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President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Now 'Bidengate' appears -- and 69% in poll say it's serious

- The Washington Times

Yes, someone has deployed this telling descriptor, which of course dates back to "Watergate," the political scandal that troubled the administration of then-President Richard Nixon 50 years ago. "BidenGate?" asks a new Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday.

In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 file photo, pharmacy technician Sochi Evans fills a syringe with a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Texas Southern University in Houston. Coronavirus cases are continuing to decline in the U.S. after a winter surge. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Agency gets back to work -- on bat coronaviruses with Chinese scientists

- The Washington Times

"Three years after then-President Donald Trump pressured the National Institutes of Health to suspend a research grant to a U.S. group studying bat coronaviruses with partners in China, the agency has restarted the award," advises a report from Science, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Nationally syndicated talk radio icon Chris Plante joins Newsmax  as host of a new primetime offering called “Chris Plante The Right Squad.” His debut guests included Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican; conservative communications specialist Mercedes Schlapp, plus University of Maryland professor and Democratic strategist Jason Nichols. (IMAGE COURTESY OF NEWSMAX)

Chris Plante joins prime-time lineup at Newsmax

- The Washington Times

The airwaves may never be the same again. A round of applause, please, for nationally syndicated talk radio host Chris Plante -- who debuted Monday night as host of a new Newsmax prime-time offering called "Chris Plante: The Right Squad."

The Republican presidential hopeful Doanld Trump is surrounded by the news media while on the campaign trail in 2016, seen here in a stop in Las Vegas, Nev.    (Associated Press)

2024 presidential race seems like the old times of 2016

- The Washington Times

It's been seven years since the 2016 presidential election, which landed Republican hopeful Donald Trump in the White House. He may end up returning to the White House in 2024 if certain "underlying dynamics" continue to sway voters in Mr. Trump's favor, according to New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.

Washington Times national security correspondent Bill Gertz is also the author of 11 books — including “Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China’s Drive for Global Supremacy,” published in 2019 by Encounter Books. It has been named to the list of "The 20 Best Communism Books of All Time,” just issued by

Gertz's China book named among the best ever about communism

- The Washington Times

A round of applause, please, for The Washington Times' own Bill Gertz -- whose work has been recognized on a global scale. Mr. Gertz was named on a new list titled "The 20 Best Communism Books of All Time," just issued by, a notable source for such judgments.

Fox News contributor Kat Timpf has authored a new book titled “You Can’t Joke About That: Why Everything is Funny, Nothing is Sacred, and We’re All in This Together.” It is now No. 1 on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list for hardcover non-fiction books, and tops Amazon’s overall “Most Sold” list, emerging as No. 1. It was published by Broadside Books, the conservative imprint of Harper Collins.

Kat Timpf's new book a bestseller

- The Washington Times

A round of applause, please, for Fox News contributor Kat Timpf -- who is also co-host of "Gutfeld" -- the funny late-night offering that is a showcase for comedian Greg Gutfeld.

Voters deliver their ballot to a polling station in Tempe, Ariz., Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Gallup says Biden enters 2024 race at 'weakest point' of his presidency

- The Washington Times

A major pollster has less than promising news for President Biden, and of interest to voters. It is straightforward enough. Here's what Gallup has to say: "As Joe Biden begins his reelection campaign, his job approval rating among the U.S. public has slipped to 37%, the lowest Gallup has measured for him," Gallup senior editor Jeffrey M. Jones noted in a meticulous analysis.

Migrants wait to get into a U.S. government bus after crossing the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to El Paso, Texas, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez, File)

A Lone Star moment at rally for border security

- The Washington Times

A sizable public rally is planned for Saturday in Austin, Texas, and it's got a telling title ("How Many More?"), plus a wide-ranging roster of 15 speakers with some specific concerns. "The failure of our current border policies makes every American complicit in the spread of human misery. We will no longer accept the erosion of America or its values by allowing the humanitarian crisis at our southern border to continue," organizers said in their mission statement.

In this Aug. 18, 2017 file photo, first year students tour the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Poll shows Biden's standing slipping among America's youth

- The Washington Times

Do you wonder about the political mindset among young Americans these days? Harvard University has released its wide-ranging annual poll of U.S. adults ages 18 to 29, and here is its summary. "A national poll released [Monday] by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School indicates that among 18-to-29-year-olds, President Biden's approval rating stands at 36%, a drop of three percentage points since last fall (39%) and five percentage points since last spring (41%)," the summary said.

Former Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson's sudden departure from the network caused a media frenzy following the news. (AP Photo)

Media coverage fixates on Tucker Carlson

- The Washington Times

Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson's sudden departure from the network on Monday generated instant, provocative media coverage that went on for hours on end, much of it bolstered with live updates, hints of mystery and plenty of speculation. Here are just a few of the many headlines which followed the startling news generated by a very eager press.

President Biden speaks before signing an executive order that would create the White House Office of Environmental Justice in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Candid advice for Biden about his age, health, reelection bid

- The Washington Times

The New York Times editorial board released a telling message for the White House and perhaps the nation. It is headlined "Biden should take voters' concerns about age seriously." The candid piece from the news organization's editorial board was illustrated with a silhouette of aviator sunglasses -- a favorite accessory of the 46th president.

The goalkeeper guards the net as girls take part in the first day of tryouts for the Fort Walton Beach High School girls' soccer team in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Oct. 10, 2012.

Just plain 'erased': Watchmaker campaign to defend women's sports

- The Washington Times

The national discussion about who -- or what -- constitutes a woman goes on. And on. And on. Egard Watch -- a Florida-based luxury timepiece and jewelry brand -- has produced a straightforward advertisement titled "Erased," which follows a hopeful and sincere female runner who trains and sacrifices to hone her athletic talent for years -- only to be defeated by a transgender runner.

The Heritage Foundation stands close to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Image courtesy of The Heritage Foundation.)

Heritage Foundation marks 50 years with celebratory summit

- The Washington Times

Let's all send good tidings to The Heritage Foundation, which turned 50 years old on Feb. 16. The celebration of that auspicious event, however, will be marked by an timely two-day leadership summit that begins Thursday and concludes Friday with an evening gala at a glittering resort a few miles south of the nation's capital.

Between campaigning from high profile candidates,  rallies and an upcoming presidential election, "first in the nation' New Hampshire is often the center of the American political universe. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Trump, DeSantis each head for New Hampshire

- The Washington Times

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump continue to occupy the political limelight when it comes to the 2024 presidential election -- now 566 days away, as of Wednesday. The pair could intersect on the campaign trail one of these days.

Voters cast their ballots under a giant mural at Robious Elementary School in Midlothian, Va., on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Anuzis 'cautiously optimistic' about what 2024 field means for GOP

- The Washington Times

One veteran Republican observer has a short but noteworthy observation about the state of the Republican Party. "Great candidates are stepping forward. Week after week, more and more impressive, capable, and winnable candidates have entered the presidential sweepstakes," writes Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.