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Jennifer Harper

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Inside the Beltway

It's a majority. 51 percent of voters believe the United States is "the last best hope of mankind." Twenty-six percent disagree, and 24 percent are not sure. This is according to a Rasmussen Reports poll of 1,000 conducted Wednesday and Thursday. Published May 17, 2010

Inside the Beltway

Dueling numbers throw our differences into stark relief. A Pew Research Center poll of 995 adults reveals that six out of 10 Americans "broadly" approve of Arizona's tough new immigration law Published May 14, 2010

Celeb support doesn't help candidates

The stardust is tarnished, and the glow dimmed. Celebrity endorsements have come to mean little in politics, according to a study released Monday by researchers at North Carolina State University. Published April 27, 2010

Excessive cleanliness may boost allergies

Put away the hand sanitizer. It's not necessarily the grime, dust bunnies, cat dander or pollen causing those miserable springtime allergies. The culprit actually may be too much cleanliness. Published April 15, 2010

Doctors face religious conflicts at hospitals

New research reveals that one in five primary care physicians who practice in religiously affiliated hospitals say they have faced "clinical ethical conflicts" when treating their patients in those facilities, where end-of-life care, abortion and other practices may be restricted. Published April 14, 2010

Diet found to cut risk of Alzheimer's

A team of medical researchers from Columbia University Medical Center has identified a "protective diet" that lowers the risk of Alzheimer's disease, according to research released Monday in the Archives of Neurology. Published April 13, 2010

Palin to host Alaska documentary series

Discovery Communications announced Thursday that it has acquired the global rights to "Sarah Palin's Alaska," an eight-part documentary series about the "remarkable Governor Palin," the Maryland-based network said. Published March 25, 2010

Average Americans' words harsh for Obama

Certain robust public perceptions about President Obama have surfaced among average citizens rather than so-called "wingnuts" and "lunatic fringe." Published March 25, 2010

Study: Marinades help prevent cancer

Spicy barbecue marinades have joined the ranks of cancer-fighting foods, say Canadian scientists who took their research right to the grill. Published March 24, 2010

Voight, tea party groups plan last-minute protest

Four lawmakers, one movie star, one relative of President Obama and a coalition of 30 "tea party" and grassroots groups plan a rally outside the Capitol on Saturday to call for the defeat of Mr. Obama's heath care reform plan. Published March 19, 2010

Poll finds stubborn suspicion of census

In the age of identity theft, privacy concerns and increasing public distrust of big government, the 2010 census has an image problem. Published March 19, 2010