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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Former CIA operations officer Will Hurd has earned the support of John Bolton in his quest for the U.S. House seat in the 23rd District of Texas, which includes much of the Mexican-American border.

Ben Carson's pledge of allegiance

Run, Ben, run? The question is a staple whenever Ben Carson makes one of his calm broadcast appearances, thoughtfully answering queries about his potential White House intent, his new One Nation political action committee and the intense grass-roots support that has produced a separate unofficial super PAC with $8 million in donations and 17,000 volunteers. Now the simple are-you-running question has gone to the next level. It's got legs. Published August 12, 2014

A new novel by political insider Roger Fleming bases its intrigue on a human trafficking cartel with Capitol Hill protection.

The next 'House of Cards'? Political insider pens Capitol Hill novel

An eager young guy goes to work for a member of Congress, falls wildly in love with a staffer from the opposing party and discovers an illegal human smuggling cartel along the Southern border that's got A-list Capital Hill protection. Mystery ensues, hardball politics erupts and things get odd and dangerous in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Capitol, circa 1985. A John Grisham novel? No, it's a Roger Fleming novel, and it's got a potential "House of Cards"-style series written all over it. Published August 11, 2014

The determined military and civilian specialists aboard the specially fitted MV Cape Ray container ship have now destroyed three-fourths of the chemical weapons from Syria. (Department of Transportation)

EPA is declared a 'rogue agency'

But it seemed like such a good idea at the time: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was founded with much fanfare and good will in 1970, when green thinking and eco-mindedness was a righteous thing indeed. Published August 11, 2014

Capitol Hill veteran Roger Fleming offers a tale of fiction about intrigue and illegal immigration so meticulous that it requires footnotes about policy.

The grass grows dangerous

Legalized marijuana could produce some unintended public health and policy problems. Concerned psychologists are speaking up, so much so that the topic earned its own forum at the American Psychological Association's annual convention, which ended Sunday. What lurks for grass lovers? Mental decline, poor attention and memory, plus decreased IQ, they say. Published August 10, 2014

Hormel's motorcycle, powered by biodiesel fuel derived from bacon grease. (Hormel Corporation)

Pork torque: Bacon-fueled motorcycle takes to the road — and Sturgis

Switch grass has some competition in the bio-fuel department. The Hormel Company has built the world's first motorcycle that runs on organic biodiesel fuel made from converted bacon grease. No, really. The "Driven by Bacon" project is rolling - the tricked out, formerly diesel-powered bike is bound for Sturgis, South Dakota - site of the behemouth gathering of motorcycles, and now underway. Published August 7, 2014

Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, says, "America is not the world's policeman. Cannot be, should not be. But we should be the sheriff." (associated presS)

'Terrorist' a foreign term among broadcasters

Historically speaking, the United States has deemed the Palestinian group Hamas "terrorists" for some 17 years. But American broadcasters? They are skittish about the T-word, say analysts from the Culture and Media Institute. Published August 7, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to gathered participants at the annual gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America, at the Sheraton Downtown, in Denver, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

America likes tell-alls: 60 'best sellers' on the Clintons written since 1992

There are three books on the current New York Times top-10 bestseller list that that have something to do with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Those who seek to write a best seller - or even just a snappy paperback with a cool cover - might consider penning something on the Clintons, for better or worse. The numbers back this idea up. Published August 7, 2014

Move over, switch grass. This tricked-out motorcycle runs on organic biodiesel fuel made from converted bacon grease. (Hormel Corp.)

Help yourself to some deep-fried politics

"If you get tired of mudslinging in the pigpens and fast-talking from the carnival barkers at the Iowa State Fair, you'll have plenty of chances this month to take refuge with the politicians," advises The Des Moines Register, which has drawn two dozen politicos to grab a microphone, jump upon a straw-strewn stage at the fair and speechify for 20 minutes or so. Published August 6, 2014

Members Congress clinb the steps of the House of Representatives for final votes, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Free markets, limited government a 'natural disinfectant' to corruption

Some conservatives are done with cautious reactions and ready to rumble. Their culture has changed, and there's disinfectant involved. "Our times do not call for timid, poll-tested solutions. They call for a bold agenda that delivers opportunity for all but favoritism to none," declares a new conservative policy agenda, a project of Heritage Action for America, the feisty grassroots offshoot of the Heritage Foundation. Published August 6, 2014

This Sunday, July 27, 2014 photo provided by Ben Ferren shows large hail that fell in Midland, Mich., where winds toppled trees and ripped the roofs off buildings during severe thundertorms on Sunday. Crews are working to restore power after severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula and knocked out power to about 223,000 homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Ben Ferren)

Paging Al Gore: NASA says that global warming could be 'on hiatus'

NASA truly has the 100,000 feet viewpoint on this one. The nation’s space agency his noticed an inconvenient cooling on the planet lately. Atmospheric scientist Norman Loeb now asks: “The recent pause in global warming: A temporary blip or something more permanent?”. Mr. Loeb's reasoning “explores how global warming may be on vacation,” NASA helpfully explains. Published August 5, 2014

Cue anti-tank guns: The 5,775-pound big bruisers roll out to accentuate the "1812 Overture," the finale for the U.S. Army Band's summer concert series. (U.S. Army)

Conservatives man up and go on the offense

"The culture in Washington must change. And if we do the right things in the coming months, conservatives have a real opportunity to start calling the shots. It's time to go on offense. That is why we created a road map called the Conservative Policy Agenda," declares Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, the feisty grass-roots offshoot of the Heritage Foundation. Published August 5, 2014

A Nigerian health official wearing a protective suit waits to screen passengers at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Poll finds Americans worried about Ebola and queasy about the media coverage

Media coverage is intense and often alarming on the Ebola outbreak in Africa, and the recent arrival of two patients in the U.S. to receive treatment. Is the nation worried? A new survey finds that 58 percent of Americans are concerned personally about the threat of Ebola disease, and a substantial number are aware of shrill press coverage. Published August 5, 2014

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2013, file photo, the U.S. Capitol at sunset in Washington. Democrats and Republicans are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in Congress because they target a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections: female voters. Wednesday, July 16's Senate vote on contraception legislation is the latest example of Democrats’ win-by-losing strategy, which forces Republicans to vote on sensitive matters that might rile women this fall.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

"Combat journalism' at The Washington Free Beacon goes into profit-making mode

The Washington Beacon has shed its privately owned non-profit status and gone over to the free market, the news organization announced Monday. Founded in 2012, the precise and often lethal collection of investigative journalists began as a project of the Center for American Freedom, targeting the realms of public policy, government affairs, international security, and errant media. Now there will be investors and advertisers for the newly realized for-profit journalistic enterprise. Published August 4, 2014

Hollywood observers wonder if Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight's conservative political views could mar his chances for an Emmy Award in August. (showtime)

Will Hollywood turn on silver screen conservative Jon Voight?

It's almost Emmy Awards time. Will Hollywood freeze out silver screen conservative Jon Voight following his recent vigorous protests against President Obama, the Democratic party and his fellow actors who are critical of Israel? The Oscar-winning veteran actor is indeed up for the Best Supporting Actor Emmy himself for his portrayal of a crime family patriarch on the popular Showtime series "Ray Donovan.'' Published August 4, 2014

The kilty party? Scottish first minister Alex Salmond is leading the quest for Scotland's independence from England despite a union lasting three centuries. (scottish parliment)

Conservative author takes on publishing giant over Reagan

No wonder the public is wary of the media in all its permutations. The information universe has become a kind of freewheeling exercise in news aggregation and instant content sharing, driven by buzz and enabled by the Internet. Published August 3, 2014

**FILE** Ben S. Carson (Associated Press)

The Ben Carson surge continues

It appears to be a genuine, independent grass-roots phenomenon, and it keeps growing. More than 100,000 eager fans have contributed to the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee that has raised $8 million in less than a year, all of it dedicated to the idea that the author and former pediatric neurosurgeon should definitely, positively run for the White House in 2016. Published July 31, 2014