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Jennifer Harper

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Inside the Beltway: Here comes the church vote

There is an emerging voter demographic for Democrats to ponder, one that gathers on Sunday with good cheer and deep thoughts: motivated and engaged churchgoers. Consider that 97 percent of theologically conservative pastors are registered voters, and the vast majority are Republicans. Published August 5, 2013

**FILE** Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, speaks at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite personal devices, in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sept. 6, 2012. (Associated Press)

Amazon's Bezos buys Washington Post for $250M

In a stunning coup, Internet billionaire Jeff Bezos of fame announced plans Monday to buy the Washington Post Co.'s flagship newspaper and its newspaper publishing business for $250 million. Published August 5, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Calls for a 'national animal'

If the bald eagle weren't our "national animal," what would be the most popular choice for the role? The bison wins, according to a YouGov poll released Sunday, cited by 22 percent of the respondents. Published August 4, 2013

Dog days of summer? No, goat days of Washington. Green-minded goats who will soon trim the lawns of historic Congressional Cemetery. (eco-goats)

Inside the Beltway: Red state ready to rumble

There will be some belligerent squawking in the liberal media in the wake of the fifth annual Red State Gathering, organized by columnist and founder Erick Erickson, and staged in a spiffy New Orleans hotel starting Friday. Mr. Erickson expects hundreds of conservatives to show up, along with the proverbial thought leaders of the movement, and "happy warriors," he says. Published August 1, 2013

"Our Nixon," which debuts Thursday at 9 p.m. on CNN, is a feature-length documentary on President Nixon crafted from 500 reels of home movies.

Inside the Beltway: August whets the Democratic appetite

Democratic operatives and activists have declared it's now "Action August," and they've targeted specific Republicans during what's normally sleepy summer recess time. We're talking Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Reps. Eric Cantor of Virginia and Peter T. King of New York, plus Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Chris Christie of New Jersey. To name a few. Published July 31, 2013

Might D.C.'s all-local NewsChannel 8 go national?

An intriguing and promising by-product has emerged from the $985 million sale of Allbritton Communications Co. and its seven TV stations to Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, a deal that Sinclair CEO David Smith deems a "once-in-a-lifetime event." Published July 30, 2013

"I see this as an opportunity to be part of a strong news presence  serious news and serious storytelling," says Libby Casey about her new gig at Al Jazeera America.

Inside the Beltway: Al Jazeera America's C-SPAN connection

The news channel goes live in less than three weeks. That would be Al Jazeera America, already peopled with veterans hailing from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, PBS and ABC. Now add C-SPAN to the list. Libby Casey, morning host and producer for C-SPAN's much esteemed "Washington Journal," has signed on as the incoming network's official Washington correspondent — one of the nine new hires who will lead regional bureaus. Published July 30, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama went to Martha's Vineyard, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.
(Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Martha's Vineyard tail numbers

Succinct commentary from far beyond the proverbial Beltway often trumps insider hubbub, particularly when presidents go on vacation. The first family is presumably counting down the days until they can achieve escape velocity from the nation's capital and spend eight days on sparkling Martha's Vineyard in mid-August. Published July 29, 2013

Huma Abedin for mayor? She's been suggested as an alternate candidate for mayor of New York by some political observers in the wake of the sexting scandal involving her husband, Anthony D. Weiner. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Huma Abedin for NYC mayor

From the same political landscape that produced the persistent notion that Hillary Rodham Clinton should run for president here comes part two of such thinking. There are calls for Huma Abedin to run for mayor of New York City, even as her husband Anthony D. Weiner clings to the wreckage of his own campaign for that office following the most recent revelations regarding his sorry sexting habits. Published July 28, 2013

Columnist Rusty Humphries says when Rush Limbaugh and the other big nationwide conservative talk shows arrived, other forms of conservative media grew with them. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: The GOP and the 'Mile High Club'

There's data for everything. Tucked away in a new Public Policy Polling survey on airline travel was this question to 800 registered voters: "Are you a member of the Mile High Club?" Well fasten your seatbelts, folks. Republicans win this one. Published July 25, 2013

Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will serve as the keynote speaker Thursday at an agricultural "field day" near Baltic, S.D.

Inside the Beltway: Sarah Palin courts the farm vote

One can't get much more grass roots than this: Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker Thursday at an agricultural "field day" near Baltic, S.D. — population 1,090 — situated on the scenic banks of the Big Sioux River in the eastern corner of the state. Published July 24, 2013

Ron Paul gets some Hollywood help from actor Vince Vaughn as he prepares to launch the Ron Paul Channel, his own online news network.

Inside the Beltway: Ron Paul, media mogul

In characteristic folksy but aggressive style, Ron Paul has become a media mogul of sorts. The former Texas lawmaker and Libertarian presidential hopeful already has drawn the help of one Hollywood celebrity in his zeal to launch the Ron Paul Channel, a high-definition news network available online by subscription. Published July 23, 2013

"My mother was born in Wilmington, Del. She's a U.S. citizen, so I'm a U.S. citizen," said Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, about his birth in Canada. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Citizen Ted Cruz

The noisiest hubbub over the birthplace of Sen. Ted Cruz has not started yet. But it will. The Texas Republican, 42, was born in Canada, which has prompted critics to question his eligibility to run for president. "My mother was born in Wilmington, Del. She's a U.S. citizen, so I'm a U.S. citizen," Mr. Cruz told ABC News, when queried about it. "I'm not going to engage in a legal debate. The facts are clear." Published July 21, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Post-Perry possibility

The new law in Texas that bans abortions after 20 weeks gestation and strengthens health standards at abortion clinics has transformed Gov. Rick Perry and pro-life state lawmakers into legislative role models of sorts. Published July 18, 2013

Rolling Stone and publisher Jann Wenner defend the cover story on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as "within the traditions of journalism" and magazine's "serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day."
(Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: The Zimmerman numbers

The long-range political implications of George Zimmerman's trial are emerging. A Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 48 percent of U.S. adults agree with the Florida jury's verdict that the neighborhood watch volunteer is not guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin; 34 percent disagree with the verdict while 18 percent are not sure. Published July 17, 2013

Cover of "Emily Gets Her Gun ... But Obama Wants to Take Yours" by The Washington Times' Emily Miller. To be published by Regnery on September 2, 2013.

'Emily Gets Her Gun' book cover unveiled, the readers voted

In just more than six weeks, Emily Miller's powerfully personal book "Emily Gets Her Gun — But Obama Wants to Take Yours" will be published. The book is due in stores Sept. 2. For now, though, the cover of Emily's book has been revealed by Regnery Publishing, chosen with the kind help of many The Washington Times readers and other fans who voted for the image from eight other choices through an online poll. Published July 17, 2013

The cover for "Emily Gets Her Gun" by Washington Times senior opinion editor Emily Miller was chosen via an online poll. It goes on sale Sept. 2.
(Regnery Publishing)

Inside the Beltway: Emily's covered

In just more than six weeks, Emily Miller's powerfully personal book "Emily Gets Her Gun — But Obama Wants to Take Yours" will be published. Her story? The Washington Times senior opinion editor was taken aback at her own challenges while trying to legally purchase a gun in the nation's capital — and found her experiences revealed what could happen on a national level if President Obama gets the gun control policy of his dreams. Published July 16, 2013

** FILE ** Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (The Washington Times)

Inside the Beltway: Hillary Clinton's buckraking life

Oh, that platinum podium: Consider that Hillary Rodham Clinton gets $200,000 and up for many speeches. None other than The New York Times acknowledges that the nation's favorite Democrat has tapped into the "speechmaking gold mine" via the exclusive Manhattan-based Harry Walker Agency. Published July 15, 2013