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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Early polls correct in giving Obama win

Much of the political discourse in the nation's longest presidential campaign was shaped by a daily deluge of opinion surveys that gauged American sentiment du jour. News coverage often hinged on the few digits that separated Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain. Published November 5, 2008

Pollsters get their final grades today, too

Much of the political discourse in the nation's longest presidential campaign was shaped by a daily deluge of opinion surveys that gauged American sentiment du jour. In the end, were the polls right? Published November 4, 2008

At least 4,000 foreign journalists to cover election

The whole planet is obsessed with the U.S. presidential election - and the world's news media is poised to deliver the goods, subject to interpretation in more ways than one. It is one big cultural moment. Published November 4, 2008

International media horde to cover election finale

The whole planet is obsessed with the U.S. presidential election — and the world's news media is poised to deliver the goods, subject to interpretation in more ways than one. It is one big cultural moment. Published November 3, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend: Election Day cocktails

For everyone who needs a break from wonky analysis, here's a list of campaign cocktails concocted by mixologists around the country to honor the electoral process. Published November 2, 2008

Poll: Media lacks public trust on election

Politicians are not the only ones struggling with flagging public opinion this election season. The press is also foundering in the favorability department, according to a survey released Friday by Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership. Published November 1, 2008

Red is the hue of choice for the mating game

A pair of researchers say they have scientific proof that the color red — "female red" they call it — is the real key to the attraction between men and women, and could ultimately affect our standards of beauty. Published October 29, 2008

Effect of red on men studied

The way to a man's heart is not through his stomach, suggestive undergarments or a hefty dowry. It's the color red. Published October 29, 2008

Inside Politics: Race and the race

It will take a few decades before the myriad historical implications of the 2008 election are shaken out and sorted. For now, let's glean our perspective in bits, like this rumination from talk radio host Neal Boortz, addressing a pivotal question: Simply put, will black voters go with their race, or their politics? Published October 26, 2008

Anti-GOP partiality continues in the media

Republican hopefuls for the White House just can't get a break from the press - and it's been that way for the past four election cycles. Published October 25, 2008

Obama's 'firsts' may make history, and victory

ANALYSIS -- Ideology, politics and character alone won't determine the outcome of the presidential election. Voters also have a heady sense of historic occasion, a phenomenon that favors Sen. Barack Obama. Published October 24, 2008

The press 'pulling' for Obama

Republican hopefuls for the White House just can't get a break from the press — and it's been that way for the past four election cycles. Published October 24, 2008

Americans still hold out for the proverbial dream

More than three-fourths of Americans "personally believe" in the American dream and insist it's what makes the nation dynamic, according to a survey released Wednesday. Published October 22, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend: 'W' doldrums

'Maintaining national morale in troubling times was once a fairly simple affair. At the height of the Depression and during World War II, Americans could count on Hollywood to produce uplifting fare and straightforward messages of reassurance and optimism — delivered by major stars of the day and often punctuated by splendid dance numbers. Published October 19, 2008

Presidential debate TV ratings adequate

Only Joe the Plumber garnered some visceral reactions from the nation, perhaps. The third and final presidential debate between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama Wednesday night did not draw a landmark viewing audience. Published October 17, 2008