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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Supporters of immigration reform attend a rally in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, thanking President Obama for his executive action on illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Mike McCaul takes on amnesty: 'We will see a wave of illegal immigration'

News, turmoil and political distractions are plenty these days. That has not dissuaded Rep. Mike McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, from calling a hearing Tuesday to focus on still unanswered questions surrounding President Obama's call for amnesty, and the hair-raising prospect of porous U.S. borders. There to testify about federal response and incoming policy changes: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Published December 1, 2014

Some of the several hundred demonstrators marching down M Street in Georgetown Saturday afternoon towards the key bridge. The protest focused on Michael Brown's death and the recent grand jury decision in Ferguson. during a Ferguson Protest in Georgetown, DC, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Erin Schaff)

Ferguson protesters lead Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' poll

End-of-year lists are upon us. President Obama has already been named to the world's "least influential" list by GQ magazine, and is a contender for Time magazine's 88th annual "Person of the Year" award, where he currently stands at No. 11, behind Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin and "Ebola doctors and nurses." Most popular at the moment? The "Ferguson protesters" are in first place in the competition with 10.7 percent of the vote. Published November 30, 2014

America's top-10 turkey leftovers - and where to get the recipes

Well, someone has to figure out what the heck Americans like to do with turkey in a post-Thanksgiving world. That job goes to the all-knowing National Turkey Federation, which charts both bird and industry with precision. Naturally, a reprise of the actual turkey dinner itself is the most popular, what with the siren call of hot turkey sandwiches bolstered with stuffing and gravy. That is, of course, unless Junior and Uncle Ralph didn't get to the turkey first. Published November 28, 2014

Eager shoppers walk around Christmas decorations at a shopping mall. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Retail fatigue as Black Friday drags on - and on and on

Shopping spawns peculiar culture. One-out-of-10 Americans actually shop while they're drunk, for one thing - or they're sleepless not in Seattle but in the mall. A new survey from RetailMeNot, an online discount coupon distributor, found the 12 percent of Americans are buying while bombed. Yes, they've had a few before wandering the aisles. Another 36 percent report they are sleep-deprived - while other have retail fatigue. Published November 27, 2014

A 40-pound tom turkey looks out at Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The farm raises approximately 20,000 Broad Breasted White Holland turkeys per year. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

PETA to White House: You protect the rights of women - why not turkeys?

The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals tried their best, but the White House turkey pardoning will go on as scheduled in Wednesday in the Rose Garden before a bank of cameras, journalists, amused officials and cautious turkey handlers. The activist group previously reached out to First Daughters Malia and Sasha, pleading with them to become vegans and intercede on behalf of the pair of turkeys, who hail from Ohio. The group considers the ceremony offensive, and a promotion for poultry breeders. Published November 25, 2014

Recent polls show that a majority of Democrats are ready for a Hillary Rodham Clinton 2016 presidential bid, but is Mrs. Clinton ready for the White House? (Associated Press)

Is Hillary actually ready for 'Hillary'?

It is a lot of work to be a larger-than-life public figure, particularly one who has become a symbol for an entire political party. Such is the case, perhaps, with Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been first lady, U.S. senator, Secretary of State and now global-minded motivational speaker with an infatuated grass-roots following and some tall orders to live up to. Published November 25, 2014

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Chuck Schumer's advice to Democrats: To win in 2016, embrace big government

As policy director for the Democratic Party, Sen. Charles Schumer promised to diagnose what went wrong for Democrats in the midterm elections. On Tuesday morning, he explained all at the National Press Club. The New York lawmaker said voters blamed the Democratic Party for a string of monumental government failures. But that's no excuse to give up on government, he cautioned - and an all-embracing government is the key to a 2016 White House win. Published November 25, 2014

Do Americans still agree with "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses," as engraved on the Statue of Liberty? (National park Service)

Poll: Americans not so keen on verse 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses'

Many Americans recall the verse "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" inscribed on the base of the Statue of Library, and written by poet Emma Lazarus in "A New Colossus," her poem of 1883. Eight-out-of-10 Americans say these sentiments applied in the past, notes a YouGov poll released Monday. Do we still believe these words today? Well, not particularly. Published November 25, 2014

In this undated photo provided by Anheuser-Busch, Lt. Chuck Nadd and his girlfriend Shannon Cantwell wave as they ride aboard the famously-red Budweiser beer wagon pulled by Clydesdales in a parade, led by a marching band in Winter Park, Fla. The brewer has fashioned an ad around the parade that will run during the Super Bowl.(AP Photo/Anheuser-Busch, Hand Out)

Just say whoa: Budweiser ditching beloved Clydesdales in their advertising

It is a cultural moment in advertising: Budweiser is unhitching the iconic team of Clydesdale horses which has appeared in their commercials for 27 years, charming a global audience and creating herds of fans. But no more. The beer maker is now alarmed by falling sales and huge competition from craft beers - and is intent on retooling its image for a younger crowd. Published November 24, 2014

Do Americans still agree with "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses," as engraved on the Statue of Liberty? (National park Service)

Chuck Schumer's advice to Democrats: Embrace that big government

The Democratic Party has been fairly jaunty in the aftermath of the midterm elections, looking towards 2016 and either blaming Republicans for something, or pining for the end of the GOP's honeymoon with voters. Sen. Chuck Schumer has offered the first critique of his party, however. Published November 24, 2014

Despite the GOP takeover earlier this month, the honeymoon for Republican leaders may be over, according to polls. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. Congress gets a warning on aliens - of the extraterrestrial kind

While Congress and the White House argue over illegal aliens, Stephen Bassett, founder of Paradigm Research Group and a registered lobbyist, continues to demand that lawmakers and officials tell what they know about aliens - as in extraterrestrials. Published November 23, 2014

Image courtesy of The American Legion

The American Legion gives thumbs down to Obama's immigration plans

The nation's largest veterans service organization now questions the wisdom of the White House "putting politics above national security" via President Obama's plans to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants. "At a time when ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are killing innocent Americans, it makes no sense to let our guard down and send a message that the United States is an open, soft target," says Michael D. Helm, national commander of the American Legion Published November 20, 2014

In this Sept. 5 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent looks for signs along trail while on patrol near the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

American Conservative Union: Obama's amnesty plans like 'a single-finger salute of contempt'

Add the American Conservative Union to the list of organizations condemning White House plans for illegal immigrants. It is appalling that a president of the United States, after having suffered a humiliating defeat in the midterm elections and getting a clear vote of no confidence, would give the voters a single-finger salute of contempt," declares Matt Schlapp, chairman or the group. Published November 20, 2014

Jim Webb has formed a presidential exploratory committee and brings a most interesting resume to the table. (Associated Press)

Why Hillary should worry about Jim Webb

Ready for Jim? We're talking Jim Webb here — said to be a populist, centrist Democrat with a rollicking resume, and one who just might transcend the dreaded campaign fundraising challenge. He's formed the first exploratory committee among the pack of potential presidential hopefuls, and has some spectacle to provide weary voters. Published November 20, 2014

Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Prime-time agenda: Immigration's blockbuster night

News of instant executive immigration reform is a call to arms for Republicans who cringe over the idea of White House interference in a complicated issue. But there will be a sizable percentage of the population who will be glued to the TV at exactly 8 p.m. Published November 19, 2014

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hey, wait: 46 percent of Americans want Obama to delay executive action on immigration

Hey, not so fast: Almost half of Americans - 46 percent - say President Obama should hold off taking executive action on immigration, this according to a USA Today poll released Monday. The nation waits a little nervously for Thursday night, when the president will offer his big reveal on the situation. Some offer historic perspective and a reality check as the hours go by. Published November 19, 2014