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  • Inside the Beltway: One for the vets

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee plus Reps. Michele Bachmann, Don Young, Joseph Heck, Ralph Hall, Sam Johnson and Mike Coffman are among the lawmakers who will step forward to salute military veterans Wednesday evening. Many are vets themselves. Published May 20, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Who's minding the authentic 'Reagan'?

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    There are those who zealously guard the legacy of Ronald Reagan, in an era when just the Reagan name is bandied about by press and politicians as a multi-purpose, brandlike entity. There's Reaganesque, Reagan-like, the anti-Reagan. The list goes on. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, however, is there to ensure the Reagan legacy remain authentic, and true to the values of the man who inspired it. Published May 19, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: New York Times accused of media hypocrisy

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    This is what happens when a news organization has positioned itself to be the nation's role model in all things media. The New York Times insists that fairness, integrity and truth make up its standards. There is a 57-page guide to "ethical journalism" for employees, a "commitment" to diversity and let us not forget the 117-year-old motto declaring "all the news that's fit to print." Published May 18, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Oh woe is The New York Times

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Alas. Whenever The New York Times has troubles, a certain giddy schadenfreude descends upon onlookers who relish the spectacle. This time, The Times has had a seismic disturbance on par with the plagiarism episode 11 years ago that yielded resignations at the highest levels and prompted management to call all 1,200 employees together to talk about it. For hours. Published May 15, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Rare breed — lawmakers who are military vets

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    They are a rare breed — and a precious one. There are currently 108 members of Congress who are military veterans: 88 in the House, 18 in the Senate. Between them, these Capitol Hill vets have fought in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan Iraq and Kosovo and also served in peacetime. Published May 14, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Pot's not a Christian thing

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    "Legalize it? A majority of Christians say no to recreational pot," reports the Barna Group, an independent research organization that also polled opinions on the moral aspect of weed, its legalization and the burgeoning new lifestyle that is emerging in some states where laws have been relaxed. Published May 13, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Enchanted by political image alone

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Politicians and political parties may be a little too preoccupied with the business of branding themselves, heeding opinion polls, micro-targeting voters and megamarketing the message. Their real appeal may be getting lost in the turmoil. Published May 12, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: A whole book on the 'I word'

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    A certain book will be published on June 3 that appears to give the Democratic Party pause. That would be "Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment" by former federal prosecutor and conservative commentator Andrew C. McCarthy. Let the grappling begin. Published May 11, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: New demographic — the 'I oppose Obama' voter

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Researchers are tracking a new demographic entity for 2014 — a noticeable group of vexed voters who will arrive in the poll booth motivated by irritation and possibly payback. Published May 8, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Mesmerized media — Monica engulfs the press

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The nation could have a case of Monica Lewinsky fatigue by the time Vanity Fair finally releases her complete insta-memoir and essay on Thursday, penned after more than a decade of mulling over her relationship with former President Bill Clinton. Published May 7, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: The rediscovery of Jon Huntsman

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    It was inevitable. A few curious observers have placed Jon Huntsman Jr. on the ever-expanding list of potential White House contenders, citing his previous presidential campaign-trail experience, foreign-policy credentials and crossover appeal that could possibly counter Hillary Clinton in 2016. Oh, the speculation, the drama. Published May 6, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: The press quickly fixes upon Trey Gowdy

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The press has embraced an instant narrative about Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican appointed to lead the House select committee on Benghazi. He is a man intent on meticulous clarity and fairness; Mr. Gowdy says of his new mission, "All of those lines of inquiry are legitimate and should be apolitical. Facts are neither red nor blue." Published May 5, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Ben Carson's 12 words to live by

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Is there a message to the nation from Ben Carson, a man who draws both political and cultural interest for his plainspoken wisdom and inner mettle? Yes. There is. Published May 4, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Half the press are political independents

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    The nation's newshounds appear to be straying from rigid allegiance to either the Republican or Democratic Party, says some uncommon new research. Published May 1, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Republicans favor brand-name politicians

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Yes, earnest talk and aggressive posturing have their charm. But fame and a name also resonate with voters. A new survey finds that Republicans who have some celebrity fanfare going for them lead the early-bird presidential polls. Published April 30, 2014

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