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Jennifer Harper

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An inadvertent "open mic" night caught French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama disparaging their Israeli counterpart. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

It is a revealing and possibly damning bit of presidential carelessness: That would be President Obama's "open mic" mishap with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Published November 8, 2011

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has axed the "holiday tree" this year in favor of "the Christmas tree displayed in our state capitol."

Inside the Beltway

The "Cain media" was essentially all over the map following the press conference of Sharon Bialek, presidential hopeful Herman Cain's blonde accuser, and her attorney Gloria Allred. Published November 7, 2011

FILE - In this June 24, 2011 file photo Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks in Jacksonville, Fla. Twitter is abuzz with presidential candidates this year, though not all in the Twittersphere are equal. (AP Photo/Rick Wilson, File)

Inside the Beltway

The next Republican debate looms Thursday, with 14 more to follow in the next three months. Published November 6, 2011

Health Care for America Now and 11 other progressive groups hope to disrupt Americans for Prosperity's "Defending the American Dream Summit" with "Occupy the Kochs' Guerrilla Drive-In" - an outdoor film festival staged just outside the event. (Health Care for America Now)

Inside the Beltway

Those quarterback sacks, the excruciating tackles: Republicans are apparently more appreciative of NFL "violence" than Democrats. There's a partisan divide even when it comes to football, says a new Poll Position survey of 1,032 voters revealing that GOPers actually favor the rough stuff more than other respondents in multiple demographic categories. A quarter of all Americans say that professional football is "too violent," compared to 21 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of Democrats. Published November 3, 2011

Inside the Beltway

The toxic press continues to dwell on sexual-harassment charges against presidential hopeful Herman Cain, to the point that one CBS story erroneously reported he had been accused of "sexual assault," says Matthew Balan, an analyst with the watchdog site Newsbusters. Published November 2, 2011

"We don't have to sit back and allow a minority in the Congress, known as the tea party, to dominate the discussion in our households," Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis recently said.

Inside the Beltway

"I'll be darned if I'm going to set that aside now because a few teabaggers want to somehow muzzle my voice. We don't have to sit back and allow a minority in the Congress, known as the tea party, to dominate the discussion in our households," Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis recently told an enthusiastic audience at the Florida Democratic convention, citing federal assistance that once helped her family. Published November 1, 2011

Former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld must be looking forward to American Spectator's Robert L. Bartley Dinner on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Politics is a full contact sport tended by frantic journalists. But the show must go on. Published October 31, 2011

Popular among Democrats this Halloween? The Mitt Romney over-the-head vinyl mask is sold out nationwide say some sources. (Image from Costumecraze.com)

Inside the Beltway

"Halloween ... and the New Hampshire Democratic Party has everything you need right here to dress up as this year's most famous 1-percenter: Mitt Romney. Just like Mitt Romney, the hardest part will be choosing which Mitt you want to be. There's Unemployed Mitt, Millionaire Mitt, Middle Class Mitt, Mean Mitt and Career Politician Mitt," advises the waggish New Hampshire Democratic Party. Published October 30, 2011

Inside the Beltway

There's a reason why even he-man Texas Gov. Rick Perry is leery of incoming presidential candidate debates, perhaps: "Politician" is one of the scariest jobs in the nation, say thousands of Americans asked to rank professions according to such factors as "imminent danger," "public speaking" and " potential humiliation." Politician is No. 15 on the list, after such careers as exterminator, stand-up comedian, animal control officer and stunt person - all of which might showcase workplace skills that politicians might need, come to think of it. Published October 27, 2011

"Politics is about momentum; politics is about expectations," says former New Mexico Gov. Gary E. Johnson, a dark-horse candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

Inside the Beltway

Republican presidential hopeful Gary E. Johnson is "presidential" in his own fashion. He's no Mitt Romney, but then, sometimes Mitt Romney is no Mitt Romney, either. Published October 26, 2011

Gov. Chris Christie's popularity has dipped since the New Jersey Republican decided not to run for president and instead endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Inside the Beltway

ObamaCare may not be a popular topic at the moment, but ObamaHair is proving to be a crowd pleaser on the never-ending White House campaign trail. Published October 25, 2011

Jay Leno will play host to President Obama on NBC's "Tonight Show" Tuesday night. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Vegas, Hollywood - another day, another White House showbiz moment to promote President Obama's most public-pleasing policies, not to mention his 2012 re-election campaign. Published October 24, 2011

Inside the Beltway

As a complex week full of discord looms, consider "President Reagan's Favorite Macaroni and Cheese," a recipe shared by "Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Washington, D.C., Wife of the President" in a spiral-bound community cookbook published by the American Cancer Society's Northern Virginia division in 1983. Published October 23, 2011

Lisa Simeone was fired as a freelance radio host of a documentary that airs on NPR affiliates after she became a spokeswoman for Occupy Wall Street.

Inside the Beltway

Incivility does not connote power or political prowess. Republican presidential hopefuls should remember that petty potshots - while amusing to the press - do not wear well with the weary, worried American public. Democratic strategists can easily exploit such moments as a symbol of (a) Republican disunity (b) Republican boorishness (c) Republican immaturity. And alas. Polished, studied Mitt Romney has abandoned is steady behavior by sparring with Texas Gov. Rick Perry; the rivals grappled before 5.5. million prime-time viewers on camera at the Republican debate in Las Vegas, and now duel with scathing campaign ads. Published October 20, 2011

Even with 312 days still to go until party time in Tampa, Fla., the 2012 Republican National Committee has already unveiled its logo, website and countdown clock. (Republican National Committee)

Inside the Beltway

Mitt Romney's height could win him the 2012 presidential nomination. Just blame it on "caveman instincts to ensure survival" that are ingrained in the American public. Published October 18, 2011

"Mr. Las Vegas" Wayne Newton will be CNN's special guest at the glitzy Republican primary debate in Nevada on Tuesday night. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

The inner workings of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement are emerging: Is it a spontaneous grass-roots group aglow with 1960s-style righteousness or a well-organized machine with much infrastructure? Published October 17, 2011

Adm. Eric T. Olson received the OSS Society's William J. Donovan Award.

Inside the Beltway

Polished, agile Mitt Romney is a pollster's darling. Published October 16, 2011

Forget a President Obama mask. Angry Birds costumes are the most "sought after" Halloween look of 2011, says online retailer Buy.com. (Image from Buy.com)

Inside the Beltway

Forget the President Obama mask. The most "sought after" adult Halloween costume of 2011 are Angry Birds. Published October 13, 2011

** FILE ** Sen. Thad Cochran (left), Mississippi Republican, is pictured with then-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a fellow GOP member, in 2011. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

The mainstream media has a crush on Mitt Romney. Wooed by his studied civility, canny debate and polished oratory, the press is reveling in the Romney brand, which has a valuable shelf life in an endless campaign. Published October 12, 2011