Russian collusion" -- particularly one aspect which did not get much play during the recent Robert Mueller hearings on Capitol Hill. Published July 29, 2019

Polls reveals that Democrats are not feeling very patriotic these days. (Associated Press)

Democrats abandon their patriotism

On July Fourth, Gallup released a timely poll that found that 45% of Americans said they were "extremely" proud of their country. That finding included 76% of Republicans — but only 22% of Democrats. Published July 28, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful Joseph R. Biden received only 15% of the donations made by 100 of Hollywood's most powerful.

Caution: Angry Democrats ahead

The Democratic Party is now in an identity crisis with all the trimmings, trying to gain some war footing as the clock tick-tocks toward the 2020 election. The trouble is, the press is reporting that there's plenty of "internal warfare" going on among Democrats as the push and pull between establishment leaders and determined, outspoken young newcomers to Congress continues. Eager for a little action, the press already has its eyes trained on next week's Democratic presidential debates in Detroit. Published July 25, 2019

Fox News Channel remains the No. 1 network in the cable realm, and has been the top cable news channel for 17 years, according to Nielsen Media Research. (Fox News)

Fox News coverage of Mueller testimony outpaces all cable and broadcast rivals

When it came to testimony TV, the competition could not keep up. Fox News coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee bested all broadcast and cable news networks according to early data released by Nielsen Media Research. Published July 25, 2019

"We're not going anywhere. We're just going nationwide," U.S. Army Sgt. Artie Muller said. He's the founder and national executive director of Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom.

In motion: President Trump and Rolling Thunder

Some eight weeks ago, the nation's capital shook with the power of several hundred thousand motorcycles as the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom came to town for the 32nd time to raise awareness for POW and MIA issues and help military veterans. As it has in the past, the unapologetically patriotic demonstration drew national news coverage for the sheer size and spectacle of the gathering, organized by stalwart volunteers who last year raised $256,276 for vets in need of such basics as rent, clothing and food. Published July 23, 2019

The news media is poised for some extensive, no-holds-barred coverage during Robert Mueller's long-awaited testimony this week. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Media ready to rumble over Mueller testimony

Former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming testimony before both the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees beginning Wednesday has already mesmerized the news media, who remain fixated with "Russia collusion" and other narratives that are hostile toward President Trump. Published July 22, 2019

FILE -- This Monday, May 20, 2019, file photo, shows a marijuana leaf on a plant at a cannabis grow in Gardena, Calif. Utah has chosen eight companies to grow cannabis for its medical marijuana program set to open next year. The state's Department of Agriculture announced the picks Friday, July 19, 2019. The winners include medical marijuana cultivators with businesses in other states and a family-owned greenhouse in northern Utah. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

The grass grows greener: 10,000 expected at Cannabis Business Summit & Expo

The three-day National Cannabis Business Summit & Expo is now underway, in a 372,754 square foot venue in San Jose, California. The event has drawn 10,000 attendees and was organized by the National Cannabis Industry Association, a trade group which advocates for the responsible cannabis industry." Published July 22, 2019

Rep. Tom McClintock is the keynote speaker for an upcoming 'climate realist" conference. (Image courtesy of Rep. Tom McClintock)

Tom McClintock to headline 'climate realist' conference

Fair weather could arrive in the nation's capital this week, courtesy of The Heartland Institute's 13th International Conference on Climate Change, to be staged at Trump International Hotel on Thursday. Of special note: the host organization is the planet's leading think tank which remains skeptical about human-caused climate crisis. Published July 22, 2019

Republicans who hope to challenge President Trump for the GOP nomination don't stand a chance, according to an academic source. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

GOP challengers to Trump don't have a chance

The list of the few Republicans or semi-Republicans who would challenge President Trump for the 2020 nomination is small. But it exists. So far, assorted press reports suggest the list includes Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, former Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who was the 2016 Libertarian running mate to Gary Johnson. Published July 21, 2019

Public grows fearful that America could lose its national identity

Amplified by the news media and partisan outcry, immigration has become a melodramatic vehicle for political posturing. This is not a happy thing. Drama usurps both problem-solving and productive compromise between Republicans and Democrats. It also tends to mask significant poll numbers which reveal public sentiments that are often lost in the hand-wringing and public accusations. Published July 18, 2019

A voter enters a booth at a polling place in Exeter, N.H. On Sunday, Nov. 27. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Only 11,387 hours until election day

The voting public may get depressed when it realizes there are 474 days to go until Election Day dawns and the endless 2020 derby finally comes to an end., a handy reference site, indicates the big moment is a mere 11,387 hours away — so be prepared. Until then, the campaign continues. It's getting louder, pitting President Trumpagainst 24 Democrats — punctuated by the squawks of the liberal press and the din of operatives and pundits. Published July 17, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at U.S. Embassy Kabul, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, during an unannounced visit to Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool) ** FILE **

Mike Pompeo: America remains 'a force for good in the world'

Some Democrats have been openly critical of America's role in the world, citing both policy and diplomatic posture. Those critics include presidential hopeful former Vice President Joseph R. Biden as well as "The Squad" -- four freshman congresswomen who have their own progressive ideas about the future of the nation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will have none of it. Published July 17, 2019