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  • Inside the Beltway: Everybody's hot on the Cold War

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    It is Cold War chic, a fixation on the dire days when B-52s thundered overhead, "peace through strength" proved a viable strategy and diplomacy was terse indeed. Press, pundits and politicians have bandied about Cold War talk with relish, so much so that President Obama himself came out to assure everyone that the United States was not engaged in a new Cold War with Russia. The Russians may not agree. Published July 30, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Immigration rage festers on all sides

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    They will sing. They will pray. They will risk arrest. A coalition of faith groups promises "a massive act of civil disobedience" at high noon on Thursday in front of the White House. Published July 29, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Republican posse rides out to fire Harry Reid

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    When Republicans talk about "43" on Tuesday, they won't be referring to George W. Bush. They will be referring instead to the 43 bills passed by the House that are languishing on the hallowed — or hollow — desk of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Now it's pushback time. Published July 28, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Just a little media protection for the White House

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Broadcasters have offered lengthy broadcasts about Gaza and Ukraine but scant criticism about the White House role in the double crises. On the "Big Three" networks, in fact, the criticism amounted to less than a minute — in almost six hours of recent news coverage. Published July 24, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Frugal-phobic Congress offers 828 spending bills

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Old habits die hard. During the first session of the 113th Congress, members of the U.S. House authored 496 spending bills, compared with 112 bills that would save money. U.S. senators, meanwhile, drafted 332 increase bills and 56 savings bills. Published July 23, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: The evolving White House deflection strategy

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Press and public are aware that President Obama will appear at five Democratic fundraisers by the time Thursday rolls around, despite alarming events here and abroad. Initially, the White House reasoned that in times of unrest, business as usual rather than crisis management was the tactic of choice on the world stage. But that's not quite good enough now. Published July 22, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: White House fundraising — never a dull moment

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Learned presidential advisers reason that in times of international turmoil, it's better for the White House to conduct business as usual rather than shift into crisis mode. Who needs it? With that in mind, perhaps, President Obama is off on a West Coast fundraising jaunt on Tuesday. So fire up Air Force One, please; he journeys to Seattle for two private fundraisers on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. The locations are swank waterfront homes, the guests number in the hundreds, tickets run as high as $32,400 and the hosts include Costco founder Jim Sinegal. Published July 21, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Putin popularity soars in Russia

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Americans might do well to review the pivotal points of the Cold War when the old Soviet Union was in full aggressive posture, billed as a "bear" on the public stage. Russia appears to be looking for a repeat performance while new polling reveals a confident population, suggesting that persistent rumors of "Cold War Nostalgia" in the nation could be genuine. Some current numbers: President Vladimir Putin now has an 83 percent approval rating among Russians — his best numbers in years, this according to a Gallup poll of face-to-face interviews with 2,000 Russians released Friday. Published July 20, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: 'Conservatarians' poised to make noise

    By The Washington Times

    Political hybrids are beginning to emerge and assert themselves. Here come the "conservatarians," who are complicated, edgy and attracting some name-brand GOP talent. They also represent a mashup of conservative and libertarian ideas, amped up with cutting edge technology, social media and some attitude. Conservatarians will be out in force this weekend at what's billed as "Reboot 2014," led by Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington — plus a large cast of activists, strategists, whiz kids and IT gurus who will assemble, they say, "where liberty and technology meet." Published July 17, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: The 2016 fringe candidates come a-runnin'

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The outsiders, the also-rans, the determined individualists — the Federal Election Commission has been besieged by presidential candidate filings from lesser-known Americans in "a massive uptick" compared to the 2012 presidential race. Published July 16, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: America still dreams of 'President' Ben Carson

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    There's something about Ben Carson that gives many Americans great pause. Perhaps it is his plainspoken logic and calm demeanor that resonates with those who wish the former pediatric neurosurgeon and best-selling author would run for president. They are willing to put their money where their thoughts are. In less than a year, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has raised $7.2 million; Dr. Carson is not involved with this new political action committee, which now boasts 95,000 individual donors and 17,000 volunteers. Published July 15, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Surprise: the world still likes America

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    "A country's brand is a valued commodity, especially when that nation is the world's largest economic and strategic power. And, in 2014, America's image remains strong in much of the world," states a surprisingly forthright, massive analysis of "global attitudes" from the Pew Research Center which found, essentially, that much of the planet still likes America. Published July 14, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: White House grade slips to 'F'

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Inquiring minds wonder if there's a "G" in the grading repertoire. And that does not stand for "good." Pollster John Zogby has given President Obama an "F" this week for the White House performance on the global stage, and the researcher has no imminent good news for the president. Published July 13, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Bolton bolsters the 'national security' candidate

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Americans must have considerable interest in supporting "national security candidates" as the planet grows more dangerous and the midterm elections approach. John R. Bolton reports that between his political action committee and super PAC, he's raised a cool $2.3 million in the second quarter of the year, with a record $4 million to date and $3 million cash on hand. Published July 10, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: What will become of the Obama legacy?

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The president has some 30 months left in office, and the dreaded "L" word looms — "L" as in "legacy." As his days in the White House dwindle down to the proverbial precious few, Mr. Obama's legacy building is likely to commence sooner rather than later. The hunt will be on for authentic achievements with quantifiable gains and laudable forays across the aisle. When analysts and pundits finish squawking about it all, the historians will emerge to sort things out, a process that can take decades. Published July 9, 2014

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