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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Women more likely to rule roost

Talk of sex and power is not confined to the political realm alone these days. Research released Thursday suggests the nation should brace for more findings on such matters. Published September 26, 2008

Majority fears bailout will benefit culprits, poll finds

Americans may not understand the Wall Street financial crisis, often described in ambiguous, alarming terms by the news media. But public concerns are pronounced. A confused nation is getting fearful, according to research released Tuesday. Published September 24, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend: Dude Mood

"Troopergate" looms, perhaps, and there have been whispers he is Alaska's "shadow governor." But let us consider Todd Palin, who has emerged as the potential dream man of 2009. He is a "turbo-hottie," noted one gal pal in a hushed tone. Published September 21, 2008

Current TV plans to 'hack' debates

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got hacked. So did PayPal, Victoria's Secret, the Department of Defense and some 21 million other people in recent days. For the most part, "hack" alarms a public fearful that their privacy could be compromised by canny online invaders. Published September 19, 2008

Isolation literally leaves one cold

The cold shoulder, frosty manners, chilly reception, icy stare - there's more to those metaphors than just evocative adjectives. Published September 19, 2008

Palin triggers feminism reversal

The old partisan thinking about motherhood and the workplace has been rapidly reversed in America by the McCain-Palin ticket. Published September 17, 2008

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