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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

To read Jennifer Harper's Inside the Beltway columns, click here. Contact her at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jennifer Harper

Inside the Beltway

A sign of the times as Friday looms. An inventive Inside the Beltway reader - and federal employee - has developed a 99-cent smartphone application to offer his fellow federal employees "operating status" information about a potential government shutdown, should Republicans and Democrats continue to wrangle over the budget. Published April 6, 2011

Maine among 'most peaceful' states in U.S.

Those who seek the proverbial peaceful life should head to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota or North Dakota — the "most peaceful" states in the nation, says the first-ever United States Peace Index. Published April 6, 2011

A Harris Poll found less than a third thought a "mock swearing-in featuring Jefferson Davis" was appropriate for commemorating the Civil War. (National Archives via Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

The impending 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War prompted the Harris Poll to gauge American sentiment on what the pollsters deemed "a dark yet formative period in U.S. history." Published April 5, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Brace for impact. Here come the "Obama-Biden 2012" bumper stickers, destined for every Prius in the nation. Published April 4, 2011

"Idiots like Bill O'Reilly on Fox News won't have me on their show," Jesse Ventura says. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

"Am I going to run for office again? Right now, I might say 'no.' But I've learned after 59 years on this planet that you never say 'never.' If Congressman Ron Paul called me, I would consider being on his ticket. Whether I'm in as president or vice president, we'd have to flip a coin," Jesse Ventura tells Inside the Beltway, brimming with admiration for the Texas Republican. Published April 3, 2011

Quayle

Inside the Beltway

"Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted," says a billboard motto on the South Side of Chicago from the pro-life group Life Always, emblazoned with a portrait of President Obama. Published March 31, 2011

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was told by health officials in 15 cities that baseball should not associate itself with smokeless tobacco, "a product that causes disease and death." (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

The prospect of a possible government shutdown April 8 is either good, bad, ugly or a strategically useful tool, depending on which lawmaker is doing the talking. Published March 30, 2011

Sammon

Inside the Beltway

Media Matters for America has declared "war" on Fox News in the past week, with much public whispering and innuendo that surely there is a mole - a secret source within the network supplying Media Matters with internal information - to feed cause and content. Published March 29, 2011

Inside the Beltway

"To Congressman Ron Paul, the only federal elected official who will stand up for Americans on the congressional floor," says Jesse Ventura, in the dedication of his fifth book, "63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read." Published March 28, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Oh, those excruciating details. Media watchers note that President Obama's big speech on Libya begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, not 8 p.m., the normal start of prime time. Published March 27, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Almost 100 "individuals" have filed a "Statement of Candidacy" with the Federal Election Commission as 2012 presidential hopefuls. Published March 24, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Silver screen conservatives -- those rare pro-America stalwarts standing fast in glittering Hollywood -- have taken notice of Rep. Allen West, the Florida Republican who recently rocked CPAC 2011 with his rousing, reasoned patriotism and straightforward demeanor. Published March 23, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Wednesday actually marks the exact one-year anniversary of the moment when President Obama signed health care reform into law, accompanied by Vice President Joseph R. Biden's indelicate assessment that the occasion was a "big f-ing deal." Published March 22, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Hurray. "All Together Now — A Celebration of Service" honored former President George H.W. Bush and his "thousand points of light" sense of volunteerism Monday night at the Kennedy Center. Published March 21, 2011

Times revamps design, expands coverage

The Washington Times introduces an expanded edition Monday that restores coverage in sports, local news and the arts in a new design that showcases the newspaper's signature content, photography and commentary. Published March 20, 2011

Inside the Beltway

It is a dance challenge for liberal, peace lovin' Democrats when President Obama abandons the old "hope and change" Terpsichore and hearkens to the heavy thud of global politics. Like Libya, for instance. Published March 20, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Pollsters and pundits who declare Sarah Palin a political has-been and Republican irritant should curb their appetites. Published March 17, 2011

Inside the Beltway

"The Obama administration has made it clear that it intends to pursue unconstitutional legislation like Obamacare, job-killing policies, new regulations and increase federal spending at a level that paralyzes our nation's economic health," says former U.S. Senate hopeful Sharron Angle. Published March 16, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Only the economy eclipsed the midterm elections as a news story last year, according to the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism's massive "State of the Media Report 2011" (www.stateofthemedia.org). Published March 15, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Americans consider their politicians to be behavioral role models. Published March 14, 2011