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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

Now on bookshelves: "Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves and Letters of America's First Postmodern President" by Jack Cashill, published by Simon & Shuster. Published February 16, 2011

A critic has labeled presidential hopeful Herman Cain a "black conservative mascot" following his speech before CPAC 2011. (Photo from Herman Cain Presidential Exploratory Committee)

Inside the Beltway

The national discourse on race jolts forward again. Published February 15, 2011

Pamela Anderson

Inside the Beltway

"The American Dream is seductive — but there is a legal way to do it — and there would be more jobs here for people if it was honored," says Canadian-born siren/actress Pamela Anderson. Published February 14, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Despite endless melodramatic media coverage, Americans remain unsure about Egypt's destiny now that President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down. Published February 13, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Aw. Valentine's Day is a-comin.' The Republican National Committee is there. Published February 10, 2011

This undated photo provided by Gawker shows Rep. Chris Lee, New York Republican, posing shirtless in front of a mirror. The gossip website reported Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 that Mr. Lee, a married two-term Republican lawmaker, had sent the shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist. Mr. Lee abruptly resigned his seat Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gawker)

'Scandal' forces GOP lawmaker to step down

Rep. Christopher Lee, a married New York Republican, resigned from office Wednesday after his flirtations with a young single woman — complete with a bare-chested photo and e-mail excerpts — were made public by Gawker.com, an online gossip site. Published February 9, 2011

Francis Scott Key is still No. 1 on America's hit parade with his 197-year-old song, "The Star-Spangled Banner," no matter how off-Key it is performed. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Just so you know: "The Star Spangled Banner" still resonates with the nation no matter how many hapless performers take untoward liberties with its lyrics. Published February 9, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Press coverage of "CPAC 2011" has been rife with gleeful talk of acrimony and dissent among conservatives as their annual shindig looms. Published February 8, 2011

Huffington Post merges with AOL

The monumental $315 million merger of the Web-based Huffington Post and Internet pioneer AOL announced Monday could prove either a canny business alliance or expensive folly. Published February 7, 2011

Arianna Huffington

Inside the Beltway

Arianna Huffington has sold her Huffington Post to AOL for a tidy $315 million. Now all she has to do is start paying her bloggers. Published February 7, 2011

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Republican strategist Mary Matalin will host a CPAC fundraiser by GOProud, a gay conservative activist group.

Inside the Beltway

"President Barack Obama's job approval ratings were even more polarized during his second year in office than during his first, when he registered the most polarized ratings for a first-year president." Published February 6, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Welcome to Reaganpalooza. It's colossal. It's stupendous. It's also sincere, endearing and not without a certain poignancy. Published February 3, 2011

Former Sen. Jim Webb.

Inside the Beltway

There are fabricated "bipartisan" moments. Then there are the real ones. Published February 2, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Snowprah Winfrey, Snoverkill, SnOMG, Snonami — the nation has moved far beyond mere Snowpocalypse. Published February 1, 2011

Inside the Beltway

It helps to know that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is ever at the ready while Americans face another round of terrible snowstorms. FEMA'S on it. Published January 31, 2011

Musical mishaps and wardrobe malfunctions are unlikely when Christina Aguilera sings "The "Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XLV.

Inside the Beltway

Some Americans may pine for "The Star-Spangled Banner" to be sung at public events without showbiz flourishes and in a manner perhaps familiar to its creator, Francis Scott Key. The dazzling factor should be prominent, however, at Super Bowl XLV, when chanteuse Christina Aguilera delivers the national anthem. Published January 30, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Once, much of the left-leaning press wallowed in unkind mockery or criticism of President Reagan. Now, opportunistic and canny journalists can't wait to say "Reaganesque." Published January 27, 2011

Cain

Inside the Beltway

Among dozens of political reactions to President Obama's State of the Union address comes one from Herman Cain, a Georgia businessman turned talk radio host, a 2012 Republican presidential hopeful and the preferred candidate of Ann Coulter. Published January 26, 2011

One analyst cited Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly in commenting on a study of the attractiveness of TV news "anchorettes." (Fox News Channel)

Inside the Beltway

"This paper offers one more reason why Fox News viewers are so ill-informed on so many issues. I mean, have you seen those photos of Megyn Kelly?" observes Tom Jacobs, an analyst with Miller-McCune magazine, in commenting on a study of the attractiveness of TV news "anchorettes." Published January 25, 2011

Inside the Beltway

What's the state of the union before the State of the Union speech on Tuesday night? Pretty prickly. Published January 24, 2011