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Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

A protester squirts lighter fluid on a police car as the car windows are shuttered near the Ferguson Police Department after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

U.S. ranked the 114th most peaceful nation on earth says annual global ranking

Land of the free, home of the brave - but America may not be the most peaceful spot on earth according to the 11th annual "Global Peace Index," which bases judgement calls on a complex gauge of social, economic and political factors, including rates of homicide and terrorism activities. Published June 1, 2017

Voters appear to agree with President Trump that leaks of classified information to the press is an act of treason. (Associated Press)

They agree with Trump: Voters see leaks of classified information to the press as an act of treason

For weeks, President Trump has condemned persistent leaks of sensitive information to the press, adding credence to the idea that a deep-seated "shadow government" has launched a coup against his administration. Mr. Trump is not alone in his disgust for the practice. The public does not approve of leak-happy culture in the federal government and elsewhere; the majority of Americans, in fact, equate the act with treason. Published May 31, 2017

Former President Barack Obama left behind an astonishing number of federal regulations in his last year of office, says a new analysis. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Obama's unprecedented 'surge' of regulations

Big government was not quite good enough, perhaps. As a kind of grand finale, President Barack Obama championed gargantuan government during his last year in office, according to a significant new study by Wayne Crews, a meticulous analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He's tracked all the pesky federal regulations and the cost of implementing them in a new report appropriately titled "Ten Thousand Commandments." This year's installment arrives Wednesday and is described as a "whopper." Published May 30, 2017

"House of Cards" is back for its fifth season on Netflix, its plot now unfolding in "the age of Donald Trump," according to TV critics. (Netflix)

'House of Cards' confronts 'age of Trump'

Those who adore "House of Cards" are poised for some binge-watching: Tuesday marks the return of the intense political series, which finds fictional U.S. President Frank Underwood in the throes of a re-election campaign with first lady Claire, his vice presidential running mate. Published May 29, 2017

President Trump with Navy and shipyard personnel aboard nuclear aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Virginia in early March. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Trump urges media to honor Memorial Day prayer

In his Memorial Day message, President Trump is mindful that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the nation's entry into World War I — the "Great War" which mobilized 4.7 million Americans, more than 25 percent of the American male population between the ages of 18 and 31 at the time. Published May 28, 2017

A view of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House now seeking interns

It's business as usual at the White House, and traditional protocol and programs continue. The Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application is now open for interested parties, though time is of the essence. The process closes at precisely 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 16. Published May 26, 2017

Some observers believe there is a strategic war brewing against Fox News Channel, directed at prime time hosts such as Sean Hannity. (Sean Hannity)

Inside the Beltway: The strategic war on Fox News

There are those who believe Fox News has been methodically targeted by critics who would like to see the end of the network's ratings reign and influence. Fox News has been the No. 1 news channel for 15 years and is currently first in the entire cable realm, according to Nielsen Media Research. Yet recent dramatic developments draw much attention, including the departures of prime time hosts Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly, harassment lawsuits from former employees, the unexpected death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes — and now, a new episode. Veteran host Sean Hannity is temporarily off the air after featuring a conspiracy-related story, which the network ultimately retracted. Five advertisers have pulled their commercials from the show. Published May 25, 2017

Artie Muller, national executive director and founder of Rolling Thunder, Inc.

30 years later, still roaring for POW/MIA freedom

For three decades, they have faithfully fired up their machines, raised up Old Glory and taken off on a mission of freedom, remembrance and resolve. This is the true essence of Rolling Thunder, an annual event which draws 500,000 motorcyclists to the nation's capital each year to underscore the rights and importance of veterans who fought our wars, those soldiers missing in action, and the POWs who never made it home. Published May 24, 2017

The Media Research Center has cited some of the worst "impeachment" talk featured on broadcast and cable networks. (Media Research Center image)

Inside the Beltway: Gauging the worst of the 'impeachment' chatter

The liberal news media's unprecedented outcry against President Trump continues, and it constantly mutates. Whether Americans pay attention to all this chatter remains to be seen. Some of the remarks are worse than others, however. Geoffrey Dickens, deputy research director for the Media Research Center, pored over news footage from the last three weeks to determine the best of the worst of the commentary. Or maybe that should be the worst of the worst. Published May 24, 2017

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, leave the White House as they embark on Mr. Trump's first overseas tour to the Middle East. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Trump must weather 'the climate of hate'

Yet another analyst has stepped forward to cite the inequities of the media's ill treatment of President Trump, bolstered by nonstop political maneuvers by the Democratic Party. It all equals an attempted "take-down" of the president, says Roger Aronoff, editor of Accuracy in Media — a grass-roots watchdog which has parsed the complexities, including the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Mr. Trump's recent firing of FBI director James B. Comey. Published May 23, 2017

Voters cast their ballots before a patriotic mural in Richmond, Virginia. (Associated Press)

77% of Americans say the nation's moral values have tanked

There is a reason why so many voters have complained that they don't recognize their country, their culture or the direction life appears to have taken. The nation's basic tenets are in decline, and the public knows it. Published May 22, 2017

President Obama waves before boarding Air Force One after campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles in the 2016 campaign. (Associated Press)

The final Obama travel tab on Air Force One reaches $100 million

It's taken a while, but investigators from Freedom Watch have at last tabulated a final travel bill for former President Barack Obama, who made much use of America's ultimate ride — the magnificent, but pricey Air Force One. Through persistent efforts over the years, the watchdog group has done the math and figured the total cost for Mr. Obama's travel when in office. Published May 21, 2017

Fox News executive chairman Rupert Murdoch has announced ambitious new plans to bulk up the network's already muscular news coverage. (Fox News)

Fox News adopts aggressive new war footing

Fueled by combative ratings wars and partisan politics, the broadcast realm is quickly turning into a war zone. One tactically minded network is ready for it. Fox News Channel, the most popular cable channel of all at the moment, also has been the top-rated cable news channel for the last 15 years, all of this according to consistent audience ratings numbers from Nielsen Research Media. Recent critical headlines might suggest otherwise, implying that Fox News is "faltering" or in some form of crisis. Though there can be industry fluctuations and personnel changes, Fox News is still top dog. The network, meanwhile, is stepping up to the battlefield with a clear strategy: It's pushback time. Published May 17, 2017