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GOP strategist: There's 'light at the end of the tunnel' for the Republican Party

The news media relishes the chance to issue dire reports that the Republican Party is in complete shambles — divided, disillusioned, fatigued. Yeah, well. Things are not as bad as they are portrayed, and while the Grand Old Party is quite capable of short sprints on the campaign trail, it’s also in it for the long march. Published July 7, 2014

Libertarians to voters: Declare your independence from the Republican and Democratic parties

"The Republicans and Democrats have maintained their power partly by fostering the illusion that they are significantly different from each other. Supporters are told that if the other team gets elected, the world will end. In reality, the Republicans and Democrats are so similar that it doesn't matter which of them are in power," the party says. Published July 4, 2014

Image from the Associated Press.

Stalwarts: 72 percent of conservatives say religion answers 'all or most' of today's problems

Stalwart conservatives say that religion can still answer "all or most of today's problems," this according to a new Gallup poll which places conservatives among the nation's most pronounced believers. Three fourths of conservatives - 72 percent - say faith is a key problem solver, compared to 36 percent of liberals and 58 percent of moderates. Among Americans overall, the number is 57 percent. Published July 3, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked President Obama to join him on a tour of the Rio Grande border region next week when the president will be in Texas. (Texans for Perry)

Inside the Beltway: President Obama to go on fundraising patrol in Texas

Republican Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Mike McCaul of Texas and Darrell Issa of California are among lawmakers congregating in the Rio Grande Valley to bear practical witness to the ongoing surge of illegal immigrants — particularly unaccompanied minors under the impression that a future home is guaranteed. President Obama is also journeying down that way in a few days. To Texas, to be exact. But a visit to the border? Not on the agenda. Published July 2, 2014

A big cicada makes interesting noises - but may not appeal to Americans as a food item. (Associated Press)

Climate-minded scientists propose Americans start eating 'food insects'

Be prepared. Be very prepared. A veritable swarm of academes hopes to steer Americans toward eating bugs. Whoops. We mean "food insects." Consider that crickets, they say, contain as much omega-3 fatty acids as salmon. The idea was presented recently before the Institute of Food Technologists' annual meeting in New Orleans. Published July 2, 2014

Former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown announces his plans to run for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Portsmouth, N.H. Brown hopes to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Big doings in New Hampshire: Scott Brown's 'Kick Off with Mitt'

The big moment has arrived for Scott Brown. On Wednesday, he'll receive the glittering endorsement and kindly nod from Mitt Romney himself as the sun sets upon a picturesque New Hampshire farm, a powerful jumpstart for Mr. Brown's quest for the U.S. Senate seat in the Granite State. Published July 2, 2014

Jon Voight, producer Gerald Molen and writer director Dinesh D'Souza at the Monday night premier of "America: Imagine the World Without Her". (Image from Dinesh D'Souza)

Inside the Beltway: Jon Voight steps up to support 'America' movie

It debuts in 1,000 nationwide theaters Wednesday: That would be "America: Imagine the World Without Her," the unapologetic feature film written and produced by Dinesh D'Souza and Gerald R. Molen that offers rare applause for American exceptionalism. Published July 1, 2014

** FILE ** This June 27, 2012, file photo shows an American flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Gallup: Americans say personal freedom ebbing, government corruption on the rise

Land of the free? Not necessarily. A massive Gallup poll released Tuesday has confirmed what tea partyers and other grass-roots folk have warned about in recent years. A sense of real freedom appears to be diminished in America, and the nation itself ranks well down on a list of countries where residents report they are "satisfied" with the amount of freedom they enjoy. Published July 1, 2014

Dinesh D'Souza. ** FILE **

Inside the Beltway: The beautiful truth about America

There's some surprising showbiz acknowledgment for the power of American exceptionalism, a belief already well known to grass-roots folk and patriots. Case in point: A recent test showing in Atlanta and Houston theaters holds great promise for "America: Imagine the World Without Her," a feature-length film by oft-embattled writer/director Dinesh D'Souza and Oscar-winning producer Gerald R. Molen. Published June 29, 2014

Whoops: Ed Klein's 'Blood Feud' No. 3 on Amazon, Hillary's 'Hard Choices' No. 34

The Clinton comeback tour is not going as planned. "Clintons taking turns explaining family fortune only worsens their PR problem," says Mediaite columnist Joe Concha, who has followed the trajectory of the Clinton wealth matter since it first surfaced some two weeks ago, at the start of Hillary Clinton's much-ballyhooed book tour. Published June 27, 2014

Official logo of the Libertarian Party. (image from Libertarian Party)

Turf war brewing: Libertarian Party proclaims they're the only 'real deal'

Many Americans say they're Libertarians, including tea partiers. But there's only one official Libertarian Party - founded in 1971 and throwing themselves a big convention in Columbus beginning Thursday. The organization claims to be the only "real deal" in a very crowded field. So don't go using their name in vain. Published June 26, 2014

In this Oct. 14, 2013, photo, the U.S. Capitol is seen as a partial government shutdown enters its third week, in Washington. As talks between Republican and Democratic leaders lumber on in Washington, the American public sees an economic crisis looming if Congress is unable to raise the country’s debt ceiling. But the people seem just as conflicted on the issue as their elected representatives.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Fed up: 90 percent of Americans now give Congress a negative review

It looks like the nation is still in throw-the-bums-out mode, and on both sides of the aisle. How vexed are voters vexed with Congress? One new poll says all: 90 percent of Americans give the entire U.S. Congress a negative job review. Everyone seems on the same page here: 89 percent of Republicans, 87 percent of Democrats and 95 percent of independents agree. Published June 25, 2014

Actor Gary Oldman got heavy media criticism for mocking liberal Hollywood, but much support from his agent Douglas Urbanski, an occasional guest host for Rush Limbaugh. (Chris Pizzello | Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Behold, it's a White House 'Day in the life'

Brace for it. The White House has readied a new feel-good tactic to appeal to American voters, and it goes public in 24 hours when President Obama fires up Air Force One and journeys to Minnesota for a two-day visit that includes a public event, a private fundraiser and something called a "day in the life." Published June 24, 2014