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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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

Articles by Jennifer Harper

Inside the Beltway

We are still a common-sense nation. When it comes to key national issues, 73 percent of likely voters nationwide trust the judgment of the American people more than their political leaders, says a Rasmussen Reports survey released Wednesday. Published September 7, 2011

Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight calls New York Mayor MIchael Bloomberg's decision to omit clergy and prayer from the official Ground Zero remembrance of the 9/11 attacks a "great injustice." (Image from Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Academy Award-winning actor and silver-screen conservative Jon Voight shares his reaction to news that New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will include President Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the solemn remembrance of the 9/11 attacks at ground zero on Sunday. But no clergy. And no prayers. Published September 6, 2011

Inside the Beltway

His big jobs creation speech is only 48 hours away. Published September 5, 2011

Inside the Beltway

"On this Labor Day, we reaffirm that collective bargaining is a cornerstone of the American dream." Published September 4, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Plans for jobs creation are a dime a dozen. The White House has one. Congress has one. Assorted politicians are flirting with a fiscal opus of some sort. Maybe Lady Gaga should come up with something. She's rich. She employs people. She must know something. And there's always "Plan 9 From Outer Space," just in case people run out of ideas. Published September 1, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Something about the economy brings out a signature brand of presumptuous incivility in the White House. Published August 31, 2011

A tattered American flag recovered from World Trade Center debris is part of the Smithsonian Institution's upcoming special display of 9/11 "relics," positioned on tables rather than from behind exhibit glass. (National Museum of American History)

Inside the Beltway

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has assembled more than 50 objects from New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., and the Transportation Security Administration for its 'Rememberance and Reflection' exhibit — to be shown on tables rather than behind glass. Published August 30, 2011

Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican

Inside the Beltway

An upcoming presidential campaign encounter takes the high road, offering five White House hopefuls the chance to answer direct policy questions from Republicans Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Robert George, founder of the American Principles Project, which organized this nondebate. Published August 29, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Was there some opportunistic political posturing during Hurricane Irene? The White House and FEMA issued multiple press releases about the "federal family" response to Irene, coining an appealing new term that might play well in overwrought press coverage. Published August 28, 2011

(Photo courtesy Simon and Schuster)

Inside the Beltway

Dick Cheney is already ruling the popular book sale lists, just days before the release of his 576-page book "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir." The former vice president's attentive reception among American readers is bound to frustrate those journalists who have long been at war with Mr. Cheney. Published August 25, 2011

Inside the Beltway

There are those who grasp genuine grassroots power. Though he has only been in office since January, Rep. Tim Scott - a self-described "strong conservative" - already is a canny, amiable presence on the 2012 campaign trail. Published August 24, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Yes, why not use the Great Capital Earthquake of 2011, the proverbial Quake-a-mageddon to exercise vigorous political humor? Published August 23, 2011

Inside the Beltway

How much do we mock our politicians? Much. Rough math reveals that late night comedians generate well over 100 jokes a week about leaders and lawmakers. Published August 22, 2011

**FILE** Marco Rubio (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Sen. Marco Rubio still gets billed as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2012, and there are those who pine for him to run for president one day. Published August 21, 2011

Inside the Beltway

President Obama's newest job approval ratings: 32 percent. Published August 18, 2011

Inside the Beltway

An online reader survey from the Palm Beach Post finds that 55 percent of the respondents say President Obama should cancel his vacation, in deference to serious U.S. economic problems; 45 percent disagree. Published August 17, 2011

"The Amazing Kreskin," the renowned mentalist, has made his prediction of who will win next year's presidential election and gave it to five people in sealed containers not to be opened until Nov. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Forget the bus tour. In 24 hours, it's White House vacation time, punctuated by the outcry of those who say a presidential respite at this juncture is ill-timed and clueless. Published August 16, 2011

Inside the Beltway

More nicknames have emerged for President Obama's heartland bus tour: Rolling Blunder, Bus Force One, Running on Empty, America Under the Wheels, Hell on Wheels, Beast Bus. Published August 15, 2011

Glenn Beck describes his upcoming "Restoring Courage" rally in Jerusalem as a "nonpolitical, nondenominational gathering to stand up for Israel." (GlennBeck.com)

Inside the Beltway

As it rolls forth down the asphalt Monday, President Obama's three-day bus tour of the Midwestern heartland already has earned a nickname. It's "Greyhound One" according to observant wags at Lucianne.com and elsewhere in the conservative blogosphere. Published August 14, 2011