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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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MSNBC's co-anchors cut feeds theories

Less than a week after Sarah Palin's vice-presidential acceptance speech allusion to the liberal media prompted chants of "NBC, NBC, NBC" from Republican convention goers, MSNBC has dropped Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as co-anchors of its major political coverage. Published September 9, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend: Hot for Palin

Vice President Hottie. The Conservative's Dream Girl. The adorability factor of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is harder to manage than it looks. Published September 7, 2008

What's worse: the storm or the stress?

Amplified by frantic media reports and our own personal uncertainty, collective anxiety about hurricanes can be worse than the real weather event, say researchers. Published September 5, 2008

Is John McCain the compleat conservative?

Sen. John McCain has been trying to convince conservatives that he was one of them for years. Through heartfelt speeches and earnest declarations, Mr. McCain has described himself as a mainstream conservative, a Reagan conservative, a Goldwater conservative and even a Theodore Roosevelt conservative in a effort to win over skeptics. Published August 31, 2008

Can McCain do it?

Navy brat, fighter jock, POW, survivor, hero, husband, father of seven, lawmaker, presidential nominee. Insurgent, of course. Maverick always. Published August 31, 2008

Boomer narcissism, ageism debunked

Between "the Greatest Generation" and "Gen Y" - five generations of Americans now populate the nation, each distinct and boasting opinions about themselves and one another that often run counter to persistent cultural myths. Published August 26, 2008

Infidelity thins convention ranks

Call girls, little white lies, big fat fibs, wavering loyalties, wincing spouses, unfortunate remarks, questionable use of campaign funds and, yes, one possible love child. Published August 25, 2008

Networks ready nonstop convention coverage

There used to be 24 hours in a day. Now it's almost triple that - at least for the broadcast hordes who will be covering the Democratic National Convention. Published August 25, 2008

Party's main event a spectacle

There has been a cast of thousands over the years. They laughed. They cried. They hooted and hollered, toasted God and country and hammered on party platforms - not to mention each other. There have been riots, splendid oratory, posturing of the most political sort, and plenty of song and story. Published August 22, 2008

Poll: American views of business dive

Economic worries and public uncertainty about modern life in general don't unfold in a vacuum. There's a price for all that free-floating angst - and American institutions and major industries are paying it. Published August 15, 2008

Missing pilot to be brought home

His life ended in the skies over eastern Germany six decades ago. Second Lt. Howard C. Enoch Jr. was 19, a Kentucky patriot with a cheerful grin - a fighter pilot who had been in the U.S. Army Air Corps less than a year. He took off in his P-51D Mustang from a British air base one early spring, never to return. Published August 14, 2008