Inside the Beltway

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  • Inside the Beltway: An agenda-free Easter

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The effort to purge the word "Easter" from public egg hunts continues. But wait. Politicians may get banned from the springtime doings as well. Take the traditional Easter parade, for example, long a bastion of women in swell hats and men in their Sunday best. Published April 17, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: A Hillary-free 2016 would confound Democrats

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Democrats are eager to show fierce loyalty to Hillary Rodham Clinton; indeed, it's a badge of honor. But what will they do if she chooses not to run for the White House in 2016? It is a tricky situation that party strategists have yet to publicly address. The former senator and secretary of state is a mesmerizing symbol for Democrats, and the effect grows. That could get unwieldy. Published April 16, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: The appeal of 'strong America'

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Mention "national security," and voters react. That is what former U.N. ambassador John R. Bolton has discovered. His twin political action committees accrued $1.1 million in the first quarter of the year from some 7,000 small-dollar donors in all 50 states who support Mr. Bolton's "foreign-policy approach of peace through strength," he says. Published April 15, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Lawmakers watch over the A-10

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The reliable, maneuverable, and yes, quite fabulous A-10 Thunderbolt has protected many in its close-air support role since it was introduced in 1975. Now the formidable Air Force gunship is getting a little protection of its own on Capitol Hill. Behold, now in flight, it's the unofficial A-10 Caucus, composed of squadron of Republicans and a single Democrat. Published April 14, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: McConnell gets affection from the NRA

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The tea party is very much enamored with Matt Bevin, the grass-roots challenger to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the Senate seat in Kentucky — a bout that will be decided in the state's May 20 primary. Mr. McConnell does not appear worried, advising voters that incumbents would "crush" their tea party opponents. Did he know that a certain powerful endorsement was in the works? Oh, could be. Published April 13, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Eager Republicans rush for the grassroots

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The timing is impeccable: A dozen famed conservatives with liberty, tradition and smaller government on their minds gather a mere 72 hours before Tax Day dawns. That would be the Freedom Summit on Saturday, a daylong showcase organized by Americans for Prosperity Foundation and Citizens United, staged in Manchester, the most bustling town in New Hampshire. Published April 10, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Ready to rumble in the Granite State

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Wearing a sincere grin and maybe a carefully ironed plaid shirt, Scott Brown will announce his intent to run for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire at dusk on Thursday. He's already cultivating the image of a tough politician with a heart of gold, and plans a very public declaration at a seaside inn in historic Portsmouth. Published April 9, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Mr. Norquist and friends take on the IRS

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Consider that April 15 will dawn in a mere 144 hours, punctuated by the sound of rustling tax records and the gnashing of teeth. Some are preparing for this. Americans for Tax Reform, in fact, has organized, well, a tax conference at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday featuring a half-dozen financially-minded Republican lawmakers and an agenda that includes IRS "abuse of conservative nonprofit groups," among many things. Published April 8, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Viguerie's vigorous conservative opus

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Into the insta-world of contemporary politics comes the weighty "Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It" — a new book by veteran conservative activist Richard Viguerie, a man with much institutional knowledge. He's also been an eyewitness to all the machinations for more than four decades. But it goes beyond that. Published April 7, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Selfies and stinkburgers test a casual White House

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Is the nation now witnessing dignity of office, a sense of decorum and gravitas? No. America is now on "the road to stinkburger" says online news maven Lucianne Goldberg, who refers to the increasing tendency of the White House to lower the quality of the public discourse. Published April 6, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Obamacare — A Republican's best friend

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Strategists have pointed out that a Republican candidate's best friend this fall is Obamacare. Public disapproval of the health care law could be just the helping hand for GOP hopefuls in tight races. Published April 3, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Shave the way to a balanced budget

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The tea party realm is not exactly thrilled with Rep. Paul Ryan's 102-page federal budget proposal, a meticulously crafted document open to interpretation. The Republican National Committee frames it as evidence that the GOP is the "party of solutions." Published April 2, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Division — the lingering symptom of Obamacare

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Obamacare could be the ultimate gauge of partisan politics. Consider: Republicans are 22 times more likely than Democrats to believe that health care reform could foul up the America's future. So says a new Gallup analysis of a year's worth of health care polls, and the responses of close to 14,000 people. Published April 1, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Allen West's call to America

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    He is still a faithful and forthright man with a mission: that would be Allen West, who has a new book out Tuesday. "Guardian of the Republic" provides ample evidence that the former U.S. Army officer and Florida congressman has never given up on conservative values that he says have driven him for decades — family, faith, tradition, service, honor, fiscal responsibility, courage, freedom. He is unapologetic and enthusiastic about it all. Published March 31, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: The governors strut their strategy

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    There are 29 Republican governors out there. But only three of them had a mighty big say in the last 48 hours by appearing at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring leadership meeting, a very swell affair staged in Las Vegas this weekend with all the trimmings. Published March 30, 2014

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