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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Inside the Beltway

Rest assured. The nation has not yet allowed Memorial Day to devolve into yet another showcase for retail sales and hot weather revelry: 60 percent of the nation plans "something special" to honor the sacrifices of the U.S. military Monday, says a Rasmussen Reports survey - up six points in a year. Published May 29, 2011

Tommy James helps celebrate what would have been the centennial birthday of Hubert H. Humphrey this weekend. The iconic rocker of the Shondells fame became friends with the 1968 presidential candidate during a campaign event.

Inside the Beltway

"There's an incredible feeling of helplessness when you vote now. The political parties seem to have the same agenda, and I can't think of any legislation that was made in the interest of the citizens lately. I think America is on a course to an internationalism we've never known. They call it many things. New world order, planetary government. We're pretty much global as it is," Tommy James tells Inside the Beltway. Published May 26, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Do we have ignition here? Iowa Republicans already have predicted that Rep.Michele Bachmann's appearance at a Polk County Republican dinner in Des Moines on Thursday night will be "historic," complete with an announcement from the Minnesota lawmaker that she plans to run for president in 2012. Published May 25, 2011

Inside the Beltway

It's been five long years since "An Inconvenient Truth" was released. Published May 24, 2011

Inside the Beltway

"Who knows if I did the right thing? I am not seeing a lot out of the Republican candidates." Published May 23, 2011

Inside the Beltway

He's shedding fancy ambassadorial plumage and getting in campaign stride. And down home. Published May 22, 2011

Inside the Beltway

What really happened to Osama bin Laden? A new Fox News poll of 910 registered voters revealS that 3 percent say bin Laden was "greeted by 72 virgins in heaven" upon his death. One percent of tea party supporters, 2 percent of Republicans, 3 percent of Democrats, 2 percent of conservatives, 3 percent of liberals and 5 percent of moderates agree with that notion. Published May 19, 2011

Perianne Boring (Photo courtesy of Perianne Boring)

Inside the Beltway

She is the first to smile over her last name: Boring. She is not boring. Published May 18, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Vilification has set in: Arnold Schwarzenegger's marital infidelity was politicized the moment the news he fathered a love child with a household employee hit public radar. Published May 17, 2011

Political commentator Glenn Beck appears on stage in Anchorage, Alaska Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. The event featuring the former Alaska Gov. and the conservative commentator Saturday night brought out two very different crowds. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)

Inside the Beltway

Guess Donald Trump deserves a last laugh of sorts. The birther thing is not quite over yet. Published May 16, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Wily and practical: Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is lining up sturdy planks for his White House platform, using tried and true methods to build his "brand" in the eyes of an ever-distracted voting public. Published May 15, 2011

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton gives the commencement address at West Virginia University Sunday, May 16, 2010 in Morgantown, W.Va. Clinton delivered the commencement address to about 1,000 graduates of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. (AP Photo/Dale Sparks)

Inside the Beltway

Earnest graduates will not get much encouragement from conservatives in the next few days. They'll get a liberal earful, for the most part: a new analysis by Young Americas Foundation found that out of 51 high-profile commencement speakers appearing on the nation's campuses this season, only 13 were conservative. Published May 12, 2011

Inside the Beltway

The Associated Press? Skewing a poll? Uh-oh. Published May 11, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe may see both sausage making and mudslinging on Wednesday when he appears before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation as a "witness" at a hearing titled "Manufacturing Our Way to a Stronger Economy." Published May 10, 2011

MEN'S HEALTH
Men's Heath magazine has dubbed Rep. Aaron Schock, Illinois Republican, "America's Fittest Congressman" and the "ripped representative."

Inside the Beltway

The post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden are must-haves. News organizations, interest groups and now, one presidential hopeful, are pining to peek at the "grisly" fare in the name of public transparency. Published May 9, 2011

Inside the Beltway

A grass-roots rally is building among those who insist that Sen. Jim DeMint deserves a seat on the Senate Finance Committee. Published May 8, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Can the White House continue to shield post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden? Maybe not. Judicial Watch has filed the inevitable Freedom of Information Act request with the Defense Department seeking "all photographs and/or video recordings of Osama bin Laden taken during and/or after the U.S. military operation in Pakistan on or about May 1, 2011." An identical request was filed with the CIA. Published May 5, 2011

Osama bin Laden. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Without photo proof, is bin Laden really dead?

He's dead. He's not dead. He died 10 years ago. And so it goes for Osama bin Laden, at the epicenter of the conspiracy du jour — and possibly the decade. Fueled by a hyperactive Internet and conflicting details, the week's events have fostered creative notions that parse the fate of bin Laden and the White House version of his death. Published May 4, 2011

Inside the Beltway

The race is on to create the first silver-screen version of Osama bin Laden's surprise demise. Agents already are hearing pitches for projects, says the Hollywood Reporter, granting an edge to director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, the team behind the Oscar-winning film "The Hurt Locker." Published May 4, 2011