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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Poll finds joy on rise in majority of nations

Score one for the smiley face guy: The world is getting happier, according to the cumbersome but compelling World Values Survey released Monday by the National Science Foundation. Published July 1, 2008

Majority in U.S. see silver lining

Americans are livid about gas prices, ambivalent lawmakers and the cost of groceries. They fret about terrorism and climate change as shrill news coverage ramps up their fears. But a certain amount of national optimism and positive spirituality is intact, despite it all. Published June 30, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend

Public anger over higher gas costs "spells a major opportunity for conservatives because liberal policies and nonsensical regulations are directly responsible for higher energy prices. ..." Published June 29, 2008

Single species, dozens of names

Blame it on the breadcrumb sponge, aka Halichondria panicea, Alcyonium manusdiaboli, Spongia compacta, Seriatula seriata and 52 other names. Published June 26, 2008

View of Arab press risks U.S. relations

American politicians have misjudged Arab news organizations since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, potentially compromising cordial relations between the U.S. and the Middle East and hurting U.S. foreign policy, say researchers who contend that the collective press in the region has received a bum rap. Published June 25, 2008

Report on Alhurra said to skew facts

CBS News and Pro Publica "distorted facts" in a collaborative investigative story that aired Sunday about Alhurra TV, according to officials from an independent federal agency that supervises all U.S. government-supported, non-military international broadcasting. Published June 24, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend

On this day in 1944, President signed the G.I. Bill to provide World War II veterans with money for education, unemployment compensation plus home and business loans. Three years later, vets made up half of the nation's college enrollment, according to the History Channel. Published June 22, 2008

Blogger, AP meet about use rift

The two sides in the Associated Press-blogosphere spat are talking now, but a war may loom anyway. America's biggest wire service wanted bloggers to pay for its content, as news organizations do, and threatened a lawsuit against Rogers Cadenhead, a Florida-based journalist who oversees the online Drudge Retort, a liberal answer to the much-viewed Drudge Report. Published June 21, 2008

AP, bloggers clash over wire content use

The ongoing war between the traditional "old" media and Internet-driven "new" media has gotten noisier, with peace and common ground still elusive. Published June 20, 2008

Anti-Obama pin jabs Texas GOP

Talk about a hot-button issue. Texas Republicans are wincing over a cultural gaffe that has put their party on notice. Published June 19, 2008

Sikh sues Disney over right to wear turban

A Sikh musician has filed a $1 million class action discrimination suit against Walt Disney World, claiming the Florida theme park denied him employment because his religion requires him to wear a beard and a dastaar - a turban - which ultimately compromised company dress code. Published June 18, 2008

California weds first same-sex couple

In the wake of the Martin-Lyon nuptials, close to 170,000 gay couples from California and beyond will wed in the Golden State in the next three years, according to estimates from the University of California at Los Angeles. Published June 17, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend

Outbursts and all, Senator James Webb of Virginia is rumored to be on the short list as Sen. Barack Obama's potential running mate. Published June 15, 2008

To Falwell's rescue

Macel Falwell, who was married to the controversial minister Jerry Falwell for 49 years, is intent on setting the record right. Published June 12, 2008

Wrath of McClellan

It's been 12 days since former White House press secretary Scott McClellan dropped his memoir/tell-all/improvised explosive device upon the Washington power establishment. Published June 8, 2008

'Gender bias' did in Clinton?

Hillary Rodham Clinton lost the Democratic nomination for president because of "gender bias" in the news media, according to a Johns Hopkins University analysis. Published June 6, 2008