Inside the Beltway

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  • Inside the Beltway: About that real voter sentiment

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Let's talk about voter sentiment as the nation dwells on romance for a few hours on Friday. Conservatives: Would you want to cozy up to a liberal this weekend? And Democrats, would you have a Republican sweetheart? Well, maybe not. Published February 13, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Scott Walker acts presidential

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Maybe there's a reason why Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, called his recent memoir "Unintimidated." While Republicans cluck and dither over personal ideology and cautiously flirt with a master strategy for the 2014 midterm elections, Mr. Walker has cut to the chase. He gets it. The clock is ticking. Get busy. Pick up a weapon of choice and move forward. Published February 12, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Marijuana remorse

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Hey man, like it's a bummer: There's unintended collateral damage when marijuana is legalized for recreational use. Published February 11, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: DeMint's demand for clear leadership, bold ideas

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Frequent calls for unity in the nation come from many sectors, though most simply push emotional buttons while delivering little substance. Enter the Heritage Foundation, which is now setting forth this simple, but canny thought: "Uniting America through conservative reform." Published February 10, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Ooh-la-la or maybe not

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    When French President Francois Hollande arrives in the nation's capital for a three-day state visit on Monday, he's bringing much baggage, but not of the suitcase variety. Published February 9, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: 32 names crowd GOP presidential poll

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    A sleeping giant awakening? The Republican National Committee is on war footing as the competitive gleam in chairman Reince Priebus' eye grows ever brighter. Published February 6, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Happy birthday, Mr. Reagan

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Three cheers, hip-hip hurrah. Those who fret that the 103rd birthday of Ronald Reagan on Thursday would come and go without much ado can take heart. There's big, cheerful doings planned in the tenth year since his passing. Published February 5, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: The dawn of 'integrated conservatism'

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Common sense could be the operative motto for the Grand Old Party as it seeks to articulate a viable message and identify appropriate standard bearers while the 2014 midterm season fires up and rattles down the campaign trail. The clock is ticking. But the thinkers are thinking. Published February 4, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Community organizing, conservative style

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Tea party organizers are intent on repeating the 2010 midterm elections, when heartland candidates swept through a number of important races, proof that grassroots folks were alive, kicking and politically engaged. Published February 3, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Does America need a hip GOP?

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    What with all its social media and excruciatingly current references, the whole world appears to know the White House is hip, and very skilled at being hip. Does this mean the Grand Old Party should up its pop culture factor as two big elections approach, and proverbial "big tent" thinking beckons? Published February 2, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: Romney is the 'parking lot' for GOP voters

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    It is news that should secretly please Mitt Romney, a man who insists he won't ever run again for president, and so there. Some voters, however, have not forgotten him, and Mitt nostalgia lingers. Published January 30, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: State of the Union — a $40 billion tab

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Lofty rhetoric with a lofty price: the National Taxpayers Union has conducted a line-by-line analysis of President Obama's lengthy State of the Union address to discover that the actual price tag for all those words would add $39.995 billion a year to the deficit. Published January 29, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: So are you already dreaming of CPAC?

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    For those weary of Obamacare, the State of the Union address, progressive caterwaul and ongoing talk of a Republican identity crisis: the Conservative Political Action Conference is just 36 days away. Published January 28, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: State of the Union — just another re-run?

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Let's hope the nation witnesses talk of substance rather than skimpy political theater when President Obama steps before the nation for his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Yes, let's hope so, considering that only about a fourth of Americans definitely plan to tune in, says at least one major poll. Published January 27, 2014

  • Inside the Beltway: White House culture gets even odder

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Gravitas and serious-minded strategies at the White House appear to be giving way to entertainment as the State of the Union approaches. Though the American public is eager for straight answers on many topics, behind-the-scenes creative folk on President Obama's staff have crafted jaunty promotions for the annual primetime speech on Tuesday night. Published January 26, 2014

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