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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Then-New York Gov. George Pataki (right) is now poised to enter the GOP race for 2016, saying the party needs to veer away from social issues and concentrate more on fiscal responsibility and conservative principles. (Associated Press)

George Pataki next up to announce presidential intent, vows to 'defeat Islamic terror'

Another 24 hours, and another Republican hopeful comes to call on American voters. George Pataki will announce his plans to run for president on Thursday morning; with a touch of drama, the former New York governor will journey to Exeter, New Hampshire for his big reveal. The historic town of 9,242 was more or less the birthplace of the Republican Party, founded in 1853 right there in the local Squamscott Hotel. Published May 27, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Bernie Sanders on his campaign: 'A political revolution is coming'

"Paid for by Bernie Sanders. Not the billionaires," states the campaign motto of Sen. Bernie Sanders; the Vermont Independent who kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday in Burlington - to be followed by a 10-event tour through New Hampshire and Iowa in the 48 hours that follow. Published May 26, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, march in a Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 25, 2015 in Chappaqua, N.Y. Close to a thousand onlookers crowded the parade route in Chappaqua, the Clinton's hometown. (Joe Larese/ The Journal News via AP) NYC OUT, NO SALES, ONLINE OUT, TV OUT, NEWSDAY INTERNET OUT; MAGS OUT

Obama + Clinton + Florida = fundraisers

The phrase gets old after a while, but it's time to rev up Air Force One once again: President Obama has a pair of fundraisers to attend in Florida. Published May 25, 2015

Saturday night with Rolling Thunder: lots of Harleys, good will, dedication (Photo by Jennifer Harper/The Washington Times)

Perfect Harleys as far as the eye can see - plus dedication and prayers for Rolling Thunder

Perfect, spotless Harley Davidsons were lined up by the hundreds around several northern Virginia hotels on Saturday night - chrome polished to mirror finish, American flags in abundance, good will in the air. In 10 hours the nearby Pentagon parking lot would fill up - the only area large enough to use as a staging area for Rolling Thunder's 28th annual "Ride for Freedom," the inimitable event that draws attention to veterans and military issues, plus POWs and those missing in action. The organization took some time together before hand however - to focus on a little business, say some prayers, recognize a few of their own and share a meal. Published May 23, 2015

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The 'Right Side Forum' with Armstrong WIlliams to address the rebuilding of Baltimore

The "Right Side Forum," an hour-long conservative live news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will look at "Rebuilding and Business: The challenges business leaders face in 'blighted' communities" along with lingering local outrage over a number of distressing events. Mr. William's guests are Edwin Avent, Baltimore-based entrepreneur and co-founder of Black Professional Men, Inc.; J. Wyndal Gordon, Baltimore's "Warrior Lawyer" and K. Marques Mullings, executive vice-president, Howard Stirk Holdings. Published May 22, 2015

Rolling Thunder founder Artie Muller has brought attention to veterans' issues for years; here he is greeted at the White House by President George W. Bush in 2008. (white house)

'Never forget': Rolling Thunder is a demonstration not a parade, organizers say

Rolling Thunder is revved and ready. Indeed, the capital of the free world will soon reverberate with the thud of several hundred thousand motorcycles, assembled for the annual Ride for Freedom on Sunday, piloted by patriots who have a mission on their minds. Despite the spectacle of noise, power and prowess, none of these riders forgets that the Washington visit is to draw attention to the visceral question of POWs and those still missing in action, along with the ongoing needs of military veterans. Published May 21, 2015

The late senator Howard Baker's mountainn mansion in Tennessee is going up for auction (Furrow Auction)

Howard Baker's 'mid-century modern' mansion goes up for auction in Tennessee, furniture included

Up for auction next month: the Tennessee estate of the late Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., consisting of a 6,175-square-foot main home, plus cottage, guesthouse, pool and more, all on 11 acres in Huntsville. The home is unmistakably "mid-century modern" in style, with grand river and mountain vistas beyond the huge windows, some streamlined expanses of brick and some sumptuous, old school-style drapes of the era. Baker called this splendid property his "center of the universe," and for good reason. Published May 21, 2015

For soldiers, man's best friend is a great healer

There was a noble tribute this week for hero humans and hero dogs just a block from the U.S. Capitol. The famous, powerful and political gathered to celebrate K9s for Warriors, a nonprofit that pairs rescue dogs with military veterans who must deal with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Among the many who attended was retired USMC Captain Jason Haag and Axel, a splendid German Shepherd who was there for him in some very dark moments. Published May 21, 2015

Phil Griffin, left, president of MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, center, host of "The Rachel Maddow Show," and Lawrence O'Donnell, host of "The Last Word," take part in a panel discussion on the show at the NBCUniversal summer press tour, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Cable woes: MSNBC sinks to a 10-year low of 50,000 viewers a night

The network has hit a ten-year-low with an average audience in the demo of just 50,000. From 4 p.m. to midnight, none of MSNBC's shows was able to break 100,000 viewers in the demo, which has long been considered a cut-off for viability in cable news, Published May 20, 2015

The Southern Republican Leadership Conference gets underway in Oklahoma City on Thursday, drawing many GOP presidential hopefuls. (Oklahoma GOP)

GOP presidential hopefuls, Oklahoma-style

Oklahoma Republicans have their own brand of bodacious glitz, billing the Sooner State itself as a "united state built by an unwillingness to fail" -- and a global crossroads in the middle of the heartland. Now there's a showcase for such thinking: The Southern Republican Leadership Conference gets underway in Oklahoma City on Thursday, and has proven to be a powerful draw. Published May 20, 2015

Fox News has revealed its coverage and organizational plans for the first GOP presidential debate (Fox News)

Fox News announces its plans for the first Republican presidential debate in August

The countdown is on for the very first Republican presidential debate, set for August 6 in Cleveland - to be moderated by anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace. There will be much fancy interplay with Facebook revealing "how the issues of the day are resonating," plus input on questions for the candidates. Michael Clemente, executive vice president of News Editorial, has also revealed the entry criteria for candidates. Published May 20, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Who knew? Republicans surprisingly cheerful about presidential election, says Pew Research poll

Despite persistent press coverage to the contrary, Republicans, and particularly conservative Republicans, are cheerful and enthusiastic about the presidential election next year -- and fairly pleased with the burgeoning field of White House hopefuls. Six-in-10 registered GOP voters, in fact, say they have an excellent or good impression of their party's presidential candidates, this according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. These voters also appear to be engaged and enlightened: Two-thirds say they are thinking a lot about the election itself these days. It is a dream come true for frantic strategists. Published May 19, 2015