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

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Inside the Beltway

Press coverage of "CPAC 2011" has been rife with gleeful talk of acrimony and dissent among conservatives as their annual shindig looms. Published February 8, 2011

Huffington Post merges with AOL

The monumental $315 million merger of the Web-based Huffington Post and Internet pioneer AOL announced Monday could prove either a canny business alliance or expensive folly. Published February 7, 2011

Arianna Huffington

Inside the Beltway

Arianna Huffington has sold her Huffington Post to AOL for a tidy $315 million. Now all she has to do is start paying her bloggers. Published February 7, 2011

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Republican strategist Mary Matalin will host a CPAC fundraiser by GOProud, a gay conservative activist group.

Inside the Beltway

"President Barack Obama's job approval ratings were even more polarized during his second year in office than during his first, when he registered the most polarized ratings for a first-year president." Published February 6, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Welcome to Reaganpalooza. It's colossal. It's stupendous. It's also sincere, endearing and not without a certain poignancy. Published February 3, 2011

Former Sen. Jim Webb.

Inside the Beltway

There are fabricated "bipartisan" moments. Then there are the real ones. Published February 2, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Snowprah Winfrey, Snoverkill, SnOMG, Snonami — the nation has moved far beyond mere Snowpocalypse. Published February 1, 2011

Inside the Beltway

It helps to know that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is ever at the ready while Americans face another round of terrible snowstorms. FEMA'S on it. Published January 31, 2011

Musical mishaps and wardrobe malfunctions are unlikely when Christina Aguilera sings "The "Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XLV.

Inside the Beltway

Some Americans may pine for "The Star-Spangled Banner" to be sung at public events without showbiz flourishes and in a manner perhaps familiar to its creator, Francis Scott Key. The dazzling factor should be prominent, however, at Super Bowl XLV, when chanteuse Christina Aguilera delivers the national anthem. Published January 30, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Once, much of the left-leaning press wallowed in unkind mockery or criticism of President Reagan. Now, opportunistic and canny journalists can't wait to say "Reaganesque." Published January 27, 2011

Cain

Inside the Beltway

Among dozens of political reactions to President Obama's State of the Union address comes one from Herman Cain, a Georgia businessman turned talk radio host, a 2012 Republican presidential hopeful and the preferred candidate of Ann Coulter. Published January 26, 2011

One analyst cited Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly in commenting on a study of the attractiveness of TV news "anchorettes." (Fox News Channel)

Inside the Beltway

"This paper offers one more reason why Fox News viewers are so ill-informed on so many issues. I mean, have you seen those photos of Megyn Kelly?" observes Tom Jacobs, an analyst with Miller-McCune magazine, in commenting on a study of the attractiveness of TV news "anchorettes." Published January 25, 2011

Inside the Beltway

What's the state of the union before the State of the Union speech on Tuesday night? Pretty prickly. Published January 24, 2011

**FILE** President Barack Obama (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

With the promise of some giddy political theater, broadcast coverage of President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night is approaching Hollywood proportions. Published January 23, 2011

Inside the Beltway

The State of the Union company picnic is looming on Capitol Hill. Come Tuesday, there will be sack races, an egg toss, a group sing, and oh yes, a big speech from President Obama in there somewhere. Published January 20, 2011

Inside the Beltway

"Will the Senate resolve to listen to will of the American people?" asks Jenny Beth Martin, a founder of the 15-million member Tea Party Patriots. Published January 19, 2011

Coming to bookshelves on Jan. 25: Fiction based on President Obama and the 2012 election. (Image from Simon & Schuster)

Inside the Beltway

"O: A Presidential Novel," written by Anonymous and published by Simon & Schuster — otherwise known as Simon & Sh-h-h-h — has journalists chafing to speculate on who or what is behind the cheeky fiction centered on the upcoming 2012 presidential election. Published January 18, 2011

**FILE** President Obama welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao as he arrives for a Group of 20 summit dinner in Pittsburgh in September 2009. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

The monumental presence of China already is on American soil, well before the state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao, who arrives in Washington on Tuesday with a bustling entourage and a full agenda. Published January 17, 2011

Chris Matthews (Associated Press) **FILE**

Inside the Beltway

Pf-f-f-t. There goes all that newfound civility in press and politics. Published January 16, 2011

Inside the Beltway

The tragedy cycle is just about complete. Published January 13, 2011