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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

Jane Fonda might not like what her legacy turns out to be.

Inside the Beltway

Alas, poor Jane. When home shopping network QVC canceled a July 16 appearance to promote "Primetime," her new book on aging, Jane Fonda took to her blog, complaining that the broadcaster had capitulated to "well funded and organized political extremist groups" still unhappy with her 1972 visit to North Vietnam. Published July 27, 2011

Inside the Beltway

"The last time we saw a tie this green, it was on a leprechaun: The only thing missing on Boehner's versions are small, embroidered dollar signs." Published July 26, 2011

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"A strong public interest exists in knowing whether the executive in charge of the nations most-watched cable newschannel is acting as a political consultant to a prospective Republican presidential candidate. As journalists, plaintiffs may properly assert that public interest as a basis for obtaining these records." Published July 25, 2011

Inside the Beltway

In their quest to prevail, politicians spar with strategic sound bites, then pray for good press. But what about their sartorial demeanor? Canny politicos should also be aware that a power suit renaissance is under way. The inspiration? We're talking old school suits with vests, pleated pants, substantial tie and wide lapels once sported by the likes of Michael Douglas as he portrayed Gordon Gekko in the original "Wall Street," movie. Yes, in 1987. Published July 24, 2011

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And now for a reality check: "Muslim and Western publics continue to largely agree that relations between them are poor and disagree about who is at fault — Muslims largely blame Westerners, while those in the West generally blame Muslims." Published July 21, 2011

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

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"The virtue of the Sabbath, honoring the sanctity of life, reclaiming fatherhood, reclaiming motherhood, marriage and family, physiology of success, truth and its rewards, conscientious objection, the morality of race, the virtue of capitalism, the virtue of saving, moving towards a virtuous civilization." Published July 20, 2011

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He's got "scientific proof" that the press skews left. That would be Tim Groseclose, political science professor at UCLA, who reveals all in his new book, "Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind." Published July 19, 2011

Talk radio host Michael Savage's first fiction novel is a "lightning-fast, high intensity thriller debut," according to the publisher's description. "Abuse of Power" will be released by St. Martin's Press on Sept. 13. (St. Martin's Press)

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Who's buying into White House scare tactics? Not Republicans, and not tea partyers either, says a new Pew Research Center poll gauging public reaction to President Obama's predictions that certain doom looms if the debt ceiling isn't raised by Aug. 2. Oh, the drama. Published July 18, 2011

The Sarah Palin biopic "The Undefeated" had a respectable opening in 10 theaters during a weekend test engagement, and wider distribution will follow later this month, a spokesman for distributor ARC Entertainment says. (Victory Film Group)

Inside the Beltway

"The Undefeated," an independent film chronicling the political career of Sarah Palin, got a test run in 10 midsize theaters over the weekend, accompanied by shrill news coverage claiming the public was absent from the screenings, the critics vicious, the reception chilly. The truth: The movie had a respectable showing, and a wider distribution is planned later this month. Published July 17, 2011

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Donald Trump believes that the federal deficit and the turmoil it engenders is no mere quagmire, it is an abyss. So says Michael Cohen, special counsel to the billionaire real estate tycoon who still appears to have a calling to re-join the 2012 presidential race. Published July 14, 2011

The Nation's Capitol now has an official "native" cocktail - the Rickey, invented locally in 1883, now celebrated with proclamation and fancy plaque. (Image courtesy of Laughingcocktail.com)

Inside the Beltway

While lawmakers argue and the White House cringes, consider that the nation's capital now has an official, "native" cocktail. Oh well, why not? D.C. Council member Jack Evans will issue an official proclamation Thursday, naming the "Rickey" as D.C.'s very own libation, and declaring July to be "Rickey Month." Published July 13, 2011

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He's persistent, that's for sure. Al Gore will not let go of his climate crisis and is couching his alarmist arguments about global warming with a new twist. Published July 12, 2011

Less than nine months after he was fired from National Public Radio, Juan Williams has struck back with "Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate." (Crown Publishing Group)

Inside the Beltway

Well, that was quick. Less than nine months after he was unceremoniously fired from the delicate airwaves of National Public Radio, Juan Williams has returned fire with "Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate." Published July 11, 2011

"The science on climate change is in, the debate is over and the time for action is now," says Arnold Schwarzenegger, the newest celebrity climate alarmist.

Inside the Beltway

President Obama turns 50 on Aug. 4. So naturally, his personal moment has become the "50 for 50 Sweepstakes," an aggressive Democratic campaign tool aimed at grass-roots loyalists. Published July 10, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Why, no golf for President Obama, of course. But maybe pizza, ordered in. Mr. Obama has issued a command appearance for eight lawmakers and five administration heavies at the White House for 1 p.m. on Sunday to confront the prospect of the debt ceiling and its raising, lowering or sidestepping. The deadline on this issue is just over three weeks away. And it's always prudent to remember the bumper sticker, "Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion." Published July 7, 2011

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"Ronald Reagan monument unveiled outside London's U.S. embassy. New statue promptly takes 15-point lead in GOP presidential poll." Published July 6, 2011

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

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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)

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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