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Jennifer Harper

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People hold their hands up with messages written on them during the "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Not a 'student' rally: Only a tenth of March for our Lives participants under 18, says analysis

There are conflicting claims about how many people actually attended the recent "March for Our Lives" anti-gun violence rally in the nation's capital. Some researchers claimed 200,000 people showed up while the organizers said the number topped 850,000. Now comes news about the makeup of that crowd. An academic source suggests the event was not a "student" march at all. Published March 28, 2018

The old cast returns to the new "Roseanne" on ABC, which has some pronounced "pro-Trump" moments in  the first episode of the reboot. (ABC)

Roseanne Barr's teachable Trump moment

Roseanne Barr, who was involved in crafting the show's scripts, used the first episode of new "Roseanne" to reveal her pro-Trump side again. In the course of the action, she said a prayer that specified "Lord, thank you for making America great again," quibbled over Mr. Trump with other characters, and then went on to emphasize the power and scope of the Trump-era working class. Published March 27, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Dallas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Conservative watchdog MRC to monitor left-leaning media 'fact checkers'

The Media Research Center announced Tuesday it has launched Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers, a new project focused on 'leftist fact-checkers' to ensure the fact-checkers themselves are reliable -- or exposed as liberal partisans if the are favoring a distinct political agenda, and do not disclose their political leanings. Published March 27, 2018

"NRA members are some of the best people in this country: first responders, educators, veterans, moms and dads," said Cam Edwards. (NRA)

Condemning the NRA may backfire on Democrats

The National Rifle Association was vilified plenty during the recent March for Our Lives rally, and likely will remain a target of anti-gun groups in the near future. Published March 26, 2018

Paula Jones, as seen in 1994  when she alleged sexual harassment by then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton.  (AP file image)

'Brazen double standard' between coverage of Stormy Daniels and Clinton accusers: report

"The news media's obviously insatiable appetite for scandal news surrounding Republican President Donald Trump is sharply at odds with their aversion to covering such stories about Democratic President Bill Clinton two decades ago," writes Rich Noyes, senior editor of, which has done an intense comparison of coverage by CBS, ABC and NBC, then and now. Published March 26, 2018

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton (Associated Press) **FILE**

John Bolton gets big vote of confidence from political insiders despite hostile media coverage

Incoming national security adviser John Bolton will arrive at the White House on April 9, and the prospect has alarmed critics who both typically frame the former U.N. ambassador as a dangerous war hawk -- or words to that effect. There's is a steady supply of hostile media as well. Mr. Bolton's fans, however, are pushing back with their own commentary. Published March 26, 2018

Demonstrators offered a multitude of messages during the "March for Our Lives" rally against gun violence on Saturday in Washington. (Associated Press)

202,796 attend 'March For Our Lives' in DC says aerial analysis

Organizers for the "March For Our Lives" initially predicted their rally in the nation's capital would draw, at minimum, 500,000 people. In the aftermath, the well-organized group said 850,000 showed up Saturday. One source claims otherwise. Published March 25, 2018

President Trump reviews prototypes for his proposed border wall constructed outside San Diego, California, shown here earlier this month with Rodney Scott, the Border Patrol's San Diego sector chief. (Associated Press)

Trump's reasonably attractive border wall

Yes, the 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion "omnibus" spending bill is as big as a bus. It is not the first jumbo-sized bill to roll through Capitol Hill and it won't be the last. Meanwhile, the jury is still out on whether President Trump got his wish for a "big, beautiful wall" on the southwestern U.S. border, the details of which begin on page 673 of the legislation. Published March 22, 2018

CNN prime-time host Anderson Cooper interviews adult film star Stormy Daniels in an interview set to air Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes."  Mr. Cooper will also interview Karen McDougal on his own network on Thursday. (CBS News)

Karen McDougal, Stormy Daniels both tell their exclusive stories to CNN's Anderson Cooper

Much of the news media has been obsessed with the ongoing saga of adult film star Stormy Daniels and her claims of having an alleged affair with President Trump in 2006. Now comes a second report. Former Playboy model Karen McDougal -- who also says she had a liaison with the president around the same time -- will debut in a showcase for her story on Thursday. Published March 22, 2018

"These days, there's no such thing as a blue dog Democrat, a red state Democrat, or a conservative Democrat," said President Trump. (Associated Press)

Trump's master plan in 136 words

President Trump's art of making a deal includes the art of cutting to the chase, boldly spelling out the goals, sizing up the competition, mapping out the landscape and articulating the strategy with candor and clarity. Mr. Trump did just that before a large, enthusiastic crowd attending the National Republican Congressional Committee dinner Wednesday evening. Published March 21, 2018

Pastor Robert Jeffress appears with then-candidate Donald Trump at a presidential event. He's behind the March For Our Eternal life rally. (Associated Press)

Christians rally around 'March for Eternal Life'

A half-million people are expected to descend on the nation's capital Saturday for the March For Our Lives against gun violence. There also will be 650 "sibling" marches in all 50 states, many underwritten by $5,000 grants from Everytown for Gun Safety. Meanwhile, a very sizable group in the Lone Star State is looking beyond Saturday to Sunday. March For Our Lives, meet March for Eternal Life. Published March 20, 2018

About 74 percent of Americans believe in the existence of a "deep state" that opposes President Trump and his administration. (Associated Press)

74% of Americans say the 'deep state' exists

There's been talk of a "deep state" or "shadow government" at work against the administration since President Trump was elected, echoed in breathless news reports and mysterious op-eds. The "Deep State" lives, however. It is a real phenomenon to Americans, according to a new Monmouth University poll. Published March 19, 2018

Former FBI Director James B. Comey's status as a best-selling author has already been set, along with a high-profile national book tour. (Associated Press)

James Comey's book 'A Higher Loyalty' a bestseller a month before publication, 10-city tour planned

In four weeks and one day, James B. Comey's forthcoming book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" will be published. It might as well be published now. The is book already No. 1 on Amazon among all books 29 days before its formal publication on April 17 - besting such offerings as "Russian Roulette" by Michael Isikoff and David Corn and "12 Rules for Life" by Jordan B. Peterson. Mr. Comey's work is also No. 1 in Amazon law, history and political sciences categories - and in one respect, he appears to have eclipsed the previous performance of another high-profile political writer. Published March 18, 2018

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is formally asking his fellow celebrities and performers to mind their own business when it comes to politics. (Wheel of Fortune)

Pat Sajak to celebrities: MYOB

It happens like clockwork. Most every day, some celebrity uses the soapbox of their fame to rant about politics and policy, most of their ire directed at the Trump administration and the Republican Party. Polls over the years reveal this practice is not all that popular with the public. A Fox News survey found that more than two-thirds of Americans would prefer the famous remain silent about their political opinions — and that was all the way back in 2003. Other surveys have had similar findings since then, and multiple political scientists and news organizations have studied the phenomenon. Following the 2016 election, even Vanity Fair asked this question: "Did celebrity endorsements contribute to Hillary Clinton's presidential upset?" Published March 15, 2018