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Inside the Beltway: Herding Republicans

The liberal media are "shamelessly" using President Obama's re-election to steer the Republican Party away from the conservative mindset, says a pithy new Media Research Center study on recent national news coverage. Indeed, conservatives have been painted as a moldering, deranged bunch in the last week. Published November 14, 2012

Inside the Beltway: General quarters

"Too many generals are taking orders from their privates," summarizes Rush Limbaugh regarding the ever-mutating news about former CIA Director David H. Petraeus. Alas, there is collateral damage from all the bombshells, however. Published November 13, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Fifty shades of bimbo

The mutating "Petraeus affair" has conveniently filled the media vacuum left after the presidential election ended, providing press, pundits and assorted officials a veritable gold mine of material. Published November 12, 2012

Inside the Beltway: What Romney intended

"Smaller, simpler, smarter. Believe in America," reads the official motto emblazoned upon "Office of the President-Elect," a website launched by Mitt Romney's campaign through a Utah-based software site in late October. It was publicly visible for a time, soon to be discovered by several news organizations and deactivated after Mr. Romney lost the election. Published November 8, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Call to arms

"Do not despair. Do not give up. Fight back! The Obama agenda can only succeed if we let it." Published November 7, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Anticipation

"Regardless of the final results of the election, Wednesday, Nov. 7 continues a gigantic battle between small-government, constitutional conservatives and the big-government Republicans for the heart and soul of the GOP," longtime conservative maven Richard Viguerie tells Inside the Beltway. Published November 6, 2012

President Bush greets Artie Muller, executive director of Rolling Thunder, and singer Nancy Sinatra at the White House in 2004. The motorcycle group is strongly supporting Mitt Romney for president. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Thundering for Romney

Mitt Romney's got the biker vote. Rolling Thunder, the exuberant nonprofit membership organization for motorcycle enthusiasts, military vets and old-school patriots are near unanimous in their support of Mr. Romney following a vote Saturday during a conference in the nation's capital. Published November 5, 2012

Inside the Beltway: The odd scenario

An unusual speculation on the election outcome emanates from a small campus in Buffalo, N.Y.: agitated America could end up with President Mitt Romney and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, insist Canisius College political science professors Michael Haselswerdt, a Democrat, and Kevin Hardwick, a Republican. The race is so close that there's a viable chance that the presidential candidates could split the electoral votes evenly, 269-269. Published November 4, 2012

Inside the Beltway: That pesky change

The campaigns only wish they could trademark the word "change," which technically functions as both noun and verb. President Obama and Mitt Romney are duking it out over who's got the biggest "change" in the nation as Election Day looms, now some 96 hours away. Published November 1, 2012

What could it predict for the election outcome? Chia Obama and Chia Romney sprout with distinctive difference as they grow in The Washington Times newsroom. (The Washington Times)

Inside the Beltway: Wave with Johnson

"Waste your vote on me," begs Gary E. Johnson to curious or disenchanted voters everywhere. The Libertarian Party candidate is calling on fierce local fans to amplify his message with grass-roots fervor, a campaign strategy of former presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul. Published October 31, 2012

Times247 website honored for best home page

The Washington Times-affiliated website has won an EPPY Award award for best home page for sites drawing fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors. Published October 31, 2012


Escape artist Curtis Lovell has advice for voters who suddenly feel trapped by the election, politics and media coverage.

Inside the Beltway: The inevitable Gore

"Hurricane Sandy is a disturbing sign of things to come. We must heed this warning and act quickly to solve the climate crisis. Dirty energy makes dirty weather," says Al Gore, commenting on Hurricane Sandy in his personal blog. Published October 30, 2012

Actress Lena Dunham attends the world premiere of "Supporting Characters" during the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 20, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Inside the Beltway: The ebbing charm

Critics wonder how long women will tolerate certain aspects of President Obama's more curious re-election efforts. There's the odd new campaign video, for example, showcasing HBO's "Girls" actress Lena Dunham, who compares voting for the first time to losing her virginity. Published October 29, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Strategic revels

Indicators that an OSS Society event is under way: the official party favor is an elegant martini glass, strolling violinists play "The Ballad of the Green Berets" and multiple conversations begin with such phrases as "General, I haven't seen you since Afghanistan." Published October 28, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Championing the ‘undecided’

Late night comics and the liberal press delight in either vilifying or parodying undecided voters, dismissing them as "boneheads" and "idiots." David Bossie — who spent a year interviewing undecided and disenchanted voters for his new documentary film "The Hope and the Change" — will have none of it, however. Published October 25, 2012

Planned Parenthood is deceiving millions of American women about the services it provides, says Lila Rose, founder of Live Action. (Photo courtesy Live Action)

Inside the Beltway: Why you’re tired

A record-breaking 915,000 presidential campaign ads have aired on broadcast and cable TV from late April through Sunday — a 45 percent increase compared with the 2008 election. Published October 24, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Third party’s party

American broadcasters may overlook third-party presidential hopefuls but not Russia TV and Al-Jazeera, which plan to air an alternative U.S. presidential debate on Tuesday that will possibly reaching millions of viewers here and abroad. Published October 22, 2012