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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

And that would be Jan. 6, the second day that the bustling new Congress will be in session in the new year. Published December 22, 2010

Inside the Beltway

Three Democrats and a Republican need tender loving care and a nice soft Barcalounger. And cookies. Several journalists are casting their sympathy votes to President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele as the politicians who endured the worst turmoil this year. Published December 21, 2010

Inside the Beltway

The discussion has begun. Former President Jimmy Carter says that the U.S. is ready for a gay president in the "near future," telling BigThink.com that "we have realized that this issue of homosexuality has the same adverse and progressive elements as when we dealt with the race issue 50 years ago." Published December 19, 2010

Inside the Beltway

Read it and snort. Consider $3.4 million for termite research in Louisiana, $1 million for Hawaiian seafood studies, $1 million for a Rhode Island bike path, $800,000 for a nice little city park in Oregon, $520,000 for blueberry breeding in New Jersey. Published December 16, 2010

Inside the Beltway

Broadcasters are a righteously secular bunch, in a very big way. Published December 15, 2010

Inside the Beltway

A single Associated Press photograph of Sarah Palin during her recent humanitarian trip to Haiti turned into a bashing bonanza for her press critics. Published December 14, 2010

Inside the Beltway

"Yes Virginia, there are limits on government power. Today is a good day for liberty, and a bad day for those who say that Congress is the arbiter of Congress's powers," says Cato Institute scholar Ilya Shapiro, regarding the ruling issued by Judge Henry E. Hudson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that on Monday declared the "individual mandate" in President Obama's 2,801-page health care bill to exceed constitutional boundaries of congressional power. Published December 13, 2010

Inside the Beltway

Christine O'Donnell's "I'm not a witch" quote from an Oct. 4 political ad was one of the "top-10 quotes of the year," according to Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School. Published December 12, 2010

Inside the Beltway

Uh-oh. Could it be the clash of the titans? Published December 9, 2010

Inside the Beltway

"Why is there no record of Michael Savage being banned in the WikiLeaks cables?" asks Mr. Savage himself, who has waged a 19-month battle to have his name scrubbed from a list of "undesirables" banned from Britain, compiled by then-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. Published December 8, 2010

Inside the Beltway

Lost in the tumult of WikiLeaks press coverage is Daniel Assange, 20, the estranged son of jailed founder Julian Assange. Published December 7, 2010

Inside the Beltway

Elusive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has attracted pollsters, fawning journalists and now an oddsmaker. Published December 6, 2010

Inside the Beltway

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threatens to release encrypted "doomsday" files, should he be arrested for releasing classified State Department cables. The situation grows more outrageous and now, surreal. Published December 5, 2010

Associated Press
Former Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell will keynote a Northern Virginia Tea Party banquet on Tuesday.

Inside the Beltway

The czar roster expands: The White House has created a new position to investigate shortcomings in national security that ultimately led to the WikiLeaks debacle - still destined to be special section, front-page news at the New York Times through Wednesday. Published December 2, 2010

Inside the Beltway

OK. Never fear, there is a nativity scene in the White House. Located in the East Room, it's the same one that has been there since 1967, says Semonti Stephens, deputy press secretary for first lady Michelle Obama - whose first words during a press preview Wednesday were, "Happy holidays. All right now, it's Christmas." Published December 1, 2010

Inside the Beltway

The New York Times continues to showcase WikiLeaks on its front page, and will continue for the next six days Published November 30, 2010

Inside the Beltway

The WikiLeaks docu-dump has been heralded as a "breath of fresh air" and welcome transparency by some journalists, who seem to revel in the breach of classified material. Published November 29, 2010

Inside the Beltway

How convenient. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can count on his media partners "El Pais, Le Monde, Speigel, Guardian & NYT," he says in a Tweet, to publish his mischief-making stuff no matter what. Published November 28, 2010

Sarah Palin

Inside the Beltway

"Pioneering feminist" Gloria Steinem is weighing in on conservative women, faulting Sarah Palin's choice of "mama grizzly" as an icon because the bears "are famous for their exertion of reproductive control in their lives." Published November 25, 2010