Inside the Beltway

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  • 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

  • Inside the Beltway: Hot air over a Cold War

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    There has been much clever talk among journalists about President Obama and his no-drama "Cool War" with Russia. Mr. Obama himself, meanwhile, insists there is no "Cold War" in the making, reasoning that contemporary Russia is no Soviet Union with hulking and aggressive ideology. But wait. The citizenry think otherwise. Published March 27, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Christie's appetite for the White House

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    He is one of the headliners during a glittering GOP gathering that begins Thursday in Las Vegas. That would be a decidedly slimmer, more cheerful New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a featured speaker during the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring leadership meeting, staged at the swank Venetian Hotel and shepherded by billionaire and major party donor Sheldon Adelson. Published March 26, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Pontiff and president — the ultimate selfie

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    It is a cultural moment, and a public relations opportunity: President Obama and Pope Francis meet face to face Thursday, a phenomenon that is being heralded as a red carpet event by press and pundits. Published March 25, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: The six-million dollar traveling president

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    President Obama is currently on an overseas excursion that takes him to five foreign nations in five days. That adds up to about 29 hours of flying time aboard the magnificent but pricey Air Force One, which now costs $228,288 an hour to operate, up from about $179,750 in recent years. So say the meticulous watchdogs at the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, who figure the total of this particular jaunt to be $6,620,352. Published March 24, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Republican power dynamics — it's complicated

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Who's in charge of the elite Republican powerhouse, where strategy, money and mettle drive a party to victory? There's no master commander, but rather an ever-changing cast of political titans who bring their personal prowess to the table. Published March 23, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Is Clint Eastwood on a 'moral quest' for America?

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Some in the academic realm say the veteran actor is on a noble quest because he "embodies America's moral quest" and the nation's "search for meaning and purpose." Published March 20, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Run, Ted, run: Shifting out of cruise

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    It was inevitable. As was the case with Ben Carson, a grass-roots effort to draft Sen. Ted Cruz has been launched by those eager to see the Texas Republican and his plainspoken, but stringent policies enter the 2016 White House race. The early-bird political action committee founded by one Raz Shafer — a former Cruz staffer — is on message and offers a succinct challenge to conservative voters. Published March 19, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Virginia Republicans at the ready

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The Republican Party of Virginia is a feisty lot, indeed. After the organization discovered a certain governor's aggressive and well-organized fundraising plans, these GOPers are ready to rumble. Published March 18, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Republicans on the march

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The Grand Old Party has been trying to reinvent and rebrand itself for a year, readying for combat in the 2014 midterms and beyond. The herculean effort is working. The Republican National Committee has made smart new hires in the social media and digital news realm, all tasked with lean and nimble outreaches to an increasingly anxious electorate. Published March 17, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: And the password is panic

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Observers are calmly standing back and taking in the dramatic tableau unfolding in front of them. The Democratic Party is edging toward panic mode, a revelation now emanating from both critics and the mainstream media in radioactive waves. Published March 16, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Can Pope Francis soothe a savage Congress?

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    He closed the brief letter like this: "With every good wish to Your Holiness, I am, Sincerely Yours, John Boehner." The recipient was Pope Francis, the author House Speaker John Boehner, who has asked the pontiff to address a joint session of Congress in the future. The simple but formal gesture promoted more than 1,000 press mentions in the space of an hour when it was released on Thursday; the topic was subject to interpretation. Published March 13, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Oh behave — the public condemns political incivility

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Boorish bombast and churlish behavior in elected officials? Heavens. Such demonstrations thrill journalists who see politics as a spectator sport. But the voting public appears to condemn incivility, and blames politicians for setting a poor example. Published March 12, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: A new interest in Rahm Emanuel for 2016?

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The recent Conservative Political Action Conference provides a forum for big names. But it's also a platform for the murmurs and asides from political strategists who've been everywhere and done everything, and like to speculate. Such is the case when the potential presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton was parsed by a pair of insiders. Published March 11, 2014

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