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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

He's issued solutions to save America from a rotten economy, energy challenges and weird health care. He's dogged his way through Iowa and New Hampshire. He survived what a gleeful press framed as a "mass exodus" of key staffers. Does presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich deserve "a second look for 2012?" National Review pitched the question; more than 7,000 of its readers responded. Alas, 88 percent say Mr. Gingrich does not warrant that precious re-examination. Published July 5, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Inside the Beltway is on a brief hiatus. Published June 28, 2011

"Anyone but Obama": A motto for Republicans who just can't pick an electable candidate from the changing field of presidential hopefuls. (Image from Americantees.com)

Inside the Beltway

Public affairs wizards remain on duty following President Obama's announcement of a military draw-down in Afghanistan, eager to reassure Americans that the strategy is not a "rush to the exits," at the expense of hard-won gains in the region. Published June 23, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul joins with Rep. Barney Frank and other Democrats to back first-ever legislation to "end the federal war" on marijuana. (Image from Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican.)

Inside the Beltway

He does well in straw polls. Now he may do well in grass polls, too. Sure to add an interesting dimension to the White House derby on Thursday: presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, joins Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, to introduce the first-ever legislation to "end the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax and control marijuana without federal interference," says a spokesman. Published June 22, 2011

** FILE ** Comedy Central host Jon Stewart. (Image from Comedy Central)

Inside the Beltway

Pundit, newsman, comedian, nervous female? Jon Stewart's media identity is at stake following his appearance on "Fox News Sunday." Published June 21, 2011

Jordan Sekulow, policy director for the American Center for Law and Justice, wrote in a letter to NBC that the network "offended millions of Americans by cutting the phrase 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance" during its U.S. Open coverage. (Photo courtesy of the American Center for Law and Justice)

Inside the Beltway

Despite a mea culpa, NBC is not off the hot seat for cutting "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, not once but twice, during a video montage during the recent U.S. Open coverage. Published June 20, 2011

CURRENT TV
Ready to rumble: Keith Olbermann's progressive news and opinion show premiers on Current TV on Monday night.

Inside the Beltway

Disgraceful, pathetic, scumbags, offensive, outrage, incredible, "let's boycott." Published June 19, 2011

William Ayers was with the Weather Underground in 1970s. Is that why Canada wouldn't let him in? (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Oh dear. For the second time, friend-of-President Obama and possible "Audacity of Hope" ghost writer William Ayers has been blocked from entering Canada. Published June 16, 2011

Radio host Rush Limbaugh has unveiled a new line of bottled  
teas with some American colonial-inspired marketing. (Image from  
Twoifbytea.com)

Inside the Beltway

"The liberals are coming! The liberals are coming! ... Two If By Tea represents traditional American values of capitalism and the pursuit of excellence. Each bottle is designed to rise above the sameness and mediocrity that threatens our great nation." Published June 15, 2011

Rod Blagojevich got far more scandal news coverage than Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, New York Democrat, according to a Pew Research Center analysis. (AP Photo)

Inside the Beltway

In the scandal kingdom, he's only a duke, perhaps. Published June 14, 2011

Adrien Brody has been suggested as a suitable actor to play Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, should Hollywood go after the New York Democrat's story. (AP Photo)

Inside the Beltway

It was inevitable. There's talk that Rep. Anthony D. Weiner's constantly mutating photo scandal could provide ample fodder for a big fat Hollywood movie. Published June 13, 2011

REGNERY PUBLISHING
Much of his staff may have resigned, but Newt Gingrich soldiers on with the release of a new book and a televised presidential debate on Monday night.

Inside the Beltway

Newt Gingrich has not disappeared, yelping, into in a great whirlwind of bad press and slamming doors. Published June 12, 2011

Inside the beltway

Uh-oh, it's a Republican rumble, maybe a 4.5 on the party's Richter scale. Yes, Newt Gingrich's aides quit and his presidential campaign "imploded" according to a gleeful press. The 2012 election seismology shifted, sending insiders scrambling for footing, but eager to handicap who might be next on the shifting roster. Texas Gov. Rick Perry? Rudy Giuliani? Oh, the events made a hollow boom, all right. Published June 9, 2011

Inside the Beltway

The former ambassador rides. We're talking a Harley-Davidson Road King here. Who knew? Presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman Jr. hones his he-man image in deep New Hampshire territory in the next 24 hours. He'll appear at local meet-and-greets, then board his Harley in Manchester, bound for Laconia and Weirs Beach on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee to the north. Published June 8, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Among the first of significant books marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11: the New York City Fire Department's "FDNY 2001-2011: A Decade of Remembrance and Resilience," featuring an introduction by former President George W. Bush. Published June 7, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Oh, the spectacle. Rep. Anthony D. Weiner didn't resign. Published June 6, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Even 24,471 days later, D-Day remains a strong presence in the American mindset. Monday is the 67th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, and will be marked by a dozen U.S. lawmakers and 40 World War II veterans who gather at Cricqueville-en-Bessin, France, to rededicate the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument. Published June 5, 2011

CROWN FORUM
Ann Coulter's eighth book, "Demonic," uses historic patterns to prove that left-leaning Democrats are guilty of "mob behavior."

Inside the Beltway

Brace for impact. Ann Coulter has written her eighth book, "Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America." Published June 2, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Gravitas, strategic adjectives, a good haircut: Mitt Romney will strike a polished presidential posture Thursday when he announces his run for the White House from a picturesque farm in New Hampshire. But Democrats are waiting to pounce, intent on convincing voters that the new candidate is both political flip-flopper and opportunist. Published June 1, 2011