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Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Cutting 'back fat' all the rage

Forget mommy makeovers, lip plumps, breast enhancement, thigh reductions and tummy tucks. Published September 15, 2008

Palin magnified to iconic status

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is a cultural force in lipstick and high heels, the symbols of her feminity magnified by the press to iconic status. The media are fixated on the Republican vice-presidential hopeful, and coverage has been accused of being sexist and critical as partisan potshots turned to headlines. Published September 12, 2008

Obama 'lipstick' comment offends GOP

Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday blasted his Republican opponents' change message, but the analogy he used - "lipstick on a pig" - offended female Republicans, who said they saw an effort to compare the GOP's vice-presidential candidate "to a pig." Published September 10, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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